I know that BBS is totally up to his head with draft related stuff, so I thought that I would take the time to kind of relay what the draft party was like for those who chose not to come and those who couldn't make it do to distance or other obligations.
First off, I've been to the Ram a couple of times before
and I think it is a great place to drink, eat, and watch sports. It's a little pricey, but well worth it if you have some discretionary income. There is really nothing distinctive about the place on the inside, but they do carry quite a few microbrews that I hear are quite tasty. When we walked in to the place, I was kind of surprised at how small the turnout was. We got there a little before 4, and the place still had a number of open tables and bar seats.
As we walk in there is a table there with some registration.
n cards to win some Colts swag, which we of course fill out and turn in. We then followed a sign that led to the back banquet room, and inside were some Colts proshop people, some memorabilia, and a table with Phillip Wheeler(who I somehow instantly recognized) and Keyunta Dawson(who I wasn't sure about at first). Luckily for me, before we went up to get autographs, i noticed that there were only two game photos available for sale, and since I'm a dork and know just about every Colts player's number, I confirmed that the other guy was in fact Keyunta.
Knowing that, I walked up to the table they were both kind of just looking at me and I'm like, how do I choose which one to have sign my hat? So I just walked up to Wheeler since he's closest to the door and hand him the hat off my head(2008 blue sideline) and ask him to sign it. He was very nice, but didn't look very comfortable doing the autograph thing yet. But I shook his hand and went out to the bar while my buddy got Keyunta's autograph, just happy because I have NEVER gotten an autograph from an athlete of any sort before.
At the bar, we set up shop at the end facing the largest TV in the house and take a look around. Sitting four seats away from me is Blue in a XXXXL Manning pro bowl jersey, at the other side near the windows is a bunch of tables with Jeffery Gorman, (magically) Phillip Wheeler, Keyunta, Forrest Lucas, Joe Stayzniak, and that other guy from 1070. Pretty sweet. So we get a drink and order the "Golden Mozzarella" and settle in to watch the first few picks. After Al Davis' epic fail of a pick, a Colts PR guy comes over and asks my friend if he would like to do a trivia game. My friend says yes and goes over to Jeffery's table. They turn up the sound and JG asks my buddy Taco what is the first name of the man who Lucas Oil Stadium is named after, and then tells him he should get it right because he's right in front of him. Luckily, my buddy knew that it was Forrest and just like that my friend won not only two preseason tickets, a zip-up hoodie, a t-shirt, a hat, a laniard, a blanket, and a roller cooler with built-in radio, but also his first contest ever. Awesome.
We finished the day out finishing off our drinks and talking to a few random people and that crazy "Colts Super Fan".
Overall, very nice experience, though I was THOROUGHLY disappointed at the lack of cheerleaders(which we may have missed). On the bright side, they have plenty of attractive waitresses and bartenders, so that was nice. The Ram has great food, great drink selection, and pretty good service. And the Colts did a pretty good job at getting their message out there and holding an event that a real Colts fan will remember for a long time(especially on a beautiful day like today - wow).
And here is my pic of me and Keyunta Dawson(whom I did eventually have sign my hat as well). He was a nice guy and definitely more used to the sign and take photos grind than Wheeler. You can see the autographs on the white part of the bill. The picture sucks because my BlackBerry has a 1.3 MP camera that has noise at pretty much any level of brightness.