Keith managed to get a pair of tickets, but weren't sure how we could actually go the game together. We didn't have a babysitter at the time and kick-off wasn't until 6:00pm on a Sunday night. With the game fast approaching, Keith started to try and figure out who he could ask to go with him to the game. I was disappointed but definitely wasn't going to have him miss the game.
Then one of my old high-school friends--who just happens to live in London with her British hubby and was also headed to the game--came to the rescue. (Thanks again, Cara!) Her sister-in-law's goddaughter was willing to come and watch the girls at a hotel for us. (And thanks to Jess!) I was comfortable because the sitter was at least connected to someone I knew, and Hannah & Maggie were willing to cooperate. . so it was GAME ON!
23rd October 2011. . .it was a beautiful day. . we were so excited to be on the road to London. We stopped at services (like O'Hare Oasis/rest stop, etc) for lunch; the place was filled with fans headed to the game in American football jerseys!! It was very cool (and a little bizarre) to see so many different US teams represented. And it was like that the whole day. . at the rest stop, at the hotel, on the train, at the pub, at the game. . .everywhere we went we saw NFL fans--both British and American. Packers, Jets, Bears, Saints, Colts. . you name a team, we saw a jersey!
After getting the girls settled in at the hotel, we took the Tube to meet Cara and Jill (another high school friend) at a pub to have a beer before the game. The pub was filled with football fans. . .it was fabulous to drink and chat and relax!!
Cara, Jill, & I
These girls were actually British. . kind of put my fan dedication to shame!!
The "Buccaneer" we talked to on the train up to the game. AARGH!
So we were enjoying Marks & Spencer Cosmos in a can on the train. . .
. . .Keith was not. :)
A little bit of Tennessee in the train station.
Our first view of Wembley. . very nice stadium!
Jill & I. . .had on the nearly the same shirt! :)
We didn't make it there in time to tailgate; one of the guys working said they had to shut it down early anyway because they ran out of food/drink, etc. Ribs, BBQ, and other American-style food was being served. . . Oh, well. .maybe next year!
Our tickets had us entering via Club Wembley. . we felt very posh!!
The Goo-Goo Dolls performed pre-game.
There was a man and his grandson from Chicago sitting behind us; we ended up finding out that he knew Brummels from growing up in Naperville. Just in front and to the left of us was a man who owned a restaurant in Ottawa, about 30 minutes from where I grew up. It's a small world!
Keith did actually watch a few minutes of the game, too!
These guys made the news here!
The gigantic queues to get out of the stadium were oh so very orderly. . .I love that about England!
We had such great time. . I am so glad that we were both able to go to the game! It was a late night getting back to the hotel and a early morning for the London Zoo the next day. .but it was worth it! It's the Rams v Patriots in 2012. . I guess I'll have to see how the Superbowl goes to know who to root for! :)