Moving to Holland is not easy, but it's worth the effort. This blog tells the story of shifting from American life in Pittsburgh to Expat life in the Netherlands,
and all of our European adventures that follow.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Watching the Super Bowl in Amsterdam

February 1, 2009

One thing we definitely miss being in Europe is going to football games in the fall (and hockey, baseball, and basketball). Once Football season rolled around this year, we were feeling a bit home sick; missing the tailgating, and the atmosphere of the game. We can't complain, though, because at least we have Slingbox, so we can watch any game we have taped. If we had moved to Europe 5-10 years ago, we wouldn't even have that. But, it's not the same as being at the game, or in a pub in the home city.

So, wouldn't you know it, the year we move overseas the Steelers go to the Super Bowl! Not that we would actually go To the Super Bowl even if we were still living in Pittsburgh, but when we won it 3 yrs ago, we were in the South Side, and it was the best place on earth to be next to being at the game itself. People were cheering and pouring out into the streets after the game. I'm really glad we were there for the One-for-the-Thumb!

This year had it's own unique experience though. Since the game started at 12:30 AM in the Netherlands, we had to find a bar that would stay open late enough, until about 4, to show the whole game. With a quick search online for Steelers bars, we found Coco's Outback, an Aussie bar in Amsterdam. It's true what they say, Steelers Nation extends around the world. Coco's has a Super Bowl party every year. Bingo! So, Chad and I got a cheap hotel room next door to the pub, so we could stumble home after the game. We arrived in AMS around 4 PM, checked in… and the waiting began. We had planned on walking around the city all day, as we normally do in AMS, but it happened to be freezing cold this day, and a bit rainy. Not tolerable walking weather. So, we went to grab a bite to eat, and then just laid around in the hotel room, relaxed and had a couple beers. You know… resting up for the big night. ;)

We decided to go to the bar around 7:00, so we could get a good seat. And I'm glad we did because we found an awesome spot with our own table, and about 6-8 TV's surrounding us. Picture this, though, you are at the pub at 7:00 PM, ready for the game, and it doesn't start for 5 hours! Sort of reminded me of the first Super Bowl when Kyle, Karen, Chad and I went to the South Side at Noon for an 8:30 kickoff, and still barely found a table. Ahh, the things we do for our team.

The rest is history, as they say. We all know that Sixburgh won the big game! Yeah! It was definitely the most exciting Super Bowl I have seen in my life. There were about 150 people there watching the game, and Chad and I were the loudest ones in the whole pub (you're shocked, right?). The Australian bartenders got such a kick out of Chad, that they started to offer him free shots at the end of the night. As if he needed any encouragement. We had a blast. Not many people can say that they watched the Steelers win the Super Bowl while in Amsterdam. Hopefully we can do it all again next year! -S

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