Sadly, they didn't win the Super Bowl, but the Niners sure were fun to watch this season. Ryan had always dreamed of seeing his beloved team play at Candlestick, so we went to San Fransisco over Christmas break to see them there before they move to their new stadium in Santa Clara. We rode on a stadium express city bus packed with Niners fans to get there--I thought Ryan was going to cry. He's loved the 49ers since he was 11 years old. Finally among his people...
We had tickets to a VIP tailgate party before and got to our seats (leather box seats, front row, corner of end zone!) to watch warmups. There's Colin. Ryan's allegiance (and I suppose mine) is to #11 Alex Smith, but Kaep is a dynamic quarterback, and I love his story. And the fact that he has a 100 pound pet tortoise. Adorable.
|Kickoff Team dances|
|Frank Gore behind CK|
|in his happy place|
|Alex is in!|
|Final Score: SF 27 AZ 13|
|two of our faves, Moss and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals|
|Future Kansas City Chief???|
A fine day at the ballpark...and another check on Ryan's bucket list...Later that evening as we were walking into a Walgreen's near our hotel, still in our game gear, Ryan stopped to ask a homeless man crouched out front what we could get him from the store. He was surprised at first, but listed a few things including grape juice, potato chips and something else I didn't catch. Ryan told him we'd get the juice and chips. Inside the store, we gathered those and Ryan said the other thing the man had wanted was a tuna fish sandwich so we got one of those, too. When Ryan handed the man all three, he happily shouted with a pump of his fist, "You GOT the SANDwich!" As we walked away from him, the man called after us, "God bless and go Niners!" Indeed.