How This All Came About

I owe it all to Jason LaCanfora from the NFL Network really.  If it wasn’t for him, this wouldn’t be happening.  Because of him, I’ll be in attendance at Cowboys Stadium to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jason back in December 2010, the night before the Packers-49ers game at Lambeau Field.  Jason and I met at Purcell’s Lounge, inside the Radisson in Green Bay, for a few beers and about 3 or 4 hours of conversation.  We talked about the Packers, hockey (he previously was the Red Wings beat writer for the Detroit Free Press), even Brett Favre, and all things football.  I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and were later joined by Chris Lempesis of the Ol’ Bag of Donuts blog.  Enjoyed meeting Chris as well and we all said our goodbyes before parting ways.

So last night I was bartending at The Abbey Bar (located in De Pere, WI right across from St. Norbert College – training camp home of the Green Bay Packers) and had NFL Network playing on the TVs.  I saw Jason do a live remote so I sent him a Tweet basically saying hello.  Jason and I have shared a few e-mails back and forth as well as numerous Tweets since our meeting in December.  After my message to him, he came back with “what’s up Kyle? You making it to Dallas? Let me know dude. Congrats on your Packers”.  That opened the door for something amazing.

I told Jason how I was debating if I were going to head to Dallas to party for the Super Bowl, and that my decision would be a lot easier if I had tickets to the game.  That’s when my night got crazy.  Jason Direct Messaged me on Twitter saying it was my lucky day because his friend (who turns out to be Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood) was not going to be able to make it to Dallas.  Understandable considering the Red Wings play the 4th, 5th, and 7th.  Jason told me he was going to do some more checking to make sure “Ozzie” was for sure out.  As my luck has it, Ozzie was out.  Jason sent me this Tweet this morning: “Ozzie can’t go, so it’s all yours brother. Just let me know if you’re in for sure.”  Needless to say, my jaw hit my desk and my heart beat shot through the roof.  If I weren’t alone in my office at that time I would have hugged someone.   I’ve been on “cloud 9” all day and I don’t know how much sleep I’ll be getting this week.

Big thanks for Jason LaCanfora, and in a roundabout way, even bigger thanks to Chris Osgood for not being able to make it.

14 responses to “How This All Came About

  1. Awesome! Happy for you, bud!

  2. You are a lucky, lucky man.

  3. Wow, you are one lucky bastard… Being only 17, I had zero chance of going but I definitely hope to go one day… Glad I’ll get updates from you… Have fun, and go Pack!!!

  4. Congrats man!! Great to hear!! Canadian Packer fan and wish I was going as well! Have a blast! Look forward to reading all about the trip!!

  5. Very cool!! Sure you’ll make it an awesome time and look forward to the upodates

  6. What a GREAT story “J.D.”….!!!! I’m happy for you. Keep us posted throughout the BIG game. GPG!!!

  7. I have chills. I’m so excited for you. You definitely deserve to be there! I can’t wait to read more, I’ve bookmarked it and will be checking it daily 🙂 Go Pack Go!

  8. Zaphod Beeblebrox

    Congrats, Kyle! Hope to meet you there! Go Pack Go!

  9. Hot damn! That’s incredible. Dave and Renee just got tix this morning. My mom is sooooo pumped up! Funny, from out here in CO I think it would be just as fun to be home in GEEBZ for the big game. Congrats Kyle, soak up every second. Go Pack!

  10. I had a similar story for SB 31. On the Thursday before the SB my buddy who had flights to New Orleans said he could not get tickets and cancelled his flight. Two hours later his cousin calls and says he has two tickets. Having canceled his flight he said he did not want to go. Said i will drive the whole way. Left chicago 6 Am Saturday and rolled into New Orleans at 7 30 Sat night.

    Awesome experience

  11. How cool for you! It is great to hear stories like this. Thanks for the updates and I look forward to reading your adventure as the Pack goes to Dallas to get our trophy back!

  12. Congrats Kyle, that is incredible, I love to see your Pack dedication pay off in such big fashion.

  13. Beyond cool, Ky. Happy early birthday to you!

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