The dreary morning turned bright and sunny once we reached Sun Life Stadium for Media Day.
It was our first opportunity this season to speak with freshmen T.J. Yeldon and Omari Cooper. Cooper was very confident today saying he expected to have a break out season this year and that’s why he came to Alabama.
Yeldon on the other hand was much more reserved stating “I’m not a talker,” but he did say he is happy about his season. He also gave a shout out to Daphne and thanked the Gulf Coast community for its support.
It was quite a circus moving between all the media and football players. The challenge is grabbing sound from a football player before another reporter jumps in and asks a question.
Off to the side The Coaches Trophy was displayed in front of the field where workers were putting the final touches on the BCS logo.
It’s starting to feel like game day in South Florida and were all getting excited!
Today we’ll attend the Discover fan experience and go to The Million Dollar Band pep rally, an experience I’m looking forward to being a veteran of the Alabama Colorguard.
Teamwork. Dedication. Resilience. All three have played a large role in this weeks BCS coverage and not just at Fox10, it’s all news stations and media that are covering the event.
In the media workroom at the hotel there’s a lot of “news talk”. People hurriedly typing away, making phone calls and editing. It’s neat to see news stations from all over the nation in South Florida covering one thing: the BCS National Championship.
Some of the people we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside of go above and beyond to help out our team and in return, we do the same for them.
And of course it’s much more fun and effective to work with someone than against them.
Hopefully on Monday, the Crimson Tide can do that and we’ll end up with one more National Championship
Sun Life Stadium is already active this morning with crews tearing down Orange Bowl signs replacing them with BCS decorations. Palm trees line the entrance where thousands of fans will be pouring in for Monday’s national championship game.
Next we headed to South Beach where people are bicycling, roller blading, and jogging.
A lot of people are out and about today dining And catching some rays. I spoke with an Alabama fan who is visiting from Indiana. He isn’t going to the game but said he’s hoping running back Eddie Lacy can put some points of the board at Monday’s BCS game.
I also spoke to some Notre Dame fans that arrived last week to enjoy Miami and watch the national championship.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
My alarm sounded at 5:45 a.m. this morning, time to finish packing and hit the road to Miami! I drove the first 6 hours and saw a truck carrying neon cut outs of zoo animals so right away I knew it was going to be an interesting trip. Letisha Bush (my coworker and car buddy) and I decided we’re going to eat healthy on this trip so of course our first stop was Dunkin Doughnuts in Tallassee, FL. New Years resolutions right?!
We made a stop in Orlando, Fl for a SunPass and found Alabama gear. It was very exciting to see it displayed next to the Florida State shirt. Shortly after, we passed an Alabama RV with a Big Al stuffed animal in the front (I wish I brought my Alabama shakers).
We’re passing though Orlando now and only three hours left in the car.
So far it’s been an easy ride with not much traffic and of course, anything we see related to the national championship game gets us excited.
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale this afternoon to find a lot of people out and about on the streets, some celebrating New Years Day. There was live music, green and blue rope lights twisted around palm trees and it was about 71 degrees out, so beautiful evening weather. We also saw this interesting sculpture of two fish covered with water bottles, great way to recycle!
The moon was casting a light over the ocean tonight and it was beautiful to see the waves crashing. Tomorrow our crew is heading to South Beach, Bama’s hotel and the Sun Life Stadium so we get to shoot video of that and see it all during the day light.
We wore Alabama gear out tonight but didn’t find any Bama fans yet. I’m sure they’re on the way though!
One of the Alabama football players told me they sent their belongings down today and will be boarding the plane tomorrow heading towards Miami.
We go live starting at 4 p.m. on Fox10 News.