My Bucket List: The Super Bowl — Check!
Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Mason Newberry. He’s a Bauxite, Ark., resident, college student, good Methodist boy and a man who went to Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, last week. Newberry was kind enough to take some photos, jot down a few thoughts and send everything over to us here at First Arkansas News. We would like to thank Newberry for taking the time to give us a first-hand report of the Super Bowl and hope our readers enjoy his hard work. Newberry, by the way, is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and it’s too bad he saw his team lose 31-25 to the Green Bay Packers. Regardless, he said he enjoyed attending his first Super Bowl game and we’re willing to bet he’ll go to another one if he has the chance.
ARLINGTON, Texas — It was Friday night and the weather man told us that the snow was gone.
I was so happy because I knew since he said there was no more snow that I could go to the Super Bowl. I was so excited, and then my mom told me that there was still ice on the ground so we had to go to a hotel for the night so as not to get stranded in our house. I really did not want to spend the night in a hotel but decided that I’d rather be safe than sorry.
Uncle Larry took my mom and me to the hotel in the sleet and snow and that was an adventure. Suddenly, I had a brilliant idea. I decided to make my own (Steelers) terrible towel. I went to the Dollar General store across the street from the hotel, picked up a towel and a marker and went to work.
At any rate, I could hardly sleep Friday night knowing that the big game — the first item on my “bucket list” — was so close. Finally, I fell asleep.
Saturday morning finally arrived and I woke up noticing two things — almost all of the snow that hit my town was gone and I had a giant leg cramp (not the best way to start a Super Bowl weekend). At about 9 a.m.m, my mom and I walked across the street to the gas station and waited on the bus which showed up after we’d waited for about an hour. I was so excited that I screamed like a little girl — this was going to be the greatest weekend of my life.
Saturday afternoon we were on the bus with seven other people. Everyone was as excited as I was, especially an older lady who was surprised by her husband — he bought Super Bowl tickets for her. She had no idea of her husband’s plans and I was happy for them. That was the end of those good times for a few hours because we got stuck in heavy traffic. At least we had a movie to keep us company.
We finally arrived in Dallas at 10 p.m. Everyone was so sleepy — including me — that we all hit the hay as soon as we got to the hotel. The big game was only one day away.
Sunday morning finally came and I was ready to live out my dream of going to the Super Bowl. That was truly amazing. The bus driver dropped us off at the stadium at 10 a.m. and I was so excited I could hardly walk. I didn’t know what to do first, so I looked around town for a Steelers’ jersey, but I could not find one. So I just waked around some more and found some nice people to talk to and we discussed everything — especially the big game.
It was so cool to be around so many football fans and we talked until about 3 p.m. before I walked to the stadium. The stadium — the $1.3-billion, 110,000-capacity complex that was complete in May 2009 — is simply awesome. Just to be that close gave me goosebumps. I passed through security and walked through the Pearly Gates of football heaven. There was everything there that a football fan could want — games to play, celebrities to meet and people just like me. It was awesome.
I spent an hour at football heaven and walked into the stadium to find my seat. The crowd was so loud I could barely remember my seat number. I walked up about 10 ramps, walked some more (and some more) until I finally found my seat. I could hardly believe the view — that big TV screen was pointed straight at me. I saw the end zones with both teams represented and I was so close to my Pittsburgh Steelers I could almost touch them.
It was the greatest moment of my life and it got even better when Justin Early from Fox 16 called me and wanted to do an interview. I was interviewed (you can see that here) and the day just couldn’t get any better.
When I got back to my seat, the players were coming out of the tunnels, the crowd was going crazy and the lights were on — this was it. My Steelers made it to the Super Bowl yet again (the biggest game for the best team) and the Packers were there, too. They were there for one thing and one thing only — to take the Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay.
The Packers took an early lead by my Steelers kept fighting. They came back and made it a game. With only a few seconds left on the clock, Pittsburgh was down by six points. After an incomplete pass on fourth down, it was over and the Packers won the championship.
The Vince Lombardi trophy was back where it originated and the Cheeseheads were so happy that their team had won. I congratulated them on their victory.
I walked out of the stadium with a smile on my face, even though the Steelers did lose, because I knew I had just seen the best game in the world — the Super Bowl.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.