I safely returned from a great Super Bowl Weekend in Miami. First, I was fortunate enough to be able to fly out of Dulles Airport on Friday morning — literally right before the huge snowstorm pummeled the greater Washington, DC area. I left at 9:30 am and arrived in Florida at noon. I started to receive emails / calls from friends and clients who weren’t able to fly out on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.
Interestingly enough, the NFL put its’ Super Bowl headquarters and base of operations in Ft Lauderdale, not Miami. I think this was a wise move. They labeled the Super Bowl as being played in South Florida. That was a good marketing move — and it helped generate business for the entire S Florida area — from Palm Beach to Ft Lauderdale to Miami.
This was also the first time in 15 years that I’m attending a large-scale sports event as an entrepreneur, not as an AOL executive / league sponsor. Fortunately, the weekend was a major success … from a business and networking perspective. Not only did I see and meet with a number of long-time friends and clients, I made a number of new contacts. It was wonderful to have so many sports industry people offer to help or want to meet to discuss how JLynn Associates and might be able to work with them in one capacity or another. I know a lot of follow-up meetings, emails and conference will take place in the coming weeks.
In regard to the big event, the Super Bowl, it was a spectacular weekend for the NFL. What a great storyline … the long-time league doormat, the New Orleans Saints vs the Indianapolis Colts and its’ legendary QB, Peyton Manning. Walking around Miami, you could definitely feel the vibe for the Saints.
Since this was the first-ever Super Bowl for the Saints, there appeared to be so many, many Saints fans. Lots of people were decked out in Saints gear … and, of course, you heard people saying and yelling, “who dat?” hundreds and hundreds of times. It never got old. I love the infectious enthusiasm of the fans. Also, since the Colts won their first-ever Super Bowl here in Miami in ’07 — and the fans experienced that thrill — my guess is that some Colts fans stayed back home.
The game, as so many people witnessed, was a thrilling and exciting one. The interception of Peyton was a game-changer … and hard to believe. I couldn’t have been happier with the result. Drew Brees is a class act … and that terrific US city and state deserved to have a Super Bowl champion team. I hope this extra attention helps people continue to realize that New Orleans is still in dire need of much help and assistance. Ward 9 is still devastated. Hopefully, by the time the Super Bowl is played in the Superdome in 2013, much of the city will finally be repaired.
Who dat? Love it!