Editor’s Note: With the Super Bowl approaching on February 2, 2014 we here at Triple B dug into the archives to find some observations on the 10th Anniversary of our coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII played in Houston, TX on February 1, 2004. In this article we covered the joy of obtaining the all-access pass.
I came one step closer to viewing my first Super Bowl in person yesterday when I braved the traffic surrounding the NFL Experience to pick up some media credentials for the upcoming game at Reliant Stadium.
While I assumed that my trek to the George R. Brown Convention Center would be rather uneventful, I soon learned just how wrong I was.
As I circled the convention center looking for some indication of where I was supposed to go I was reminded of why I dislike driving downtown.
I know a lot of people enjoy the urban setting; however, one way streets and pedestrians jumping out in front of cars at will are really not my idea of a good time.
After stopping and asking three police officers if they knew where I needed to go I finally found one who had the answer.
Of course, I was on the complete opposite side of where I needed to go but at least now I had some direction.
After a few wrong turns and some nasty stares from pedestrians I finally found where I needed to park.
As I exited my car I thought, “If traffic is this snarled a week before the Super Bowl just how bad will it be come game day when the world comes to watch the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots play?”
Once out of the car my next challenge was finding the right door to enter at the convention center.
That proved to be an easy task and I found myself three escalator rides away from the credential station.
Now, as a trained professional journalist I know that getting credentials is just part of the job description and is really nothing out of the ordinary.
I have a collection of credentials from every major sporting event that I have covered during my writing career and I never really got super excited about getting any of these passes.
Still, as the escalator took me closer and closer to the credential station on the third floor I found myself getting more and more excited as it hit me that I was about to receive an all-access pass to the Super Bowl which is something that most every sportswriter dreams of getting.
Once at the credential station I received my pass and a Super Bowl media survival kit complete with all of the baubles you would expect to get for covering the biggest sports spectacle on the planet.
I looked at my NFL super gear and allowed myself the opportunity to do a little happy dance (albeit a professional stoic sportswriter happy dance) and made my way towards the escalator and back out to the maze which is downtown Houston.
Once outside, I quickly collected myself and again acted like the impartial sportswriter that I was trained to be.
Sure, getting a pass to the Super Bowl is cool but there is still a job to do.
Besides, I will have plenty of time to admire the pass after the game when I add it to me credential collection. I hope the other credentials do not get credential envy.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I am off to look at a Houston map to find out if there is a secret way to navigate downtown before making my return trip.
Copyright 2004 R. Anderson, Reposted 2014
Editor’s Note: Next up in the archives we take a look at how two current and one future Hall of Fame quarterback spent their Super week .