I don't know much about the excitement inside the courthouse today... But outside it felt a lot like the NFL.
There was sweating, shouting, pushing and shoving... And that was just among the media. Too bad no one had the presense of mind to bring a football.
Some of the out-of-town media seemed to have a hard time adapting to the fact St. Louis is a decent-sized media market and we cover news, too.
As my colleague and I pulled up to parallel park across from the courthouse, one guy started to stand in the spot. My colleague rolled down the window and said, "excuse me?" The guy said, "I need to save this space for a producer." My colleague responded, "Sorry, we're media, too," and we took the spot.
After the hearing, it was hard not to feel like a buffoon holding microphones and cameras chasing around football players in a small space (some were polite enough to approach the microphone stand one of the photographers set up... that made it easy and fair for everyone to get what they need).
I saw a few hot-heads get into it. This sort of thing doesn't happen among the local media. We get along, we respect each other out on stories and stay out of each others' way the best we can.
I guess when some people figure they're never going to have to deal certainwith people again, they don't worry so much about how they treat them. Whereas people you know you're going to see over and over, you don't want to come across as a jerk. It was interesting to watch.
There were about a half a dozen groupies out there, too. A few of the players obliged some fans who brought pen and paper or marker and football and signed there stuff. That's nice. That's how it should be. No reason to alienate fans at a time like this.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at email@example.com