Hey, hey, hey
P.S. When the band plays “Conquest,” can we stop saying “Beat the Sooners” and start saying “Beat the Warriors“?
Can it really be this easy? Is USC really going to blow out Oklahoma? It’s 38-10 at halftime!!!
This is definitely the best I’ve seen USC play all year. They’re certainly peaking at the right time! The offense has been clicking on all cylinders, the defense has done a great job too, and the Trojans have made the Sooners pay for each and every mistake they’ve made. In a word: Wow.
Sasha says, “Go ‘SC!” :)
They’re underway at Pro Player Stadium. GO TROJANS! BEAT THE SOONERS!
We had to cancel our motel reservation in Joplin and drive up the road to Carthage because a cable war in Joplin has resulted in the local ABC affiliate not being available in town. Call me crazy, but when I made the reservation, it never occurred to me to ask, “Do you get ABC?” Sheesh!
Anyway, all is well now. We’re at the Econo Lodge in Carthage, and not only do they get ABC, but they have free wireless Internet! Woohoo!
Ugh. Oklahoma just took a 7-0 lead.
UPDATE: Touchdown, Leinart to Byrd! 7-7!
WOOHOO!!! Worst. Fumble. Ever. Trojans lead, 14-7!
YEEEAAH!!! Leinart to Jarrett, 54 yards… bee-yoo-tiful! 21-7 USC!!!
“‘SC IS ROLLING”: 28-7!!! This is too easy!
UPDATE: Now 28-10, with 3:10 left in the first half.
WOW: USC certainly picked the right time to play its best half of football this season. Let’s hope they can keep it up in the second half! 35-10… and driving again!
HALFTIME: 38-10. “I don’t think you can play any better than [the way] USC has played.”
A postcard from enemy territory:
We’re 74 miles west of Oklahoma City now… which means we’re 181 miles, or roughly three hours, from Tulsa. I’m not sure if we’ll stop there for the night, or press on to Joplin, Missouri (115 miles further), or perhaps try and find a place to stay somewhere in between the two (a tall order when you need a motel that will allow three cats and a large dog). Whatever we do, you can be sure our paramount goal is to be settled comfortably in front of a TV by 7:00 PM CST. :)
UPDATE, 4:45 PM CST: Joplin it is. I made a reservation at a Motel 6 there, and we look poised to get in around 6:00. So, we won’t be watching the USC-OU game from Oklahoma after all… we’ll be just across the border in Missouri.
Here are today’s photos so far.
Woohoo! I’ve now been to all 48 of the contiguous states! :)
Entering the state of Oklahoma:
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Becky and I were just on the radio, responding to a listener survey about the Orange Bowl, on 101.9 FM in Amarillo, Texas. I called in, explained that we’re a pair of USC grads traveling across the country, and predicted a close USC victory. (Becky said “Oklahoma sucks” and predicted a 60-0 win by the Trojans. :)
Here’s a (not entirely high quality, but oh well) audio recording (1.1 MB) of the station’s broadcast of our call.
In addition to invading the airwaves, we also had a little fun with the lego table at Burger King in Portales, New Mexico:
We may have lost our flag, but we’re still making our mark. :)
We’ll be in Oklahoma in a little over an hour. It’ll be the 49th state I’ve been in, tying Becky. It’ll also complete the Lower 48* for me, something Becky hasn’t yet accomplished. (I’ve never been to Alaska; she’s never been to Louisiana.) Woohoo!
*I’ll pre-empt Mike’s inevitable comment by noting that there’s actually nothing “lower” about the Lower 48 — what I really mean is, the 48 continental states. :)
P.S. Interesting weather ahead? Let’s hope that “pink” zone stays north of I-40!
UPDATE: We’re out of the precipitation, for now.
Well, the Tigers can say all they want about how they should get a share of the national title (and they have), but their 3 point victory in Monday’s Sugar Bowl would seem to show that they were right where they belong, and that the best they can hope for is to end up #2, a spot I’d prefer to hand off to fellow unbeaten Utah.
Auburn certainly belonged in a BCS game this season, and they certainly belong in the top 5, but they certainly don’t belong in the top spot. The fact that they came within a hair’s breadth of allowing Virginia Tech to mount a 4th quarter comeback, and were held to only 16 points, is unlikely to convince many voters that they deserve to share the national championship, especially when the consensus top two teams face off against each other today in the Orange Bowl.
So to Auburn I say, congratulations on a great season, you should be proud of yourselves and can look forward to a shot at the title next season. A piece of advice: if you want to improve your chances, schedule some stronger non-conference opponents.
54 photos from the first day of our road trip are available here for your viewing pleasure.
Day 1 stats, according to my GPS: 526.06 miles travelled, 8:12 traveling time (not including stops), average speed 64.1 mph.
526 miles down, 1,357 to go!
P.S. Don’t you hate back-seat drivers? :)