My chance encounter with Ray Mercer – a study in text message addiction

Photo by Sherdog - Ray Mercer is one cool dude.

I want to share one of the highlights of our trip to the Strikeforce – Fedor vs. Rogers event which took place this past Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, in Hoffman Estates, Ill., just outside Chicago. ProMMA.info VP Denny Hodge picked me up about 6:30 a.m. in Kentucky for the roughly nine hour drive to our destination.

First stop – check in at our hotel at the Candlewood Suites. This was the media hotel Strikeforce had recommended. I think there was a special media rate but the lady from the hotel who was in charge of special rates never seemed to be available.

We got to the hotel. I slept most of the way, while “The Mad One” did what he does best: text and drive. If you’ve never experienced riding with someone addicted to texting, let me tell you, you will not soon forget it. I truly believe his condition is worsening because we’ve gone on many of these trips to cover events and he was manifesting new signs of addiction I had not previously witnessed.

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