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Friday, December 23, 2011
10:10 pm Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011
This is the first edition of our “Travel Log” for this year. I know that we are several road trips into the season…however this is my first real road trip with the team.
Due to a family illness (my dad has been in the hospital or medical facility since mid-October) I missed the trip to Illinois and Cancun. A couple of the other away games were down and back on the same day…so this trip—Memphis to Ames, Iowa---is my first trip with the team.
Actually, my travels are half and half with the team.
The team bussed to Memphis on Sunday for Monday night’s game at the FedExForum. However, I didn’t arrive until about 3:30 pm Monday.
My middle son, Benjamin who has helped with the broadcast for the past four years, is now in Law School at the University of Memphis. He just got home for the holidays on Friday, but he wanted to go back to the game---and he helped me with his first broadcast of the year. (It could be his only broadcast this year)
Benjamin is getting married in July---so his fiancé Elizabeth Hartman, my wife Barbara, daughter Bethany and a friend, Callie Essex made the trip with us to Memphis.
We arrived Monday afternoon just in time to check in at the Peabody Hotel and for the girls to watch the ducks return to their penthouse! Benjamin and I headed over to the Arena to get ready for the broadcast.
The team played a good game, battling to the end. With about 3 minutes to go the team had a chance to win! Down five at half…and then after falling down 14 in the second half, the Bison cut the lead to 3 points, before losing by ten points.
It was an early morning wake-up call. 3 AM to be exact. A quick shower and shave and on to the WISE bus for a ride to the Memphis airport. We arrived 12-20 minutes before they opened the counter---not a big crowd at the airport but more than you might think for 4:30 AM!
We had a UNITED flight to Chicago. When we got off the plane—you could tell that Holiday Travel was beginning! The airport was wall to wall with people. We had to take bus shuttle from one terminal to another to catch our second small plane flight…this one to Des Moines, Iowa.
We had about an hour in Chicago before our next flight. Most of the team got breakfast (for some it was their second meal of the day and some of us we even added some Chicago Pop Corn to the early morning menu!)
It was raining hard when we left Memphis---but we had two good flights---in the little planes. However, Coach Pete, has trouble being in the little, confined space of the small planes…so he drove back to Nashville following the game last night---then he went to the Nashville International Airport and caught a BIG plane to Kansas City. He then rented a car and drove the four hours to Ames, Iowa in time for our 2 pm practice this afternoon at the new Iowa State Basketball facility!
He was working on very little sleep…and no food…so he was ready for a big meal at dinner!
Ames, Iowa is Jordan Burgason’s home town! Tonight, his parents (Steve and Ann) put on a feast for the team! Iowa pork chops, beef ribs, homemade bread, home pies and all the trimmings…made for a great meal! Check out that picture of Pete’s plate…and then Pete after his “meal of the day”!
Great hospitality by the Burgason family! They plan to join us at the hotel for breakfast in the morning…and then I anticipate a large number of Burgason family and friends to be in the arena tomorrow night to watch the hometown boy! Jordan’s father played at Iowa State (1974-78)---so I have a feeling we will have a lot of Iowa State fans…who for at least one night might be rooting for Lipscomb.
This will be the second time for the Bison to play in the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State. We played here in November of 2007 (Jordan had committed to Lipscomb and came to practice) to play in the American Family Insurance Cyclone Challenge. However, we didn’t play Iowa State—we played Centenary and Winston-Salem State.
Trivia Question of the night---Which Bison has played in the Hilton Coliseum---against Lipscomb? Justin Glenn was a freshman at Centenary and he had five rebounds against the Bison, transferring to Lipscomb the next year. He is now back here in Ames to play against Iowa State for the second time in his college career---for a second team!
Since I have not traveled with the team before this trip---I am just now getting to know some of the new players. Talking with Chad Johnson at dinner tonight…I learned that some of the players feel like me…with this type of travel schedule—you easily forget what day of the week it is…today has felt like Saturday…and of course we have not had much good sleep…so Coach Sanderson asked everyone to try and get a good night sleep.
I am going to take his advise and head to bed!
Breakfast at 9 am; game day shoot around at noon; pre-game at 3 pm; The Lyon’s Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Countdown to tip-off begins at 6:45pm on 102.5 THE GAME and www.lipscombsports.com ; tip off at 7 pm; Following the Pepsi Max Post Game report…post game meal---then a four bus ride to Kansas City and an early morning flight to Nashville…arriving in the Music City early Thursday morning! The team will then begin their Christmas Holiday….with their next game January 2nd at Jacksonville as our seven game road trip continues…but before we head home for Christmas…we have some business to take care of in Iowa! Jordan Burgason and his teammates need to fire up some threes from AMES, IOWA—because it is time to …”Put it in the book”!
3:11 am Thursday Dec. 22, 2011
5:15 am Thursday Dec. 22, 2011
Checked in and ready to fly home. A-11. Best number ever. Have a Merry Christmas
Jonathan Seamon has served as the radio announcer for the Bison since his first days on the Lipscomb campus in 1973. After graduating in 1977, Jonathan returned to the Lipscomb campus in 1979 working as Director of Sports Information and Public Information. In 1987, Jonathan was appointed Assistant Athletic Director before becoming Assistant Vice President for Athletic Administration in 1989. In 1991, Jonathan assumed the daily operations of the Lipscomb Athletic Department, being named Director of Athletics, a position he would serve in until his retirement in 2000. In 2000 Jonathan was honored by the NAIA by being inducted into the NAIA National Hall of Fame. Since leaving Lipscomb Jonathan has served as the Family Life Minister at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ. He was inducted into the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.