For those who don’t remember/know what Murphy’s Law means, it’s the adage that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong—and, after the shit that happened during Baltimore Ravens’ Elvis Dumervil’s trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, I’d bet he would agree that’s the best way to describe his experience.
According to BaltimoreRavens.com, here’s the breakdown of all that happened to Dumervil on his journey to his fourth Pro Bowl in five seasons.
After finding out that he was selected as an alternate for the game and that he would, indeed, be going to Hawaii following last weekend’s conference title games, Dumervil had to scurry to figure out travel arrangements, catching a train from New York to Baltimore to grab some stuff he needed for the trip.
Seemless enough, right? Not so fast.
Thanks to Winter Storm Jonas hitting the East Coast, Dumervil was tasked with reshuffling flights and figuring out how he was getting to Hawaii, ultimately taking a flight from Baltimore to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Hawaii.
Just a long day of travel that us normal people have done plenty of times because, let’s face it, we’re all cheap bastards and a four-city, indirect route sounds like it would be the fastest way to save cash on travel.
It gets worse for the defender, though, as his luggage didn’t make the trip with him to Hawaii, instead being stranded in Los Angeles, with the expectation that his bags would arrive on the island the next day.
Oh, but that didn’t happen, either, as the airline, Delta, called the next day and told Dumervil that his bags had been checked to Japan. Here’s how the player broke it down, via the Baltimore Ravens’ website:
“This is Delta, by the way,” Dumervil said, making sure to specify the airline. “I was a little frustrated, but it was late at night, so I let it be.”
“Your bag has been checked to Japan,” the Delta employee said.
“I’ve never been to Japan, but the [darn] bag has,” Dumervil said, now with a laugh as he told the story. “I’ve been two days without my bags.”
So, now he just traveled across the country on short notice and has none of his bags or the contents in them—notably daily vitamins he had packed—and, on the way, feels like he got sick because of… well, traveling.
Dumervil spent the next few days sick at Pro Bowl practices and just hoping for his daily vitamins and rest of his luggage to arrive—which they did a few days later.
The guy was a good sport about it all and shrugged it off, saying, “I just want to get through this game, come out safe and have a good time,” he said. “This has, by far, been the most interesting Pro Bowl.”
After a game in which he recorded just one tackle, I’m not so sure the whole shitshow it took to get to Hawaii was worth it, but, then again, it is a free trip for doing next to nothing, so maybe it wasn’t so bad for Dumervil.