The festivities begin with an early countdown at 9 p.m. with the ball drop in New York. menu includes citrus-cured salmon and Grimaud Farms duck breast. Before the clock strikes midnight, guests wi. It promised to be a slow countdown to the nighttime fireworks. McNair couldn’t hear it, but the clock was ticking. Emily Andrews: It wasn’t about his status or what– what he drove or what he could. The…