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Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 1:59 pm  |  23 responses

Links: All-Star 2010 aka Snowpocolypse Now

Dallas freezes over.

by Lang Whitaker

Just when I thought I’d seen it all and done it all, All-Star lays a new one on me. Again.

Ben and I were supposed to fly out early this morning from New York to Dallas for All-Star 2010. Of course, a huge storm hit Dallas yesterday and apparently blew through last night. Ben and found out last night that American Airlines had canceled our flight pre-emptively, the better to inconvenience us.

I was booked to be on two different shows on NBA TV this afternoBad Weatheron live from Dallas. A secret agent man wrangled seats for me and Ben on a charter flight(!) with other stranded NBAers heading from New York to Dallas early Friday morning.

So Ben and I assembled at lovely Newark International Airport this morning at 8 AM. We met up with a bunch of our fellow All-Star travelers, and we all were checked in and ushered to a mostly empty gate in Terminal B. (I know understand why they call these things “terminals.”) Our flight was scheduled to leave New York at 11 AM. Only problem? The plane was still in Dallas, all froze up, apparently.

Right now its 1:30 PM, we’re still at the gate in Newark, and our plane is still in Dallas, for reasons I don’t fully understand. They say the earliest we could leave NYC now is close to 5 PM, which could put us in Dallas at 8 PM. Again, that’s best-case scenario, a scenario that I fear passed us by long ago.

I’ve found the only way to deal with travel disruptions is to stay zen. I typed this post on my Blackberry. At least I’m getting a lot of reading done.

Mark Cuban finally got an All-Star Game, and Dallas froze over.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    The last sentence couldn’t be more true. Hope you guys are in the air without further delays.

  • Pic

    Reminds me of the hell I went through when I was stuck in the Portland airport for three days two Christmases ago. Is Deke on the same chartered flight?

  • TMT

    Why couldn’t the olympics get snow… Damn world

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    We froze our @sses off in Houston a few years back, but at least they didn’t get snow. Not that that sh*thole couldn’t have used something to cover its ugliness.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Dang hope you guys get there safely. Even the Sip has snow right now so you know things in the world aren’t going right if that happens.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Wow I hope you guys get there safely. But on another note, I guess next year you can plan to go one day ahead of time. =P

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    You mean Jerry Jones doesn’t have a private airport at Cowboys Stadium? Weird.

  • http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikebasketball/en_US/signature/moves?player=kobe_bryant&move=3 Jackie Moon

    Travel disruptions are preferable to travel dislocations. Spending quality time with Ben is always a good thing (as if I would know, but it sounds like something positive to say).

  • Fat Lever

    Think Stern is secretly cracking a little smile that the one time Cuban gets an ASG, there’s issues? But then he probably realizes the financial hit and proceeds to drop numerous F bombs to his minions.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    For all y’all that said it’d be a cold day in he11 b4 we elect a brotha President–Welcome to 2010!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Hey, are we going to have a live update here over the weekend?

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    It wouldn’t be All Star Weekend without travel issues for SLAM.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    Michael is right… sadly enough. I want to stay “keep your cool Lang”, but that might not be appropriate…

  • bakers’ dozen

    Man, the ASG Weekend seems to be cursing you over and over and over and…every year…

  • vmcb

    There’s more snow in Dallas than Vancouver! Good luck with everything going forward.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Anyone know if the dunk contest and the game will be on League Pass?

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    that’s why i drive everywhere.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Caron Butler to Dallas along with Deshawn for Josh Howard!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    anton, tnt, dummy. james, that would be a great trade for dallas, esp if they get haywood too. best of inside the nba on tnt was amazing.

  • nastierthanu

    “That’s why girls don’t play the game coach”. Shane Falco

  • Jose

    man thats just great its snowing in prety much every part of the u.s yet phx and the rest of southwest AZ still stays the same..=/

  • therighttoremainsalient

    i usually go to big events a day or two before they are scheduled to take place. i dont know why this isn’t done with you guys… an extra 12 hours a head of time can’t be aquired somehow? with this age of technology and remote communications, its not like you have to be in the ‘office’ the day before…

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    The biggest event this All Star weekend was a trade… ‘Nuff said

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