You Win Some, You Lose Some

Did you hear? The Packers won the Super Bowl! Which of course means the Steelers lost. You probably didn’t hear because they only show it on TV every 5 minutes. I for one had to really search to find the outcome of the game.

Ok, all sarcasm aside, yes, it was disappointing to see the Steelers lose and I was sad when I went to bed. But, I don’t mind losing to a team like the Packs. They’re a good team and I do like Aaron Rodgers a lot. Now, if we had lost to the Patriots, I would have really been ticked!

Despite how the day ended, the rest of it was great! We spent most of it at home watching pre-game coverage and coaching Isabella to say “Go Steelers!” Instead she would point to the emblem on my shirt and say “Steelers kites.” I guess they do look like kites. But the Pittsburgh Kites doesn’t sound very tough. Course, neither does the Arizona Cardinals or the New Orleans Saints but they manage to get by with it. Still, I’m not sure I could get behind a team named after a piece of fabric that haphazardly blows in the wind.

But, I digress. 

Around 4:00, we headed out to a Super Bowl party. Isabella was set and ready to go in her own Steeler kites shirt!!

No, she’s not squinting. That’s her game face. Or maybe that’s her “blue steel” (which would be appropriate). What can I say, she’s fierce!!

(By the way, the adorable Steeler bow she’s wearing was custom-made for her by Cindy from Tutu Your World. Cindy does great work so this is my shameless plug for her.)

Here’s Munchkin with her daddy (no worries, he does have a Steelers shirt on underneath the maroon one, otherwise I wouldn’t have let him leave the house).

We were among the first ones there, which was good. Gave Munchkin a chance to survey the lay of the land and get to know Sammie, another girl who’s just a year older.

Isabella was a little shy at first, but before too long she was running around with all the little ones. She was the youngest so there were times when she didn’t understand what they were doing or didn’t quite fit in, but overall I think she had a blast just running around the rooms! It was hard for me to keep up with her!

Here was my dilemma: I’m a pretty social person and really enjoy being out with friends. But I also really love the Steelers and wanted to focus on the game. On top of that, I had an active 16 month old that needed looking after. So I was torn about what my priority should be. Ok, not that torn. I mean, obviously Isabella is the priority, but that still left the other 2 things. So here’s what I did. The first quarter, I socialized and watched Isabella. The 2nd quarter, CJ watched Munch so I could focus on the game. At halftime, we went upstairs where it was quiet and both watched her (and the Black Eyed Peas who I thought did a great job). Then the 3rd quarter started and Isabella was getting crabby and CJ was tired and so we decided to head home. Fortunately we were DVRing the game so once we got home and put Munchkin to bed, I could pick up where we had left off and not miss anything.

It was probably better for me to see the ending in the privacy of my own home anyway, where I could sob in peace.

My Father-in-Law was nice enough to call and offer up his condolences though. He said something like, “Well they played with their heads up their butts but I’m still sorry they lost.”

Those tender words really helped to start the healing process.

Now football season is officially over and it’s time to concentrate on other things, like American Idol. Don’t you just love Steven Tyler? He’s like a teddy bear and a drag queen all rolled up in to one. Love it!

Stay strong Steeler nation, we will be back. We always are. We’ve won the Super Bowl 6 times, which is more than any other team in the NFL. That’s why I can be proud of my boys. Even though they didn’t win yesterday, they still made it there, which is more than 30 other teams can say. 

Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cross that goal
Pittsburgh Steelers, Like free wheelers, Roll, roll, roll
Bring us victory and joy will be supreme
And win more fame with ev’ry game
You Pittsburgh Steelers team
Go, Go, Show ’em how a team can fight
Go, Go, Fight with all your might
Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cross that goal
Pittsburgh Steelers, Like free wheelers, Roll, roll, roll
Bring us victory and joy will be supreme
And win more fame with ev’ry game
You Pittsburgh Steelers team!


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Road trip to Dallas

In case you haven’t heard – we’re going to the Super Bowl! Well, not me, but the Steelers are.  

One of the items on my bucket list was to go to a Super Bowl game. This would be a great one! Oh man, can you imagine? But, it’s not as easy as it sounds. You can’t just get tickets and go. Well, you can but only if you have a lot of money.

 Which I don’t.

One of the guys I work with had a shot at a Super Bowl package if the Patriots made it (which they didn’t – in your face Tom Brady! Now go get a haircut). For 10 grand, he and his wife could fly there and back with the team on their jet, stay in the team hotel, get 2 tix to the game, all access pass to the team locker room, attend the after party with the team and get unlimited amounts of chocolate raining down on you wherever you go. Ok, maybe not that last one but seriously, doesn’t that sound frickin’ awesome!

Picture it – me and CJ flying down to Dallas on the Steelers jet. I’m sitting next to Troy, putting conditioner in his hair. CJ ‘s conferring with Mike Tomlin, helping him decide which plays to run. Big Ben and James Harrison come over to join us for a drink. Hines Ward grills up some burgers and gives us all fashion tips. Then we land and head to the hotel where our room is next door to Ben’s (hey, someone’s gotta keep an eye on him making sure he doesn’t get in to anymore trouble).

The day of the game we all head to the locker room where CJ gives a rousing pre-game pep talk and I take pictures. Lots of pictures. We head up to our box seats and find that Jerry Jones is our waiter. Move it JJ, I want my hot dog as soon as it’s off the grill and not a minute later! The game is awesome and the Steelers beat the Packers by 3 points which makes victory all the more exciting and sweet. Everyone is hugging and Art Rooney throws C-notes in the air in celebration.

Back in the locker room, the guys are high-fiving, hugging and slapping each other and we get in on the team picture. We also get an autographed game ball. Everyone heads out to party it up and show Dallas how it’s done. The next day we fly home, passed out on the plane and snuggling to our championship t-shirts.

What? It could happen.

Or, I could get together with all my friends and watch the game the good old-fashioned way – on a high def big screen T.V. with lots of food and beer. Yep, that sounds perfect to me!

But hey, if anyone has some extra cash and wants to get me an early birthday present, I’ll take one of  these:

 Don’t worry – I’ll throw in the $70 for parking. Hey, it’s the least I can do.


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