Yesterday I attended the Bears vs Bills game at Soldier Field. My fiance Rachael, who I’m marrying in less than two weeks, is from Buffalo so what better way to kick off the NFL season than to watch my two favorite non-Steelers NFL football teams and get the opportunity to tailgate and see a crazy amount of random jerseys.
This is my photo recap of the sports fandom, jerseys and tailgating that I encountered. Side Note: we are starting a campaign called #takebacktailgating to celebrate everything that is wonderful with tailgating. If you dig tailgating then check it out.
My day starts with this sweet Bears tailgate van that says “PACKERS SUCK” on the bumper with truck nuts hanging down. SWEETNESS!
We got to the tailgate parking lot at 8 am. You can’t drink all day unless you start early.
You know it’s going to be a great NFL season when the first person you meet is grilling bacon at the tailgate next to you.
Naturally we brought something with bacon too.
Of course our jersey game is tight. Bet you don’t see a Chris Zordich Bears jersey standing next to a Jim Kelly Bills jersey very often.
If his driving is half as good as his koozie game…
This summer I bought a Bacon Sports flag and pole to bring to the beach. It makes me appreciate what it takes to be a flag guy. Flags are both functional (you can easily find where we are) plus an opportunity to rep your fandom/style.
I don’t know if this Defense 46 jersey is one of the most creative or worst jerseys I’ve seen recently. This guy rocking a Nintendo 64 Eagles jersey would approve.
This guy was in my life for about 20 seconds and he’s the best. He started things out by giving an 85% real DDT to his friend. He then followed it up by immediately giving him the figure four leg lock and doing so with the execution the Nature Boy Ric Flair! WOOOO! Here’s a quick four picture recap of the awesomeness.
A very crowded place is the “security telling you to finish your beers now because you can’t take them any farther” area. It’s filled with people chugging champagne and last ditch efforts to get as much free alcohol down before you go another 20 minutes without getting your first $10 beer.
Nice trifecta here with the half and half Brian Urlacher jersey, the Dan Hampton Bears jersey, and the Marty Booker Bears jersey. Marty Booker made one Pro Bowl and had two 1000+ yard seasons, but that jersey should be put on the shelf unless it has some sort of magical karma to it.
Shout out to helmet guy.
The two biggest offenders of rocking jerseys of teams unaffiliated with this game. That’s a no-no. I get that you want to rep your team when you go to a football game but it just makes you stand out like a Jay Cutler turnover.
Rocky Bleier ain’t holding no chick’s hand.
I will not understand sports fans that rock the jersey of the kicker. If you are related to Robbie Gould, went to the same college as him or have the same last name (not first) then you are allowed to wear his jersey. Otherwise I assume you draft a kicker in the middle rounds of your fantasy football draft “because he’s my favorite.” That makes me want to puke.
We got in line 20 minutes before the game started and didn’t get into the stadium until midway through the first quarter. It took us 40 freaking minutes to get through a gate that was so poorly designed and managed that Ryan Leaf’s NFL career would be an upgrade over this ticket checking/entrance experience. A big F- to the Bears or whoever is handling this.
I dug these seats.
Yours truly and the lucky soon-to-be bride.
Don’t let the guy in the Hope #69 jersey fool you. He’s probably a creeper.
By the way, a lot of Bears fans are secretly happy that Jared Allen is on the Bears so they can wear a #69 jersey.
Double Wilboning (aka rocking a jersey tucked in).
Lucha Libre style!
If this is to pay homage to Hacksaw Jim Duggan then I’ll allow it.
I can’t trust anyone who pays $11 for a souvenir tub of popcorn. It’s even worse that this is an option.
This guy was a one man “let’s get the crowd pumped up at all times and stand up by myself and do the first down signal…every time.”
Live look from the Jay Cutler bandwagon.
Your guess is as good as mine. I heard a great Stat of the Day on the DP Show. For his career Peyton Manning has a longer rush (33 yards) than Trent Richardson (32 yards).
Kinda hard to troll Bears fans when your team gets smoked to kick off the season. That being said, bonus points for their honesty and creativity.
I will always give dap to someone rocking a Pat Tillman jersey.
Is this a play off of Adrian Peterson’s “All Day?” Doubtful. Probably something to do with MJ’s greatness.
This Johnny Knox Bears jersey is average and should be put in the closet or turned into a dish rag. It has a shelf life of zero.
I was really hoping to see a Rob Johnson Bills jersey, especially since there were so many Stevie Johnson jerseys.
Finishing the LONG WALK from Soldier Field (the public transportation from there is awful and taxi’s are pretty much non-existent) with a soccer jersey. Soccer fans still repping proud.