If there’s been anything on my bucket list that I have been eagerly wanting to check off, it’s the Super Bowl. My early obsession with football began when my brothers were die-hard Minnesota Viking fans when Fran Tarkenton was their quarterback.
So when Dallas received the nod to host Super Bowl XLV, I knew my chances were as good as any to score the golden ticket. Not only did my best friend Alyson Griffith score the tickets, we were on the A-list to some of the most coveted parties in town.
Another blast of winter weather slammed Dallas with up to 5 inches of snow Friday when I arrived. It made driving hazardous and forced the cancelation of hundreds of flights as thousands of football fans descended on Texas for the Super Bowl.
In Texas, where winter temperatures are typically in the 50s, being equipped to handle such weather is not in their budget. The city was literally paralyzed, and schools were closed for a fourth consecutive day.
With a jam-packed itinerary, I knew when my feet hit the ground that there would be little rest until my arrival back home on Monday.
Our first party to attend was held at Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village. This upscale Mexican restaurant is one my favorite places to dine. Charlotte Anderson (Jerry Jones’ daughter) hosted a fashion show showcasing White Trash Beautiful, Richie Sambora’s new designer clothing line. Who better to model than the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders?
Saturday morning the sun started to peek through the clouds, and Super Bowl fever was hitting an all-time high. Trying to pace myself for what I knew was going to be another late evening, Eddie V’s steak and seafood restaurant was our first stop, and, then it was off to The House of Blues.
We were greeted by the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders as we made our way through the club that feels like someone’s home with lots of rooms and nooks, ornate chandeliers, low couches, art and tapestries. This place evoked a level of intimacy until Drake took to the stage to perform.
After all the waiting and pre-game stories and hours of listening to predictions from ESPN’s experts, Super Bowl Sunday finally arrived. Like the Kentucky Derby, I wanted to savor every moment and take in as much of the excitement as I could.
Before the Super Bowl got underway, there was plenty of action to keep you entertained ahead of kickoff. Christina Aguilera sang her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and left some fans disappointed, but in the end, she was unable to upstage the Packers’ fourth Super Bowl win
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Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair
Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.