It can’t be easy being Champion Air these days. The clock is ticking . . . only 10 days until the airline shuts down for good. But apparently, this fine airline found the will to do a great thing yesterday. And for that, they get a (purple and) gold star.
So what did they do? Well, they made the San Antonio Spurs sleep on one of their planes on the ground in New Orleans while they fixed it. Why is this great? I grew up in LA during the time of Kareem, Magic, Worthy, Byron Scott, AC Green, Michael Cooper . . . you get the drift. Even though I don’t follow the game as much as I did back then, growing up here during that era makes me a Laker fan for life. And the Spurs were on their way to LA for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Lakers.
This is actually a pretty bizarre story. The Spurs decided to fly out right after Game 7 against the Hornets. When they won, that meant they’d be heading to LA. The team went to the airport and found out that the plane was on a mechanical. Apparently, it wouldn’t be ready to go until 7a yesterday morning. Hotels were overbooked due to some huge convention, so the team had to sleep on the plane.
So, yesterday morning they made it to town, probably pretty tired from the long and uncomfortable night. I’m confident the Lakers can pull this one on their own, but there’s nothing wrong with a little extra advantage.
Now, should everyone be concerned about a mechanical on a plane that’s destined for the scrap heap in a couple of weeks? Nah, I’m going to assume that they’re doing what they have to do to keep those planes airworthy for now. And I don’t say that lightly. Champion also transports the Lakers.
Next year, Northwest will take over the contract with the NBA, but for now, let’s just say thanks to Champion Air for helping out my home team.