Friday, Blue Friday before the Super Bowl to be exact. As we inch closer to the big game things are fast and furious.
Took the next few days off work, but I am still working in a sense from my phone doing concierge work. First up, a walk through of Radio City for tomorrow's NFL Honors ceremony. The inside of Radio city looked like the backstage of a rock concert with electrical wires and lights all over the place. waiting to be hung or hidden. Same went for the red carpet tent that looked only half done. It'll be cool to see the finished, ready for prime-time product after seeing the first stages of it today.
Next, I took the PATH train over to Jersey City to do some business at the official team hotel. Getting off the train on the other side of the Hudson River was a little discombobulating at first, but as I came to street level it felt like a little Seattle with 12s everywhere in Seahawk regalia. The hotel had security right up front and a couple large yellow signs reading "NO AUTOGRAPHS OR PICTURES." And of course guests of the hotel were the only ones allowed in.
When going back to the PATH train, I noticed an older couple doing the "not sure where to go" look and spin. The hospitality side of me kicked in and I asked "where are you trying to get too?" "Super Bowl Boulevard" they responded. "Great!" I said "I am going to the same station, follow me." They said people here are so nice and asked if I am from Seattle since I was wearing Seahawk gear (of course). I replied I had lived there but grew up in Fairbanks, AK and have been a fan for almost 30 years. After more small talk I came to find out they were none other than Seahawk Tight End Zach Miller's parents. I told them they should definitely stop by Carlow East at some point during their stay here. It is THE Seahawks bar here in NYC.
Party Time at the American Museum of Natural History. The Super Bowl Party was held here and I was there to assist with escorting, meeting and greeting NFL owners and other VIPs. The NFL knows how to throw a great soiree. The venue was beautifully done up with each team having it's own alcove decked out in team colors. Around the main room was NFL memorabilia and media. The food was fantastic and John Mayer played an acoustic set to a captivated crowd. The highlight of the night for me was being able to meet Seahawk General Manager John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll, both very nice and genuine guys.
The night ended with a stop at Carlow East to have a drink with all the other fans. It's great to see so many passionate 12s there having a great time. Seahawk chants went back and forth all night and it was absolute mayhem, but in a good way. There were even a couple of brave Bronco fans that made their way in.