I arrived for my flight to Baton Rouge a few hours early, so my girlfriend could give me a ride. She's heading to Arizona.
It just so happened that Zips' fans who comment on this blog as Captain Kangaroo and Fred212 were taking the same connecting flight to Chicago as my girlfriend, en route to Portland. Ironically, the Buchtelite's Vincent Dorsey was also ready to board the jet with his brother, Nicholas. So we had a nice impromptu discussion of the Zips' hopes.
The Zips got a vote of confidence from none of us, but obviously, none of us would hold regrets over a one-and-done trip to the NCAA Tournament as long as Akron plays hard.
I strongly commend the fans making the trip. It is a helluva commitment to pay in the neighborhood of $2,000, miss work and other obligations to watch two hours of basketball. And yes, only two. Many fans booked a return flight after the first-round game, regardless of Thursday's result.
For those of you headed to Portland, I would love for you to comment on your experience. Tom Gaffney will be checking in daily, as well.