Monday, February 3, 2014

NFL by the Numbers: 12

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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16 comments:

  1. Birthday Cake flavor Oreos? Twelve dollar dress? I think we were best friends in another life.

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    1. I'm telling you, Paige, we are each other's people. I cannot tell you how many times I've found myself nodding several -- no, multiple -- times in agreement while reading your blog posts. (I probably look like a bobble head.)

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  2. So cool! I love that story, the dress and the photos. I am jealous!! But in a good way. We DVRd the super bowl and heated up some wings after the kids went to sleep and started watching. We didn't even make it to half time before we got tired. Old people!

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  3. Hi, Susan! I still say you had a perfect Super Bowl in that you were at home; chillin'. At least you saw the first half: I spent it bathing both kids before then getting them dressed in their PJs and eventually tucked in. I rejoined Scott on the couch *just* as halftime started. We did manage to make it to the end of the 4th quarter, but I was knocking back Zzzzs shortly thereafter. What can I say? We're old, too! LOL

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  4. Your pics are great, and I'd NEVER have guessed that dress cost $12. It looked lovely on you! I watched the Superbowl, most of the time with my mouth open in shock.It wasn't what I expected, and I'm sorry for Peyton... Bruno was really good, though, right? But now, so many months to wait until next season. :(

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  5. LOL! Hi, Lexa! Let me address your last point first: Yes, during this time of year, we often feel like there's been a death in the family around here. (A little dramatic, I know; but it's the truth. We're like, "Awww, man! We've gotta wait until next fall for football???" It always seems so far off. But I'm with you 100% that the game wasn't what was expected -- I think by everyone's standards. But, man, did Bruno come through or what???? The Chili Peppers had me rocking, too. That song took me back...

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  6. Super Bowl was terrible this year! Even though I was going for Seattle, I still was hoping for a entertaining game. Bruno Mars did his thing as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers- that song "Give-a-Way" gave away my age-YIKES!

    You looked great in your $12 dress Courtney, I would've never knew it was that price!

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    1. Thank you, Louida! I really did like that dress, and, sadly, I don't think I even have it anymore. I think I gave it away when I was in the midst of packing before moving into our house. (Which reminds me, I really should check to verify that). If I do have it, though, rest assured, that $12 dress will see the light of day again! LOL

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  7. Ha ha at the limo incident!!! You could wear a $12 trash bag and still look good.Love how you guys kind of matched without being over the top about it. Adorable.

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    1. Hi, Dina!! Thank you so much for the compliment, but I'm going to raise you one: with your impeccable fashion sense, you could wear a *thrifted* trash bag and look like a million bucks. I'm dead serious here..I'm headed over to your blog in a second to see what new inspiration I can glean...

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  8. I LOVE that you paid 12 bucks for your dress at a fancy party! That's awesome. It was beautiful.

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  9. Oops wasn't finished... I haven't tried the cake Oreos yet. They sound like danger to me! But the chocolate covered coconut ones are to die for if you like coconut. Help me with those!

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    1. Hi, Amanda! Welcome! I just read your "About Me" bio in its entirety, which I had somehow missed when I had posted on your blog a few days ago...okay. I am an only child, but I'm beginning to suspect that we are long-lost twins...the thinking that motherhood is harder than you thought it would be, the believing in ghosts, loving the rain but not wind...Amanda, I so "get" you. Thank you for posting. Oh, but please keep anymore Oreo updates to yourself. My saddlebags do not need to learn of new tantalizing Oreo flavors. (Grrrrr.)

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  10. Fun post, as always! I napped through most of the first half of the game. Then I ordered sushi take out for the family. Pretty pathetic, huh?! Stacie xo

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    1. Hi, Stace! There is absolutely nothing pathetic about good sushi! :-)
      And besides, I spent most of the first half bathing the kids. A nap sounds much, much better, so you win.

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