Bernstein Blog- Trip To Mobile

In this edition of the Bernstein Blog, Charlie Bernstein heads over to Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. You will be able to follow his daily adventures as he sees which players the scouts are looking at.

Monday, January 25th

7:30 a.m. EST- Just woke up, I have about 30 minutes to get my stuff together and head to OIA (Orlando International Airport). Everyone I know calls it OIA, but the official airport code is MCO. Weird.

8:15 a.m. EST- Finally on the road and I must make up some time.

9:45 a.m. EST- Made it through security in about five minutes. Apparently I don't look like a terrorist today.

10:20 a.m. EST- As I'm about to board my plane to Atlanta, I am forced to check what I believed to be my carry-on. I have no tags on the bag and the odds of it making the connection to my final destination are slim.

11:00 a.m. EST- The guy next to me and I are jockeying for leg position. We seem to have a serious game of "gay chicken" going on. I'm not backing down.

11:10 a.m. EST- Losing the battle for position, I had to pull out a dirty trick. I gently brushed his leg and smiled at him. He then moved over nearly a foot and now I have all the room I need.

11:55 a.m. EST- We are on the ground in Atlanta and as I peek out the window I can see my bag. Unfortunately, there are about five people outside checking it and shaking their heads in confusion. This does not bode well.

12:40 p.m. EST- A ask the lady at the gate about my bag and she tells me that they have no record of it. I'm so screwed.

1:20 p.m. EST- I board the rather small plane and Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Russ Grimm, Chiefs coach Todd Haley and plenty of other NFL execs and scouts are in plain sight.

1:55 p.m. EST- As I make small talk and overhear some other conversations, it appears that Kurt Warner is likely retiring from the NFL. I'm going to miss watching this guy play. He's the ultimate good guy story.

2:00 p.m. CST (everything will be central time from here on out)- We just touched down in Mobile. I head to the baggage claim feeling like the odds of me getting my bag are about as good as winning the Powerball. Five minutes later, I see my majestic faux leather garment bag with the Konika Minolta Gator Bowl logo on the rotisserie. I quickly snatch it up, and I'm off to the rental car counter.

2:55 p.m. - Arrive at the Renaissance to get credentialed up. I grab them along with a couple rosters.

3:15 p.m. - Just made it to North team practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Sunny day with a little wind.

3:35 p.m. - Wisconsin DE/OLB O'Brien Schofield blows out his knee. He was a late add to the roster and it's really a shame. I got a chance to spend much of last week with Schofield and he's a great kid. I imagine that it's an ACL tear and this could end his pro career before it even starts. Unfortunately, these types of stories aren't what you see on ESPN.

3:55 p.m. - North corners look great, as does Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and TCU linebacker Daryl Washington. Tony Pike has the best arm of the three North quarterbacks, but he's been a little erratic.

4:00 p.m. - Time to do some CB Sports Radio. www.cbsportsradio.com.

4:25 p.m. - NFL Network cuts in as I try to interview Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount. Blount looked pretty good in the opening practice.

4:45 p.m. - Heading to my hotel to check-in while doing the radio show.

6:00 p.m.- Radio show is over, time to get dressed and head to Media Night at the USS Alabama.

6:35 p.m.- I'm at said Media Night and I can't find anyone I know. I'm going to grab what appears to be the local fare.

6:45 p.m.- Cajun food was excellent, but now it's time to get to work.

7:45 p.m.- I interviewed Tony Pike, Nate Allen, Taylor Mays, Eric Norwood and Myron Rolle. Most were good interviews with the exception of Mays, who wouldn't look anyone in the eyes and obviously seemed bothered to be here.

8:15 p.m.- Found a local sports bar to grab some wings and watch some games.

9:30 p.m.- Wings were good, I'm back at the hotel where I will shower and then do some work before I go to bed.


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