Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Jon Jordan on 01/28/11 at 12:12 PM ET
Well, we made it, and in some pretty decent time, as best I can tell.
But I will say this: Nine-and-a-half hours in a car with anyone is trying – and my partner on The Bolts Beat, ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran didn’t even do anything wrong. In fact, he did many things right! I mean, have you ever seen anyone eat three, count ‘em, three bacon cheeseburgers from Wendy’s in one sitting??? In fairness, I should counter that with an admittance to crushing about eight double stuffed Oreos once the energy meter started plummeting but, man, was that burger bombing awfully impressive!
We arrived right around 12:30 am and were basically settled in the room by 1:00. I considered a quick pint at what was described as the only place that would still be open right here in the vicinity of our hotel but decided against it in favor of some shuteye.
After some brain-rotting via Policewomen of Cincinnati on the tube (humanity, I’ve never had such little faith in you), I drifted away with the chance to crash for as long as my heart desired, with no morning responsibilities for the first time since August of 2008 (when the first of my two amazing sons was born)…
And I popped up right around 7:15…
Hell, beats 6:00 am!!!
Today, largely, is wide open. We’ll head down to pick up our credentials at the league hotel (the one, for which, we missed the reservation deadline and, thus, ended up here on the other side of town) and then putz around downtown for much of the day. The NHL Fan Fair is going on at the Convention Center and there’s some kind of street celebration downtown later on so maybe we’ll make an appearance at one or both of those happenings.
Media availability is listed both before and after tonight’s player draft so we’ll pile up as much material as possible from that gathering and get something out there tonight before a league-sponsored media reception at some joint called Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Company (which, lo and behold, sounds like just my kind of place!)
The locals won’t stop pushing Carolina barbeque, so I imagine that will have to be explored at some point as well.
I’ll snap some pictures throughout the day today and include those in later posts.
Be sure to follow along via Twitter for real-time updates throughout this weekends
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