LOUISVILLE, Ky.: Upon arriving at the University of Louisville to watch as Mother Nature flipped the proverbial bird at baseball teams, fans and media.
After dining on the sumptuous cuisine at one local (not really, it was a chain) establishment near Jim Patterson Stadium, I walked out the door to be greeted by a torrential downpour. That subsequently delayed the 2 p.m. game between the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats by 1:58 with the score tied at 6 at the bottom of the fifth. Oh, lucky me. The game, which started at 2:25 p.m. lasted 6 hours and 36 minutes and delayed the 6 p.m. start of the Kent State Golden Flashes and Louisville Cardinals – obviously, duh!!!
Yes, I know it’s a privilege to get to write about sports for a living. It’s something I do enjoy, but like anyone who’s endured a six-hour drive from home hoping that games start on time, I was a bit, shall we say, miffed? Yes, I’m being polite.
The game whose start had already been delayed prior to the first rain delay (forgot that little tidbit, didn’t I?), didn’t crank back up until 7:10 or so. Rain delays - 3 hours 26 minutes. Players , coaches, fans and reporters – beleaguered.
So how does any reporter wait out such a scenario when knowing that the game they are covering won’t start until 10 p.m.?
Here are the Top 10 things to do while sitting in the press box waiting for a delayed game to start:
10. Field questions from interested media members back home who are wondering why the Kent State-Louisville baseball game isn’t on ESPN3 via Twitter.
9. Errrrrr…patiently and politely wait for the individual who is in your seat moves. Happens a lot. No biggie. Really. It isn’t.
8. It’s a baseball game; have some Cracker Jack and wonder where the hell the peanuts from the caramel corn confection disappeared.
7. Openly wonder whose idea it was to not have a clock in baseball games between yawns and ginormous efforts to stay awake.
6. Check Twitter again to make sure everything is still the same in Northeast Ohio. Yup, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is in trouble again and gee, ganja shows up in the police report. By the way, it belonged to his friend.
5. Try to figure out which team on the field is the Jayhawks and which is the Wildcats. Well, hell, it’s not like it’s a college basketball game.
4. Be tempted by a colleague’s offer for a cup of Starbuck’s venti bold. You love it. You need it. You’ll probably regret not taking him up on it. But you will sleep better.
3. Watch as one fan who apparently is no fian of Earth Wind & Fire’s “September” scream for the guys in front of you to turn off the music. Gee, I wonder what his problem with the music is? Laugh to yourself because they are journalists just like you who have absolutely no control over the music selection. By the way: Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” sounds funky on a ball park organ.
2. Pray that the game starts before 10 p.m.
And NUMERO UNO: It’s a baseball game, have a big a-- bag of peanuts to go with that Cracker Jack. Seven ounces? Only took 45 minutes.