A week ago tonight, I had the good fortune of watching the Oklahoma State-Arizona game with Melanie Weeden.
The wife of Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden has a perspective like no other, and I wanted to share her unique story with our readers. She was nice enough to oblige my request.
As we hashed out details of the evening ahead of time, she told me that her seat in the family section had been selected in advance. Usually, as players’ families pick up their tickets at the will-call window, they just receive the next seats in the section. The athletic department might start handing out the tickets in front first or they might start in the back or they might start somewhere in the middle. It just depends. That means that where she sits usually isn’t known.
The difference in the Arizona game?
ESPN was considering sending its sideline reporter into the stands to interview Melanie, so the network wanted to know where she was sitting.
She was given an aisle seat — seat 50, row 8 in section 209.
I found her there, and because the row was pretty packed and because everyone stood up most of the time anyway, I was mostly in the aisle. But when Ty Weeden, Brandon’s brother, decided to go find some friends, it opened some space on the row. I hung with Melanie for about three quarters, and most of the time, I had a place to sit during timeouts and a place to stand where I was out of the aisle.
You guessed it — seat 50, row 8 in section 209.
Now, if you’ve seen Melanie, you know that she has long brown hair and is about 5-foot-6 or so. And if you’ve seen me, you know that I have long brown hair and am about 5-foot-5.
Earlier today, I got a message via Twitter from Melanie.
“Ha!” she wrote. “A guy interviewing Brandon from ESPNU asked him a question about his wife taking notes at the games! He must have seen you in my seat!”
Me: “Please don’t tell me the guy asked that on live TV!”
Her: “Ha! No, I think they’re shooting stuff to play during the TU game. I’m sure B looked at him like he had 10 heads. He knows me better than that!”
At least they didn’t show “Mrs. Weeden” taking notes during the live broadcast last Thursday.