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I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

Posted on: March 8, 2008 2:10 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2008 1:41 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I'm delayed on my way to tonight's North Carolina-Duke game, stuck at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and contemplating mass murder. Honestly, I've never been the violent-crime type. But I'm quickly morphing, mentally preparing to face the consequences for whatever might come next.

Stay tuned.

And if you're into praying, you should pray for all US Airways employees in my general vicinity. And don't tell me to calm down, that the weather is bad and thousands of people are spending this weekend delayed, because I wasn't delayed because of bad weather. I was delayed out of Memphis because somebody forgot to change something on the plane that is supposed to be changed every 100 hours. Whatever that thing is, it was supposed to be changed earlier this week. But it wasn't. So they decided to change it this morning, which caused my flight to leave Memphis 90 minutes late, which caused my flight to arrive in Charlotte 90 minutes late, which caused me to miss my connection to Raleigh-Durham because we parked in C8 at 11:17 and I had to be at E12 at 11:20.

For those unfamilar, C8 is roughly 41 miles from E12.

So to recap, I'm stuck in Charlotte because somebody forgot to change something on a plane earlier this week.

And because I couldn't run 41 miles in three minutes.

But I had convinced myself that being stuck wouldn't be so bad because I could grab some lunch and catch the first half of Louisville-Georgetown (seen exclusively on CBS!) at the little Fox Sports Bar here at the airport while I waited for a flight scheduled to leave at 1:10. So I ordered some terrible airport food, paid $15 for that terrible airport food and looked up at the television only to realize I wasn't watching Georgetown play Louisville in basketball. Instead, I was watching Virginia play Princeton in lacrosse. And though it was riveting stuff, I asked the guy who runs the place if he'd be so kind as to switch the channel.

"I can't," he said.

You can't?

"I mean, I could," he answered. "But I can't."

Needless to say, I've never been more baffled by somebody's answer in my entire life. And the manager must've recognized my confusion because he opted to explain further.

"If I change this channel somebody will complain and then what would I do?" he said.

You think somebody will complain if you turn off lacrosse?

"They could."

In fairness, I suppose this is a possible scenario. I mean, it's possible somebody will complain if you switch from lacrosse to basketball just like it's possible a No. 16 seed will beat a No. 1 seed in this month's NCAA Tournament. Anything's possible, right? But I'm not sure you should live your life under the assumption that it'll happen. So I explained this to the manager, then pointed out that if anybody really cared about lacrosse it wouldn't be on ESPNU. And then I reminded him that we were in North Carolina, and that I didn't get the sense that people in North Carolina were terribly concerned with lacrosse, particularly a regular season lacrosse game (or is it a match?) between Virginia and Princeton. I also highlighted how nobody was in the stands at the game (or match), point being that if nobody at Princeton cares enough about lacrosse to go to the game (or match) then it was reasonable to assume nobody in North Carolina cared about watching it on television.

"I just can't change the channel," he said, and I swear I must've looked exactly how Trent Johnson looked the other night after Lawrence Hill was whistled for a foul on Darren Collison with 2.5 seconds remaining.

Anyway, you know that 1:10 connection to Raleigh-Durham?

I was on standby for that flight.

But that flight was full.

So now I'm on standby for a 2:25 flight to Raleigh-Durham, and if I can't get on this flight I've been advised by the nice people at US Airways to just rent a car and drive. Seriously, that's what they call customer service. They advise you to drive. So I might be driving from Charlotte to Raleigh-Durham ... but first I'm gonna finish watching Virginia-Princetown (the Cavs are leading 12-9 in the fourth, if you happen to care).
Category: NCAAB

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2008 11:42 am

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

Lacrosse is probably the greatest game played outside of the NFL season, I'd far prefer to watch that than any college basketball game.  Regretably the game has become somewaht less exciting in recent years as the game has slowed from the fastbreak game it was designed to be.  I wish there were more national broadcasts of lacrosse (NCAA and MLL, forget that indoor crap), I make due with the game of the week of Baltimore's ABC affiliate.

I don't think I'd complain if the channel was changed to NCAAB, though I would be a bit upset, I think you should think the same way.  Be open to other sports, besides if it were my job to follow something I'd damn sure bring my laptop to the airport so I could watch any game I wanted/needed.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2008 12:52 am

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

Its funny how they tell u stuff like that and get an attitude when you complain. By the way, that UCLA shot was illegal.  

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2008 12:44 am

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

Gary, I was actually one of the very few people at the UVA-Princeton game. And while I do agree that lacrosse certainly doesn't have the following that college basketball does, you have to at least acknowledge the fact that the game was played in a total downpour for the entire first half and most of the second. There were literally small lakes forming all over the field. So at least give us few lacrosse fans who braved the weather our due. Great game though at least, although I know you wish you could have seen the end of Georgetown-Louisville instead.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2008 7:52 pm

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

yeah, i was pretty hyped up for the georgetown game though.  I actually went to the face-off  classic in baltimore and saw UVA beat syracuse, that was a great game

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2008 2:04 pm

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

uvaman: I attended the Rare Book School at UVA a few summers ago, and my dad went to Staunton for undergrad, so I consider the 'Hoos one of the teams I follow. And the lax game was exciting; but GTWN v. Louisville would be a little bit moreso for me.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2008 11:16 pm

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

dont walk then, just take one of those cart things. =)

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2008 10:12 pm

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

Gary, Gary, Gary.  Since the problem at MEM was because of US Airways' problem, you should have kindly asked for a voucher, so you would have only paid $7 for that overpriced food. . .

Thankfully, the last time I got suck in an airport (under rather similar circumstances - problems with equipment that meant I got stuck behind weather problems) the UK/UAB game was on, which made me feel somewhat better about the 6 hours it took me to get from Louisville to Cincinnati. . .

As for watching lacrosse, well, I'm watching women's basketball tonight instead of the silly Duke/UNC game.  I have to support my 'Dores!

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2008 9:25 pm

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

I am totally surprised that the television wasn't on the Nationwide Race. And I avoid flying since I was kept captive on a runway in Mexico, talk about misery. Take the car.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2008 8:36 pm

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

I am actually a UVA lax fan, but I admit I was watching the Georgetown game, lol.  

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2008 7:40 pm

I love lacrosse (and airport problems)

I can't stand getting waylaid in airports and being held captive to someone else's remote control.

My wife and I went out for lunch this afternoon, and we were watching the same game. It's starting to sound like a conspiracy. But it's nice that they show at least SOME NCAA sports up this way -- the Boston area tends to be all about the pros ... and as a big college hoop fan, I am often frustrated by the lack of coverage we get in both the print and broadcast media (with the possible exception of the NCAA tournament in March).

Oh yeah ... I would have preferred watching Louisville-Georgetown too.


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