I know everyone is likely hung over (literally or figuratively) from the Super Bowl, but I couldn’t resist sharing one more story from the 2006 Super Bowl, which was here in Detroit…
Twelve is the amount in dollars I paid for the dress I am wearing in the photos above. I bought it in a pinch from…wait for it…Value City, of all places. At the party to which I wore this dress, some of the guests had breath mints in their pockets that were worth more than $12.
The background: On the Friday night before the Super Bowl, Scott and I were set to attend the NFL Players Super Bowl Party (more on that in a minute), and the shoes that I was to wear that evening were being delivered to my condo that morning. So I take my lunch break at noon on the dot and drive home to collect the shoes off the porch. Well, once I get home, I can’t resist trying on the entire ensemble, which seemed like a pretty good idea…until my dress’s zipper became jammed and I had no one there to help. I tugged so hard that I busted a hole in the back of the dress. I needed to do something – and fast. I had to be back in the office in 17 minutes, and the best mall was a good 15 minutes away – one way.
But Value City was around the block. I LOVED this dress from the moment I laid eyes on it, and I found it on the junior’s clearance rack. The notion of such a bargain still sends a shiver down my spine.
Now, let me tell you more about this party. I may be dating myself here, as it has been quite a while since I’ve been Up In Da Club. I’m admittedly a little rusty in that department. But I do know a good party. Scott and I have frequented Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan back when it was poppin’ (Is it still? I wouldn’t even know), and we even partied at the famed Miami club Mansion, back in the day. But the absolute best party I have ever – EVER – attended was this Super Bowl party.
The NFL Players Party is a private, invitation-only affair for active and former players, and it is, undeniably, the most exclusive party of Super Bowl weekend. Period. This party is everything you’d think an NFL party would be – and then some: Heated red carpet? Check. The best booze? Check. Celebrities? Check. LL Cool J and Ciara performed and Kid Capri held it down on the ones and twos. Diddy walked right by as I made my way to the lady’s room. Was I star-struck? Hell-to-the-yeah. But in parties like this one, rule number one is to not get all camera happy because your cool card would be revoked immediately. So I only took photos of players/guests in our inner circle. (There’s that two-shades-too-light-for-me blush again. The irony here is that the blush is by Lancome and cost double the dress!)
There was one glitch that night, though – at night’s end, we couldn’t find our car…but not in the way you might think: When everyone arrives in a black limo, it’s difficult to determine which one is yours. I know, I know: Waa, waa, Courtney, right? The difference is that some players roll like that everyday, but our limo was rented.
Because former NFL players who remain members of the NFL Players Association automatically receive two invitations (one for them; one for a guest) to this party for life, Scott and I plan to go to one of these again…someday. Not just while the Balls and Chains are still little – and especially not while one of them is still nursing. This is yet another thing to add to our Once-the-kids-get-older file folder.
Much to the contrary, we spent yesterday’s game simply hanging out, just the four of us – and we were armed with enough eats to feed a small nation (which did absolutely nothing to further my postpartum weight-loss efforts; have you tried the new birthday cake-flavored Oreos, by the way? Those things should be illegal). Food aside, my favorite part of last night’s game happened before kick-off: It was when the lady on the white bronco led Denver's players onto the field. Scotty and I must have rewound that five times. I also think Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers killed it during halftime.
How did you spend yesterday’s Super Bowl? What was on the menu? What was your favorite game highlight? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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