Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mounds of popcorn at Rockingham

In the '90s, we were at North Carolina Motor Speedway (Rockingham) for a race, and they were calling it the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400.

They were having a press conference for the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, and some PR guy brought a bunch of popcorn into the press room. I don't remember the press conference — I wasn't interested in the Hurricanes then — but I certainly remember the popcorn and the aftermath of the press conference.

There was popcorn everywhere, mounds of it. It looked like puffy snow, it was so thick. It's probably the only time I left a press room in that shape. I'd have helped clean up, but I wouldn't have known where to begin.

I guess we could have used brooms and just swept the popcorn from the tables into barrels. And then we'd have needed to get it off the floor.

(NOTE: One of the other sports writers called it the Popcorn 400. That kinda made sense, but most newspapers wouldn't go for it.)

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