Archive for October 18, 2009

There are fans and THEN there is this guy Mr U Head!

There are fans and THEN there is this guy Mr U Head!

This was my third ever college football game, having seen California play Air Force in 2002 and the University of Central Florida v University of Texas El Paso.

This was however by a country mile the biggest, most historic and most important game my wife and I have ever attended.

Having moved the kickoff from 1pm to 8pm to reach a national television audience, seeing Miami v Oklahoma was going to be a classic.

What is tailgating without giant inflatable mascost?

What is tailgating without giant inflatable mascost?

 Above all taligating is about eating , drinking and having fun.

Whilst we did not perform a traditional tailgate bar-b-q as we had a hire car and no propane (Hank Hill would have been most upset with me) we did have some beers and some giant pulled pork rolls.

Not that anyone wants to see any more pictures of me on this blog but I could not resist having a snap taken with the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Football trophy.  It's all about the bling here in Miami

Not that anyone wants to see any more pictures of me on this blog but I could not resist having a snap taken with the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Football trophy. It's all about the bling here in Miami

Nothing beats being with all the fans in the Florida sunshine
Nothing beats being with all the fans in the Florida sunshine
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Having the opportunity to go to Land Shark Stadium in Miami with my lovely wife to watch football games two days in a row was an unforgettable experience, firstly getting to see the University of Miami Hurricanes play the Oklahoma Sooners before seeing the Dolphins under 24 hours later.

We picked up the Dolphins tickets on the Friday before the game, and when we were there the Oklahoma Sooners truck, with what I imagine was all the players uniforms inside, was just departing the car park outside Land Shark Stadium’s main entrance.

The Sooners truck was dropping off pads and helmets in Miami

The Sooners truck was dropping off pads and helmets in Miami

The main shop at Land Shark Stadium was packed with merchandise for Dolphins and Hurricanes fans alike.
One of the more amusing gifts is below.
 
I swear I took a picture of cuddly Dolphins

I swear I took a picture of cuddly Dolphins

 
The shop was pretty impressive, not so sure about the day-glo chimps.
 
Being at the stadium when it was empty was a slighty weird experience but it was fun.
 
 
I was certainly bitten by the bug of Land Shark Stadium

I was certainly bitten by the bug of Land Shark Stadium

 
Rather oddly in the three visits my wife and I made to the stadium we did not drink a single Land Shark beer.
 
I did have one at a cool pizza place on Collins Avenue though, it was no Red Stripe though.
 
Mine's a Red Stripe please but I'm not in Jamaica

Mine's a Red Stripe please but I'm not in Jamaica