VSN Travels (Des Moines, Olathe, Campbellsville, Fort Wayne, Chicago…)

So I have been a little lazy on the VSN Travels section. The last three weeks have been interesting and so something has to get pushed aside. We had a couple of short trips and they weren’t all that interesting and then after our last trip we only had a couple of days to get everything ready for this week and it was back on the road. Here is a quick recap of the three weeks I missed.

Sept. 18 – Grand View vs Marian
It was cold and rainy. We were under a canopy with a blanket wrapped around to make walls. We stood in downpour rains and tried to build a shelter to keep equipment from getting wet. In all honesty it was a terrible experience. One that we can only blame ourselves for because we picked a game that didn’t have room in the press box. Anyway, it was a sloppy day and a sloppy game, period.

Sept. 25 – Lindenwood at MidAmerica Nazarene
There wasn’t much exciting on this trip either. It rained again..weird. We had cameras go down right before the half and spent half time trying to get it all fixed, in the pouring rain mind you. But hey we got it all back up and working in time for the second half and finished the game. By the way, we saw a big upset so that was exciting.

Oct. 2 – Union at University of the Cumberlands
This was a longer trip and a bit more interesting. We stopped at the original KFC. If you are ever in the Corbin, Ky. area and see the signs for the Colonel’s café and museum….don’t believe it. It is a normal KFC with a few things to look at. Unless you are a KFC enthusiast then you will be disappointed. The most satisfaction you get is that you did, indeed, eat at the original KFC. This was also a trip to catch up with some friends. I was able to meet with (at the original KFC) and talk to a friend I met last year on these trips. We have stayed in touch through facebook and twitter and it was good to see her. I also had the chance to meet up with a guy I went to college with at Doane. He is now a grad assistant for the Patriot women’s basketball team. Good to catch up with him for a bit. Outside of that, the only thing I have to say about that trip is that Jennifer Wake-Floyd and her crew at Cumberlands were incredible. They always are. Oh yes, I also got to finally meet the Union SID in person. I felt like I knew Jay Stancil before meeting him because of Twitter and Facebook. We have communicated through those social networks many times, but finally met for the first time. Good to meet you, Jay.

Up to speed
So now that we are caught up to speed, we can focus on the current trip. We are currently on the drive home from a five day trip. We left Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. bound for Campbellsville, Ky. We rolled in about 9 p.m. local time. Thursday we set up, met with the AD and called the game that night. We got a lot of great help from Chris Megginson and Jeanie. This setup was somewhat easier, because we used the local cable channel’s feed and broadcasted. We were on VSN and local cable for that game.

The menu of the King
So Thursday we were trying to figure out where to eat. The CU athletic director asked if we were interested in eating at the cafeteria, “It’s free,” he said. At first I wasn’t thrilled about the idea but heck cafeteria food isn’t that bad, right? Okay so one of the things on menu was a Grilled Peanut Butter & Banana sandwich. It was the favorite food of the king of rock and roll, yes Elvis. I don’t know if I could be happy with myself if I left that place without trying it. So I did. And it was good. To my surprise I enjoyed it and had two….oops. I might try to make it at home, but it does seem like a lot of work…hmmm. But as Jason put it, “I understand why Elvis dies of a heart attack.”

Friday – Travel Day
Generally our travel days aren’t too exciting. It is just sitting in the car for an extended period of time. However, this time we had a stop. We met Steve Baker, Mid South Conference commissioner, for lunch in Louisville. It was good to meet Steve. We spent a good amount of time talking with him about the MSC and NAIA.

We rolled into Fort Wayne after 4:00 local time and were able to get a few things set up.

Two games, One day
Our game of the week was a top ten matchup. It is always a fun place to go for a game because of the atmosphere. Just beyond their end zones tents are set up with a lot of food and a lot of beer. It makes for a good time. After the game we went over to one of the tents to eat some food. They are some of the most welcoming people, gotta love it. I was joking with a girl I met last year at the game in Fort Wayne about Ham and Cheesy Potatoes needing to be on the menu….It was. And it was fantastic. Good job, Katie!

After a bite to eat we hit the road for Chicago where Marian and St. Xavier were playing in a top 15 battle. We rolled in late in the first quarter and watched Marian score to cut the deficit to 14-6. The game went back and forth through much of it, but in the end the Knights made too many mistakes and St. Xavier pulled away. I got a chance to catch up with Dr. Geoff Sherman, SID at Marian, again. He is just a good dude. Fun to talk to on the sidelines of a football game, that is for sure. When the score began to get lopsided after a pick six, we left to get back on the road.

We made it to Iowa City for the night and today we are on our way home. My Chiefs play the Colts today at noon. We probably won’t be home until around 1:00 and I’m hoping the Chiefs are still in the game by the time I get home. K.C. is the last remaining unbeaten…can they do it one more time?

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