Capital One Bowl: Behind the Scenes – Media Check-in
The DudeCrew has landed in lovely Orlando, Florida. Accompanied by WifeYouCrazy and Sister and Brother-in-law-YouCrazy we have thoroughly invaded the Rosen Plaza Hotel and bypassed all Capital One Bowl events in favor of a Swing Dancing competition that is underway in the lobby. True story.
But, I have now completed the vigorous media check-in process. They tried to keep me away by sending me to another Rosen hotel down the street, but DudeYouCrazy can’t be ignored, he can only be delayed.
Here are some of the perks of media-ness.
The Swag Bag
Upon check-in I was given this nifty (but slightly flimsy) tote bag emblazoned with the Capital One Bowl logo. It was full of all kinds of nerdy goodies (more on that forthcoming), but most importantly it is made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Materials. You’re welcome, Earth.
What the Fleece?
Included in the swag-bag was what appeared to be a laptop case. Upon further examination WifeYouCrazy thought it might have been a foldable stadium seatback. Nope. It was a foldable, zippable fleece blanket! DogYouCrazy will eat this thing in a matter of seconds.
Each team puts out a yearly Media Guide filled with statistics, information, biographies and other team-specific propaganda. Nebraska wins the media guide contest with a media guide that looks – and feels! – like a real football.
Each team also puts out a game-specific Media Guide with updated statistics and other information relevant to the Capital One Bowl.
It should be noted that Aaron Murray, Jarvis Jones and Tavarres King appear on both the annual and the Capital One Bowl Media Guide. Abry Jones is featured on the annual edition but has been replaced by Ty Frix – the longsnapper – for the Bowl Game. I can’t wait to dig deeper into that issue. Does Abry hate Ty? Is Ty a coach’s pet? What’s going on?!? I refuse to believe it has anything to do with an Abry Jones injury.
The Guide for Media
Also included in the set of information is a Guide for the media. It tells us where to be and whatnot.
This may sound like a friendly resource, but it can be a bit intimidating. The inside of it looks like a collegiate textbook. This is like a class except I like the subject matter and I got a free backpack for showing up on time.
Fortunately, if I get confused or feel the need to take notes Capital One hooked us up with some notepads.
The Press Pass
Of course, the most important part of all of this stuff is the actual Media Credential. This Holy Grail of football access is currently adorning my neck as I sit in a hotel room and pretend to be important.
When I went to check-in and pick this bad boy out, the attendant in the Green Room (yes, there was an actual Green Room – just like the NBA Draft or The Late Show) asked only for my name (no I.D. required). I gave it to him and he began rifling through some paperwork before tracking me down and asking, “DudeYouCrazy? What’s that all about?”
I explained that it was a little blog that had turned into a little more than that and picked up a little momentum over the past season. I probably used the term “little” five times. He commented, “That’s pretty cool. You must be doing something right.”
I wanted to say, “No dude, I’m just crazy.” Instead I laughed coyly and acted like I belonged. I’ll be doing that a lot this week.
As always, thanks for reading and be sure to check back often for Behind the Scenes updates.
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