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No time for losers...
Todd was able to leave work early on Monday afternoon, so we headed towards Raymond James Stadium about 4 p.m. They didn't open the gates 'til almost 7 p.m., but that didn't matter. It was a Super Bowl sized party outside (over 10,000 strong before 5 p.m.)! Once inside, we ended up with excellent seats on the west side of the stadium. We were between the 30 and 40-yardlines, only about 9 rows up. It was first-come, first-seated. There were so many people that they even had to open the upper decks, and the one across from us completely filled-- at least 65,000 people in attendance.
We were entertained with great Super Bowl moments on the jumbotrons, and also the ten best Super Bowl commercials. They fired the canons for each touchdown scored on the replay. We also got live updates on the team plane's location, which did a fly-by right over the stadium before it landed. The Tampa PD SWAT team had officers repel from a helicopter right onto the field. And the cheerleaders arrived first to entertain the crowd. Once the team landed at TIA, Warren Sapp called the stadium from his cell phone and said they could hear us at the airport from the team buses! Things were very, very loud. And finally...the Super Bowl champs showed up. The players, coaches and owners all took a few seconds at the podium -- and then a few of the players and the Glazers dashed around the field with the Lombardi trophy a few times. Those on the front row got to touch it! Then just like that, it was over. A week I know I'll never forget as long as I live.
I have four pages of photos from Monday afternoon and evening up in my Super Bowl Gallery. Some are a bit blury and I do apologize. It's a bit hard to shoot when 65,000 people are rockin' the joint. I'll try to get captions up tomorrow, but for now just the photos will have to do. I'm freakin' exhausted and sick as a dog, I can't feel my fingers, and I still have to work tonight. Don't get me wrong though... I am NOT complaining.
We're not going to the parade tomorrow (I'm not up to it and Todd has to work), so if anyone goes and takes pics -- pass them on and I'll link them here. One last time...CONGRATS BUCS! We love you!
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Sounds like you had a great time. Congrats to "you", and your team.¤ ¤ credit: Sunidesus | 01.28.03 at 03:06 AM | link--this ¤ ¤
Thank you very much! :-)¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 01.28.03 at 03:12 AM | link--this ¤ ¤
Now that is the way to celebrate a win! Show'em you've got class!¤ ¤ credit: daisy | 01.28.03 at 09:21 AM | link--this ¤ ¤
Great pictures girl, and I LOVE that cool necklace!!! Awesome!!! :o)¤ ¤ credit: Maria | 01.28.03 at 10:09 AM | link--this ¤ ¤
I am SO glad that you got to go!!!
If I can, you can bet I will have a TON of pics to share!!¤ ¤ credit: Jen | 01.28.03 at 10:25 AM | link--this ¤ ¤
I wanted to be there, but couldn't. And I didn't think to record the news coverage of it. They got some great shots.¤ ¤ credit: a different Bill | 01.28.03 at 10:29 AM | link--this ¤ ¤
Gosh, you guys act like you actually LIKE the Bucs. *wink*¤ ¤ credit: tj | 01.28.03 at 02:11 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
I remember when we worked for one of the basketball teams over here and they won the national comp, it was a huge buzz for us when just 5,000 people came back to home turf to cheer the team back, 65,000 would have been just awesome.¤ ¤ credit: Jessica Parker | 01.28.03 at 04:55 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Tears of JOY!!!
Thanks for sharing the pictures!!!¤ ¤ credit: Donna | 01.28.03 at 09:37 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
I am so happy for you and Todd and all Bucs fans who waited so long for this. Classy team, hard nosed, talented and best of all they worked the Raiders which I loathe.
I remember, as a Bronco fan, waiting 30 years of my life for the Broncos to win their first Championship. It was a long hard wait with many huge disappointments and blowouts in big games along the way. Unlike the Bucs who got it done in their first try at the Super Bowl...the Broncos lost their first 4, and usually in horrific fashion getting beat 27-10, 39-20, 42-10 & 55-10. There were times that I thought it would never happen. But they kept trying and they finally got over the hump against Green Bay a few years back.
I live in Lincoln, NE--500 miles from Denver. But I had to make that coming home party and parade. My wife and I "drove all night" to get there and what a great memory. 30 years of a city with a monkey on it's back being liberated at last and finally knowing what it was like to have a Champion.
It seems so silly, football making us so happy, but it was a great time. And I know that the Bucs fans enjoyed the night--it really does bring people from all walks of life together.
Props also to the Bucs fans for showing maturity and not burning down their city and rioting and such. That is always a plus too.
I thought of you, robyn, at half time when Gwen Stefani made the show, in my opinion. I knew then and there it was going to be your night, and your teams night.
Congrats!¤ ¤ credit: peat | 01.29.03 at 09:25 AM | link--this ¤ ¤
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