On Favre duty this Tuesday, I walked into the office and was immediately dispatched to Winter Park. Hanging outside the facility for several hours, I had some enjoyable moments. Here are my Top 11.
11- Reading a Tweet from a woman who wrote: "Retirees fly south, Un-Retirees fly north!"
10- The ESPN crew after waiting hours on the side of the road, finally ordering and devouring pizza.
9- Doing a live shot for the 4pm news, and not being able to hear my producer in my ear because the choppers above my head were too loud.
8- Businessmen and women in dress suits stopping by from their place of employment to take cellphone pics of all the satellite trucks.
7- Trying to chase down the validity of the rumor that Favre would be throwing out the first pitch at the Twins game.
6- The guy I interviewed who was chasing Favre from the airport and then listening to live radio play by play of his whereabouts once he got held up by the traffic, to continue his chase.
5- Some random guy, likely a Vikings staffer, on the roof of Winter Park on some sort of lookout.
4- Interviewing a woman named Barb Burgmeier. I told her there was a Major League pitcher way back in the day named Tom Burgmeier. She told me, "yeah, he's my cousin!" I explained to her I had his baseball card somewhere in my garage.
3- Offering to take a picture of two guys in Favre jerseys standing in front of the big ship. Upon climbing up the rocky hill, to get the shot, I slipped and nearly dropped their camera. Instead, I just cut my elbow. It was a nice photo though.
2- Shooting an on camera portion for my story, in which the camera started on the fans that had gathered. I said, "The fans are anxiously awaiting Favre's return from the medical facility in Edina. But they're staying on that side of the street because let's just say the police presence is a little too thick on this side of the street." At that point, I walk right up to the cops and they just give me a stern look. It was totally uncomfortable, but it made for good tv. This is funny, because it ended up never making air. Because by the time it was to air, Favre had returned from Edina making the bit moot. My apologies to the gruff cops for not giving them airtime.
1- Favre's return from Edina, missed by almost everyone except KARE-11's David Watkins who rolled tape on every vehicle with two people in the front seat. Everyone else was looking for a tinted out black SUV again, but Watkins nabbed the money shot as Favre was hurried into the parking lot virtually unnoticed, in the passenger seat of a relatively modest Blue Ford Escape. Apt name for that vehicle.
Let Cirque du Favre begin!