Posted on: January 26, 2008 8:48 am
Edited on: June 12, 2008 11:37 am
ATLANTA -- It's about 8:30 a.m. and the crowds are already showing up to watch this morning's practice. It is hard to tell who is here for the practice and the concert, though.
In case you weren't aware, in addition to the morning skate, there will also be a concert featuring the Jonas Brothers. I'm probably showing my age, but I have absolutely no clue who these guys are. But if I can gather anything from the tween, female crowd packing Philips Arena, the Jonas Brothers are likely to be young, cute and on the wall of girls a third to half my age.
But I digress.
Media availability coincides with the practices, so I'll probably be running back and forth between the interview room and the rink. So, for those dedicated readers who have been checking in -- if there's someone you really want to hear from, post it now! :)
I know someone posted a message somewhere about Marian Gaborik (sorry, I don't remember which user posted it), but he'll definitely be on the list today.
Although they did not show up on the blog yesterday, I actually ended up talking with 12 players. But unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day to a) get interviews and b) transcribe the tape. I basically pulled the best-of-the-best and stuck it up. There were also some really unique/odd interviews -- such as Brandon Dubinsky of the New York Rangers talking about what he plans on wearing for the Red Carpet gala before today's Skills Competition. For those who are wondering, he says he's just going to stick with black and white.
There's also been a guy from Score Media running around conducting hilarious interviews. (I wish I knew who he was, but as you guys in the States know, we don't get Score Media... well, at least not my neck of the woods). He was trying to joke around with the Rangers' Marc Staal, but I don't know if the defenseman knew how to take it all, and gave very generic answers -- "Yeah, sure. ... Sounds good." I think the poor guy was puzzled. The Score guy also interviewed Patrick Kane, ripped his massive name tag off the platform and told him he should use it as a sign for his parking space in Chicago. Kane took it all in stride and went with the gag. If I happen to get some time to look for video on the score site, I'll pass it along. (Or if someone else happens to find it, please feel free to post it in the comments section.)
On that note, I'm going to make one more post showing all the early morning antics of the mascots, who were running around the concourse at 8 a.m. Then it's off to talk to some of the guys.