Capital One Bowl: Behind the Scenes – Pregame Report from the Press Box and the Field
Before I begin any semblance of “coverage” or “reporting” from the Press Box at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on the banks of Lake Lorna Doon, I want to wish a very happy birthday to DadYouCrazy. For as long as I can remember we have been threatening to join the media and cover sports full-time. I still have and appreciate my real job, but as far as hobby writing goes this is about as good as it gets. But, it’s only about as good as it gets because I wish my best friend was up here with me.
If you had a better son maybe he could have figured out a way to sneak you into the Press Box. I should have learned more from your creative maneuvering around ticket ushers at the Georgia Dome as we snuck down to court-side seats at various NCAA basketball tournaments – like we owned the place. Maybe if I had paid closer attention when we snuck into the Xavier Alumni tailgate, you would be here.
But, your dedication to your faith, your family and your work is not lost on me. And I am more thankful for those teachings than any others.
I promise to sneak you into one of these someday (although such a promise may have just doomed my own future in media-only areas). In any event, I owe you one – OK, maybe two!
Happy birthday, dad! I love you. I’ll call you after the game with a game plan for next year’s Bowl.
Now, some thoughts on the pre-game action in the Press Box.
This morning a hopped on the media shuttle from the hotel to head to the stadium around 9:30. Ironically several members of the media knew where to go, but the driver somehow did not. Nevertheless, we eventually made it and the time that was filled with sports guys chatting about the Fiscal Cliff was simply…unforgettable.
Once we arrived at the stadium we were ushered in through a wide open gate and found our way to the elevators up to the Press Box. For once, I got to go through one of these guarded gates without acting like I was on the phone and my hands were too full to find my ticket/badge. It was kind of a letdown.
I considered popping in here and doing a little coaching, but decided better of it.
I found my name on the seating chart…
And then found some extra crispy bacon…
And I settled in for a nice little breakfast with a half-way decent view.
Playing the Field
After carbing up (I hit the hash browns pretty darn hard) I made my way down to the field where did my best to avoid being interviewed by Samantha Steele.
Todd Grantham followed closely behind with a pretty impressive man-purse.
Then I caught Mark Richt and Mike Bobo talking trash.
And later Mark Richt got arrested. Juuuuuust kidding.
And Marlon Brown played the old “tap your coach on the opposite shoulder and make him look the wrong way” trick on Mike Bobo.
Hey guys, dance if you love DudeYouCrazy!
When Jarvis Jones smiles, world hunger is cured.
I popped a squat with Michael Bennett, Chase Vasser and the other injured folk and had the best seat in the house.
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