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Football Fans,The Superbowl and the New Orleans/Westlake Connection

Westlake Student Council-Drew Brees T-Shirt Sale

My name is Russell and I am a football fan. There, I admitted it but considering where I was born and raised I never really had a chance.I grew up in West Texas, the epicenter of a state that already considers the sport just shy of a religion. You’ve seen “Friday Night Lights”, well that’s my part of the state. High School Football rules with the NFL and college ball running 2nd and a distant 3rd. As a child I remember watching the Dallas Cowboys with my Dad, early days with Don Meredith and Roger Staubach leading the team to various heights of success and on through Aikman and the current multiple year run of the the soap opera known as “Jerry’s World”! To be a fan of the dysfunctional Cowboys over the years is a weird, heavy load to bear. My fellow fan Jason Crouch and I have spent hours commiserating over the folly of our team! Not to be confused with the obvious impairment of say, Eagle’s fans but troubling none the less. Each week watching some of the best talent assembled on the field either play masterfully or lose miserably instills a horrible insecurity in a fan,constantly worried about each play wondering when they will explode or implode. I guess this is what they mean by co-dependent behavior.

And to think I mistakenly believed I had managed to break myself of the football habit for a number of years. Until that fateful day when the Westridge Middle School Track Coach and Football Coach called us up and asked if we would consider allowing our son to play football...His mom and I reluctantly agreed and that was it, off the wagon and this time, with my wife as a willing partner enabling both of us, the addiction returned full bore. As we became fans of Westlake Football my wife bought a couple of books on the subject, attended a coaches camp and really got hooked. I knew we were in over our heads when I returned from an Open House to find her sitting on the couch excitedly cheering on the Cowboys on TV. She looked up at me and said, “Hey baby, let’s get tickets to see the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day”! I was was shocked and could not have been more surprised if she had said, “Hey baby, would you please install a stripper pole in our bedroom?” Although we have been Cowboys fans our son, ever the contrarian (my wife says he gets it from me) has been a fan of former Westlake High School Football quarterback, Drew Brees. As quarterback at our school he won every game the year we won state and he continued to follow Brees while at San Diego and now with the New Orleans Saints. For a better idea about the his remarkable personality and career check out this recent Drew Brees Profile in the New York Times.  

I believe that all football fans struggle with whom to support at the SuperBowl. After all only two teams make it, if we are lucky it’s not a couple we abhor (Did I mention the Eagles or those arrogant Patriots)? In the past I have at various times cheered for Paul Slaybaugh’s, Arizona Cardinals and *GASP* even June Lewis's, Pittsburgh Steelers. Yeah, I know, fellow Cowboys fans will be giving me a ration of S%*&;;$  for that confession). This year it’s different, this year, Drew Brees will be leading the New Orleans Saints to their first ever Superbowl. Drew Brees is a 1997 graduate of Westlake High School and as they say, Once Chap (short for Chaparral) always a Chap! But really it’s more than that, Drew Brees is a remarkable person in his own right both on and off the field. A truly decent person, he gives back to his community through the Brees Dream Foundation and the nation as well. Check out this NFL Play 60 ad as he joins other NFL personalities to support kids fitness:

 Pretty cool and this year, Westlake High School is selling T-Shirts to support the Brees Dream Foundation  that does so much good in an unselfish manner.  If you want one they are going fast at $10 each through Saturday. So this weekend along with a huge contingent of Westlake football fans, my family (especially our son who has been loyal for years) and who knows who else, I will be joining (at least in spirit) my friend Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Resident and Realtor and enjoying a great time rooting for a team that I actually support... at least until next year ;-)

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97 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • February 06 2010 05:57AM


Russell - LOL thank goodness my team the Colts!!! made it :) I am a huge fan also and the first game I ever watch (and I didn't understand anything about this American football) was a Cowboys game in errr. 1993 I think. It was the snow game in Thanksgiving. I got a guick lesson on football that day and have loved it since.

Posted by Kenna Real Estate 9 months ago

I had no idea you were a Cowboys fan. And to think I considered you a friend. Much like the 'Boys season, that's over!

Kidding aside, that's pretty cool that Brees went to Westlake High and now they're selling t-shirts in an effort to raise money for the Brees Dream Foundation.


Posted by Craig Rutman Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area Realtor (Home Buyer and Seller Specialist) 9 months ago

RITA Wow what a coincidence, we were stuck in the Hyatt after running the Turkey Trot on that Thanksgiving day and it's a game that will lice in infamy as they say. Leon Lett  sliding into the end zone and OOPS that enough ;-)

Funny thing is we also like the Colts for their Louisana Quarterback!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Hi Craig, I was replying to Rita when you stopped by and yes...there is a 12 step group for Cowboy's Fans (I never go) 

However we are having a ball following the Saints. I love that part in the video where Brees drills it to the President!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

WOO HOOO! GO Drew Brees and I still think it's too funny about Margaret becoming such a football fan! We will be sitting in front of the TV for the game too!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) 9 months ago

Russell - Obviously, you know that I share this addiction/dysfunction about NFL football.  :)  With regard to the Superbowl, I can't honestly muster a lot of excitement and I'm not even sure if I'll watch.  Much like last year when it was the Cardinals vs. the Steelers, I like both teams and QB's pretty well, but not enough to feel much emotion over the outcome.  It's less fun for me when I don't have a clear team to root for.  I guess I would lean toward Peyton Manning, since my mom knows Archie and I like their whole family.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) 9 months ago

Come on, man. I had a rough night and I hate the *(%^#' Eagles, man!

The Dude

Posted by The Dude 9 months ago

Come on, man. I had a rough night and I hate the *(%^#' Eagles, man!

The Dude

Posted by The Dude 9 months ago

Love you man!  xoxo

Posted by Robin Wright 9 months ago

High School..?? How about the Wichita Falls Coyotes from the 50's and 60's.. I used to sell cokes at the games on Friday nights for 10 cents..

Dad took me to Cotton Bowl when Texas played Navy and Staubach was QB for Navy.. That was my first college game..

Your Blogs always seem to bring up fond memories for me Russell..

Hide your Beagle, Michael Vick is an Eagle..!!

Since i regularly visited New Orleans as a teenager and prior to getting married I somehow feel in some way I helped finance the Saints.. (Remember the Jax Brewery?) So, heck yes we will root for the Saints and Drew..

Posted by Buster 9 months ago

Yes - Like the QB of Colts as well - I really though jumped on the fan wagon of Colts when they hired Tony Dungy - I knew him from Tampa days and have always loved what he does - well did. So yes, maybe I'm a fairweather fan - LOL.

Posted by Kenna Real Estate 9 months ago

drew is awesome and i will be cheering for the saints on sunday ... where's the party, Russell?

Posted by carey Kelley 9 months ago

Allysoun It's going to be a good time and like you I was totally surprised at Margaret finding her "Inner football fan"!

Jason How long oh lord will we have to suffer? I have enjoyed our Monday Morning Quarterback talks and knowing you understand you feeling "conflicted" or just plain bored about it all...I have been fortunate to have the Drew Brees connection to add a little excitement to an otherwise frustrating and weird season but of course I am preaching to the Choir...NO? ;-) BTW did you notice the incredible Demarcus Ware in the video?

DUDE As your bowling partner has said before, "All right, I can see you don't want to be cheered up here, Dude"

Robin Ha haaa! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! ;-p

Buster We have a lot of similarities in our past and yes I know of The Jax Brewery and I am cracking up over your comment about Michael Vick. Next season we should convene at Bob's for to view a game on two on that giant TV!

Carey Yee HAA! It's going to be good but this year everyone seems to be hunkering down and staying at home... :-/ (Including the home team which is currently making a grocery list of assorted NoN-health food items to devour on Sunday)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Rita Actually that makes sense, I am also a fan of Dungy and with a dearth of coaches in the NFL I would not be surprised if he or Bill Cower returns but again I have always been a fan of Louisiana boy Peyton Manning! It's hard to root against him except in this instance ;-)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Hi Russell!
I, just as you, never had a chance when it came to football. While Sacramento has no professional football team, we are only a little over an hour from San Francisco...the 49ers ruled our home. 

Now, when I say I never had a chance, you might be surprised to learn that I am NOT a football fan. I, on the other hand, never had a chance to watch my favorite movies on football days/nights. I never had a chance to go out to dinner on a football night...heaven forbid my birthday be on a football night!

I am proud to say that I have found a solution.  I watch the commercials during Super Bowl then,  while the game and halftime are on, I work my jigsaw puzzle.

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunnigan, REALTORS (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) 9 months ago

Superbowl countdown! So close yet I don't know what the weekends will consist of now that I don't have football to sneak attack and watch at open houses! Happy Weekend and enjoy the game.

I hope you'll remember me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC" and I will do the same!

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors           

Posted by Michael Caruso Real Estate Group 9 months ago

Russell:  The only football game I watch is the Superbowl.  I think I will have to root for the underdogs, the Saints.   You have to love an underdog.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 9 months ago

Hi Russell-Your post made me smile and LOL at the part about your mention of the stripper pole in the bedroom. That would be every man's fantasy I am sure. Have fun on Sunday with your team. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 9 months ago

Yeah...I am a long suffering Cowboys fan too but have to say Drew Brees has a lot going for himself on many levels. Check out this article in the New York Times!


Posted by John & Martha 9 months ago

Go Drew Brees and the Saints! I played WAYA basketball with Drew- same team.  He's a nice guy.


Posted by Martha Small (AvenueOne Properties, Inc. ) 9 months ago

Rusell - As a VERY long time fan of football oh how I remember those good ole Dallas Cowboy footballl days with Dandy Dan and Roger Staubach.  In my house we lived and died for the NY Giants and while they are MY team there have been others over the years that I have rooted for as well.   I'll be right there beside you and Lisa in spiriti rooting for the WHO DAT Nation New Orleans Saints!!!

Posted by Donna Bigda, REALTOR®, e-PRO Branford Connecticut Homes and Condos (RE/MAX Alliance) 9 months ago

Russell, I was once a Cowboys fan:)) Better known as a Bill Parcell's fan, hence I have been NYG,NE Patriots, NYJets and now Miami fan:)) Have fun Sunday.

Posted by Endre Barath,Jr. (Beverly Hills,CA.310.486.1002 Coldwell Banker) 9 months ago

Paula I can identify in some ways, for a number of years I had kicked the habit but when I started back it was worse. However I will say we have never been that extreme, I mean birthdays? And I do like your solution, the superbowl does provide some very entertaining commercials and returning to a jig saw is a good diversion. Truth be told I sometime surf the net with my laptop while watching a game ;-)


Michael Well that is certainly a great diversion when an Open House slows down! And yes, i will add you  an associate and maybe we can send business both ways. I better check your blog first though ;-)


Hi Chris Ann Well if you are only going to watch one, the superbowl is our best choice, if for no reason other than what Paula said, the commercials! And you know I am also one of those people who always has a soft spot for the under dog!


Sharon I am still laughing as I write this but it is TRUE, I was completely taken aback when I realized how much my wife had gotten into football! And yes...I would still like to install that pole, maybe om my birthday! ;-)


John & Martha’s such a weird burden with the Cowboys an d thans for the link to the New York Times article on Drew Brees. Excellent and revealing in ways i never knew before!


Martha Well that is really cool, and like you most people I have met who had contact with Drew Brees have the same positive impression!


Donna That’s cool and every family hassome sort of football tradition. Funny about all the connections, both Manning brothers are from Louisana and it will be fun to root for a team even though ours did not make it!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Russell, I have to admit I'm not a huge football fan and neither is my husband (his Dad burnt him out).  I did buy a number for a friends sons baseball teams fundraiser.  Long story short I'm going for the Colts ending in anything with 9 and the Saints ending with 0 (for any quarter).

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) 9 months ago

Hi Russell:

NY Jets fan here...

In fact, both of my older brothers are huge Dallas fans, so I grew up watching Dandy Don...

Great promo video for NFL Play 60.  PREZ makes a nice catch!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock -Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, Ocean County, (NJ, Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) 9 months ago

I'm sorry but based on your opening sentence, I'm going to have to shun this post =P

Posted by Lisa Hill (Daytona Beach Real Estate) (Florida Property Experts) 9 months ago

Hi, I enjoyed the post. I am from EAGLES LAND. I have to plan my open houses around the Eagles schedule .

Posted by GITA BANTWAL, REALTOR BUCKS COUNTY, PA HOMES (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago

Russell, I grew up a Cowboys fan.  Staubach and the last 2 minutes of a football game were the best!  Don't care for it today...can't keep up with all the trades and the mongo huge salaries kind of ruined it for me.

Oh well...

Posted by Bob Haywood, (McGraw Realtors) 9 months ago

Good morning Russell,

Thanks for the great post! You do always dredge up old memories and make us relive our pasts..a good thing! Hope the t-shirt sales are strong. Drew Brees will give it his all..let's see where the game goes!! I'm sure I know who Westlake will be rooting for!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard: Canyon Creek & NW Austin Living (Coldwell Banker United) 9 months ago

While I live in Eagle Land, I'll be a Steeler fan until my body hits the floor ... permanently.   Second on my list is New Orleans because my cousin was a cheerleader for them up until about four years ago. 

Good cause here, Russell.  Fitness, true fitness, can be a wonderful thing.

And who is this "Dude" character?

Posted by Jason Sardi, Pretty Fly for an Allentown Guy (None needed;)) 9 months ago

GOOD MORNING RUSSELL!  I loved these fitness and NFL spots and have always supported kids and exercise.   Since the AZ Cardinals are out - I was thinking of going with Peyton - because he seems like a nice guy on TV!  Your thoughts make for a better way to decide who to support and cheer for. --Gabrielle

Posted by Gabrielle (Kamahele) Rhind, Associate Broker (Tierra Antigua Realty, Tucson AZ Real Estate) 9 months ago

BRB and in the mean time...Jason you must rent the BIG Lebowski TODAY!!


Endre That makes sense, especially since you and Bill have moved a bit ;-) I think he is a definite improvement for Miami and even seems to have gotten Texas Ex Ricky Williams to put down that Bong ;-)


Marchel  I can understand too much of a good thing as far as your husband and his Dad and as far as the game you are in the fun position of being able to cheer for and collect from both sides!


Toula That’s cool that you know that history and I also really enjoyed the clip especially when he snags that ball!


Lisa You always make me laugh and I appreciate you at least making a comment!


Gita I know that Eagles fans and Dallas fans are very dedicated and I also have to plan open houses around the game or as some of the commenter's noted, hold open a home that has a nice big flat screen to enjoy the game between showings!


Bob Those were great days with the 2-minute offense! And I do agree with all the hoopla and huge salaries it’s getting to be more business and less sportsmanship, good point!


Hi Dorie I appreciate the compliment and most of my posts involve connecting in some small way or another and as far as Westlake it’s been a lot of fun. When he was quarterback in 1997 they went undefeated and won state so he is very popular here!

Jason OK...have you rented The Big Lebowski yet? The comment was from a crazy friend who was referring to a line by the maun character in the film “The Dude” played brilliantly by Jeff Bridges and the funny thing is that in the movie, The Dude was complaining about the rock/country band, The Eagles...not the football team. Yeah,Austin is full og interesting folks...just like you and me!


Gabrielle Thank you, it’s good to see that more people are aware of the fact we need get off the couch and exercise more with the exception of this Sunday! The best part of this Superbowl is that both teams have a lot to cheer for this year without a lot of controversy. should be a straight ahead game of good football!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Russell, I am joining you in rooting for the Saints and I thank you for the history behind the fabulous Drew Brees!! Go Saints!!

Posted by Caren Wallace-Portage Lakes Real Estate Agent (Stouffer Realty, Akron, Ohio) 9 months ago

Growing up in Texas my fondness for FB is natural and unavoidable much to my mothers dismay!I love The Longhorns, and won't ever do an open house if they are playing! (learned that lesson early) I am excited about Drew Brees playing in the Super Bowl and we will have it playing on the new enormous flat-screen TV my husband bought for this special occasion.



Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) 9 months ago

Hi Russell I love this post and yeahhhhhhhfor your wife. GREAT video!

How fun was that.  I can not figure why with the Steelers like them or hate know where I stand I love my Steelers. Since our Steelers missed the mark this year...Go Cowboys...well that didn't work...

I an NOT a Peyton fan but definitely a Drew Brees fan......New Orleans needs this win...they have been through so much.

BTW...I heard the gasp when you mention the Steelers LOL thanks for the support....GO SAINTS.

...oh BTW the religious girl that I am ...why wouldn't I favor the SAINTS

Posted by June Lewis Realtor® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) 9 months ago

Hi Russell, Loved the video!  I confess, I'm not a football fan - I know, it's hard to believe!   But luckily, I don't have to go through the painful withdrawal symptoms when it's over!  I will have to vote for the Colts, only because my grandson was born in Indy. Have a wonderful Super Bowl Sunday Russell I hope it will be a good game. 

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR ®, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty) 9 months ago

Caren The more you learn about about Drew Brees the more you realize what a genuinely remarkable person AND athlete he really is!



Betina I love hearing that and in fact there are many women in Texas who are fans and i have to say, You Rock for allowing you husband to purchase that new TV...Can I watch the game at your house?


June Hello my dear friend, I remember the season when I was rooting for your Steeler’s (it was our secret) but frankly there was no one else I enjoy as much that year and I know you are a true fan! Now that I have “come out” about that I will hear from fellow Cowboys fans!! And I love your religious remark and hope that the Saints go Marching In! Have a great weekend!


Mary You a have a point about withdrawal and really the coolest thing about the Superbowl this year is that both teams are very cool and devoid of a lot of the controversy and testosterone fueled misbehaving that is rampant elsewhere! (Glad you enjoyed the video too) Oh have a grandson??? WOW!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Arrogant Patriots??? Come on now Russell them there are fightin words - LOL

Posted by Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) 9 months ago

Hi Russell!   Gosh, I love your blogs--you've managed to incorporate our passion for football (and I can talk football with the machoest of men!!) with volunteering!  I love it! 

As for tomorrow, if my Panthers aren't playing, I pull for the underdog!  So, I'm making Lisa VERY happy tomorrow!  GO SAINTS!  (And, Lisa, that's just for tomorrow!!)  ;-)

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) 9 months ago

Hi Russell -- Cool post.  We are getting together as a big family to eat, drink and be merry, and I don't really care who wins, although I'm rooting for NO!

Posted by Chris Olsen Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) 9 months ago

Tomorrow will be a Super Bowl. Wish my team was there. Will be alot of jabs among friends. All in fun of course. Is it pre-season yet ???  Where is the Arena Football League ?

Posted by Roland Woodworth,SFR - Clarksville Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (Exit Realty Clarksville) 9 months ago

May the best team wins tomorrow. Either team aren't my favorite but I'll still watch the game.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) 9 months ago

Who Dat...

Posted by Cory & Michelle Beeson (The Beeson Group, Inc.) 9 months ago

I live in Detroit Lions country.  Needless to say, I kicked the habit a long time ago :-)  However, I still enjoy a good Super Bowl, especially when there are genuine people to root for!  Sounds like Mr. Brees is one of those genuine people!

Posted by Kris Wales - Macomb County MI real estate blog & homes for sale search site (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) 9 months ago

Those Indianapolis Colts are about to make things real quiet in New Orleans.

Posted by Tony Grego - 317-714-8080 9 months ago

I believe in faith . . and it is written somewhere that the Saints will win. .there has been too many instances this season. . if you follow the Saints that this was proven beyond doubt

If you already bet for the Colts to cover the spread. . .sorry , you lost!

Posted by Fernando Herboso Broker: Check All in MD & VA (Herboso & Associates LLC- Broker 240.426.5754) 9 months ago

WHO DAT!  Russell, this is a great post and I'm so glad to see so many of my fellow Rainers will be cheering along with me as Drew Brees and my Saints BEAUXL over the Colts.  We all love Archie and his boys given their history with the city (and they are genuinely nice people), but there is nothing like a black and gold Super Bowl!!! You would not believe the vibe in New Orleans right now - we are finally here.  This is the day.

We are up this morning preparing for the huge party we are having today as a follow up to our parade yesterday and anyone who is in the neighborhood is welcome to stop in for red beans, jambalaya and a ton of other goodies :)  GEAUX SAINTS!!!!

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans West Bank Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Crescent City West Bank Partners) 9 months ago

Well good morning and what a nice surprise to see this post on then main page, I am sure there will be lots of opinions from both fans and non-fans on a day when lots of people watch the game, some more and some less and some just for the commercials ;-P

Mike WHOOPS! I had a feeling there were friends of mine out there who were fans of some of my least favorite teams and sure enough...LOL Of course that's the kind of rivalry that makes it a lot more fun. Enjoy the game today my friend!

HI DEBE First off thanks for the compliment because you are one of my favorite bloggers (and a source of good inspiration). Now why am I not surprised that you are a fan and one who knows her stuff? I do like writing in a way that attempts to engage on more than one level and know that we both have the volunteering gene too. Thanks for dropping by today and like you I am right there with Lisa and her least until the Cowboys get another chance next season!

Chris One of the best parts of the Superbowl is the social aspect of friends getting together for a good time!

RolandI feel you and we were just talking about the fact we watched at least three times as many games this year than ever before (we used to just watch the Cowboys know, one leads to another!

Mike I like you attitude and with no one to cheer for you still watch!

Cory & Michelle WHO DAT? FOR SURE!

KRIS Oh my...Detroit Lions and here I was complaining about the Cowboys...And yes, Drew Brees is a truly good guy!

Tony Who knows ;-) It's bound to be a good game no matter who wins!

Fernando See Tony's comment but I sure hope YOU are right!

Lisa Hey girl I can only imagine the electricity in your town right now and I have thoroughly enjoyed following your posts here and on Facebook about the whole experience! It is cool that the Manning's have such a great relationship with New Orleans BUT this year it's New Orleans turn! And I would love to be at your house about the time you start serving Jambalaya! In the spirit of the game we are making Paul Prudhomme's spicy bbq shrimp along with as you say, "a ton of other goodies" too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

 First things first - The E-A-G-L-E-S will sweep the cowGIRLS next year !!!

I would love to root for Drew,I've always liked him ! But Peyton is also an incredible person so

 GO COLTS !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry (KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Lancaster, PA.) 9 months ago

Russell ! Very nicely put, and as a STEELERS fanI am really just looking forward to an explosive and entertaining game today - but Brees (and his Saints) would be a nice underdog story if they can pull it off. I would be happy to see them take it, although I just dont know how they will stop the Colts O !!!

Either way, nice spotlight Russell !

Posted by Sheldon Neal ~ That British Agent ~ Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) 9 months ago

I am the weird girl who has been a football fan since I was a kid in the late 70s.  Pittsburgh has been my team since day one and I enjoyed the rivalry with the Cowboys (I met Jerry Jones several years ago, great guy but Uh-Oh Romo has got to go)! 

Now the hubby loves the Colts, so I do too.  Peyton is a genious. The Saints are great, too though.  Should be a good game.


Posted by Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker, NW Metro Atlanta (DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA)) 9 months ago

Hi again Russell!  Thanks so much for the kind words!  I forgot to ask--are you going to the Dallas Rain Camp?  Hope so!

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) 9 months ago

is there some kind of football event today?

Posted by Alan May, Coldwell Banker Evanston Realtor®, Evanston Real Estate (Evanston Condos, Evanston Homes, North Shore Homes) 9 months ago

I am not a football fan, but i will watch this year. Have we ever had a Super Bowl with two quarterbacks who are classy on and off the field. Drew brees is an inspiration with what he has done for the city off the field. These guys don't need to trash talk, they just perform. Even if you don't love football, the essence of great leadership from both of these men should be studied by all of us. By the way on another note, please keep us up on the stripper pole construction. I knew I couldn't be serious for the whole comment.

Posted by Joe REALTOR® Oklahoma Investment Properties (Redbud Realty) 9 months ago

Hello.  My name is Elizabeth and I am not a football fan.  There, I admitted it.  *wink*  I am  huge fan of the superbowl commercials....does that help?   I will be cheering for the Saints for our fellow friend, Lisa Heindel as well!  (here's hoping you will someday get that surprise of a stripper pole in your bedroom, LOL)

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden Huntsville AL MLS - (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) 9 months ago

Just stopped by to invite you to the ActiveRain Super Bowl Party. Stop by if you get a chance. Geaux Saints!

Just shy of a religion! Hah! Football is the #1 religion in Texas!

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Russel Ray, Property Consultant) 9 months ago

Hey y'all thanks for dropping by I'll be back to reply in a while, I am making Queso and finishing up the Cajun shrimp, Hot wings, and a bunch of other goodies

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

No, I am NOT a football fan but it never ceases to amaze me the sheer numbers of men AND women at our office who are! I do however like a party and the commercials and that is always a lot of fun so whatever happens, I hope your team wins!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) 9 months ago

Michael HA HA about those Eagles, yeah...right, dream on! But I do understand about the quarterbacks and it's actually nice to be able to choose between two great athletes!

Sheldon I just think it's cool that you have learned about and embraced our game of "Football". One of the best things about this Superbowl is that it is going t be a very competitive game and it could go either way! Enjoy the game!

Hello Again Debe Well it's true and I will email you, when I heard you were planning to attend I decided to try and make it happen!

Alan Young man...don't get me started! Oh dang you always crack me up!

Joe you have nailed it on these two Quarterbacks! AND...I just found out that the pole is on back order at Home Depot for several months...I guess everyone is getting ready for the post season :-O

Elizabeth That's cool because I know lots of people who watch the Superbowl ONLY for the commercials..and I really appreciate the positive thought on the "gym equipment", see previous reply ;-)

Russel Yes you are absolutely right and as a native Texas son you KNOW! BTW I just dropped off some BBQ from the Salt Lick at the Active Rain Superbowl Party and will check in again at half time!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Russell, I am not a football fan...but my husband is and he will be glued to the set...

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot Lewisburg WV Realtor (Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate) 9 months ago

What a great blog. As a die hard 49ers fan and in general a fan of the game,I truly appreciate your addiction. It always seems that these players are always willing to give back and the communities seem to support them. That's  the spirit that makes  the game and this country great. Enjoy the game.

Posted by Mary Cassidy (Coldwell Banker ) 9 months ago

Being a 49er fan I almost always root for the NFC team.  The one exception being the game between the Giants/Patriots a couple of years ago. I was pulling for the Patriots to pull off the immaculate season.  But alas it didn't happen.  Great post and best of luck to you Russell.

Posted by Jerry Murphy, Anthem AZ Real Estate (Long Real Estate) 9 months ago

High school football is almost impossible for me to watch -- The NFL rules, and I can take or leave college ball. 

Posted by Agent Aaron | Hill Country TX Homes For Sale | Austin TX MLS | Avoid Foreclosure (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) 9 months ago

Hi Russell, we have the pre-game on here at the Blood Center for the fans who wanted to donate! Hope to see you again soon!

Posted by Your Friends at the Blood Bank 9 months ago

Russel - I have become a football fan in 1983/84 when I first met my husband - he patiently explained the many rules of the game to me each Saturday (College) and Sunday (Pro). Being a soccer player and fan in Germany I thought it was hilarious and funny watching players tackling each other with an odd shaped ball.  Then in 1985, I got hooked forever when I watched a live football game between Dolphins and the Chiefs at the Orange Bowl in Miami, from then on football to me is my #1 sport I watch religiously during the season. I'm 100% Dolphin fan and looking back to this season Miami had almost, yes almost both teams beat.  As I get ready to watch the game tonight, I'll say "may the better team truly win", without the luck of the straw.

I really enjoyed reading your blog and the story about Drew Brees.

Posted by Petra Norris - Lakeland Florida Realtor® Lakeland Florida Homes, and more.... (CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.) 9 months ago

I'm happy that Drew Brees has been such a positive force in New Orleans.


Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) 9 months ago

Thanks for this post! I am a bigger football nut than all of the men in my family!  My San Diego Chargers didn't make it this year, but former Charger, Drew Brees, did!  Geaux Saints!


Posted by Brigitte Johnson (Keller Williams Realty) 9 months ago

Rebecca Most of my friends who don’t watch football have a really good time enjoying themselves doing something else during the game so have some fun!


Mary Well thank you very much and it is indeed good to see athletes doing good and giving back to their communities. You ahve a good day watching the game too!


Jerry Like you I am also an NFC fan, it should be a great game today and thanks for dropping by!

Aaron I felt that way for quite some time until our son began playing football at Westlake and then it just “happened” ;-)


Blood Bank and Apherisis Hello everyone, enjoy the gamea nd YES I will be in to see y’all next week!


Petra  thank you for stopping by and I enjoyed reading your comment. It’s pretty cool that you grew up playing and enjoying European sport but also became a fan of American Football! Miami is certainly improving with the addition of the Big Tuna and even Texas Alum Ricky Williams seems to be playing better since he gave up the ganja ;-O


Bruce  You are right, he has been suh a positive force with the Saints but also with the entire City of New Orleans. Thanks for commenting, it;s alays good to see you my friend!


Brigitte well you certainly sound like the most fun person in your family and I like that you stillsupport Brees as a former player at San Diego. BTW we are also big fans of Ladainian Tomlinson another great person as well as athelete!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

I hope to see a good game.  Go Saints!  Bring some good feelings back to the area.  Hopefully boost the economy for the area.

Posted by Sajy Mathew (Prudential Homesale Services Group) 9 months ago

Saints take the lead!!!

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) 9 months ago

Saints on TOP!

at least for now ;-)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

lead just changed

but good run back off the kick off

Posted by Clark Hitchcock Fraser Valley Realtor (Re/Max Nyda Realty Inc) 9 months ago

I've got no dog in this super bowl fight, but i'm pulling for the colts. 

Posted by Joseph Keech (Blue Atlantic Properties) 9 months ago

Saints retake the lead!!!

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) 9 months ago

Interception.  Score!  I think the Saints have this game locked up.


Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) 9 months ago


Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Hi Bruce..we cannot count Peyton Manning out ;-)


Miracle WIN!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

First win for New Orleans

Drew  Brees 32/39 82%  Nice job for Westlake's former Quarterback!


Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Well done. I so enjoyed reading your article, Russell. Brees played his heart out. 

Posted by Andrew J. Lenza (Coldwell Banker) 9 months ago

I am SOOOOOOOO proud of the Saints tonight.  What a great game!

Posted by Renee Burrows - Las Vegas Real Estate (702-580-1783) (The Force Realty -Realtor>Estate>Probate>REO>Short Sale) 9 months ago

Now I really feel guilty for not knowing who was playing!  I never know, unless of course it's the EAGLES, and that's only because the testosterone level in my house goes through the roof then!   Great post! 

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) 9 months ago

Wow I just had to stop by...I am so happy for the Saints, New Orleans, the whole  state and of course Drew Brees.  That touching photo of Drew  with his new little son was the most precious picture of a victory win that has ever been seen.  It had to bring a tear to every eye that saw the win.  Really  if you are a Colts fan a bit of you have to be happy for the Saints.

I could not be more overjoyed than is the Steelers won. and....that is saying something for a die hard Steeler fan

Happy Victory............Saints.........enjoy   what a game

Posted by June Lewis Realtor® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) 9 months ago

OK. Russell has been bugging me all day about reading his blog and leaving a comment...After the Gulf Coast got pounded by Hurricane Katrina 4.5 years ago I watched the pictures on the news and felt heartache that New Orleans was practically destroyed. I have fond college memories of Mardi Gras spent in New Orleans. I still run into displaced New Orleans folks when they are seeking health care here in Austin.

 Now the Saints get a shot at the biggest show on earth with a Westlake kid at the helm and they WON. Amazing! How great is that. I am a lover and cheerleader for the underdog. It is also an inspiring story of hope, recovery, and the strength of the human spirit. I'll have to get a family trip planned to New Orleans.

BTW... Thanks Russell for letting the whole world know about the pole in our bedroom!

Love ya honeybunch!

Margaret Lewis

Posted by Margaret Lewis 9 months ago

Russell - I am happy for you and "your" Saints.  :)  I didn't watch any of it, as I mentioned before.  Have a terrific week, my friend.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) 9 months ago

Pole in your bedroom?  Did I miss something?!!  LOL

Saints played a GREAT game--was a bit worried about them that first quarter though but, they pulled it together!  And, 32 of 39?  That HAS to be a Super Bowl record!  I know he tied for the most passing yards but, I'm curious about the pass completions.  Regardless, he AND the team were amazing tonight!

The BEST part of the evening--other than Porter's interception--was AFTER the game when they did a close-up on Drew with tears in his eyes, holding his adorable baby boy and kissing him on the cheek as he looked around in amazement at the stadium!  How precious was THAT?!  Or should I say, DAT?!

Have a great week and I can't wait to hear from you about Dallas!  I am SUPER psyched about meeting all of my Texas buddies!  I tried to talk hubby into going but, he said he wanted to stay in his man-cave and work while I play!


Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) 9 months ago

Sajy Well we surely did get to see a GREAT Game!


Bruce Thanks for commenting during the game it was fun to post in real time during the game!


Clark This was a game that was not decided until the end for sure. Thanks fro stopping by!


Joseph The Colts played very well but I think the Saints just wanted it more!


Andrew Thanks so much for stopping by and Brees along with the rest of the team did play with a lot of heart!


Renee WOW you are so right, I hear you and it was a sight to behold!


Susan You are so funny so now will you forget that I said you wre having a blonde moment? As far as living in a house filled with Eagles fans...well, I will have to pray for the whole family ;-)

HI MARGARET Thanks for making one of your rare appearances here on my blog! I know we both care deeply for those who ae not as fortunate as ourselves and that compassion extends to many both locally and in the world. It was fun watching the game today and even more so with Drew Brees being a Westlake student. As far as that pole, you always manage to crack me up. Now 1/3 of the people who read this are probably shocked (yeah...I like that) 1/3 don’t know WHAT to believe and a 1/3 are probably a bit envious! I love you too and we really are having a great life together!


Jason Me and my Saints? too funny but it was a lot of fun and next year maybe our Cowboys!


Debe I agree with everything you said, especially when Brees was tearfully holding his baby boy during the celebration at the end of the game! Probably the best Superbowl I have ever witnessed and it turns out the #1 show of all time with over 104 MILLION viewers. I do hope this helps New Orleans as a turning point when they really need it!


And yes I am very excited to be able to at last meet you and a lot of other Rain Members in Dallas because I JUST SIGNED UP! See you next week!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

LOL Margaret...

It's so wonderful to finally meet you. If its any consolation he never once mentioned that pole to me :)


Yup. You're the one who's blessed :)

P.S. Margaret can I still tease him? :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryant's Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) 9 months ago

What a game it was...and how cool was it to see Drew holding his son at the end of the game with tears in his eyes as he enjoyed the fruits of his labor.  I's a girl thing to like seeing a guy cry...but it was cool. 

Posted by Claire Record (Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country) 9 months ago

I'm glad your team won!  I was too busy attending my dad's birthday party and cooking burgers to pay much attention.  But I did catch a few minutes of the half time show.

Posted by Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro Maui Real Estate Sales (Jim Sanders Realty Inc. - Maui) 9 months ago

I'm a Steeler by marriage, LOL even though I am a Jacksonville native (sorry Jags). I thought for sure that Manning would win it but I was secretly rooting for the underdogs.

Posted by Kim Dove Jacksonville FL Realtor (Watson Realty Corp) 9 months ago

My voice is shot, but I've still got enough in me for another big WHO DAT!!!  What an unbelievable game that was....the newspaper said it all this morning.  We Belong.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans West Bank Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Crescent City West Bank Partners) 9 months ago

TLW Margaret say’s hi! She does not do social media and this was indeed a rare appearance. She likes to say, she is Linked Out ;-O And she is used to teasing in every forum and is just happy that I have friends who put up with me. And yes, I am the lucky one, now about that pole...


Claire We also thought that was very moving and also another look into a man who really is a good guy all around! And yes it’s cool to cry now and then ;-)

Georgina Well Happy Birthday to your Dad! And for some reason I figured you might also be a fan of the Who (it makes sense dosen’t it!)


Kim I know about Steeler fans and have several friends who are also fans (including June Lewis) so I can understand...Funny that you mentioned it but a lot of folks like to root for the underdog and this time they came out on TOP!


Lisa We are so happy for the Saints along with you an your fabled city! I hope this is the true turning point for y’all and that the future continues to get better. You DO belong and WHO DAT?

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Hey there Russell, You know you have a way of writing like your readers are on raft gently bouncing on the calm waters and then BAM you flip over our raft with a line like “Hey baby, would you please install a stripper pole in our bedroom?”. Thanks buddy, my desk and keyboard have my afternoon cuppa tea all over the place now


I was going to comment on this earlier but I had nothing to contribute since I don't watch football. Yes I do sit down w/ my Ted and pick out who I want to root for before the game but here is my criteria;

  • what colors will they be wearing that day
  • what cool graphic is on their helmet
  • what state are they located in
  • who is the coach
  • who is the quarterback
  • who are those players with the long hair
  • does anyone endorse a junk food I like

But hey I've picked more winners this year than the resident fan at my home this year, what can I say? And I did pick the Saints to win while my husband picked the Colts. Can't blame him we lived in MD until 4 years ago and he was born in Baltimore if you remember when they were the Baltimore Colts till the mean, mean man moved them out in the middle of the night.


Posted by Cynthia Bartch ~ Redesigned Spaces ~ all round nice gal... (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) 9 months ago

OOPS! Sorry about the tea but really when my wife asked if we could drop that much money to go to a Cowboys game, it was just as surprising as if she had asked for...well you get it ;-)

Wow! You actually picked more winners? I am completely impressed! And I have to tell you that with all of the whacked ideas, theories and conjecture that I went through this season, you probably ave a better system than anyone I know!

One other thing, I remember those Colts of Baltimore, that was the team upset by Broadway Joe Namath and I am stiil a fan of Peyton Manning, He is going to win more Super Bowls in the future. We just had a lot of fun watching Drew Brees for our High School take the Saints all the way!

Thanks for stopping by Cynthia, I always like our conversations!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Posted by Renee Burrows - Las Vegas Real Estate (702-580-1783) (The Force Realty -Realtor>Estate>Probate>REO>Short Sale) 9 months ago

Hi Renee, thanks for the very cool Valentine's Day Card, I hope you had a great time with the whole family today!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago

Russell I am just browsing through some of your recent blogs and realized I have been so busy that Ihave not had time to see what you are up too. I see that you are posting more consistently and you are such a good story teller that it's fun reading your blog! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) 8 months ago


What does the graphic say?