|Welcome signs at the airport|
|Where I spent my days...and some nights :)|
By the time Monday rolled around, we were in full swing. Busy was the name of the game for the Accreditation Crew. Don't get me wrong, we had a great group and made our own fun. We just stayed busy roughly 12 hours a day.
Tuesday was Media Day. I
|Behind the scenes look at the set up for Media Day|
On Thursday, my guests arrived. I could NOT have been any more excited to see them. At this point, it had already been a very long week. We ended up going to dinner nearby where our friends Tony and Myra live outside of Indianapolis. It was nice to get away from the city for a little bit.
|NFL Staff Hotel|
|trophy and helmets set up for press conferences|
|Chris with Stevie Johnson of the Bills|
|the red rifle - Andy Dalton!!|
|Stage for NFL Honors|
|Ice Sculpture at SB Saturday Night Party|
|Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood - CMT Crossroads|
On Sunday, Jordan and Chris enjoyed NFL Tailgate and the Big Game while I was working inside the stadium. Again, they had a wonderful time, and I was so happy to be able to give them the opportunity. I was able to sneak away in the 3rd quarter to grab some pictures with them near their seats.
I met up with them after the game for a few more pictures before heading over to the NFL Post Game Party with Chris.
A couple of years ago, Jordan was able to meet the Commissioner at the post game party so we had been talking it up to Chris for a few days. As luck would have it, it worked out perfectly for Chris to be able to chat with the Commissioner for a few minutes. The only thing I really remember about the conversation is that the Commissioner told Chris that I "do a great job". That kind of made me laugh cause I'm not 100% sure he really knows what it is that I do exactly, but also made me a little proud at the same time :) Needless to say, I was able to snag a photo of the two of them.
After that interaction, we enjoyed the food and the entertainment of the photo booth as well as the company of several of my colleagues. We basically shut the party down with my new buddy Jen and her two fun friends. It was a long day, but a great way to end it.
On Monday, Chris and I met up with Jennifer and Jordan to take some pictures at the big XLVI letters and grab some last minute souvenirs. This turned out to be a bit of a fiasco, but we made some good memories along the way. We were trying, pretty relentlessly, to get a picture with the letters with no other people in it. Seemed like the harder we tried, the more difficult the task became. We have a couple that came close...and one that is a true classic, especially considering how much out of the way Jordan went to help the couple get some good pictures so they would move on and we could get ours...true classic. Take a look...
|Look closely...true classic!!|
|We were soooo close here...soooo close!!|
This has been an insanely long post so I'll just close by providing the link to a behind the scenes of the Super Bowl podcast that Chris did with his friend Joe that blogs for the Albany Times Union. It turned out great. Check out his version of the SB XLVI here.