After driving through the mountains of West Virginia in the snow and darkness (and let me tell you, not a lot of people on the roads in West Virginia in the middle of the night...a horror movie may be in order), we are back home and exhausted. The last ten days have been an amazing run for us and our trip is one for the books. Drew gave a top 10 list below of the great moments and it is certainly appropriate. But there were also some fantastic basketball moments as well, such as:
--- Watching Northern Iowa prove why they are a Bracket Buster team with Sweet 16 potential
--- Seeing Evan Turner up close and personal and witnessing why he may be Player of the Year
--- Watching Kansas at its peak prove why they are the favorites in the NCAA on a neutral court
--- Evaluating the demise of UNC Basketball this season in an unbelievably empty arena that still boggles the mind
--- Watching one of the great games of the season in Maryland vs Virginia Tech and their double OT thriller. Greivis Vasquez is for real.
--- Seeing a scary Duke team that will be a #1 seed with no hype.
In addition to that, we had great experiences and interactions with coaches, players and media types. I was told a joke by Bill Raftery, Drew was ignored by Kid Rock, we were heckled by Bob Valvano, given a weary eye by a number of Sports Information Directors, mocked (in a loving way) by Coach K and congratulated on the Kia Rondo by Patrick Patterson. Nearly everywhere we went, people were tremendously nice and we got to see college basketball from every angle, the good, bad and the ugly. It was a dream trip.
I want to thank our great group of travelers, Drew Franklin, CM Tomlin, TJ Beisner and the man they call Hubby. And we also have to give a big shout out to CBS for setting this whole thing up. It has been great.
We hope to see all you folks again soon, and until then remember, a Kia Rondo driving in the middle of the night down a snowy backroad in Iowa so you can make a Louisville-Depaul 2 pm tipoff is most definitely the way to live life.