It’s 7 a.m. Saturday, but I’m already mapping out my Game Day. And the biggest decision concerns parking. Where do I park to get to Owen Field?
Several factors are in play. OU gives some parking passes to media, but I don’t usually take them anymore. Lots of people need them more than I do. I can walk, and I like the adventure. You miss a lot of Game Day if you park right by the stadium.
I generally park north of campus, for a couple of reasons. For several years now, I’ve done pre-game radio on Campus Corner, and I’ll do some today, too, about 3:15 p.m. on the Sports Animal. But today, we’re starting a new enterprise on this very web site. Newsok.com will produce a pre-game show live from Campus Corner, beginning at 4 p.m. We’ll be set up in front of Starbucks on the corner of Boyd and Asp, so some by and say hello.
Anyway, I generally park north of Campus Corner somewhere. I’ve parked as far away as the raildroad tracks just south of the Depot. It’s not a bad walk from there into campus, although it’s a lot better in October than in August, I can tell you that.
Anyway, I wander through the neighborhoods and into Campus Corner and see a lot of things — and a lot of people — I wouldn’t otherwise see.
Today, I think I’ll leave my pass about 2 p.m., go park and walk to the pressbox. That way I can unload my gear, watch about 30 minutes of the OSU-Washington State game and then go back to Campus Corner for the multimedia duties.
After the game, the traffic will be gone by the time I’m through working, so maybe someone will give me a ride to my car. If not, it will be a nice walk.
Here’s my day. I’m going to post this, go outside and grab the newspaper, wait for my granddaughter to wake up and then take her to the Farmer’s Market. As you know, my daughter and granddaughter are living with us while my son-in-law is deployed in Iraq, and this summer Rileybird and I have made a habit of going to the Farmer’s Market. I’ve never been to the Farmer’s Market on Game Day. I think it will be fun.
I hope to get home in time to mow the backyard — the mower conked out on me yesterday after I finished the front — get cleaned up and watch the first wave of college football games. It’s a dud lineup for the 11-11:30 window. LSU-Appalachian State (if you’ve got ESPN Classic; I don’t), Syracuse-Northwestern, Bowling Green-Pitt (ESPNU), Virginia Tech-East Carolina and Florida-Hawaii.
The 2:30 window is packed. OSU-Washington State. USC-Virginia. Utah-Michigan. Of course, I won’t get to see much of that.
If I get home in time, I can catch the end of Oregon-Washington, which is an interesting season opener at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports. I guess that will depend on where I end up parking.