Got to North Texas in one piece although there were some anxious moments, like circling Southern Wisconsin attempting to land at O'Hare for my connection to Dallas and having the pilot come on the intercom. "There was an emergency landing at O'Hare which shut down one runway and we've been told to stay on a holding pattern," he said. Fair enough. Got a little antsy though when he added, "but we're running low on fuel so we're going to have to make a stop at Milwaukee and gas up for the rest of the flight." Hard not to think of having the fuel guage hit E and we'd coast into some farm field or two lane highway somewhere. Missed the first connection to DFW but got on board the next flight out and arrived at 2:30 PM. There was an interesting co-passenger on that scary commuter run to Chicago, Packers linebacker Nick Barnett and sons Kaden and Kruz along. Nick was hauling the kids out to Portland and planned on heading to Dallas later in the week, yes in time for the team photo. We laughed about the "controversy" and he stood behind his reasons to be upset. He also didn't take kindly to the comments of Aaron Rodgers Saturday, talking about how many of the IR guys weren't around much this season. Barnett said Aaron texted him an apology adding "why am I made to look like the bad guy in this when I was right?" Nick had other things on his mind too, like his future with the team and the impending NFL lockout. He said he knows he'll be playing somewhere and he hopes it's in Green Bay.
Once in Dallas, the Sheraton downtown is the Super Bowl media headquarters, 1800 rooms and nothing but reporters. Got good vibes upon check-in, room number Aaron Rodgers-Greg Jennings, might be an omen. Bad news, the TV hasn't worked yet and as I write this, the technician is here trying to fix it, I'll never make it through the week without it. I'm off to set up shop on Radio Row and I'll have an update on the extravaganza later.