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November 18, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Football: cleats, masks, and machetes

Nothing says NFL football like machetes and bandoliers. And Lucha libre masks.

OK. Maybe only in Houston, but one Texan Superfan will be missing a few of his favorite accessories For Monday’s game in Mexico City.

Apparently the stadium there bans certain things…and I’m like, “Wait. They allow all that stuff in NRG Stadium here?”

Superfan's wardrobe and accessories laid out to pack for Texan's game (

When traveling, it’s important to pack the right accessories.(

This creative Houstonian is blending cultures: NFL football gear with Lucha libre (with a little help from his mom)

“Traveling Texans Superfan excited to see team play in home country”

Go ahead and watch the short video. You gotta love this guy.

And it’s so Houston.

Man in costume. Superfan NFL outfit (

Fans, the game day costume challenge gauntlet has been thrown down.(

What will other heritage inspired Superfans create?

Real possibilities with the international population.

Guaranteed to get you some big time screen time. (Think selfies! Fans of Superfans!)

No time to drop the ball, cultural slackers.

NFL is getting desperate for a way to grab eyeballs.

Some are saying pack your own lunch if heading to the Texans vs Oakland Raiders event.

“Team warned top stay in hotel; not order room service in Mexico”

Psyche! Although for serious fans, it’s more than just a game…

But no problemo – even without all the spirited accessories, Superfans like Carranza are ready for some US football. And if this game is anything like the international soccer games here, everyone better hope that stadium is structurally overbuilt and super sturdy.

“Fandom without borders” (ESPN: Why the NFL is in Mexico.)

The games people play. NBA targeted China, remember?

Going long.

Get ready for that pass. (And pass the chips which fall where they may and it’s OK ’cause the dog will eat them.)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Costume accessories of Oved Carranza. Texans NFL Superfan wardrobe. (

Ok now. Eager to see even more culturally diverse and creative fan outfits at the games soon. Pancho Villa and the Zapatistas can’t be the only inspiration out there.(



  1. easyweimaraner / Nov 18 2016 6:28 am

    I hope the machetes stay at home and the bats will be only used for pinatas …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 18 2016 6:50 am

      People better remember to take ear plugs – it’s going to be loud. Loud enough to wake up the bats sleeping in the caves around Austin (they’re not a fan of early football games). Thanks for kicking over a comment


  2. roughwighting / Nov 18 2016 6:30 am

    I’m a huge NFL fan (go figure) and love watching my Patriots on TV. And when I lived in the bay area, I was all into the 49ers (when they were a GREAT team). But going to a game? Tried it once – barely survived. I prefer to stay home and watch with the fire roaring and a good bowl of popcorn by my side. AND, I don’t have to wear a costume. :-0


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 18 2016 6:53 am

      It’s extreme football fan gear….team colors paint is so old news now. HA HA. Thanks for leaving a cheering comment


  3. shoreacres / Nov 18 2016 7:01 am

    I thought it was pretty funny that they had to advise the boys to leave their gold jewelry and wads of cash at home, too. And, to stay away from the beef, since it could be full of banned substances like growth hormones. Cross-cultural exposure is great, but watch out for those hidden dangers!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 18 2016 7:58 am

      If we could bottle common sense and sell it, we could be rich.(Think Kardashian learned from Paris?)
      thanks for traveling with this team


  4. Kate Crimmins / Nov 18 2016 7:15 am

    Much better than looking at the painted bodies of husky (I’m being kind) naked men!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 18 2016 8:00 am

      Bulk should be on the field not in the stands and tv screens. Let’s encourage fan costume contests! Thanks for adding a dressed up comment

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  5. sustainabilitea / Nov 18 2016 10:33 am

    My husband was reading me the warnings last night. Gee, sounds like fun. Not! There are a few teams I’d like to see in person, such as the Packers at Lambeau Field, other than that, I vote for the comforts of home while enjoying my games. After coming close to freezing to death in the upper seats in Cleveland, it’s so much nicer at home.



  6. RKLikesReeses / Nov 18 2016 5:03 pm

    Wow. Flabbergasted, here. I had no idea!


  7. PiedType / Nov 19 2016 10:05 pm

    Love your expression “structurally overbuilt.” It should be required of every sports stadium. (Maybe it already is.)

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  8. sportsattitudes / Nov 21 2016 9:27 am

    I just read an article about how Azteca Stadium is viewed by former US soccer star Eric Wynalda (“the worst place to ever play a sporting event”) and local sports medicine doctor Jorge Avendano Reyes (“there can be headaches, dizziness, sensation of fatigue, accelerated heartbeat, hyperventilation…we can also have respiratory symptoms when we are exposed often to the pollution.”) I know the NFL is always going to go where they perceive new revenue streams can be fracked…but what the frack? Besides playing a game at an altitude approaching cloud-level…there apparently is also enough pollution about that athletes and medical staff equally pray for rain to ease the burden of competing there. This should be interesting…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 22 2016 7:24 am

      Certainly an odd game: lazers beaming from the stands at players, Did you see the tall chain link fence with the barbed wire between the upper and (more expensive) lower seating areas? The players certainly looked to be suffering from altitude sickness – sluggish and heavy. The pollution is terrible there (but maybe less thi time of year without the smoke from burning fields and heat inversions from summer). Each spring pollution is one of the imports we get locally from Mexico. No fence going to help that. And tired of hearing all the wailing about how the US must cut pollution when…cough cough cough (with a slight accent).
      Rather annoyed at the little NFL “history lesson” that said Mexico was founded by Spanish explorers/intruders (Who arrived sometime after 1500)…bet the Aztecs would differ. Their empire was quite large before the Spanish arrived (and they did have slavery) with Mexico City called Tenochtitlan in 1325. Surprised there hasn’t been something said about that.
      Once again it appears the NFL has only one thing as priority – profits. It’s gladiator time for real.
      Those who don’t remember and learn from history?

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  9. sportsattitudes / Nov 22 2016 8:36 am

    The NFL will stop a game if lightning is within a few miles of a stadium, even take the teams off the field…but they won’t stop a game if someone is pointing a laser into a QB’s eyes. I did see the fence – the whole lower bowl of the stadium had a rather “off” configuration I felt. Yes, the gladiator aspect was in full force last night…”blinded” by profits of course.

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