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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- Hittin' the highway




SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

- NO Radio today 

- David Watson has that travelling bone.


We're taking this Saturday off from our weekly radio show. Be sure to check out the archived broadcast link above from last week's broadcast and we'll see you again on the radio on July 12th...11 a.m. on Crescent Hill Radio !!

Just because we're not babbling today doesn't mean you can't listen! Here's the link:

http://www.crescenthillradio.com


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( CARDINAL COUPLE WRITER EMERITUS DAVID WATSON GIVES PAULIE A BREAK AND WRITES THE SATURDAY COLUMN FOR CARDINAL COUPLE. FOR ONCE, HE ISN'T SO DARN CONTROVERSIAL. FLORIDA MUST AGREE WITH HIM....HERE'S DAVE!)


Now that Louisville has been a member of the ACC for about 100 hours and they haven't revoked our privileges or rescinded the offer -- let's look at doing a little travelling for the 2014-15 season. This will take on a new meaning for me since I've moved from Muncie, IN to Bradenton, FL.

Notre Dame, DePaul and Cincinnati were easily drivable games for me to watch WBB Cardinal action on the road in the past. Those days are gone.

I now have Miami as my closest ACC road trip and it's 242 miles away. Or, I could motor up to Tallahassee which is a 5 hour, 313 mile jaunt.

I used to pop down to the "Ville" and catch several WBB games a year when I lived in the shadow of the Ball State campus. It was an easy 172 mile, 2 1/2 hour one-way trip. If I want to hit the KFC YUM! CENTER now, I'll have 916 miles to cover.

(Note to Jeff Walz. Schedule USF and UCF for non-conference each year. Come down here and play. I can make those rides a lot faster.)

If you're a Louisville based Cardinal fan, here's some schools and distances for you, in case you want to track Sara Hammond, Will Gardner or Montrezl Harrell for away games.

Louisville to Tallahassee      667
Louisville to Miami            1083
Louisville to Boston           983
Louisville to Clemson          439
Louisville to Durham           543
Louisville to Atlanta          421
Louisville to Winston-Salem    462

So, what is the closest road trip in miles for Cardinal fans? Finishing first is South Bend -- a mere 255 miles. After that, take your pick from either Pittsburgh (387 miles) or Blacksburg (384 miles).

Paulie tells me it takes forever to get to Blacksburg from Louisville. He also says the Pitt trip is Interstate all the way and a much easier drive.

Let's say Paulie and Sonja hop in the car Friday and decide to take in a Clemson vs. Louisville game @ Clemson. Here's the breakdown:

Road time - one way- 8.5 hours (figuring in a 90 minute break total for gas, lunch, rest areas, pulling over to let Sonja inspect a palmetto grove and a quick boiled peanuts stop).

Gas cost - based on $3.80 a gallon an a car getting 28 mpg - $68.00

Lodging for a night $ 80.

Ol' Dave's advice? Find a bus trip for away games, Cardinal fans.

Have a great rest of the 4th weekend and we'll see you next time!




David Watson

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