The last two days have been a whirlwind of activity. Because of my work with Card Corner Club and Sportsology.net, I have had the distinct pleasure of being asked to cover, my hometown team, the Chicago Blackhawks, in their Stanley Cup match-up with the Philadelphia Flyers and issued full media credentials including locker room access!!
Yesterday I attended practice and a post-practice media session with locker room Q/A and the head coaches' press conference. Feeling a bit like a fish out of water, I followed the crowd after practice into the dressing room. When I entered that inner sanctum I'll be the first to admit that I was a bit star struck. Here was MY team!! I paused a few minutes to take it all in and realizing I actually had a job to do, I tentatively approached one of the players, former Flyer and current Hawk, Patrick Sharp. I had heard he was a nice guy so figured that would be a good place to start.
Now feeling more confident, I worked the room and worked up the nerve to ask more questions. I got some great sound bytes from Adam Burish, Antti Niemi, and Brent Sopel in addition to Sharp. You can hear all the audio and read my Stanley Cup preview over at http://sportsology.net .
Well today is the BIG day. After finding my way to the Media Work Room and enjoying a pre-game meal and reviewing Game Day Media notes, I am currently in my seat and we are a half hour away from puck drop and I couldn't be more excited.
Now back to "work" ;)