Victoria men win trip to Super Bowl
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Two years ago, Mike Rodriguez got the chance to go to a Cowboys-Falcons game. It's nice, but it's nothing compared to the game he's headed to this weekend.
Rodriguez, a Victoria resident, is in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. He and friend Ronnie Rozner won a sales contest through their work at the local Miller Lite distribution center.
The prize, which they won last summer, includes tickets to the game and passes to NFL sponsored parties, including the NFL commissioner's party, over the weekend.
Their trip began Thursday when they drove up to Dallas facing the threat of winter storms.
Luckily for Rodriguez and Rozner, they had a smooth trip without any hassle from the atypical Texas winter. However, they did start to see the affects of ice and snow as they got about 50 miles from their destination.
"That's when we started seeing ice and slush everywhere," Rodriguez said. "There were some cars that spun out in front of us."
When Rodriguez and Rozner planned to come up a day early, they had no idea what would be in the forecast. But it looks like they made a good decision.
"I'm very glad we came early," Rodriguez said. "Love Field was closed and DFW only had two runways open. I overheard some people trying to get a private jet."
Because of the weather and the six inches of snow outside, the two spent much of the first day in the hotel, but that was still an interesting place to be.
"The most exciting thing was we asked somebody at the hotel if there were any celebrities staying there," Rodriguez said. "And he said we just missed Jerry Jones. He left right before we came in."
The John Madden Football EA Sports party was also held in the hotel on Thursday night.
Rodriguez said he suspects more celebrities are staying at the hotel, but he doesn't know for sure.
He saw his share during some of the parties he and Rozner attended.
On Friday night, they were at a party at Billy Bob's, which featured live performances from Blake Shelton, Uncle Kracker and the Casey Donahew Band.
On Saturday, they got in to the Verizon Theater for the NFL commissioner's party, which included performances from the Pretenders and Faith Hill.
But it's all just a lead up to the big event. On Sunday afternoon, they'll attend a tailgate party before the gates open at Cowboys Stadium.
Once inside, they'll have seats in the 400 section, close to one of the end zones, though they won't know which end zone until they pick up their tickets on Sunday.