I’d Like to be a Football Player

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love football.  I love real football and fantasy football and on Saturdays, college football.  And I love the Saints the most.

I can’t play football – I don’t know who can – and I only understand half of what is going on, but I love football season and everything that comes along with it.  Part of that is pre-season.  Which until today, I’ve never even thought about.  But I have a friend who offered me tickets to the Saints-Ravens pre-season game and without hesitation I was en route to Baltimore to attend.  It’s not very often a Yankee such as myself gets to watch the Saints live.  The only problem is that the game is today, a Thursday, and the rest of the world isn’t retired.  So, I figured while everyone who I am here to hang out with works, I’ll blog for the first time in 28 days (eeek sorry about that) and see who I can scout out.

It’s funny, because I figured the players would be difficult to spot.  Not. So. Much. While my one friend sits in her office, and my other friend preps for pre-game, I’m sipping a Blue Moon in the hotel lobby which is SWARMING with players.  Massive black men decked out in SAINTS gear from head to toe.  Like visors with box SAINTS letters, sweatshirts that say SAINTS, pants that say SAINTS down each leg.  So much for being discrete.  However, spoiler alert – they aren’t trying to be discrete!  I just watched one of them walk up to a girl,introduce himself, shake her hand and put her number in his phone within seconds of the conversation occurring.  Others are sitting in booths with their wives and kids and friends and family.  Do you know why? Because they can.  “Oh hey, we’re going to a random pre-season game in Baltimore – let’s fly in the entire family, the pets and the in-laws.”  And I don’t even know these players names – imagine being Drew Brees or Mark Ingram.

So here’s what we have concluded:  Being a football player is great.  Your presence commands the room.  If people don’t know who you are, that’s okay!  They will quickly learn since you’re a walking advertising for yourself.  You’re making enough money to spend all of your time with all of your loved ones no matter where you are located.  Your life is actually the coolest.  And you have nerdy blog girls trying to play it cool in her subtle Saints hoodie watching you from the other side of the bar.  I mean that in the least creepy way humanly possible.  And you can tell here that is true!  I haven’t even taken photos yet.  But I’ll also be on the field in a couple of hours so the non-creepy ends here.

On that note…

WHO DAT SAY DEY GON BEAT DEM SAINTS?!?!

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