Hi, my name is Kelly & I’m a Peyton Manning fan.
Before my husband has a heart attack & thinks that I have turned from his beloved Bears, let me clarify…I consider myself a Manning fan, not a Colts fan. So, I root for the Bears, but at the same time, enjoy it when Manning does well too. 😉
When the Bears & Colts played each other in the Superbowl a few years back, I was torn! I wanted the Bears to win, but I also wanted Manning to win a Superbowl. Whenever people talk about Dan Marino, you hear how he was an amazing quarterback, who set all these incredible records, but never achieved that football crown – Superbowl champ. I did not want Manning to share in the same story. There is no way anyone can deny that this guy is one of the best qbs of all time. So, that year, I cheered for both and was happy for Manning when his team won.
Since Manning was going back to the Superbowl this year (and not playing against the Bears), I asked my husband for the unthinkable…could I buy a Manning jersey to wear for the game?
He was quiet.
I mean, the ONLY team he cheers for is the Bears.
But, he said yes!!!
Even better, he said he would like to buy it for me (WOW!).
Well, Adam spent all last week trying to find a jersey, but the best he could come up with was one that cost $60.
By Friday morning, he passed the baton to me. He tried, but if I wanted a jersey, then I’d need to find it.
He had one condition…I had to find a jersey for $30.
I spent all of Friday driving around the area trying to find a jersey. But, the best I did was see one for $85. Apparently, we here in Chicago only sell Chicago gear and the occasional Packers item.
At that point, my stubbornness & resolve had kicked in – one way or another I was going to get a jersey.
So, I did what any other Manning fan would do…
Friday night, I put the kids in the minivan (Adam was out with some buddies), and drove to Indiana.
I drove to Indiana.
It was there, on a snowy evening, that I completed my quest.
For just over the stateline, in Hammond, IN, was a Walmart which sold Manning jerseys…for $30.***
I thought the game was great. I was disappointed that Manning did not win last night. But, he does have a Superbowl ring already, so I’m not heartbroken. And hey, the Saints just one their first Superbowl in their franchise history!
A funny moment from our IN trip:
When I told the kids we were going to Indiana they were soooo excited!
When we got there, they were soooo disappointed!
1. The kids thought that Indians lived in Indiana. We didn’t see any Indians.
2. They couldn’t believe we traveled so far just to go to Walmart. They had a hard time understanding why we had to drive 1 hour to a Walmart when there is one 5 minutes from our house.
***Under the guidelines of our agreement, I had to find a jersey for $30. Gas cost was not factored into this figure. So, when we add the amount of gas I spent driving to Indiana to the price of my jersey, Adam probably could have bought the $60 jersey & we would have had a wash. But, then I wouldn’t have a fun story to tell!
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