Two Guys Walked Right Into The Super Bowl And Sat In $25,000 Seats Without Tickets

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“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” – Mark Twain.

Marky Mark’s words have never rang truer than in this story from the Super Bowl, where two Irish dudes showed up to Glendale without tickets, walked right through the front gate of University of Phoenix Stadium, and had $25,000 seats fall right into their laps.

Richard Whelan and Paul McEvoy, Seahawks fans from Ireland, traveled 5,000+ miles without any guarantee of actually getting into the big game. After realizing the cheapest tickets were in the price range of a new Kia, Rich and Paul took a shot in the dark and interviewed with NFL Network in hopes of copping some free tickets.

A photo posted by Richard Whelan (@rjjwhelan) on

No dice.

Out of options, the two essentially said, “Fuck it, let’s just walk up and see what happens.”

I mean, if they’re caught, it’s not like they’d face criminal charges. They’d just be politely asked to leave the premises. Also, they have the foreigner card in their back pockets, ready to play at any time. All they had to do was channel their inner Mickey O’Neil and confuse the shit out of the poor bastard working the gate.

Unfortunately, it never got to that point. These cheeky bastards made it in, Seahawks’ jerseys and all, blending in with a group of medics.

From Daily Mail:

‘Between one layer of security and another we just walked in behind these 20 first aid workers, straight up to the front door and hid in behind them.We walked past another security guard that just wasn’t paying attention. We could see the field then, the stadium and the atmosphere was insane…I remember looking at Paul’s face, we just couldn’t believe we got in.’

During halftime they stumbled across two empty seats in the fourth row worth a cool $25,000 each, next to former Patriots legend Lawyer Milloy, who finished his illustrious NFL career at the Seahawks. Whalen said: ‘We spoke to this guy and told him we had sneaked in. He told us the girls beside him were in the halftime show and so wouldn’t be coming back to their seats after halftime.

I got caught trying to sneak a flask into an Eagles preseason game once after the guard did nothing short of a full body cavity search. Meanwhile, these two dudes in neon jerseys just moseyed on in through the front door, no questions asked, and stumbled into fourth row seats next to Lawyer Milloy at the fucking Super Bowl. I would say some guys have all the luck, but then I remember Malcolm Butler happened.

Regardless, we should all aspire to be more like these two confident potatoes.

The next time there’s some dime piece at the bar you have no business talking to, throw down game as if she’s barely worth your time. If that job you want requires 10+ years in the field, just manipulate your resume to reflect such experience. As the ol’ adage goes: “Snake it till you make it,” or until someone calls your bluff.

[via Daily Mail]

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Dan Regester

Dan Regester @Dan_Regester is a Senior Writer, Podcast Host, and Video Guy for Grandex Media. He's Delco trash to the core and a UCF cinema studies graduate because he never got around to applying to an actual film school. Dan is a gambling man, crypto investor, and procrastinator. He enjoys long walks to the water fountain between bench press sets and is not a fan of the homeless, the elderly, or the Phoenix Airport. Email tips to

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