Well, I officially attended my first football game with Ray, my client, who was the topic of my last post. Like I said, him and his buddies picked me up in a limo. If you’re in the limo in the Clearwater or Tampa area, give these guys a look, they were really good: Clearwater Limo. Ray and about ten of his friends were piled in the limo, and handed me a Jameis Winston jersey to wear for the day. They were all pretty excited that I hadn’t been to a pro football game as of yet, and couldn’t wait to take me through the whole experience of tailgating, pre-gaming, and watching the game from their awesome seats!
Here was our view from inside the stadium before the game, and we had even better seats down on the first level. Ray wanted to take me on a tour of the stadium to see the best spots inside. We spent quite a lot of time tailgating before the game, getting to the stadium parking lot at about 9 am for the 1pm start time. Ray and his buddies like to drink a lot, and even though I typically don’t drink much, I was more than happy to indulge in a few alcoholic beverages to enjoy the day and the company. Ray gave me the rundown of what to expect during the game as far as the game went. The Cowboys were without their Quarterback, Tony Romo, and have been having a very down season by their standards. Romo being out of commission due to a broken collarbone is mostly to blame for that, as I learned that a Quarterback is the most important position on the field for any pro football team. Romo apparently is one of the top ten best Quarterbacks in the league, and his team has missed him greatly. The other thing that Ray said that was very true was that there would be a lot of Cowboys fans at the game. The Cowboys have been known as ‘America’s Team’ for a very long time, and their fans travel very well to opposing stadiums. There were many jerseys with ‘Romo’ and ‘Bryant’ on the back of them, standing for Dez Bryant, their star wide receiver. Cowboys fans were very nice, and we were tailgating with a couple of them during our time in the parking lot.
The game itself was very low scoring, and the defenses capitalized on some mistakes from each quarterback, Winston for the Bucs, and Matt Cassel for the Cowboys. Dallas had a very tough time moving the ball during the game, but were lucky that Winston threw two interceptions during the game, basically keeping the Cowboys alive, and with a 6-3 lead late in the game. With under a minute lift, Winston ran for a touchdown (the first of the game), and the Bucs won in regulation, 10-6. Ray and his buddies basically answered any and all questions I had during the game (as I said, I’m not a huge football fan), and paid for all my food and drinks while we were watching.
I had a blast, and can’t remember a day when I was treated like such royalty before. Free tickets, free limo ride, free beer and food before and during the game, and even got a ride home in the limo that Ray rented for the day.
These guys were awesome, and I hope that they invite me again!