Posted on: February 27, 2010 9:11 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 7:44 pm

Tell your bladder to relax....

Thomas Beisner

9:00 PM

....we're headed to overtime!

Posted on: February 27, 2010 7:29 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 7:48 pm

Finally underway in Blacksburg...

Thomas Beisner

7:07 PM

After broken water pipes and wrecked beer trucks pushed the start time back a few hours, the tip between the second and third place teams in the ACC is underway - and the crowd is ready. Despite being sent home and asked to come back, Hokie fans brought their "A" game tonight for a game which could tremendously help their NCAA seeding. Greivas Vasquez has heard his share of taunts, which he seems to enjoy, but there's clearly one thing that everyone is focused on. It's Virginia Tech basketball time.

Let's do this!

Posted on: February 27, 2010 5:53 pm

The Waiting is the Hardest Part


6:00 PM

We tried to be the good young reporters.  We watched Kentucky lose to the Vols at "Big Al's" in Blacksburg, but then quickly departed because it was time to do our jobs.  We are here to watch Maryland vs Virginia Tech and we were not going to have the same experience as we did at Northern Iowa, Depaul, UNC and Morehead, where we arrived just before tipoff.  No, we were going to the game early, set the scene and experience all that Hokie basketball had to offer.

Four hours later, we are still waiting.  In a scene that is reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies", the Maryland vs Virginia Tech game is under delay again...this time for a second water line breaking after a beer truck ran over a fire hydrant earlier tonight.  Read that sentence again.  This game is under delay because a beer truck ran over a fire hydrant.  The tip is now scheduled for 7 pm.  The fans will be let in, but we are told that there will be NO RESTROOM FACILITIES IN THE ARENA.  Yes you read that correctly...10,000 people in attendance, but no one can go relieve themselves.

All that is needed now is Piggy and a conch, and things could get really interesting.  We are already trying to prepare for dire circumstances, and have decided that if things go poorly, we are going to sacrifice Drew first, because as of now he is the least employable.  Over the course of the last three hours, we have:

1.  Played 2 on 2 on the Virginia Tech court (it was more enjoyable for most of the people in the stands than UNC's performance against Florida State would have been)

2.  Recognized that the Virginia Tech cheerleaders are BY FAR the hottest of the trip so far

3.  Attempted to keep one of our group from getting into an argument with a security guard (slightly unsuccessful)

4.  Seen Gary Williams up close and realized that he always frowns in real life as well as during games.

It is upset central in college basketball today as Kentucky lost to Tennessee, Wake forest to UNC and Kansas is trailing Oklahoma State late.  But for us, we are only caring about the simple pleasures...such as where we are going to use the restroom after downing a liter of water.  The Road Trip rolls on!

Posted on: February 27, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2010 3:29 pm

Can This Trip Get Any More Bizarre?

By: Drew Franklin

2:40 PM

We just arrived at Cassell Coliseum to find that the 4:00 Virginia Tech-Maryland tipoff has been postponed to 6:30.  Now, we have nearly 4 hours of free time to roam around the building looking for entertainment and/or cheerleaders.  I'm hoping to find a basketball and get a few shots up before Grievis Vasquez comes in here and takes them all.

Before I go get lost in the concession stand cooler, let's see if you can answer this trivia question: 

Why was the Virginia Tech/Maryland game postponed?

(A) Maryland arrived late to the arena due to a traffic accident on I-81

(B) The Blacksburg Fire Dept. called for a mandatory search of the building after a fire alarm in the arena.

(C) A beer truck backed over a fire hydrant.

If you picked (C) you were correct!

There is a water mane break at the arena and the word in the media room is that it was caused by a beer truck.  Just when I thought this trip had enough ridiculousness, Va Tech goes and does something like this.  First, it was the snow in Iowa sending us to Depaul.  Then, the snow hurricane in the northeast gave us Friday off and kept us in ACC country for tonight's game in Blacksburg.  Now, we're finally at a game and a beer truck gets in our way.  Only on the College Basketball Road Trip would this happen.

We have a few adjustmens to make (like finding a bathroom for Beisner) and we'll be back shortly.

See you then.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 27, 2010 11:59 am
Edited on: February 27, 2010 12:01 pm

Terps, Hokies and the Trip to Charlottesville

By C.M. Tomlin

11:55 PM

Rise and shine, America -- it's the penultimate day of the College Basketball Road Trip. After an evening in Blacksburg it's time to peep the Hokies and hit the road. Maryland tips off at Cassell Coliseum at 4:00, after which the Road crew says goodbye to the Fighting Gobblers (look it up) and takes off down the road to Charlottesville to watch #5 Duke assault Virginia.
This is as good time to reflect, get out the guitar and commence the hug circle as we look back at what we've learned over the last nine days. It hasn't always gone according to plan, and it hasn't always been pretty, but -- as might read the many shirts and trucker hats of the many Flying J and Pilot truck stops we've been in over lo these many miles -- we "got 'er done." Some lessons from the roads:

-Coaches at any level take losses harder than you might think. From Marquette's Buzz Williams to Murray State's Billy Kennedy, losing is a big deal. Tom Izzo is notoriously hard on himself after a Michigan State loss, but watching him beat up on himself in the post-game press conference is actually painful. If you think your favorite coach isn't taking things seriously, you're wrong. These guys are working hard for you, I assure you. 

-Super 8's efficient and accessible line of hotels offers a welcome respite both indoors and out. As Matt and Drew discovered in Kansas, sometimes the parking lot of the motel chain can be just as effective as the interior. And just like a real Super 8 motel room, the interior of your Kia Rondo will also not be entirely sanitary and/or smell like dirty hair. 

-The Izzone is as impressive as you'd imagine it to be when you watch it on television. It's incredibly well-organized, the band is one of the best in the country, and it makes me want to be in college again. At Michigan State, which would mean I'd actually be electing to live in East Lansing, which is terrible. That's how great the Izzone is. 

-Do NOT make fun of Austin, Minnesota's Spam Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. You will receive the browbeating of a lifetime by an eighty year-old lady. Because you are not better than iowa, even though the Spam Museum is in Minnesota. So shut up, you snot-nosed punk. 

-The service at America's BW3s varies from location to location. Case in point, at one location we were only charged for a "lunch combo" when we had clearly exceeded lunch combo order content, which was very kind of our server. At another, I was asked "what's a pint? Sorry, I'm new here."  Take this information as you will, CEO of BW3s. You might consider contacting the team behind smash hit Undercover Boss -- only right here on CBS!

-If there is a boulder sitting on the side of the road in rural Iowa, someone has spray-painted a smiley face smoking a joint on it. This is a growing cottage industry during Iowa's economic downturn and, someday, will branch out to roadside boulders all across this great land.

-College basketball is amazing wherever you go, on any level. Having toured both our nation's most famous arenas and some of the smaller, less-known ones, we're happy to report that college ball is as loved and fun across the nation as it is for your particular school. Get out of your time  zone and see some other schools and fans do their thing; you won't be sorry.

The crew sidles into Charlottesville late tonight. Stick around.
Posted on: February 26, 2010 8:24 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2010 8:40 pm

10 Things You Didn't Know About Blacksburg, VA

By: Drew Franklin

8:00 PM

We made it to Blacksburg, VA in one piece and we're ready for a night on the town.  We just checked into a 2-star hotel with outdoor room entrances, but just like football recruiting, the stars don't matter and we'll make the best with what we have.

My assignment for the day as we traveled through the mountains was to research this great town in Montgomery County.  I found many interesting facts and it would be selfish of me not to share my knowledge.

So here ya go...

10 Things You Didn't Know About Blacksburg, VA:

 1.)  Blacksburg is the largest town by population in the state of Virginia. There are many larger municipalities, but they are incorporated as cities.

 2.)  The town's motto is "Haud ut Celium Suerv" which means "very little cell phone reception."

 3.)  Outside magazine named Blacksburg one of the top 10 places to live in the country, praising the surrounding area's natural resources for hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and climbing. 

 4.)  Outside magazine is a liar.

 5.)  Pitbulls are an endangered species.

 6.)  85% of the community has a college education. (Wikipedia)  The other 15% are mutated and live in the mountains preying on campers.

 7.)  Blacksburg is the site of the Blacksburg Electronic Village or BEV, conceived as a computer networking project of Virginia Tech as a way to link the town together using the Internet.  Blacksburg is late to the Facebook, MySpace, and Craigslist party.

 8.)  Pandapas Pond, a man-made pond, offers excellent warm water fishing and canoeing.  It's also an ideal spot to dispose of a body. 

 9.)  Daniel Boone has a pending arrest warrant in Montgomery County.  He is on the Most Wanted list right below Marcus Vick.

10.) You may think that you'll never go to Blacksburg, Virginia in your lifetime, but never count it out.  God (and CBS) work in mysterious ways.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 26, 2010 4:25 pm

Its Virginia Tech!!!


4:10 PM

Well as the other posters have told you by now, we got detoured thanks to the "Snowicane" of 2010 in the Northeast.  Our trip to hang out with the Fighting Andy Bernards of Cornell and the big showdown between Villanova and Syracuse are thus both out of the picture and we are left with our second detour of the trip.  After much deliberation, it was determined that we would be headed to Blacksburg for the Maryland-Virginia Tech game tomorrow.  It is a matchup between the 2nd and 3rd best team in the ACC and a rivalry that has heated up since the Hokies have come to the ACC.

Ok so thats the official preview.  But the reality is that we know very little about each team other than the fact that Maryland has that Vasquez kid who has been in school for 15 years and seems to take more shots than Billy Gillispie at a Bourbon Street bar during Mardi Gras.  We however are going to learn and plan on being ready tomorrow by tipoff.

However there is a lot of time between now and then and without the Cornell game on tap, there isnt a basketball game to attend for the first time since the launch of this trip.  We just stopped at a casino in West Virginia, but the smell of desperation was so prevalent that it became impossible to breathe.  We noticed one very good looking waitress, but when Drew flashed his five dollar bill and gave his winning smile, she walked away and headed for the bigger spenders at the off-track harness racing betting lounge.  So we decided that like Buffalo for Willie and Paul, West Virginia just wasnt geared for the KSR crew.

We are currently at the Hampton Inn lobby in Beckley, West Virginia (the exact hotel where one of my friends used to come every weekend to meet his girlfriend halfway between Raleigh, North Carolina and Lexington, Kentucky for weekend rendezvous....I am not sure why I am telling you that, but it makes me feel creepy and I feel that you need to as well) and are headed towards Blacksburg within the hour.  We will arrive in time to have something we havent really had on this trip....FREE TIME.

Thus I am asking the College Basketball Road Trip Nation....let us know what to do in Blacksburg!  If you live in Blacksburg and want some national notoriety, email us.  If you have know restaurants, local hangouts or places where women are more friendly than West Virginia casinos, email us at  Our night in Blacksburg depends on it.

And by tomorrow, we will have the lowdown on an ACC battle for 2nd place in the conference.  The Road Trip rolls on.... 

Posted on: February 26, 2010 1:45 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2010 2:06 pm


By C.M. Tomlin

1:45 PM

So here’s the deal, Mr. and Mrs. America. The College Road Trip Crew is slated to be in Cornell – in New Jersey – for tonight’s game, but the northeast is currently being pounded by multiple feet of snow. So. Yeah, that’s nearly impossible to navigate right now. And the bad news is that almost all games tonight take place in New England. But we are nothing if not resourceful, and before we leave Morehead we need to have a destination in mind – and that’s why we’ve spent the last few hours brainstorming possibilities for what’s next:

Butler at Valparaiso. On the plus side, we missed Butler during the western leg of our trip due to snow in Northern Iowa. On the minus side, we’d have to go to Valpo again, and we don’t need anything from Men’s Wearhouse, Lane Bryant or Pier 1.

Carver Bible College at Savannah State. Two words. Par. Tay. Carver Bible College doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, and Savannah State’s last claim to fame was when they went 0-28 in the 2004-05 season. On the plus side, being in Savannah gives the crew ample time to solve a murder mystery in Savannah’s eccentric socialite scene while navigating the town’s colorful characters.

Weber State at Eastern Washington. The Kia Rondo is already smelling a little stale – we don’t need to tack on another 43 hours there and 43 hours back. Plus, there’s not a Bojangles franchise location that far west.

Cricket, New Zealand vs. Australia. Just because we don’t understand something doesn’t mean we can’t make fun of it.

The FINA Diving Grand Prix, Rostock, Germany. Let’s face it, attending the FINA Diving Grand Prix would just be a transparently blatant excuse to enjoy the quaint boutiques on Ziegenmarkt and the Kulturhistoriches Museum. And, though they are fascinating, CBS didn't sign us up to write about the disputes over Schleswig.

The Just Ride It Youth and Open Horse Show, Colfax, Iowa. A.) We’ve already been to Iowa and found it to be full of snowstorms, Spam and mean old ladies, and B.) Beisner’s showhorse is not licensed to participate competitively in the state of Iowa.

As you can see, America, our options are limited at this point. Any thoughts to share?


Category: NCAAB
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