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Maui 2: Foggy start

4:31 a.m. - Up with the owls this morning and driving away from the Kohl Center at 4:30 a.m. sharp. Bed head and glasses would have been an appropriate title to this morning's entry. I would describe the bus ride down, but about the only view I had was the back of my eyelids. No drama yet.

6:55 a.m. - Drama ensues.

Wisconsin's Director of Basketball Operations Joe Robinson checks the team in at O'hare and is given 48 boarding passes for our team. Problem being... we have 49 in our travel party.

As luck would have it, the missing boarding pass didn't belong to a lowly staffer like myself or a family member tagging along. Instead, it was Coach Ryan's wife, Kelly, who was without a pass. When traveling with a team, there is a hierarchy of people that it is invaluable to please, and the Coach's wife would be near the top.

As it turns out, there is a similar name on the airport security "watch list," so extra time was taken to ensure the flight's safety. If you haven't met Kelly Ryan, I can assure you she is the furthest thing from an international threat.

Ok, boarding pass issued... crisis averted.

8:16 a.m. - More drama... just as we board the flight in Chicago, we are notified that our flight is delayed nearly two hours. Something about fog and wind in San Francisco. Rather than wait in the comfort of the terminal we sit and wait in a fully loaded plane. But it's okay, the airline is making up for it with "I'm sorry" coupons. We're all wondering if the coupon is a literal term. Redeemable for one, "I'm sorry."

The waiting isn't too bad, but missing our connection in San Francisco would be.

Stay tuned.