Paris Hilton is stealing OSU's thunder....at least here in Omaha! Enough already!!!
We are at the airport a tad early...and it's on every stinking TV here. What a side show....but here I am talking about it. But just like that...I'm done with it!
We are at the gate right now....and it gives me time to bask a little in OSU's magical run to their second straight NCAA championship. I'll be honest, it's a bigger story this year.....because of the makeup of 'this' team! Saying that, most of us in the media didn't have quite the sensation that we had in 2006. It doesn't diminish the accomplishment.....which was just enormous! Brian and I spent long hours on Sunday after the title trying to edit as much content back to Portland for our airwaves. It was a tight squeeze...but, as always, we were able to do it. You just find a way to get it done...and we did. Following our 'feed' back to Portland at 1:15 a.m. CST....we headed over to the Beavers team hotel. I'd guess about 50 people were in the lobby, including Eddie Kunz, Jorge Reyes, Scott Santschi and Chris Hopkins. They were with family, friends, and "groupies". But we had to be around to help soak in the atmosphere. From there, we went up to a conference room with OSU sports video guru, Jeff Taylor. That man works his tail off....and is appreciated by everyone. Taylor helps provide the OSU coaching staff with DVD's of each game at the CWS & Super Regionals. You can't overlook his importance to the team. We shared stories over a few adult beverages, then proceeded to take off around 3 a.m. As we walked back to our hotel (3 blocks away)...we passed by Darwin Barney who was just rolling back in. Anyways, we are just about ready to take off....so I'll wrap it up here.
Back at PDX around 4....we doubt we'll have a group waiting for us at the airport :)