Because I have had countless
readers and groupies family members ask me how Charlotte is going, I thought I’d hit you with a little update.
I arrived in the Queen City exactly one week ago. I knew I was gonna like it here at Sporting News after my first conversation with the building’s doorman/security guard/ball buster. We were discussing football. He asked me what team I like. I said “Redskins,” to which he responded with, “Awww snap, y’all got whooped!” His favorite team? The Dolphins. Clearly, Miami fans wish for us all to be as miserable as them.
Tuesday through Thursday was spent working, drinking, eating and enjoying the friendly staff of the Uptown Charlotte Residence Inn. They clean my dishes for me and don’t steal beer out of my fridge, so they’re okay in my book. I’ll be out of the Inn on the 28th and moving into my apartment. Three weeks in a hotel is awesome. Then, on Friday, I was in for a serious treat: The Bobcats home opener against Easy Yi and the Bucks.
Oh, and did I mention my seats were in the company’s luxury box? Yeah, no big deal. Although I probably spent about half of the game watching the Wiz get crushed by the Celtics. I did, however, see Michael Ruffin’s alien domepiece get some minutes at the end of the game. And Adam Morrison (who was impeccably dressed) and Sean May are totally BFFs for life.
My first week ended with me spending eight hours at a sports bar watching football yesterday. The previous night, a local told me “this is Charlotte! If you don’t like the Panthers, you can get the f–k out!” Needless to say, I was a bit uneasy about wearing my Campbell jesery into such hostile territory. All was well though, and the bar had domestic pitchers for $5. Or $1.50 pints of Natty Light, if you’d prefer. This is indeed a good place. Come visit.