Posted on: March 1, 2010 7:59 am
Edited on: March 1, 2010 8:10 am
 

Top Ten Highlights From The Trip

Drew Franklin

8:00 AM

The Kia Rondo I just got home from our college basketball road trip and I'm about to go into a three-month hibernation.  But before I do, let me share my ten favorite moments from our journey:

Top Ten Highlights from the College Basketball Road Trip

10.) Bob Valvano – ESPN announcer and Louisville, KY resident Bob Valvano was undoubtedly stunned when he spotted us in Northern Iowa.   Valvano, who is familiar with our Kentucky blog, asked us how we ended up on press row at the Northern Iowa-Old Dominion game in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  We explained our road trip and offered Bob a seat in the car, but he respectfully declined, as he had to catch a flight to Chicago after the game.  The next morning, inclimate weather forced us to DePaul where we once again saw a clean, well-rested Bob Valvano.  We, on the other hand, hadn’t slept or showered, and were in the same clothes from the night before.  Valvano couldn’t believe his eyes. 

9.) Kentucky’s Joe Craft Center – Halfway through the drive from Lawrence to Chapel Hill, we stopped by Lexington for a tour of Kentucky’s practice facility.   Our good friend Dave Scott showed us around the Craft Center with stops at John Calipari’s office and John Wall’s locker.  I (unexpectedly) sat down with Patrick Patterson for an interview after the Wildcats’ practice where I asked him hard-hitting questions like, “Hey what’s up?” and “So, you like basketball, huh?”  It was a great afternoon for this lifelong Kentucky fan and one I certainly won’t forget.

8.) Snow, a blessing in disguise. – Snow was a constant theme on the road trip.  Though it might seem like snow was out to ruin our trip, I think it was a blessing in disguise.  Without snow, #10, #5 and #2 would be absent from this list.  Without snow, we make it to Siena-Butler and Matt never writes his controversial column on Rick Pitino.  Without snow, there is no sense of danger or 4-hour late night stop at Junie's Diner in Iowa.  Would the trip have been better if we stuck to the original schedule?  Maybe.  But we'll never know.  All we do know is snow grabbed us by the balls and re-routed the trip, and we still had one hell of a time.

7.) Entering The Phog - You see it on television and hear all of the hype but it’s hard to really appreciate a game in Kansas’ Phog Allen Fieldhouse until you experience it firsthand.  Students make up a vast majority of the lower arena and are unbelievably loud and organized with their cheers.  Even the old folks in the crowd stand up and get in on the action.  And as much as I want to downplay it, the famous “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” chant is pretty incredible.  I tip my UK hat to you, Kansas.

6.) This-is-SPARTA!  Overall, Michigan State was the best stop on the trip.  It wasn’t the nicest arena, it wasn’t the loudest crowd, and it wasn’t the best game, but I'd rank our Spartan experience in the top 3 in nearly every category across the board.  We had a fun Saturday night in East Lansing and the Breslin Center was rockin' on Sunday for the Spartans matchup with Ohio State.  But honestly, the cheese omelettes in the media room are what really won me over.  And meeting Kid Rock.  But, mainly just the omelettes.

5.) H-O-R-S-E – While waiting for Virginia Tech and Maryland to tipoff, we conned the cheerleaders into finding a basketball for us so we could prove that bloggers got game, too.   Unfortunately for me, all I proved was that three plus years of boozing and Taco Bell without setting foot in a gym can really have a negative effect on one’s hoop dreams.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I was eliminated first (and quickly) while Hubby pulled off the upset win.  Despite my humiliating performance, I can now say that I’ve played basketball in an ACC arena.  On a side note, I’ll be joining a gym first thing in the morning.

4.) The McLeod Center at Northern Iowa – There was a lot of excitement coming into this road trip and I can’t say that an ounce of it was for the stop at Northern Iowa. With sites like Michigan State, Kansas, North Carolina, and Syracuse on the schedule, how were we supposed to get amped up for UNI?  We expected a barn for a gym and a dismal turnout in the stands.  Boy, were we wrong.  We entered the jam-packed McLeod Center just minutes before the tip to find our seats on the baseline, two feet in front of the student section.  And this wasn’t just any student section, these kids were borderline crazy.  Nearly everyone not wearing Bert and Ernie costumes were covered in white body paint and screaming their lungs out.  The students were very friendly with us and loved what we were doing at the table in front of them, just as we loved their craziness behind us.  The McLeod Center might not have the powerful atmosphere of an Allen Fieldhouse or Cameron Indoor but the passion is certainly there.  Now, if they could just do something with all of that snow.

3.) Marquette, So You Think You Can Dance? – Our first night out on the road trip made for one of the most awkward nights I’ve had in quite some time.  As a recent college grad and liver of the dream, bars and partying are nothing new to me.  I feel like I’ve seen and experienced enough to adapt to the various environments.  But, Marquette threw me off my game.  While most bars/clubs offer a designated area for dancing, the kids in Milwaukee will spontaneously dance wherever, whenever and they don’t need a reason or give a heads up.  They just dance.  It’s what they do. Some danced in pairs, many danced alone, some danced in the corner, and some danced by the bar.  The only consistency was that NO ONE had ANY rhythm.  It was like a convention for “that uncoordinated white guy” who can be found on dance floors across America.  I’ve never seen anything like it and I really can’t put into words how absurd it was.  With that being said, it was a lot of fun partying at Marquette and seeing so many people having a good time without worrying that someone might mistake their dancing for a seizure.  Keep on keepin’ on, Marquette.  You might look like band camp but you’re America’s best dance crew! 

2.) A snow hurricane, a beer truck, and a fire hydrant – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:  An epic snowstorm in the northeast detoured our trip to Blacksburg, Virginia where we spent eight hours in Virginia Tech’s arena due to a water main break caused by a beer truck backing over a fire hydrant.  You can’t make that up.  10,000 fans entered Cassell Coliseum after a three and a half hour delay to find that there were no working restrooms in the building.  Fans were allowed to leave the arena to relieve themselves during the game.  And as if the game wasn’t prolonged enough, it went into double overtime.   Only on the road trip.

1.) The Kia Rondo – You can call her a station wagon, a snowplow, the Harangody, or the Rajon, but for the past week and a half we called her home.  She traveled through 13 different states in just 11 days.  She saw new faces board the ship halfway through and said goodbye to old ones along the way.  She saw rain, shine, snow, more snow, and everything in between.  She was littered with McDonald’s cups, Mountain Dew bottles, and Starburst wrappers, and she held more luggage than she was probably manufactured to hold.  She served as an office, a trashcan, a country music jukebox, and even a hotel room.  I can’t say I enjoyed traveling 6 hours a day for 11 days but the ol’ Kia Rondo somehow made it bearable.  While our stories, columns, pictures, and memories will live on from the trip, we won’t forget what got us there.  Rondo, it’s been real and when you’re riding around town with whatever old woman rents you next, just remember who took you out and showed you the world.  

Honorable Mention: Tomlin getting turned down by the Golden Eagle, a Morehead State frat party, "Are you better than Iowa?", a hysterical call-in to a West Virginia radio station, and Bojangles Famous Chicken'n Biscuits

To the readers, thanks for following along.  We appreciate the support and hope you enjoyed our stuff.

To CBSSports.com, thanks for the opportunity and for not pulling the plug on us midway through the trip.

Farewell.

Franklin, out.

Posted on: February 28, 2010 10:11 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 10:23 pm
 

The Last Stop: Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena

Drew Franklin

10:10 PM


The Duke Blue Devils came into John Paul Jones Arena to face Virginia and left with a blowout win.  The #5 team in the nation took out the Cavs 67-49 in front of a packed house.  Virginia was doomed from the start as their star player Sylves Landesberg warmed up before the game but sat out with a thigh bruise.  Landesberg scored 27 in UVA's last game against Miami.

Duke's Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler combined for 41 (8 points shy of tying Virginia's entire team) and were the only Blue Devils in double-figures.  

Although the game was about as entertaining as Duke's "Great Moments in Cinematic History", the atmosphere and, more importantly, the media room buffet were great.

Here are a few random notes from our final stop on this man-tastic voyage:

John Paul Jones Arena is awesome.  I can see why SI.com named it the "Best New Arena" of the decade.  It's like an NBA arena but with the feel of the college atmosphere.  Students fill most of the lower level of the arena with luxury suites surround both sides of the court behind them.  If I could just make my way into one of the suites, there could be some heavy boozing and cougar hunting going down after the game.

JPJ holds 14,593 people in orange t-shirts and 14,000 of them get to participate in contests during breaks.  At halftime, one student was unable to identify Eminem and Britney Spears in the "Hoo's that Face?" celebrity photo game.

John Paul Jones was a naval commander in the American Revolutionary War.  He is not John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.  He is not James Earl Jones of having a deep voice.  He is not Paul Jones, Ricky Steamboat's NWA tag team partner. And he is certainly not Mark Paul Gosselaar of Saved By The Bell.  (Although, all of the aforementioned people would make awesome arenas.)

Tony Bennett is the head coach of Virginia.  It wasn't until the 5:00 minute mark in the second half that I realized it's not the same Tony Bennett that sang along with Barbra Streisand.  Damn.  

Duke is good.  Or Virginia is bad.  I think it's a mixture of both.  Like Matt said earlier, I want to hate the Blue Devils but they're tough.  I think they'll make a run in March but lack the dominant post presence to win it all.

Jon Scheyer is a candidate for National Player of the Year.  Not really.  But that's what the flyers in the media room said.  Seems like a waste of print to me.

Virginia's Sammy Zeglinski is tough.  Unfortunately, he's undersized.  At 6'0, he's having a hard time defending and getting his shot off but he certainly isn't getting pushed around, either.  I think we're watching a Charlottesville YMCA legend in the making.

JPJ Arena is the leader in t-shirt cannon technology.  I don't know what's powering that fan-friendly weapon but it'll take your head off if you're not ready.  I think everyone in Upper Level Row DD will be leaving with a new addition to their wardrobe.  JPJ also has a tank known as the "Ball Blaster" which encourages fans to "catch the blue balls".  As if the group of male students behind the cheerleaders need more of those.

JJ Redick jerseys were prevalent in the visiting section.  Unlike his basketball career, JJ Redick jerseys are still relevant.

Duke fans travel.  Not quite as much as we do, but more than the home crowd.  The Blue Devils had quite the crowd showing tonight despite the insignificance of this game in the big picture.

I'm tired.  As much as I'd like to keep on living the college basketball dream in a Kia Rondo, I don't know if my body can take any more Super 8's or gas station food.  We have a 7 hour drive ahead of us and then the College Basketball Road Trip will be no more.

Stay tuned for a few tour wrap-up posts before we bid farewell for good. 
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 28, 2010 9:39 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 9:40 pm
 

Second. Best. Halftime. Show. Ever.

Drew Franklin

9:00 PM

Depaul's Wet Panda Acrobat was the best halftime show ever, but this guy at the Virginia game is a close second.

Two questions: 

(1) How does one master such skill?  

(2) Does that apparatus pick up chicks?
Posted on: February 28, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Trying Not to Hate Duke

MATT JONES

7:30 PM


I will be honest, hating Duke has been a big part of my life.  From the moment Christian Laettner made his famous shot in 1992 against my Kentucky Wildcats until the present day, I have spent too much of my life hoping Duke would lose basketball games.  It isnt really a healthy way to be, as we all should rise above such petty problems and move onto a higher level of consciousness.  And I definitely try.  But then I would see Greg Paulus slap the floor or Coach K bait an official, and cheering for a loss seemed so natural.  It has been even worse for me because I actually attended Duke for law school, and while I was there they won a national title in 2001.  You dont know misery until the team you dislike with all your heart wins a championship with you on campus...it
doesnt seem fair.

But now it is time to attempt to move on.  Since we have been doing this CBS gig, I have done my best to remain neutral.  That has meant that I have called them as I have seen them, with praise coming for Evan Turner and scorn for Rick Pitino.  Those werent due to biases, but the facts as I saw them.  But this is Duke...and that makes it harder.  Still I can do it.  This Duke team is legitimately good ans actually is surprisingly under the radar.  So I will give them a fair take here in Charlottesville, no matter how hard it is for me to stomach.

Speaking of Charlottesville, there is no better college town in America.  If you were to draw up how you wanted a major college campus to look, feel and be administered, you would probably choose Charlottesville and UVA.  There is a good mix of old and new, classic architecture, great academics and beautiful women.  You cant beat that in my view.  I almost went here for both undergraduate and law school, and I have thought about going to a graduate school, just so it could be here.

On the basketball end of things, UVA has the best newer arena in America.  For you Kentucky fans out there, when they build a new Rupp Arena, it will look like a larger version of this place.  All the seats are great, the setup is modern, with lots of space and luxury boxes that are not gaudy.  It was an expensive building, but they have managed to keep the students around the court and when UVA plays well (which hasnt been all that often on this six-game losing streak), the place rocks.  This is actually my third game here and I have had a great time at all of them and I hope this one is similar.

So hating Duke and loving Charlottesville must be put aside.  We are quasi-journalists darnit and as much as I may want to go nuts when I see a Plumlee brother or Ryan Kelly get up off the bench and cheer like a 12 year old school girl, I wont do it.  Objectivity rules, at least for one night.

By the way it has been suggested that you guys may have missed some of our columns on the various games that we have attended, since they havent been linked here.  These are a few, and make sure and check them out if you can.  More during the game:

Maryland Has College Basketball's Enemy #1

Kansas is the Favorite to Win it All

Evan Turner is College Basketball Great

UNC Basketball Hurts My Eyes

Rick Pitino Has Lost His Mojo

Patrick Patterson Profile

Morehead State Player Headed for Big Things

Posted on: February 28, 2010 4:56 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 5:29 pm
 

FAQ: University of Virginia

By C.M. Tomlin

5:00 PM


As the Road Crew pulls into its final stop to watch Coach K's Blue Devils take on the Virginia Cavaliers, it's worth noting that, in the course of history, very little -- if anything at all -- is known about the university itself. As a service to you, America, we are proud to present, for the first time ever, a wealth of information that no one knows, in the following Frequently Asked Questions About the University of Virginia.

What is this University of Virginia?

The University of Virginia is a public university founded in 1819 by President Thomas Jefferson. Its early board of administrators once included Jefferson and fellow presidents James Madison and James Monroe.

Yes, I know all those those people. They live at Disneyworld.

No, they don't. It should also be noted that the University of Virginia was the first educational institution to offer programs in disciplines such as astronomy and philosophy. 

There's a guy in my building who's into astronomy and philosophy, and his apartment stinks and he sits around listening to Phish all day long. I don't think he has a job. What else you got?

The University of Virginia also boasts impressive schools focusing on architecture, business, engineering and applied sciences, public policy and medicine. There are also, it is well known, a number of secret societies at the University of Virginia.

What do you mean "secret societies?"

Some of these societies, often open by invitation only, are over 100 years old and one which is no longer a secret -- The Jefferson Debating Society -- dates back to 1825. Other secret societies said to exist on campus include the Seven Society, the Z Society, the IMP Society, The Society of Purple Shadows, The Information Society, The Babysitters Club, The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Monster Squad, A Tribe Called Quest, The Goodie Mob, The Getalong Gang and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Have any famous people come from the University of Virginia?

Oh yes. Poet Edgar Allen Poe, for instance, has had his original dorm room restored to how it looked when he was a student at UVA. Current CBS anchor Katie Couric's old UVA dorm room is said to still smell like Avon's popular 1970's scent "Sweet Honesty," while mid-1900's modern artist Georgia O'Keefe's former dorm room is still said to smell like artfully arranged cattle skulls.

What about the University of Virginia Men's Basketball Team, the Chevy Cavaliers?

Actually, it's just the Cavaliers, a middle-of-the-road general contender in the ACC with 16 NCAA Tourney appearances, four Elite Eight appearances and two trips to the Final Four. They play in John Paul Jones Arena.

John Paul Jones is awesome. I saw Led Zeppelin at the Meadowlands in '77. 

Yeah, this is a different John Paul Jones. 

Who coaches the Cavaliers?

The Cavs are coached by ex-Washington State head coach Tony Bennett.

Tony Bennett is awesome. I saw him at the Tropicana in '68.

Again, a different Tony Bennett.

Where is UVA located?

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Good Charlotte's a great band. Did you ever have their last album? It's-

Awesome?

Totally.

You're not even listening to what I'm saying anymore, are you?

Not really.

Let's just wrap this up, then.

Sure. You want to get something to eat?

Yeah. Alright.
Posted on: February 28, 2010 2:20 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 7:50 pm
 

Yet Another EXCLUSIVE Interview

By: Drew Franklin

1:45 PM

We made it to Charlottesville, Virginia with plenty of time to kill before tonight's game, so I thought I'd look up one of the locals to see what's up with the town known as Hoo-Ville.  I asked around to find out who would be best for a sit-down and everyone suggested one Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and Charlottesville native.


The following is the transcript from my interview with Thomas Jefferson at the Rotunda at the University of Virginia:

Drew Franklin:  Good afternoon, Mr. President.  How are you doing today?

Thomas Jefferson:  All is well. Thank you for asking.

DF: Well, good.  You look great.  Do you use skin products?

TJ: I use an exfoliating chemical peel and I receive bi-weekly facial treatments from the nice Eastern people on Washington Avenue.

DF: I knew it!  Anyway, let me start by asking you a little bit about Charlottesville.  How long have you lived here?

TJ:  I moved into my Monticello in 1768 and have lived here with my wife Martha ever since.

DF: Your Monticello seems to be a pretty popular tourist attraction.

TJ:  Indeed.  Since my childhood, I had always desired a beautiful mountaintop home within site of Shadwell.   The mansions’ neoclassical environment is based on my study of the brilliant architect Andrew Palladio and The Orders.

DF: Well, I hear it’s beautiful.  The estate attracts approximately half a million tourists a year.  Does the constant flow of tourists not bother you?

TJ: Martha and I delight in the company and friendliness of our guests.  Long as they are peaceful and stay clear of my gentleman chamber.

DF: Your gentleman chamber?  Do I dare ask?

TJ: It is very similar to a modern day man cave.  It’s my private quarters to get away from the outside world and relax.  I have a 72-inch Samsung 1080p with Bose surround sound, a kegerator, an 18th century pool table, and a brass stripper pole.  It’s a great place for James Adams and I to fire up a bowl and revel in Virginia Cavaliers basketball games.

DF: Ah, so you and Adams are Cavs fans.  I will be taking in my first Virginia game tonight.  I’m pretty excited.

TJ: As you should be.  John Paul Jones Arena is a magnificent atmosphere for ACC basketball.  Duke is in town and you will surely adore the experience.

DF: Yeah, I’m really looking forward to seeing Duke.  Hopefully, Virginia will beat the hell out of them.

TJ: My hopes are the same.  I can recollect when Duke was merely Brown’s Schoolhouse in Trinity.  Even before Washington Duke's endowment, they were basically the same team - lots of young white lads.  I despised them then just as I do now.    

DF: Do you think this Virginia team can contend with the #5 team in the nation?

TJ: My hope is yes, the Cavs will be victorious.  But, the Cavaliers have lost six in a row primarily because they're just not big enough to stand up to ACC front lines.

DF: That's a good observation.  I think Duke will win this in a blowout.  More importantly, I still have some time to kill before the game, any suggestions?

TJ: There is plenty to see and do here in C-Ville.  I enjoy the indie music scene.  In fact, the Dave Matthews Band started here.  Were you aware of that?

DF: I did not know that.  I also didn't expect you to be a big indie music guy.  What else could I check out while I'm in town?

TJ: Many tourists prefer the historical aspect of town. I prefer "The Corner" which is area of bars and eateries near campus.  Or, you could always blow off the game and come hang out with Adams and I.  I think Monroe might be coming over with the new Black Eyed Peas Concert DVD and a case of Sam Adams.

DF: That sounds fun but I better go to the game.

TJ: You sure?  We're going to get loaded and re-write the Declaration of Independence.  It's going to be awesome.

DF: Once again, I'd love to but I'm on assignment with CBS.  Thank you for the offer, though.

TJ: I understand.  Have fun at the game.  Stop by when it's over and, if we're still up, I'll beckon Martha to cook us a couple of pizzas.

DF: That'll be great.  I'll text you after I leave John Paul Jones Arena.  Thank you for your time, Mr. President.

TJ: Anytime, kid.  Go Cavs!

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 28, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: February 28, 2010 1:50 pm
 

The Last Day

By: Drew Franklin

10:30 AM

 

Good morning!  What’s hapnin’?

Forgive me if I make this quick, I’m feeling a little nauseous.  We bought the Sam’s Club bomb shelter bundle of those little pine tree-shaped air fresheners and the scent is overpowering.  There hasn’t been this much pine-smelling tree in one vehicle since Michael Beasley, Darrell Arthur, and Mario Chalmers carpooled to Rookie Camp.  But, hey, whatever it takes to get the smell of road trip out.

Anyway, today is the last day of the CBS College Basketball Road Trip.  We're on our way to the Roanoke Regional Airport to send Beisner back to the sunshine state before the rest of us head on to Charlottesville, VA to see the Cavaliers take on the Duke Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena tonight.  Hopefully, we can avoid beer trucks and water main breaks at our third consecutive ACC game.

See you in a hour or two when we get to Charlottesville!

 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 27, 2010 11:46 pm
 

Despite the loss, Hokies still in great shape



After fifty minutes of inspired, hard-fought basketball, you couldn't blame Seth Greenberg's team for feeling disappointed or a bit deflated.  After all, every ball seemed to bounce their way and every call seemed in their favor in the first half and they made the types of clutch plays that made you feel they would win.  This was their game.

But, when Erick Green's three from the corner caught iron with three seconds left in overtime, the game was finally sealed and the nearly 10,000 people who waited through busted water pipes and two overtimes were left to head home (or to the pooper) and try to find solace in their team’s third consecutive loss.

Unlike the 20-point thumping they were handed Wednesday at Boston College, the Hokies came to play.  After being out-rebounded by the Eagles 49-28 earlier this week, the Hokies won the battle of the boards against the Terps and pulled down 20 on the offensive end.  And, unlike the previous two games where they shot in the low 30%, Virginia Tech achieved offensive efficiency, shooting 46% from the field for the game.  They made smart plays and had balance on offense.

Basically, though they didn’t get the win, the Hokies looked to be back to being the one that jumped out to a 21-4 record.  Despite three straight losses, there’s much to be happy with in Blacksburg right now.

Unlike two years ago when Seth Greenberg took to the airwaves to rip the NCAA committee’s decision to not include his team and unlike last year when a three-game losing streak doomed any hopes of going dancing, this Hokie team is in great shape. 

No matter how heart-breaking this loss was, the Virginia Tech Hokies are still sitting pretty for an NCAA bid.  And that has to feel good.

What else we learned at Virginia Tech

The Crowd Came to Play
- The Virginia Tech crowd completely blew my mind.  It’s pegged as a football school but that’s certainly not because the fans aren’t passionate about the round ball.  The students stood on their feet the entire game and the crowd chanted, screamed and yelled from tip to buzzer.  They hit Greivas Vasquez with “U-S-A” chants and boos at every possession and dished out violent “airball” chants.  And, given the lengthy delay and potty situation, it was nothing short of impressive.

The High Techs – Virginia Tech’s dance and cheerleading team is apparently called the “High Techs” which makes sense in no form or fashion unless you assume they’re on drugs.  They also apparently have a male alter ego called the “Low Techs”.  But, the real star of the dancing show is their coach who performs twice as passionately on the sideline during their routine. 

Somewhere - Gary Williams is still screaming.  And explaining things with the "F" word.

Paul Debnam, Dance Machine - As Mr. Miyagi said, you never trust a spiritual leader who can't dance.  The Hokies' senior walk-on may or may not be a leader in the locker room, but he had me wanting to follow his every move.  From his freestyle dancing during player introductions, which included the John Wall (or Scotty Hopson) dance, to his head shaking, shoulder moving, low-to-the-floor ditty after Jeff Allen put down an oop, the crowd could feel the flow.  And it was wearing a headband.

Everything is upstairs – We went out in search of dinner last night and found out two things.  One, everything in Blacksburg is absolutely slam packed on Friday nights.  Second, they’re all upstairs.  We went to places called Big Al’s, Tot’s and The Cellar, which sounds like the answer to a game of Clue with Andy Dick, none of which had a single inch of elbow room.

Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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