Wednesday was a full day to say the least for the Badger football team. It started in the darkness at Camp Randall Stadium and ended under the lights at Aloha Stadium. Check out all the details with Director of Athletic Communications Brian Lucas' running blog.
Check out the photo gallery here.
6:55 a.m. - Arrive at Camp Randall Stadium.
6:58 a.m. - Go to office to retrieve sunglasses. A definite for Hawaii.
7:02 a.m. - Breakfast in the Student-Athlete Dining Hall. My meal consisted of a blueberry muffin, French toast, bacon and some potatoes. I passed on the made-to-order omelet. Something tells me this won't be the last time we eat on this trip.
7:48 a.m. - Arrive at Dane County Regional Airport.
8:03 a.m. - Waiting in security line.
8:18 a.m. - Still waiting.
8:32 a.m. - Slip off shoes and put computer in gray plastic bin. No I am not carrying any gels or liquids.
8:38 a.m. - Cool! Chris Schappell (tickets) and I have three seats for the two of us.
8:45 a.m. - Boo!!! Brian Mason (one of our interns) has the seat between Chris and I.
8:46 a.m. - Louder Boo!!!!! Karl Anderson (our other intern) is seated in row 40, aka the first one of the section with tons of leg room. Note to self: no interns the next time we go to Hawaii.
9:07 a.m. - Wheels up!
9:33 a.m. - The first movie of the flight, "The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3." Not interested. I'll stick to reading "The Dayne Game."
9:42 a.m. - Second meal of the day. Looks like we're on to lunch already. I'll take the hot Philly beef sandwich with chips (Ruffles), fruit and a brownie. The other choices were penne rigate and chicken with vodka sauce as well as warm turkey and provolone on focaccia bread.
10:13 a.m. - Lunch is over, as is my reading of "The Dayne Game" (available at fine book stores throughout Wisconsin as well as Amazon.com). No it didn't take me 40 minutes to read the whole book. I had started it on our trip to Indiana. And no, it didn't take me three weeks either.
11:07 a.m. - "Pelham" is over. Mixed reviews.
11:11 a.m. - Must have been a lot of people watching the movie because the bathroom rush has started.
11:14 a.m. - A good time to make my way to the front of the plane to talk to Coach Bielema about a couple things. It makes me feel better because about half the players are also sitting three across. The bigger folks and seniors seem to have been rewarded with more room (two to a row, emergency exits, etc.). The four captains (Schofield, Maragos, Graham and Turner) are in First Class.
11:17 a.m. - Seems to be about a 50-50 split of players that are sleeping and those that are awake. The majority of the ones with their eyes open are either reading or playing handheld video games. It is quite a bit warmer in the front than my seat in the back. Not sure why.
11:27 a.m. - Get pen from overhead bin and actually start writing out blog. Three across makes the laptop a tough fit.
11:29 a.m. - Start making up exact times when all the previous entries happened (I definitely arrived at the stadium at 6:55 a.m. I saw the clock).
11:57 a.m. - Our second flick of the trip, the Academy award-winning "Dumb and Dumber," starts.
12:09 p.m. - On our menu (that's right, we got a menu), we were promised "savory snacks." Those are now being delivered in the form of pretzels, peanuts and Cheeze-its (pictured in photo gallery). In addition to the sandwich bag containing a granola bar, Ritz Bits and Handi Snacks (the cheese and crackers package wit hthe red spreader stick in them), we have now been offered food four times in five hours.
1 p.m. - About to fall asleep and the captain comes over the loudspeaker to tell us we are about 25 minutes from San Francisco, our first stop.
11:33 a.m. - Touch down in San Francisco. You'll notice we went back in time. We are now on Pacific time.
11:42 a.m. - De-plane so we can change flight crews and refuel. During our time that we invaded the terminal, a lot of cell phones were used, some guys got some coffee while others, obviously unsatisfied with the nourishment offerings on the plane, grabbed a bite to eat (Yes, Moffitt was one of those guys).
11:55 a.m. - The conversation turns to who will be coaching Notre Dame (my alma mater) next year. J.J. Watt says it will be Cincinnati's Brian Kelly. Kelly recruited him at Central Michigan, right before he moved on to Cincy. Quote of the day so far comes from Watt to director of football operations Brad Pendergrass, "When do we eat again?" He was joking ... I think.
12:25 p.m. - Back on the plane.
12:38 p.m. - While we are waiting to take off, someone shows they have a sense of humor as "Let it Snow" plays over the plane's sound system.
12:51 p.m. - Menu #2 is handed out. Looks like it will be beef tenderloin with apple bacon crust, herb roasted potatoes, California blend vegetables along with a Caesar Salad and warm roll and butter for me. Other choices were roasted chicken breast and grilled halibut.
1:08 p.m. - Wheels up from San Fran.
Somewhere over the Pacific - Our third movie, "Four Christmases," starts. Maybe a little heads up next time?
2:18 p.m. - Meal # whatever. I've lost count.
Somewhere further west over the Pacific - "Four Christmases" ends and "American Gangster" starts. Again, no warning.
3:06 p.m. - Switching from old school to new school. No more pen and paper, we're breaking out the laptop.
3:28 p.m. - Ooo, chocolate milk. Don't mind if I do.
3:30 p.m. - Definitely yes to the Ben & Jerry's vanilla ice cream cup.
3:34 p.m. - Dairy break.
3:59 p.m. - Back to blogging. The ice cream was really frozen. Plus they came around with cookies. One oatmeal raisin, please.
4:10 p.m. - Gonna try and get some real work done now.
4:56 p.m. - More savory snacks. Just say no!
5:09 p.m. - "Glamorous" by Fergie come son my iPod. I don't feel very glamorous sandwiched into this seat for the past 7 hours. Maybe the captains do (and ticket director Brian Moore). They're in first class.
5:15 p.m. - Water out the windows.
5:33 p.m. - More water.
5:51 p.m. - Yep, more water.
6:03 p.m. - First sight of land.
4:20 p.m. - Touch down in Honolulu. We've gone back in time yet again.
5:13 p.m. - Busses finally roll out and head to Aloha Stadium. Lots of luggage needed to be loaded on the bus.
5:29 p.m. - Arrive at Aloha Stadium for practice.
6:04 p.m. - Practice starts. Chris Borland's brother, who is stationed in Hawaii, is a special guest visitor at practice.
6:17-6:22 p.m. - Get play-by-play from my wife on my cell phone of the final minute of the HUGE win over Duke!
Practice is scheduled to run about an hour so we should be back at the hotel around 8 p.m. Then it's dinner, team meeting and a little free time for the guys. Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor in the morning, followed by practice in the afternoon.