On Sunday, I got to see my Saints play right here close to home, as they took on the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. I took Jim, Andrew, and Matthew along to the game. We left home bright and early to meet up with my brother Ted and his Colts fan friends for some tailgating. I had reserved a spot in a lot near Ted's, and we were surprised to find some friendly faces when we got there. The Webers, the Juds, and some other friends who attended Purdue with David were the only other ones in the lot when we arrived. Crazy that of all the lots around the stadium, we ended up right beside them.
Once Ted arrived, we walked over to his lot for some tailgate food and fun. Our assignment was dessert, and Darci sent some awesome cookies that she made to show support for my team. Who Dat!
Matthew found a friend for some football tossing.
It was good to see Evan, who was in town from Chicago. We posed for a group photo before we went to our respective corners. :)
Matthew and I were supporting our favorite quarterback in our matching jerseys. We left the others in the tailgate lot and went on in to the stadium when the doors opened. I always like to get inside and watch the warm ups before the crowd arrives.
There was a cool breeze (Brees!), and a little chill in the air, but the roof was open!
While we were waiting, a nice man on the field walked up to us and asked where we were from, and how we came to be Saints fans. We told him we have been fans of his QB since his days at Purdue. He asked me if I had a camera, and pulled off his ring and put in on Matthew's finger. He told him to close his hand and put it right by his face while I took a picture of him wearing a Super Bowl ring! So cool. We figured out that he was the team pilot. A Super Bowl Champion pilot.
Matthew had a magazine that he hoped to get signed by Drew Brees. While we were standing there watching and waiting, a photographer came over and said hello, and that he was with the Saints. He said he wasn't sure Drew would be able to come over, but gave Matthew a card with Drew's photo and some fun facts.
Matthew learned that Drew's favorite subject was history, and that his favorite food is country fried steak. Good to know.
There's our Drew, shaking hands with Andrew Luck.
this post from 2013. He remembered me from our communication after the game in St. Louis. I am so sorry I didn't get a photo of us together, but we were in a hurry to try to see Drew as he left the field. We did see him, but he was on the other side of the tunnel by the time we got there. Such a good guy to sign for the kids. Matthew did not get a signature, but we do have several already. :)
Jim and Andrew came into the stadium in time to see the Saints take the field in uniform.
Here's our guy all suited up and ready to go.
here. "Start fast, finish strong, hit 'em in the mouth all day long."
Verizon commercial starring Luke McCown, it's worth a watch. Very cute. "I bet if they just had the chance, some of those backups would really shine." Luke did have the chance to shine, later in the game, when the Saints faked a field goal and he threw a pass to Ben Watson that set up the Saints' second touchdown of the game.
I put my camera down during the game so I can maintain focus, hold my beads, and close my eyes when necessary. When I opened my eyes after one such play, grabbed Matthew's arm and asked what happened, he said, "Granny, you didn't see? Drew threw a 47 yard pass to Brandin Cooks!" Keeping my eyes closed obviously helped. Lol.
We did run into some cousins at halftime. Matthew, Carter, and Riley had fun visiting in the concourse.