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Kenny Albert wins travel trophy
Travel adventures are nothing new for Kenny Albert, who will call today's Giants-Eagles game for Fox.
This time of year he works NFL, NBA and NHL games, sometimes in the same week.
But last weekend was an all-timer.
Albert was scheduled to host the AL trophy presentation at Yankee Stadium Saturday night after Game 6 of the ALCS, which required him to travel from Pittsburgh - where he was for production meetings in advance of the Vikings-Steelers game - to the Bronx.
But wait: Rain was in the forecast. So Albert flew to Philadelphia, figuring he would assess the weather situation around 4, then decide whether to go on to New York or turn around and fly back to Pittsburgh.
The game was not rained out by then, so he took a Fox car service to his Bergen County, N.J., home, where he planned to change and then drive to Yankee Stadium.
Just before he arrived at around 6, the game was rained out. It was too late to get the last flight back to Pittsburgh from JFK, so Fox sent a car for the six-hour drive.
He arrived at his hotel at 1:45 a.m., 14 hours after leaving.
Albert called the Vikings-Steelers game and flew back to New York, arriving just in time for the start of Game 6 Sunday.
Why go to all that trouble just to host a trophy presentation, especially since he twice had done the honors before, after Game 7 of both the 2003 ALCS (won by the Yankees) and the 2004 ALCS (won by the Red Sox)?
"You never know if it's something you'll ever get to do again," he said. "It's the kind of experience you dream about."
Monday, Albert called the Coyotes-Rangers game. Wednesday, he called Knicks-Heat in Miami and Friday he was at Knicks-Bobcats in Charlotte.
Now he's at the Linc.