I'm Headed to my first NFL Playoff Game Tonight!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I know that many of you who see the title above are probably wondering when I started playing professional football.  Actually, I will be a mere spectator, one of over 100,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium tonight when they host the Eagles.

If you've read my blog regularly, you probably know by now that I am a big-time Cowboys fan, and I was indoctrinated (as it were) by my mom when I was still a toddler.  I was born and raised in Dallas, so it's pretty much mandated by law there. 

At any rate, I'm happy to be attending my first "live" NFL game in 25 years.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Although I very rarely miss watching a game, it's usually from the comfort of my own home.  The last time I went to a game was with my mom in 1984 - I was 14 years old.  Today, I'm taking a road trip with two of my best friends to watch the very first playoff game in the new stadium.  Regardless of the outcome, I can say I was there for this piece of history, right?

I only wish that they could have ordered up some warmer weather, since the current temperature in Arlington, Texas is a brisk 28 degrees and it's expected to get down to 16 degrees tonight.  Based on what I saw from the parking, my guess is that we'll be walking about a mile each way to the stadium (which, thankfully, is enclosed). 

Needless to say, I'll be wearing layers.  I'll also be wearing the authentic NFL Aikman jersey that my wife got me for Christmas.  I've worn it for the past two games, and the Cowboys managed to shut out back-to-back opponents for the first time in their storied history (almost 50 years!).  That being said, I think a third shutout would be too much to ask, but I am hoping and praying for a victory.  As a lifelong fan, it's been painful to watch them disintegrate every year in December since 1996, when they last won an actual playoff game.  In fact, it may please those of you who aren't Cowboy fans to hear that 13 of the 16 NFC teams have a playoff victory since the Cowboys' last one.

I don't like to make predictions, or to participate in any pre-game trash talk, but I am hoping for a victory, even if it happens in overtime, or if they squeak it out by one point.  However, I do kinda hope they wrap it up before overtime, since we're driving back home for about 3 hours after the game, and I'm already anticipating getting home around 2am.

Have a great weekend - I'm sure I will be acting like an obnoxious, rabid fan tonight, even if it is in the nosebleed section.  Based on our tickets, I'm especially thankful to Jerry Jones for installing the world's largest HDTV screen at the stadium.  :-)

 

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Susan Neal
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Well, I'm starting to give up on the game.  The Eagles just dont have it tonight and the game is so lopsided that it's not that much fun to watch (although I'm sure you are having a lot of fun, since you are a Cowboys fan).  I'll be interested to know if it was hot and stuffy with the roof closed in that stadium.

Jan 09, 2010 02:10 PM #23
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Mandy Buchholz
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Several get memories can be made at a game. We have many ourselves.

Jan 09, 2010 11:21 PM #24
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Taylor Shults Philley
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It was a good game to attend, they won!! Awesome that you were there last night; how fun!!

Jan 10, 2010 01:28 AM #25
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Teral McDowell
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Wasn't it great to see DALLAS playing like champions!!!

Jan 10, 2010 08:09 AM #26
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How fun Jason! My dad used to bring me to the 49er games when my grandparents lived in SF. I loved Football! 

Jan 10, 2010 06:01 PM #27
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Teral - Yes!  I hope they can pull off three more victories!  :)

Jan 11, 2010 02:20 AM #28
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Stephen Kappre
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So how was it!?

Jan 11, 2010 04:25 AM #29
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HI THERE JASON!  Well this is fantastic!  Just being there is something - but to have your team win on top of it all!  I'm going for the Arizona Cardinals - but I do wish Romo and the boys a good run! -- Gab

Jan 11, 2010 07:18 AM #30
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That was a great game, and I imagine watching it in that brand new stadium must have been awesome.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 11, 2010 07:44 AM #31
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Steve - It was truly awesome!

Gabrielle - I also like the Cardinals, and I hope they beat the Saints this weekend, especially if we beat the Vikings.  That would put the Cardinals and Cowboys in the NFC Championship game....in Dallas.  :)

Joseph - It was an amazing experience, and I was ecstatic to get a chance to attend.  Go Cowboys!

Jan 11, 2010 08:51 AM #32
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Have a great time! I still remember seeing my first Pro football game.  The Buffalo Bills against somebody else. (I was a girl, not into sports) The only thing I remember about the game was that we had seat in the eighth row near the 10 yard line and the players would walk right in front of us. THE big thrill was seeeing OJ Simpson standing about 25 feet in front of me, drinking the gatorade. That was of course back when he was a hero, not a criminal.

Are we all going to see pix tomorrow? 

Jan 11, 2010 10:40 AM #33
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Linda - It was actually Saturday night, and the Cowboys did win (yes!).  I do have some photos that I could share soon.  Thanks!

Jan 11, 2010 10:44 AM #34
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Jason- I can't believe it took you so long to go to a live game. There is nothing like the atmosphere. The M&T bank stadium in Baltimore is amazing. It's a shame the Ravens won't get a home game as they head for the Superbowl!

Jan 11, 2010 10:46 AM #35
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Ellie - I went to several when I was a kid, then attended one when I was a teenager, but I hadn't been in 25 years.  The atmosphere at Cowboys Stadium is also amazing!  The only way that we would get another home game would be if we win and so do the Cardinals.  

Jan 11, 2010 10:51 AM #36
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You chose a good game!  The Cowboys look like they're back.

Jan 11, 2010 11:08 AM #37
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Bruce - Agreed, on both counts.  I am hoping they can pull off another victory against Minnesota this weekend.

Jan 11, 2010 11:14 AM #38
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Sounds like you probably had a good time. They whupped em! The last time I went to a game was when I was 13. I'm a bucs fan so you probably already know who won. LOL

Jan 11, 2010 03:36 PM #39
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Nathan - We had an awesome time that night.  So awesome, in fact, that I am still hoarse from screaming my head off.  :)  

Jan 11, 2010 03:42 PM #40
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Im a little behind on my comments, so Im just getting to this.  GO COWBOYS! Perhaps you were the lucky charm they needed to move past the first game of playoffs. Hopefully we will play just as solid for the Minnesota game. Any chance you could make it to that game?

Jan 14, 2010 05:50 AM #41
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John - I wish I could.  All I can offer is this: my wife got me an authentic Aikman jersey for Christmas.  The Cowboys are 3-0 since then (I wear it every time they play), and they've outscored their opponents 75-14.  I will be wearing it again this Sunday before the game starts.  :)

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