On my way back from Singapore from what has been an awful trip to the Far East. First my driver was half hour late picking me up on Saturday at 5:45am, then my flight is delayed due to mechanical problems so I missed my direct international flight to Shanghai. Thankfully, I had access to the business class lounge because American Airlines customer service in the airport was horrendous. In the end, I was tag-teaming my company’s travel agency and working the lounge customer service desk to ultimately secure a later flight to Shanghai through Hong Kong. This put me into Shanghai at midnight instead of 3pm. I was really on fumes by the time I get picked up by the hotel driver.
Unfortunately, the driver was sicker than a dog and hacked all the way the hotel. By Tuesday night I was toast, barely able to croak out my name to introduce myself. I finally turned the corner on Thursday night by eating lots of Pepper & Chili crab while consuming large quantities of Tiger Beer. My voice was slightly improved on Friday morning, and I continue to lubricate my vocal cords with various beers from the Far East. I sound slightly better and the buzz helps take the edge off of my hacking cough. I have one last leg to catch from Tokyo. I should be able to watch the full slate of college games this weekend, but I have the feeling I may be out cold by the time LSU and Bama play.
Random thoughts for the week:
- I can’t get to excited about the rankings at this point. There is a lot of football yet to be played and this will get worked out.
- If Memphis wins out, they should get a spot. But, my guess is that they get upset somewhere along the way, making all this hand-waving and woe is me a moot point.
- The obsession with college football ends at the U.S. border. I could get MLB and NFL even in China but it was a college football desert everywhere else in the AP.
- Pulling for the Panthers to bounce back and upset Notre Dame. It is the kind of game the Irish should win, but just might lose.
- Same goes for Minnesota against Ohio State. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Buckeyes finally stumble.