Blog Entry

I hate the Charlotte Airport

Posted on: December 10, 2008 6:51 pm

CHARLOTTE -- You might remember last March when I was at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, had my flight canceled and ended up having to drive to Durham for the regular season finale between North Carolina and Duke. I was so pissed, because the delay wasn't even weather-related, and I swore to myself I'd stop connecting in Charlotte, and I haven't been back since.

Until now.

And you'll never guess what happened.

Yep, my freaking flight home (from the Jimmy V Classic in New York, through Charlotte) has been canceled, so I'm sitting at the same Fox Sports Bar here in the E Terminal as last time, wondering what it is that makes US Airways the most unreliable airline in the world, at least according to me. I mean, does this happen to anybody else? Or is it just foolish sportswriters?

(By the way, if you want to read about last March's debacle, click this link. I think you'll be able to tell how mad I was.)

Anyway, let's move on (even if I'm stuck).

I got so caught up in the Stephen Curry Show Tuesday night that I forgot to tell you about my favorite part of the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader, which consisted of a drunk Knicks fan on the front row near the Texas bench basically begging UT junior Dexter Pittman to enter the 2009 NBA Draft so that the Knicks can draft him. It was hilarious for two reasons: First, because Pittman (who is 6-foot-10, 295 pounds) only plays 10 minutes a game for Texas. Secondly, the guy never stopped yelling.

"Come on Big Dex!" he would yell. "We NEED you, man! Three hundred pounds in the middle! Jerome James ain't gettin' it done!"

Pittman and his teammates on the bench would smile each time.

Then the guy would start again.

"You can bring Clint Chapman with you, Dex!" he yelled. "Just enter the draft! We need you! The Knicks NEED you!"

Good times.

And with that, I'll get back to sitting here and being mad. And I hope no SEC football coach is trying to get a new contract tonight, because stuck here in the same airport with me is super-agent Jimmy Sexton, who said, rather brilliantly, "I knew I should've gone through Atlanta."


Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 6:41 am

I hate the Charlotte Airport

I mean, does this happen to anybody else? Or is it just foolish sportswriters?Continental Airlines had me stuck in New Jersey for 3 DAYS (bad times needless to say) coming back from Europe last summer. Jerks didn't even offer to cover hotel expenses until after I contacted Russ Feingold's office to take care of it. On top of that I ended up getting a rash from the bedding at the Hilton they made us stay at. I'm sure it wasn't the first time Continental has screwed their travelers over, and I'm definitely sure this wasn't the first time a Hilton caused a rash . . .

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2008 7:34 pm

I hate the Charlotte Airport


I tell you, I get more emails about that countdown clock than I do anything else, lately. It's pretty funny, and I promise to check with the bosses about it, and see if we can't get it changed to something more appropriate, like Countdown to North Carolina Wins The National Championship.

I'll get back to you.


Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2008 7:18 pm

I hate the Charlotte Airport

Sorry to hear that Gary. 

Look at it this way...

Now you've got another use for that stupid countdown clock that CBS has on the college basketball home page.  You know, the one that is counting down the time til the UNC/Duke game.  Yeah...I's stupid.

Anyway, so now we can all look at it and know when exactly it is that you're going to get stuck in Charlotte again.

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