Greetings from Gate A17 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Travel so far has been remarkably smooth (probably just jinxed myself). Traffic driving to the airport was unusually light and I’m not sure the last time I cleared security that quickly. Of course, it’s always quick when I allow myself two extra hours to get through it.
So I’ve had a lot of time to chill here at the gate. As I wrote earlier, I’m heading to Orlando to cover the Under Armor High School All-American Game but having to go through Tampa since that’s where the game will be played when I fly out Saturday. As a result, I’m sharing the flight down with a bunch of Auburn and Northwestern fans heading to the Outback Bowl.
I say “a bunch.” To be accurate I’ve seen a half-dozen or so Northwestern fans and two Auburn fans. I suspect most of the War Eagle crowd is probably driving down. I’ve also spotted four Georgia Tech fans. I’ll have to let them know the Orange Bowl is in Miami before we board.
Funny how the bowl thing works out. If Georgia doesn’t commit four second-half turnovers against Kentucky — the phrase “if a frog had wings” comes to mind — the Bulldogs would have been playing in the Outback Bowl and I probably would have covered that, too. I always enjoyed covering that game because it’s close to Clearwater Beach, one of my favorite destinations. But I digress.
The buzz this morning is about the rumor that Georgia coach Mark Richt had tabbed LSU’s John Chavis as the new defensive coordinator. Too bad I didn’t schedule an earlier flight because Chavis is due to address the media covering the Capital One Bowl at 2 p.m. in Orlando. I’m hoping to roll into town about 4 p.m. so I won’t have a chance. But I’ll keep my eyes and ears open while I’m there.
Coming up a little later I’ll be posting a blog about the Offense-Defense All-America Game that is being played in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Saturday. I talked to Georgia Tech commitment Denzel McCoy last night. He’s one of 14 Georgians participating in that game.
In the meantime be thinking about questions you might have for the players participating in the Under Armour Game. I’m planning to catch up with the Georgia guys late this afternoon at their hotel.
First boarding call so I better pack up.