47 weeks. 335 days. 8,040 hours. 482,000 minutes.

That’s the time between the Condors final game of 2020, a shootout win at home in front of 7,500 fans on March 7 and a game to be played in front of next to nobody on February 5, 2021.

But who’s counting anyways?

Me. I was counting. And as I’ll remind you, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want (thanks to Grapevine MSP!)

Now for the blog…

A major thank you the crew at 23ABC, led by Jim Doty, for getting us LIVE on TV for six games this season. It all starts with the back-to-back against Henderson next Friday and Saturday. Certainly was not an easy undertaking, especially with the ever-changing schedule. Also, without fans in the building, it will be a great way to keep Condorstown connected during the season.

All games will be streamed on AHLTV (free this weekend) and on radio Fox Sports 970 AM / iHeartRadio App. We’ll start that tomorrow night in Irvine at 6:45 p.m. against San Diego.

– Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft discussed the layoff and how much anticipation there is amongst players and staff to get to work this weekend.

– The Condors will announce the team’s captain and alternate captains (there are two) prior to puck drop on Friday. I can be bribed, just FYI.

– We’re bringing the game night experience digitally this year with a couple different ways you can win. Big Brand Tire and Service will have prizes on our Facebook page if you correctly guess the Condors first goal scorer of the night. Also – when the Condors win, everyone wins at SAMCO. We’ll post an image on our Insta Story, screenshot that and show it at any Bakersfield SAMCO for a free 20 oz. icee or fountain drink within 24 hours.

– Alan Quine completed his necessary quarantine and could be an option this weekend for Bakersfield. He’s been ready to get going and joked with him that it feels like all the team does is spend time in isolation. He’ll wear 22 when he does debut and joins a forward group with no shortage of scoring options.

Finally – just a note of thanks to everyone who’s made this season possible. It’s a huge undertaking to get people back working, playing, and doing what we love. Nothing about the last 10+ months has been easy, and the next 120 days won’t be smooth sailing either. It won’t be perfect. It will look and feel different. But, at the end of the day, I speak for a lot of folks when I say that I’m grateful for the opportunity to get back to doing what I love to do.

Talk to you from Irvine this weekend. Let’s do this.

Until next time Condorstown…

Ryan Holt aka Holty is in his 10th season as Voice of the Condors. If you follow him on Twitter @CondorsHolty you’d know that he hasn’t fully recovered from lunch at Angry Barnyard BBQ. Follow him there or shoot him a note to RHolt@BakersfieldCondors.com with questions, comments, or blog ideas.