- Here is the view from right outside the stadium. The stadium itself looks like a spaceship from the outside. People in Arizona call it the "Big Toaster." I am not a architect, so I don’t know the technical terminology but the stadium to me seemed to be ultra modern yet very simplistic.
- Here’s a view of the field from our seats. As you can probably tell we were roughly 20 rows from the top of the stadium.
- This picture was take just outside the stadium.
- This picture was taken at the NFL Experience.
- This was taken on the way into the stadium. We were walking in when all of a sudden we saw this huge line of people rapidly approaching us from behind. I turned around and saw the guy from Dancing With The Stars. Even though I didn’t think a dancer knew much about the game of football I asked him who he thought would win. His answer "The best team."
- This was a T-Shirt worn by Queens native and Arizona State senior, Tom. We met him Friday night in Downtown Scottsdale. He said he had the shirts made up at a local T-Shirt shop right after the Giants defeated the Packers. Crazy college kids and their wishful thinking.
Overall it was a very enjoyable trip. I got to meet Jeff Feagles, Zab Judah, Carson Palmer and Jared Allen all while walking in town. The nicest of the bunch was Zab Judah. He was in town to promote a boxing match on Saturday night, as well as to root on his hometown New York Giants. Arizona is a very unique place. All of the buildings are made of muted colors and most if not all the houses are one level. There are no signs on the highways to alert you that a store is coming up, I can’t tell you how many u-turns I made in order to get to a Starbucks. There are cactus’s and CVS’s everywhere you look. Arizona also has speeding cameras on their highways. This means if you are on the highway and you are driving over 75 MPH the cameras will take a picture of your license plate and mail you the ticket. Our hotel was in a town called Carefree. After talking to several Arizona residents we found out Carefree was where the stars go to hide when they are in town. It’s roughly 40 minutes from Scottsdale and about an hour from Glendale. Staying at our hotel was John Smoltz, Brian Griese, Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Smoltz and Griese had breakfast at the table next to us on Friday. Smoltz is a lot bigger then I imagined. When they all got up and left Griese at the table I shouted "Hey Brian how did you get stuck with the check?" I wanted to ask Smoltz which hurt more ’96 or ’99 but for the sake of karma I decided against that. I also had the privilege of attending a cocktail party on Saturday evening with Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Rodney Hampton and other former members of the New York Giants. My favorite ex-Giant of the evening was George Martin who signed autographs for nearly 2 hours. George is currently walking from East Rutherford to Glendale in an effort to raise money for his 9/11 charity. Lawrence Taylor on the other hand really couldn’t wait to leave. He cut his autograph session short with more then half the people in attendance still waiting on line. It’s a shame because he got the biggest ovation when he was announced.
Overall a great visit and a great time. Capped of by a great game and a great victory.