So I got home from Sochi .. and this was waiting for me. My own Strat-o-Matic baseball card.
Dreams do come true.
Lots more about this on the blog as soon as I recover from post-Olympics.

So I got home from Sochi .. and this was waiting for me. My own Strat-o-Matic baseball card.

Dreams do come true.

Lots more about this on the blog as soon as I recover from post-Olympics.

At most Olympic events, your press credential is all you need to attend. This tends tend work at, say, Nordic Combined. But for particularly popular events, reporters have to get special tickets. This is my ticket for tonight’s ice dancing competition, featuring Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Davis and White came to Sochi as America’s surest thing for gold. The pressure on them has been intense. And they’ve not only handled it all but when I wrote about them I found: They seem to be having fun doing it. 

At most Olympic events, your press credential is all you need to attend. This tends tend work at, say, Nordic Combined. But for particularly popular events, reporters have to get special tickets. This is my ticket for tonight’s ice dancing competition, featuring Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Davis and White came to Sochi as America’s surest thing for gold. The pressure on them has been intense. And they’ve not only handled it all but when I wrote about them I found: They seem to be having fun doing it. 

In honor of today’s USA-Russia hockey match,  I wanted to find something in the press passes. This was the closest thing I could find. I have absolutely no recollection of this event whatsoever. I do recall, however, the Miracle On Ice and wrote extensively about it here. 

In honor of today’s USA-Russia hockey match,  I wanted to find something in the press passes. This was the closest thing I could find. I have absolutely no recollection of this event whatsoever. I do recall, however, the Miracle On Ice and wrote extensively about it here. 

So here was my credential to the London Olympics. This was actually the year where my photograph was sent back to me twice because it too closely approximated a smile. I gave the photographer what I felt was a glare. The look came out, um, well you see it.
Loved the London Olympics just like I loved all eight that I’ve covered. But probably my favorite most emotional moment (like usual) had nothing to do with sports. From my column:
I began walking through London, and checking out all the people and the stores and the restaurants, trying to take in all the atmosphere. I was exhausted, of course, and that weird spot where you’re hungry but don’t feel like eating, and I was homesick for my wife and my two girls back home, but I was also looking for something. Emotions at the Olympics are always there, just at the surface, you see hair-trigger tempers go off, you see fits of laughter pop up when you least expect it.
Then, it started to pour. I mean it really opened up … the rain here can come at any time and with any level of force. I actually enjoyed it. I put on my hood, and I kept walking, and I noticed a family in front of me. It was a mother and two children, boy and a girl I think though it was hard to tell through the rain, roughly the same age, and they were all under the same umbrella. And then, it happened. The two kids started singing in thick English accents:
"It’s raining
It’s pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed
And bumped his head
And he couldn’t get up ‘til morning.”
And, without even knowing it, I realized that I was crying.

So here was my credential to the London Olympics. This was actually the year where my photograph was sent back to me twice because it too closely approximated a smile. I gave the photographer what I felt was a glare. The look came out, um, well you see it.

Loved the London Olympics just like I loved all eight that I’ve covered. But probably my favorite most emotional moment (like usual) had nothing to do with sports. From my column:

I began walking through London, and checking out all the people and the stores and the restaurants, trying to take in all the atmosphere. I was exhausted, of course, and that weird spot where you’re hungry but don’t feel like eating, and I was homesick for my wife and my two girls back home, but I was also looking for something. Emotions at the Olympics are always there, just at the surface, you see hair-trigger tempers go off, you see fits of laughter pop up when you least expect it.

Then, it started to pour. I mean it really opened up … the rain here can come at any time and with any level of force. I actually enjoyed it. I put on my hood, and I kept walking, and I noticed a family in front of me. It was a mother and two children, boy and a girl I think though it was hard to tell through the rain, roughly the same age, and they were all under the same umbrella. And then, it happened. The two kids started singing in thick English accents:

"It’s raining

It’s pouring

The old man is snoring

He went to bed

And bumped his head

And he couldn’t get up ‘til morning.”

And, without even knowing it, I realized that I was crying.

I guess the Winter Olympic Games used to be more fun because here I am smiling on my credential for the 2006 Games in Torino. They would NEVER allow that now.
The thing I remember most about the Olympics in Torino is actually not related to sports. The city had a special event going on called “The Choco Tour.” You would walk around the city, chocolate store to chocolate store, and the owners would give you one free piece of chocolate (Torino is very proud of its chocolate). And they would punch your little “Chocolate Passport.” It was kind of like adult trick-or-treating.
This is simply the greatest idea in the history of the world and I believe that not only should every Olympic city be forced to do this but, by law, every city in the world should do this.

I guess the Winter Olympic Games used to be more fun because here I am smiling on my credential for the 2006 Games in Torino. They would NEVER allow that now.

The thing I remember most about the Olympics in Torino is actually not related to sports. The city had a special event going on called “The Choco Tour.” You would walk around the city, chocolate store to chocolate store, and the owners would give you one free piece of chocolate (Torino is very proud of its chocolate). And they would punch your little “Chocolate Passport.” It was kind of like adult trick-or-treating.

This is simply the greatest idea in the history of the world and I believe that not only should every Olympic city be forced to do this but, by law, every city in the world should do this.

So, yeah, it’s been a long time since I’ve put up a press pass. Things have been kind of hectic. But here we are in Sochi just a day from the start of the Olympics. This seems as good a time as any to get back to it.
There are many things I love about the Olympic credential — one of my favorite things is the extraordinarily angry face picture. I guess it’s like passport photos — I had photos sent back by the Olympic Committee because I was either “smiling” or “kind of smiling” or had a “hint of a smile.” That’s not a problem for this one.

So, yeah, it’s been a long time since I’ve put up a press pass. Things have been kind of hectic. But here we are in Sochi just a day from the start of the Olympics. This seems as good a time as any to get back to it.

There are many things I love about the Olympic credential — one of my favorite things is the extraordinarily angry face picture. I guess it’s like passport photos — I had photos sent back by the Olympic Committee because I was either “smiling” or “kind of smiling” or had a “hint of a smile.” That’s not a problem for this one.

Live from Boston and the World Series, it’s time to start putting up some more press passes. We’ll start with a few World Series passes. This was from 1996, Yankees-Braves. You will notice on the pass “location” that I was confined to the “WORRROOW” which is Yankee for “WORKROOM” which is Yankee for “dungeon at bottom of old Yankee Stadium.”
My favorite memory of this Series was, after a rainout, going out and standing in centerfield. It was pouring rain, absolutely pouring, but I was standing roughly where DiMaggio and Mantle stood, and that was pretty good. A couple of police officers saw me out there, and I kept waiting for them to tell me to get off the field. But they didn’t. They understood. Or they thought anyone stupid enough to stand in the rain should stand in the rain. Either way.

Live from Boston and the World Series, it’s time to start putting up some more press passes. We’ll start with a few World Series passes. This was from 1996, Yankees-Braves. You will notice on the pass “location” that I was confined to the “WORRROOW” which is Yankee for “WORKROOM” which is Yankee for “dungeon at bottom of old Yankee Stadium.”

My favorite memory of this Series was, after a rainout, going out and standing in centerfield. It was pouring rain, absolutely pouring, but I was standing roughly where DiMaggio and Mantle stood, and that was pretty good. A couple of police officers saw me out there, and I kept waiting for them to tell me to get off the field. But they didn’t. They understood. Or they thought anyone stupid enough to stand in the rain should stand in the rain. Either way.

OK, we’re back in business here. Lots of fun things coming, I think. Start with this press pass — Alabama beat Georgia 10-0. As you can see, my name in those days was “Augusta” and my affiliation was “Herald.” A-1, in addition to being a steak sauce, is a seat in the far corner of the Alabama press box. Or it was then.
Two amazing things came from this. One, this victory kicked off a 28-game winning streak for the Crimson Tide. Two, it was before this game that I had my first experience with Dreamland ribs.

OK, we’re back in business here. Lots of fun things coming, I think. Start with this press pass — Alabama beat Georgia 10-0. As you can see, my name in those days was “Augusta” and my affiliation was “Herald.” A-1, in addition to being a steak sauce, is a seat in the far corner of the Alabama press box. Or it was then.

Two amazing things came from this. One, this victory kicked off a 28-game winning streak for the Crimson Tide. Two, it was before this game that I had my first experience with Dreamland ribs.

My second Super Bowl — is it even possible I could look goofier? It’s like the Super Bowl guy said, “OK, open your mouth as wide as you can and let me adjust the camera light here so that I can get the brightest possible reflection off your glasses.”
I learned one of my greatest sports lessons at this Super Bowl between San Francisco and San Diego. I came in believing, like everyone else, that the 49ers would DESTROY the Chargers. But then I arrived in Miami, and the Chargers seemed so confident. They said so many things that made sense. The 49ers seemed a bit too self-assured. As the week progressed I went from certain the 49ers would win, to pretty sure, to kind of sure, to unsure to ‘Hey, the Chargers might pull off an upset here.”
On the third play of the game, Steve Young threw a bomb touchdown pass to an absolutely wide open Jerry Rice. And it was like being snapped out of hypnosis. The 49ers won the game 2 billion to 26, or something like that. 

My second Super Bowl — is it even possible I could look goofier? It’s like the Super Bowl guy said, “OK, open your mouth as wide as you can and let me adjust the camera light here so that I can get the brightest possible reflection off your glasses.”

I learned one of my greatest sports lessons at this Super Bowl between San Francisco and San Diego. I came in believing, like everyone else, that the 49ers would DESTROY the Chargers. But then I arrived in Miami, and the Chargers seemed so confident. They said so many things that made sense. The 49ers seemed a bit too self-assured. As the week progressed I went from certain the 49ers would win, to pretty sure, to kind of sure, to unsure to ‘Hey, the Chargers might pull off an upset here.”

On the third play of the game, Steve Young threw a bomb touchdown pass to an absolutely wide open Jerry Rice. And it was like being snapped out of hypnosis. The 49ers won the game 2 billion to 26, or something like that. 

Our first live press pass — here is Thursday Night’s press pass from Peyton Manning’s seven touchdown game. I wrote a bit about that over at NBC Sports.
Yes, it was cool to see a quarterback throw seven touchdowns in a game.
I have to say that while Sports Authority Field, which is what they call the stadium now, is very nice, I miss the Old Mile HIgh. It was dumpier, but man was it loud. At the biggest moments, the press box would literally shake. No, literally, sometimes it felt like the whole thing could come down. It was probably dangerous. I love stuff like that.

Our first live press pass — here is Thursday Night’s press pass from Peyton Manning’s seven touchdown game. I wrote a bit about that over at NBC Sports.

Yes, it was cool to see a quarterback throw seven touchdowns in a game.

I have to say that while Sports Authority Field, which is what they call the stadium now, is very nice, I miss the Old Mile HIgh. It was dumpier, but man was it loud. At the biggest moments, the press box would literally shake. No, literally, sometimes it felt like the whole thing could come down. It was probably dangerous. I love stuff like that.