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A Couple Of Days In BCS Paradise

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Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Coach Nick Saban watches his team go through drills during the practice session.

Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr. The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship. Coach Nick Saban watches his team go through drills during the practice session.

It has become something of a tradition over the last four years to start the year with a trip to cover the BCS National Championship game.  This year it is Miami.  I now have a nice collection of luggage courtesy of the BCS, kind of a grand slam of luggage.  It all started four years ago on the west coast with the Rose Bowl, moved to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl, then to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl and now in Miami for the Orange Bowl.

To compensate for all the glamor and glitz, the BCS folks stack your day with press conferences which are a tad repetitive.  I was joking around today saying we could just past new faces on old photos and have about the same thing.  Hard to make a unique photo from a press conference.  Today was only round one, maybe round two if you count the arrival at the airport press conference.

The schedules are pretty well managed but everything takes a long time.  Want to go to shoot practice?  Nice, it takes 30 0r 40 minutes to get there, you wait around for 45 minutes or an hour, shoot for 15 minutes and then ride the bus again for 30 or 40 minutes.  I had 15 free minutes today and managed to cram down a sandwich.  Did I mention the scenery wasn’t bad.  I pounded that sandwich from the back deck of the media hotel overlooking the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

I know what to expect now but  I had forgotten all about the stress.  I had to make a run to Walgreen’s for ibuprophen to handle the headache/neck ache/back ache combo.  I know my colleagues back in Decatur think I am on vacation.  It is only a vacation in the sense that I am not in Decatur.  In every other sense it is a jam packed, non-stop, never ending press event that finally culminates in a game.  Is it game day yet?

Oh yeah, the fan features haven’t started yet.  Most of them will be arriving Friday and Saturday so then we will add fan events to the schedule.  Lots of fun but nothing will be worse than New Orleans last year.  I am pretty sure part of me is still down there trying to chase assignments down in the French Quarter.  To this point, I have worked for two days down here, shot four assignments and moved over a hundred pictures.  Each assignment gets its own photo gallery and each photo gallery goes on two different web sites; although, I have had a little help with the web galleries.  Each set of photos gets uploaded to three different ftp sites and all that takes time.  Below is a sample of some of the work I have moved.  If you want to see all the galleries you may visit decaturdaily.com.

Now you have a tiny look behind the scenes from the photo point of view.  I know some of y’all are already thinking you would gladly trade places.  Nahhh, I will struggle through since it is 80 degrees here and about half that back home so don’t cry for me, I will probably survive.  Now where is my drink with the little umbrella in it?

  • The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Coach Nick Saban deplanes as he and the Tide arrive for a press conference and to get on their busses.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Coach Nick Saban walks over to meet the media after arrival.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones laugh as they wait for their turn at the microphone during the arrival press conference.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Coach Nick Saban leaves the press conference after speaking to the media.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Chance Warmack is surrounded by microphones during the arrival press conference.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the University of Alabama offense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the University of Alabama offense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the University of Alabama offense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the University of Alabama offense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Barrett Jones is mobbed by media during the arrival press conference.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the University of Alabama offense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the University of Alabama offense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13), Alabama defensive back Robert Lester (37) and Alabama defensive back HaHa Clinton-Dix (6) run together during the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner (28) pauses between drills.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Coach Nick Saban watches his team go through drills during the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive lineman Damion Square (92) signals to teammates during a defensive drill in the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Injured wide receiver Kenny Bell works in practice wearing a non-contact jersey.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones (22) runs after making a catch during the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws a pass during the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) unleashes a pass during the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive lineman Damion Square (92), Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson (35) and Alabama defensive lineman Chris Bonds (93) cool off during a break in practice.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams (54) looks up the defensive line between plays.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner (28) and Alabama defensive back HaHa Clinton-Dix (6) have their helmets off between plays.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the Notre Dame defense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.  Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te'o talk together on the podium before the news conference begins.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the Notre Dame defense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.  Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco gets ready for the press conference.

Written by Gary Cosby Jr.

January 3rd, 2013 at 8:54 pm

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