CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- The media room before any sporting event is the best. It's loud and crowded but retains an intimacy for the assorted group of people having some food or engaging in casual conversation. It's my personal favorite part because it provides a relaxed atmosphere before everyone dials into their professional tasks for the day.
My most recent media room experience came during the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship. I walked in and gave the room my customary scan, only to gravitate immediately to our public address announcer, Andy Jick. He greeted me with a warm smile, and we caught up about how Passover was ending.