Well, this was a pretty wild leg of my 2012 Training Camp experience. And we’re only getting warmed up. From Charlotte on Wednesday to New York City to cover the NFL’s Total Wellness initiative on Thursday to San Francisco for 49ers practice today at around 2:30 p.m. Pacific. Whew.
Want a quick recap of how we got here? Here we go…
– I’d never been to the league office in New York, and I came away really impressed. I can’t be alone in that. It’s all football. An obscenely and awesomely large TV (right) showing NFL Network, a beautiful Super Bowl ring display with every ring, even a nice NFL shield on the conference table. It was new and sparkling. I even got a kick out of the referee control room, where everyone studies the calls on Sundays. What’s cool are the endless pictures and apparel and stuff on the walls. My only regret is I didn’t force Gregg Rosenthal to take me to lunch. The league did a good thing with the health initiative, and they were great hosts. Looking forward to returning.
— An added bonus to the spin through New York was to get to see my family for a few hours. (Hi guys!) Hey, I even got to have a nice birthday dinner with my mom, a total bonus. Happened to be in town that one night. Go figure. The highlight was when the Latin-style band sang Happy Birthday to her. Awesome.
– The quick turnaround was crazy. I left lunch with some NFL peeps in New York, took a cab to JFK, then braced for my flight. Ho-hum, two hour delay in the airport. Then, we board. Boom, another two-hour delay on the Tarmac while a storm attacks New York. Twice, the pilot on this United flight said we were ready to go, only to deem the lightning too dangerous. He kept saying, “Your safety is first,” and you like to hear that. Finally, four hours after we were originally scheduled to go, we were airborne! Really nicely handled by the crew. We were informed and panic-free. Oh, and if I look tired on TV today, that’s why. Good thing I packed extra makeup.
– I flew into San Francisco, but the 49ers practice in Santa Clara. So, that was a trek. But I can’t lie, I’m pretty pumped for today. Yes, coach Jim Harbaugh can be kinda fun in interviews. And yes, there is a talented defense. But man, I want to see Randy Moss. The word was he was destroying practice in the spring. I expect more tomorrow from one of the best practice players I’ve ever seen. And the fact that he’s scheduled to do an interview? It should be a good time. Can’t wait.