Hard to believe it is 2009! First off, the Cotton Bowl was so much fun! Chip and I met my brother, Brian, and his wife, Jenni, and two of their friends in Dallas on New Years' Day. We went to the New Years' Day parade and then to the Ole Miss pep rally. I was really disappointed with the pep rally. Not a single player or coach gave a pep talk or anything. The band played straight through the pep songs, and that part was exciting, but I think everyone there was hoping for a little bit more.
We went to bed early on Thursday night so we could rest up for the big game. We stayed at the Adolphus Hotel, and I thought it was wonderful. Big, clean rooms, great service, and they had a delicious breakfast buffet on Friday and Saturday morning.
We took a city bus from the Pearl Street station to the Cotton Bowl. The lines were long, but moved quickly and we were at Fair Park by 11:15 AM. Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl stadium have such a traditional football feel. And if you know the Ole Miss Rebels, you know we are all about football traditions. I wish I had gotten a few more photos of the sights: the swan paddle boats, the huge Texas ferris wheel, the sky trams. All of this just added to the hype of the big game.
Jenni took our photo in front of the Cotton Bowl stadium. The Cotton Bowl game is moving to the Dallas Cowboys' big new stadium in Arlington next year. I'm sure it will be nice, but it certainly won't feel like this stadium did.
Our crew: Jenni, Lindsey, Jeremy, and Brian.
The Rebels charge the field in style!
Touchdown!! We could hardly sit down. This game was just too exciting.
Rebels celebrate their Cotton Bowl win! I wish I would have gotten a photo or video of #5 Melvin Harris do his backflip at centerfield. He is a 6' 6" freshman, and after the Egg Bowl he literally did a backflip from standing. We saw it and went wild. I hear he did it at this game too, but I totally missed it. If anyone finds a photo or video of this on youtube, please send it to me!
We got a photo from Cotton Bowl stadium overlooking the downtown Dallas skyline.
Brian and Jenni headed back to Mississippi with Jeremy and Lindsey after the game. Chip and I went to Craft. Craft is Tom Colicchio's restaurant (of Top Chef on Bravo). I wanted to dislike it, because I've never really liked him on the show, but the food was really good. All of the apps, salads, and sides were delicious.
On Saturday night, Chip and I went on a quest for awesome Tex-Mex food. At Monica's Aca y Alla, I'm not sure if we found the best food, but we certainly found the best atmosphere. Don't get me wrong - the food was fantastic. I had chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce (my favorite). But the very best thing about Monica's was the Latin Jazz band that began playing around 8:00 PM. I got a great photo of this place in action. The guitar player started a conga line, and at the end of the line one of the waiters poured a tequila shot in each participant's mouth. Now, that is a party!
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