It's time to get serious about the impending 10 Spot outing. As you might recall, it's scheduled for next Saturday, Sept. 13. It's believed to be the first event of its kind for SI. (OK, I'm just winging it on that one, but it's definitely a first for the 10 Spot.)
The plan is to visit the Sports Museum of America that afternoon. The SMA opened earlier this year in downtown Manhattan. It's the home of the Heisman trophy as well as a number of other exhibits and artifacts.
That particular Saturday, the museum will also be hosting a special exhibit of Super Bowl artifacts, including scheduled appearances by former Giants Harry Carson and Sean Landeta and legendary Jet Don Maynard. We may be able to get a little exclusive time with them for our 10 Spot posse. (Please don't ask Mr. Landeta about missing that punt in the '85 playoffs against the Bears; it was very windy and I'm sure he feels terrible enough about it as it is.)
I have not locked in a time for the museum visit yet, but I am thinking around 2 p.m. The regular cost is $24 per adult, though we will be able to get a group rate, which I believe will be $19. We may duck into a conference room at some point for a meet-and-greet.
For Saturday evening, I have reserved the back room at Molly Pitcher's Ale House on the Upper East Side (Second Avenue at 85th Street) beginning at 8 p.m. The USC-Ohio State game will be on at that time, and I'll see if we can get a feed for the even more anticipated LSU-North Texas showdown. It should be a great time.
I pledge to award a prize to the 10 Spot reader who travels the farthest. There may be additional surprises as soon as I think them up.
Anyway, I need to start getting a head count for both events. You can post directly on this thread or e-mail me directly at email@example.com. Periodically until next weekend, I will post the running count on this thread. Obviously folks can decide to come at the last minute if they like, especially to the Molly's portion. But I do need to have an idea how many people to expect, since museum tickets must be purchased and Molly's needs to make staffing decisions.
Also, feel free to suggest anything that you think might make the gathering more fun.