You know how you have those weekends that blur into a foggy memory and you look back and wonder what in the world you did? This past weekend was not one of those occasions. It is one that I will remember and smile about for the rest of my life.
I’m one of those girls who can be a girlie-girl and get my nails done or hang with the guys and watch NFL on Sundays. I like sports. A lot. This year I started a March Madness league and NFL Fantasy Ladies ONLY league. I like watching them on TV and going to games live. I have my teams from all sports (Go Blackhawks, White Sox, Bears & Texans, etc.) that I root for. Seeing games live is exhilarating and fun and the energy is fantastic (when the team is doing well, at least) but I’ll admit, I usually prefer NFL games on TV. Growing up in Chicago, I was not about to sit outside in the frigid cold and get frostbite when I could sit comfortably on my couch in my cozy house. I admit I prefer the replays and commentary from TV commentators but given the opportunity to go to a game, I just can’t refuse.
Klout perks have been sucking lately. If you are unfamiliar with Klout, it is the Standard for Influence. If Klout thinks you are influential, it assigns you a score and rewards you with perks based on said score. The perks I’ve gotten lately have all been useless. For example, the last 5 I got were all for McDonalds and one for Norton Antivirus. Being that I eat mostly healthy and as unprocessed as possible, that didn’t work so much for me. However, on Thursday I got a perk thanks to Women of Washington (Washington Redskins Women’s Club) that invited me and a friend to go to a preseason Redskins vs Buffalo Bills game as free VIP. That alone was awesome but what ensued was more than I could have dreamed.
Being last minute, I asked around and not only were people already busy but apparently there aren’t many Skins fans in DC Proper (too many transient people, I guess). I ran (literally) to Target to get a shirt; they had the most pathetic selection so I tried a local sports store. I couldn’t go to this event without sporting team support! I was supposed to have a date on Sunday so instead I invited him to join me on Saturday for the game. There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to make this happen, even if I had to go alone.
It wasn’t until Thursday that I got the invite and then on Friday, the day before the game, that I found out I was going to get to go ON the field for player introductions! Because it was a WOW event, he had to wait for me back in the seats. I felt bad for a hot second but this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I wasn’t going to miss it just because I quasi felt bad he had the wrong genitalia. I talk to everyone ( no shock there) so I had made a friend while we waited. I am glad I got to share this experience with someone on the field with me. They brought us down on to the field and we stood alongside the cheerleaders to form the tunnel for the player introductions. It was absolutely Wild and EPIC and extremely thrilling to be on the field. I was grinning ear to ear and absolutely on Cloud 9. Words can’t describe how exciting the whole thing was. Afterwards, we were quickly rushed off the field and ushered to our seats after the introductions were complete. In my head I wanted to boo Rex Grossman – the ex Bears QB. (Sexy Rexy ain’t so sexy – he’s not so good so we were happy another team took him.)
I thought our seats were inside in the standing room only nose bleed section. Turns out, not only did we have Exclusive Club Level access, we were seated 3rd row in the Dream Seats – the seats before the stands begin along the 20 yard line on the visitor side. Sitting so close to the game is the only way to go. I’m officially spoiled now. It was a beautiful hot day, the Redskins won and all of this was free. I am still in shock and overly excited that I got to experience this.
Going on the field, getting Club Level access and sitting in the Dream Seats exceeded any expectations I had when I claimed this perk! This was my first Redskins NFL game and pretty sure that no other game will compare from here on out. What can top this? Surely no Perk will beat this and I joked with my date that he’s screwed. How do you top this for a second date idea? After this amazing perk, I am now on board cheering for the Skins. After all, the Bears and Texans and now Skins are all in separate divisions. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking: