Well, we did it! We made the trek to New Orleans (Nahlins as it said down there). After 24 hours in the car, we drove into the city and were at a dead stop along with everyone else in the world that decided to celebrate the new year in New Orleans. New Year's eve in New Orleans was a bonus, but of course we were down there to cheer on the Utes in the Sugar Bowl. Now I know I don't need to go into detail about what happened that night, because if you watch TV or listen to the radio, you know that they beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. GO UTES! I must say though, that although extremely arrogant, the Alabama fans were quite gracious with their loss, and at one point some lady came up gave Mike a hug and congratulated him on the win. It was so worth the drive (OK, honestly, I would have still preferred to fly) but I am so glad that I was there.
This is the bus that took the team to practice, and the game. It was pretty cool to see it parked on the street in front of their hotel all week.
This is me and Mike at the pep rally. It was insane how many people were there to support our football team.
This is us in front of the Superdome. It looks more like a Super Spaceship to me, but oh well. It was huge!
And this is the view from the nosebleed section of the super dome. Even though we were extremely high up, we could still see everything that was going on.
This was after all of the Alabama fans had left the stadium and the trophy was presented. There was quite a feeling of camaraderie amongst the Utah fans. It was so fun walking the mile back to hotel with people cheering the entire time. After, we along with 10,000 (at least it felt like that many) Utah fans, and thousands of astonished Alabama fans, poured down Bourbon street to celebrate. Our celebration was a little milder than say most of the people that were there, but none the less, it was a great time!
And last, but not least, the perfect season. This trip was something that I will most likely never forget and can't wait for the next time the Utes make it this far. We already promised the couple we went with that no matter where we are, we will meet up for the next one and anyone else that would like to join us is more that welcome!