Pittsburgh parties hard for the ‘immaculate’ kickoff

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Wow! If I had to plan the perfect start to the NFL season, it would look exactly like what Pittsburgh did Thursday night. Talk about some incredible football and star-studded streets in the rockin’ Steel City.

Before the game even started, I held “office hours” on-site at Heinz Field in my ultimate “corner office,” where I met with fans to test their Super Bowl trivia and give away some sweet NFL merchandise and tickets. I won’t lie, it didn’t exactly feel like work as I was surrounded by flatscreen TVs, surround-sound audio systems, and a full array of NFL accessories – but then again, this is my dream job! I was even able to choose one “ultimate fan” who won everything in my office before kickoff. A big congrats to our lucky fan who can now wheel and deal like the best of them. I’m sure they won’t mind “working” in those digs.

Even cooler than putting in all my “hard hours” at the office was getting to hang with Steelers legend Franco Harris — yep, the guy who made the “Immaculate Reception” in the 1972 AFC playoffs — for a few hours on Wednesday. He signed tons of autographs for fans at the Monster.com booth. I have to admit – it was intimidating standing next to a real-life Hall of Famer, but he was incredibly nice and we had a great chat about what it was like to play and what he thought of the current Steelers team. He won four Super Bowls and was selected to nine Pro Bowls, so I had to know what he thought!

After a long day at the “office,” I had the chance to meet FERGIE and the BLACK EYED PEAS before their free performance at Point State Park. Their energy was incredible and Pittsburgh was jamming. If the city wasn’t ready to start the season before, they were after the show that also featured country music star, Tim McGraw. Make sure to check out my backstage photos and live videos by becoming a fan of the Department of Fandemonium on Facebook and by following me on Twitter at Twitter.com/MonsterDOF. There are all kinds of pics and video up there, including me in Pittsburgh with Will.I.Am and some upcoming photos of me in Cleveland!

Finally, after all the fanfare and awesome experiences – and meals! – in Pittsburgh (shout-out to the Primanti Brothers’ incredible sandwiches), the game got under way Thursday night! Talk about an entire city showing some FANDEMONIUM! The Terrible Towels were out in full force and I couldn’t have asked for a better game. Pittsburgh, you truly spoiled me. Thank you!!!

Look for my next blog entry when my Vikings open up in Cleveland on Sunday. Remember, for the most access this season sign up at nfl.monster.com and let me know how you show your Fandemonium. And if you think my job is sweet, don’t forget that applications for the next Director of Fandemonium open on October 1. Football season is officially here!

Aloha,

Onyx Herrera

Director of Fandemonium

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