ACC media days; I just want to ask, how do you like your crab legs Jameis?

tylerWatkinsRoamingSunday afternoon, members of the media will gather in Greensboro, NC, for the annual ACC Football media days. I’m sure it has some official title, like ACC Kickoff, or Operation Football, or whatever. After 20-plus years of attending the event, to me it’s simply ACC media days.

The two-day event begins with the media members exchanging hellos, checking in, and receiving a normally very cool gift. The ACC takes care of the members of the media like no other conference.

Once an extravagant lunch is consumed, everyone will break up into their respective interview rooms (radio in this room, tv in that room, writers in another room) and the process begins. Two players from each team will rotate through the rooms answering the same questions that have been asked for years. “What does the team look like this year?”, “What have you been working on in the off-season?”, “How’s the new coach?” yada, yada, yada. Same questions, same answers, year after year. This year though, Florida State appears ready to shake things up a bit.

While looking over the attending players list, I noticed that Florida State is sending Heisman Trophy winner, national championship quarterback, crab leg loving Jameis Winston. Wait, what? Florida State is actually going to send Winston to the event? They’re going to send a player that was cited for shoplifting crab legs from a Florida Publix grocery store just three months prior? Indeed they are.

Perhaps Florida State has a short memory, because media members at this event generally don’t hold back. Several years ago, in the midst of an academic investigation, the University of North Carolina placed head coach Butch Davis in front of the media at this event and he was slaughtered. In the radio room alone, the tough questions were fired at such a rapid pace, he eventually stood up and almost ran out of the room. He was fired within days.

It’s going to be a tough day for Winston. He need not worry about the newbies attending the event, they’ll be too scared to ask the toughies. But, the old timers are more than likely going to push it. For me, I only have one question for Winston, “Jameis, do you prefer Old Bay seasoning or Zatarain’s with your crab legs?”

After the players come through, there will be a nice reception and party going late into the evening. Golf begins early Monday morning and in the afternoon the head coaches make the rotation.

It’s truly a fantastic event, and this year it appears that it will be even more exciting. I can’t wait for Winston to sit down in the room and say to the waiting media, “Go ahead, ask me anything you want,” because when that moment comes, it’s on like Donkey Kong. Stay tuned.

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