Minus a press pass, the collared shirt/khaki pants combo I last wore at a wedding in 2010 didn't need to be ironed after all, and plans for a Yelp review of the media refreshment spread were tabled as well.
Still, it's pretty cool that the NFL Draft has opened its doors wide open to the public in Chicago the past two years, thus affording me the opportunity to enjoy the festivities of a pro sport draft for the first time since attending the 1982 NHL Draft at the Montreal Forum.
Alas, my most recent appearance in a big league press box or credentialed media setting remains a one-day stint at a Montreal Expos game at Olympic Stadium back in 1987. Though I don't recall the final probing question I asked on that particular day, it was probably something along the lines of "so those hot dogs are really free?"
Cut to 2016 and there's no free hot dogs to be had, but "Draft Town Tailgate" did offer a pretty solid lineup featuring the offerings of a number of local Chicago dining institutions. Enjoying Pho from Tank Noodle at the event gets a big thumbs up from a person like me whose dream job outside of sports would be pinch-hitting for Anthony Bourdain.