Walking across the Korean Veterans Blvd bridge, it has been a while since I attended an NFL football game live. This, also, was my first-ever football game attended outdoors. It was an overcast evening – roughly 35 degrees at kickoff. I thought I was appropriately dressed. I was relatively warm walking to my seat, and as I sat down to watch the Tennessee Titans host the Arizona Cardinals on December 15, 2013, I was intrigued.
For me, this franchise, when I was younger, belonged to Houston … and was called the Oilers. So imagine my surprise to see Oiler greats posted up on the Nissan Stadium (then LP Field) walls – men I grew up loving in my youth. Now, they are in a stadium/city where most of the fan base couldn’t truly appreciate them. I had time to check out these details because the aforementioned Titans were mightily struggling to finish the year on a high note.
Also noticeable was my limbs getting colder by the minute. It got to the point where I performed a mind-over-matter scenario. Unfortunately, the Titans play couldn’t keep me warm as the Cardinals were up 34-17 when my friend and I left the stadium. The stadium, itself, is gorgeous. It is next to the Cumberland River overlooking downtown Nashville and all points north of town. The seats were great – and I enjoyed my time there.
Oh – as for the game? The Titans came back to force overtime with a Hail Mary completion for a touchdown – only to lose the game 37-34. The most exciting part of that game happened after I left the stadium. Poor me.