inside info from the CHI/STL roadtrip
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04-08-2006, 12:39 AM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, Tn.
something else that was strange...the amount of security the players all have to go thru to get on the bus and plane...here they finish the game, we walk down in the tunnel to the bus and all have to stand in line while security guards check their baggage and make each guy get the metal detector wand passed over them... then everyone has to show a picture id to prove who they are!..
was actaually surreal looking to see kariya in line behind me having to hold his arms up and get checked for bombs and then of all things have to pull out his wallet and show his driver's liscense so they could check him off the list
...john glennon. have to give the guy credit, he works hard at the games unlike many up on press row. seemed like a really sharp, nice guy himself. and we need to be honest...his two or three articles on line every morning are a huge improvement in coverage for the preds this year over past year..
..speaking of press row..handtick and i are sitting in the pred radio booth right next to the long press row in STL...every time the preds do something we stand and yel "atta boy" or something along those lines...we weren't supposed to be cheering in press row, was considered "unprofessional"...grin..of course we could have simply said well helll we're not professionals... but was funny to try to watch handtrick not jump up and yell out loud when weber scored that big goal...he jumps out of his seat and remembers he cann't yell out loud and just sits back down real quick.. was funny stuff
..crispy with some hilarious stories about the old braod street bullies and scottie bowman..not many that i can tell on here though
...united center is a much nicer hockey arena than savis center if you've never been to both of them, neither near as nice as the gec
..by the 2nd day handtrick and i had just about totally wormed our way into the inner circle of the team.. the first day they were kind of worried that we would act like some autograph hounds or something, but pretty soon after they found out we actually knew hockey and weren't just some pains in the azz and would respect their privacy when they wanted it, they just took us in as part of the team...by day three everyone is coming up to us an asking questions and wondering what we think about things and joking around with us..hell, two more weeks and handtrick might have been named an assistant gm
...very few of the players carry laptops on the road.. of course they have a few more important things to think about
..one guy, i won't say who, confided in us that the most infuriating thing about the team right now was the fact that we're having different problems almost every night we struggle..one night it's lack of having someone drive the net, the next it's we're not taking the point shot, the next it's the pp, the next it's the pk, the next it's the defense is too passive, the next it's we're taking too many penalties, the next we're simply giving up too many shots... no one single thing to fix, no one group to blame.. mentioned how tough this was as a coaching staff to fix when it might be a different thing every night
and for those that wonder if the pred players are keeping up with the scoreboard and into this whole race thing...last night late as we were flying home... a quick cheer goes up from the back of the plane where a bunch of the players are sitting... someone has a blackberry showing the scores of the Dalllas-Anaheim game going final...and dallas had just won...so yes, they know exactly what the deal is
tons of stories to go, let me think on them and what we can and cann't say and i'll put up some more in the morning
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