Houston Super Bowl LI: One for the History Books

Happy Monday!  A week ago today, I woke up thinking “did yesterday’s game seriously happen?”  While I’m not the biggest football fanatic, watching history unfold in my city was pretty special.

I have shared bits of my journey becoming a volunteer with the Super Bowl Host Committee, and it is only a week later that I begin to digest the past few months leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.

My Placement

Some of you have been sending emails asking whether I was going to be able to see all the celebrity action.  Truth be told, friends, I saw a handful of them, but I actually didn’t recognize most of the players I met.  I know, I’m the worst.  I had two different placements.  For those of you who attended the Super Bowl Live festivities, I was one of the countless ladies in red directing you to all of the fun.  From 3D rides to the Puppy Bowl (my personal favorite), there was so much to do and see without having a ticket to the Big Game.

My second placement was at the NFL House.  I had no clue what this was before I got involved, and it was a lot of fun.  The NFL and sponsor Verizon Wireless took over the House of Blues from Wednesday to the Saturday leading up to the game providing an escape for players, sponsors, coaches, and other guests who needed a little escape from the madness that was Super Week.  From massages to music, there was so much to see and do.  I must say as someone who often discusses fashion, it was nice to have a more “demure” uniform for these shifts.  Wearing a plain black NFL vest over my NFL pullover, I didn’t scream “look at me.”  Fans started following me everywhere I went thinking I worked for the NFL. When I told them that I was an attorney, not NFL staff, people then started thinking I was an NFL attorney. Just for the record, I work for a petrochemicals company.  If anyone from the NFL is reading this, I would be open to a position. Kidding….but not really.

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Of my two placements, this had to be my favorite.  And it did help that we got to enjoy live performances by Fitz & the Tantrum and The Band Perry.

Thousands and thousands of people signed up to volunteer for the Super Bowl all over the city from airports to hotels.  It was a huge endeavor planned by the team who organized the London Olympics in 2012.  It was an incredible production, and I made some great friends along the way.  However, after six and seven hours of standing on my feet each shift, I was in need of a little R&R. Fortunately, I was invited to a little Pop Up Shop/Super Bowl Pampering event where I had TWO massages.  I must say, I now understand why people go for massages. My favorite part was of course the adorable Super Bowl-themed sweets.

After a long few weeks, I was ready for the game.  I was a proud Patriots fan amount a sea of Falcon fans.  It was intense, but New England pulled through in the first ever overtime in the Super Bowl.  I am so proud of Houston and to have been a part of such an amazing production.  I must admit that I was happy to erase the image of Janet Jackson’s Nipple Gate from Houston hosting history and replace it with an image of Tom Brady and the Patriots kicking butt and making history. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing Houston host the Big Game soon!

Have a great week everyone!

–XOXO Mira-

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