Disclaimer: This post isn’t necessarily about football. If you’re “not interested in your (my) life story” or my experiences at the Senior Bowl, turn back now.
This series will detail my experience with the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl. If you would like to read the first story in the series you can click here.
I haven’t quite gotten over feeling like I’m going to be an impostor but I have gotten more used to the idea. I feel as prepared as I can for a guy who has no idea what to expect, and part of that preparedness is having a plan. Since I’m writing about my experience, I figured I would put my plan for the event in (digital) ink. If nothing else, we can all laugh at how poorly I followed my plan.
Today, at 5:30 PM, Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy will give an introductory press conference. While that’s happening, I will be in Kansas City boarding my flight to Atlanta. This is the part where most people would tell you they have a connecting flight, but I am not most people. I could have taken a flight to Pensacola, Florida and been in Mobile, Alabama in short order. Even a flight to New Orleans puts me in my hotel room long before midnight. But you see, sports fans, to make a very long story somewhat shorter... I am a cheapskate.
I travel a lot for work. So much so that this trip is being funded almost entirely by Southwest Airlines and Hilton Hotels rewards points. The one thing I don’t have a lot of that would aid in the cost of this trip are enough rental car rewards points to have a free rental car, so other than food the rental car is my lone personal expense. As it turns out, rental cars in Pensacola and New Orleans were quite expensive when I booked this trip.
At the end of the day, I decided that saving around $300 on the car was worth the extra 3 (ish) hours of driving (one way) was going to be worth it. I feel completely justified in my decision, but ask me again at 11:00 PM Monday and I may feel differently. Best case scenario, I should arrive at my hotel around 1 AM Tuesday after I find my room, take a shower and get settled, I should get to bed around 2:15 AM.
Tuesday morning at 6:00 I will (attempt to) roll out of bed and head over to pick up my credentials before making my way to the National Football Scouting weigh-in, which runs from 7 to 8:45 AM. I assume I’ll be drinking copious amounts of coffee from 9 to 10:30 AM before the players arrive for Media Day. My only real plan here is to avoid doing anything incredibly stupid. I can’t promise anything.
Media Day runs from 10:45 AM to 1:15 PM. At some point I will have to eat before leaving media day to get to practice which runs until 4:30 PM. From 5 PM until I can no longer keep my eyes open I hope to win friends and influence people and at some point before I pass out I hope to record a podcast with Chris Blystone and Jim Campbell. I hope I don’t see Wednesday morning as the first official event of the day (North Team Practice) doesn’t get started until 12:30 PM and runs, until 5. My plan for Wednesday night is the exact same as Tuesday. Thursday looks just like Wednesday.
Friday morning, I will wake up some time around 3:30 AM to drive back to Atlanta to catch my 9:00 AM flight back to Kansas City, where I plan to sleep for roughly 19 hours before waking up Saturday and watching the Senior Bowl on TV like everyone else (assuming anyone else will actually watch the game).
So that’s the plan. I realize it’s not that detailed. There will be a lot of figuring things out as I go. I’m excited that the day is here, I can’t wait for my first trip to the Senior Bowl and I hope I’ll have as much fun as I’ve been told I will.
Check back often this week for more Senior Bowl related content, both Zach Hicks and myself will be bringing you updates all week long.