A view from my hotel room of the Condado Plaza Hilton across the water. That’s where the Flyers and many of their fans are staying this week in San Juan.
Today I escaped the clutches of the deep freeze in Ohio, fleeing a good time with my brand-new snowblower to cover the Flyers in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan photo gallery). In a few short hours and two quick flights, I gained almost 80 degrees in temperature.
It’s probably good I left today instead of yesterday. My wife would have hated me even more if I left her on the day of the first significant snowfall of the new winter. After 30 minutes behind that snowblower, I appreciate the weather here all the more.
I believe the Flyers are in the air as I write this on their way here. They were supposed to leave around 4 p.m., but I just saw a tweet from WHIO’s Larry Hansgen that they were being delayed by a mechanical issue.
I flew down earlier via Charlotte. There were at least 10 other UD fans on the plane, just a small portion of the more than 500 expected to make the trip here for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. In fact, I sat right next to a Flyer fan from Kettering who enjoyed reading Doug Hauschild’s UD game notes as I worked on my preview stories.
The College of Charleston team, which plays Connecticut in the first round Thursday, was also on our plane. Not every team can afford to charter a flight to away games like Dayton does for every game.
Here’s an excerpt from one of my stories that runs tomorrow:
Dayton coach Archie Miller should put this Devon Scott quote on a T-shirt or write it on permanent marker on his players’ luggage this week.