Covering a Classic leads to obscene wake-up times, but you know what they say about the early bird … they miss out on sleep.
The Tulsa-to-Grove morning grind puts it even earlier this year. Manager of tournament coverage Steve Bowman has a 4 a.m. departure time from our downtown Tulsa hotel. He’s responsible for getting emcee Dave Mercer, who is needed at the Wolf Creek launch site to do the Classic dress rehearsal, there by 6 a.m.
The rest of the crew can sleep in ... another whole hour. Woohoo. We plan to meet up at 5 a.m. to make the 90-mile drive so our teams can be on the water by the launch time of 7 a.m.
James Overstreet needs to get there a bit earlier to do the gallery, then he and Pete Robbins will head out onto Grand Lake to follow the competitors. Expect blogs, Basscams and photos from our three teams on the water.
David Hunter Jones will do double duty with a camera and his blog-ready computer, while Darren Jacobson and I will team up with photos and blogs.
We caught a small break as the wintry mix forecast for Tulsa shouldn’t affect our morning commute. The Weather Channel said it could hit Tulsa around 8 a.m. as snow. As for Grove, the 7 a.m. temps are anticipated to be 28 degrees (Feels like 20) and the snow should hold off until 10 a.m.
The system is being called Winter Storm Q, and just a short distance north of us there are 12 to 18 inches of snow forecast in the Western section of Kansas.
It won’t be pretty, but it could be worse. Like it’s been said, this will be a Classic of mental fortitude … the anglers will have to pretty tough, too.
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Bad things are coming our way.