My second trip to Los Angeles this year is in November to attend the NFL's week 10 meeting of the Rams and Houston Texans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
This is only the second NFL game I've attended at that venue over the years. While stationed in Barstow in the 1990s, I saw a preseason game between the Los Angeles Raiders and Houston Oilers. I drove out there with a fellow Marine to see the Trojans play a time or two as well.
I'm flying this time and staying near LAX with tickets booked earlier this afternoon. I got an incredible deal on Travelocity. I ran a search for a round-trip flight and the top result said something like, "Book your hotel now and we'll give you 100% off the cost of this flight." I ended up with two nights at the Hilton and round-trip airfare for $407 (including taxes and fees). I wasn't going to beat that deal anywhere else so I smashed the buy button immediately.
Goldie, the official Super Bowl 50 host committee teddy bear, is going to give occasional updates on my Twitter account as we prepare for the game. In a nostalgic mood, she insisted on wearing an old Los Angeles Raiders t-shirt with her morning coffee today. You can see a photo on my Twitter feed by clicking here.
I'll give the bear to a fan at the game, probably in the parking lot so I don't have to carry it in. I'll ask if the youngster's parents will let me take a picture of Goldie with the child to share with you.
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