Well, faithful readers, this playoff series should be one for the books, especially for your trusty beat writer.
I was at practice today waiting to shoot the rookies...let me rephrase that in a more non-homicidal way...haha. I was at practice today to do a photo shoot with the rookies. While waiting for practice to be over so I could do the shoot and interviews, I was busy dodging pucks.
Ya'all know these guys have sometime an off-beat sense of humor. They think it's funny to watch the old lady jump as the puck hits the glass right by her...ugh. Today one escaped in my direction that I could've sworn was shot by someone recently named Player of the Week. Yes, that's Jo-Ann and Rich Cole's little boy who came up with the lame excuse that it hit the crossbar. Raise your hand if you believe that one... Pitiful.
It's all but official, fans and parents...no AmericaOne broadcast. Really a shame that so many of you who've enjoyed this connection with your sons and grandsons, not to mention so many hometown fans in Columbus won't be able to follow the team via the web for this game.
Game two at the Snake Pit will be on the web for your viewing pleasure. :) Hopefully none of us will be making another trip to Huntsville this season and round two will be on AmericaOne for ya'all.
The situation for game one is really awfull. Thanks to my pal Don Money of Prohockeynews, I can give you a peek into the Wilcoxon Iceplex. Check out its facebook page:
I'm hearing one set of restrooms, one concession stand, no beer, only 200 parking spaces.
Today I'm sitting in Jerome's office after the shoot and interviews, asking him about the setup there. He picked up the phone and called someone in Huntsville. Not sure if it was Ashley Balch whom I'd dealt with earlier or someone else.
When Jerome questioned him as to where Mike Vee would sit and whether there was room for me, he was told that Mike is sitting on a platform up in the air, to be accessed by a ladder. (Will pause while ya'all laugh at the very thought of my climbing a ladder and sitting on a platform...haha.) No table. Just a chair on a platform.
Then...Jerome asked if there was a net to protect Mike and me. When he was told no...bless his heart, Jerome told him very politely and pleasantly that that was unacceptable because it just plain wasn't safe. He said he couldn't put his people in danger. The guy said he'd call him back. Thanks to Jerome for not only being a pleasure to work with, but for standing up for me in my hour of need. haha
I've since learned from another source that there's a net in place protecting, not only me, but all the spectators. Thank goodness. Now all I hnow ave to worry about is somebody putting video on youtube of my climbing up and down that ladder... haha. :)
The guys, not surprisingly, are fine with this! They're all returning to their youth...a short trip for some...and the rinks they've always played in. Hope they're still happy when they have to make the trip from their lockerroom through a gauntlet of Huntsville fans. Holy Daryl Moor...who remembers the Daryl and Jeff Moor-Huntsville incident? Ugh.
Well, the guys are ready and I'm a lot more ready than I was when I got up this morning! A story in tomorrow's paper and another one Thursday and Saturday. The most interesting road trip ever on Thursday and back to the Pit on Saturday night. Just a normal week, right?