MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -– It’s about 30 minutes before kickoff, and the scene around the field at Sun Life Stadium is still frenzied and electric. And it’s not just because AC/DC is playing inside the stadium.
Because of the way the locker rooms are configured inside the stadium, both the Colts and Saints go on and off the field through the same tunnel. It’s creating a lot of congestion, but it’s a great perk for the fans on the West end of the stadium -– they couldn’t anticipate which position group (or for which team) was going to come out next for pregame warmups.
Making my way around the field once, it started with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her security detail trying to make it through to the tunnel where all the players were coming out. I can confirm that several shirtless Saints fans were yelling “Who Dat?” at Rice.
Making my way to the opposite end of the field, the cheerleaders for both teams were waiting in two lines, standing side by side. I didn’t notice a lot of chatter between the two teams. It didn’t look like they were exactly making new friends. They’re competitive, too.
Making my way back to where I started, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were surrounded by photo-seekers.
– Frank Tadych