While driving back from Lexington, Aaron called me with a request. He is a huge Colt's fan and was excited that they were going back to the Super Bowl. "Aunt Linda, I'm really superstitious, and since we went to the last Super Bowl in Miami, we need to go to this one too." As fate would have it, when the Colt's made it to Super Bowl XLI, two face-value tickets fell into my lap. One person had already passed on them, and I even offered them to another person, but they regretfully declined. After thinking it over I decided it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So Aaron and I made our way to Miami. We stayed with a friend of a friend in Coral Gables. We arrived very late Saturday night. We took a bus to the stadium and our butts hit the seats just as Billy Joel was to sing the National Anthem.
The whole experience was very surreal. I never in a million years thought I would be at a Super Bowl. I've been to many Final Fours and even the US Open, but this was crazy. It was also very wet. It rained all day and most of the game. Aaron put blue paint in his hair and it dripped down his face and pooled in the corners of his eyes.
Unfazed, he told me "This is what football is all about!" He also said at one point, "I will remember this for the rest of my life." Me too. Prince was awesome at halftime and his song "Purple Rain" was very appropriate. Most importantly, the Colts were victorious!
So back to this year. I have put out some feelers for tickets but think it will be an even bigger long shot than the last time. Aaron also informed me that my brother will not pay for the trip this time. When I asked him how he would pay for it he looked at me and said, "A loan from my Aunt Linda?" Hmmmm. I will have to think about that.