by Barca Blog
The Commodores got their first look at HP Pavilion, the site of Thursday's NCAA first round tilt with Murray State. Like the other seven teams in town, Vanderbilt had 40 minutes to test out the rims in an open practice session for fans. The team went through their normal practice routine at another site earlier in the day.
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Also, reporters from across the country blitzed coaches and players with every question known to man. Even senior manager Sam Ferry had a media request (as you'll see in the gallery).
It was good to see some Nashville media representatives in attendance... shout out to Paul Jones and Dan Phillips from Fox17, the only television station from Middle Tennessee to make the trek out west.
On the celeb watch, Schulzie spotted former Sportscenter anchor Larry Beil in the house. No relation to Jermaine or Jessica. Beil works for a television station in nearby San Francisco.
On sightseeing, I was lucky enough to spend part of the night with my relatives in Santa Cruz. We had a fun family gathering on the beach. They opened my eyes to the California artichoke (which I devoured). If you haven't seen one before, it's as big as a Bloomin' Onion except it's an artichoke. Nice sales job, eh?
Finally, Doubletree cookies live up to the hype. The first time. The second time. The third time... (Don't blame me, they're complimentary).
Alright... On three, break.