I’ve been enjoying reading Logan Anderson’s blog, “Say the Damn Score” over the last few weeks. A recent post really hit home for me, as Logan outlined his 8-step guide to surviving those long bus trips. His trips are a little different than mine, I think by comparison I’m quite fortunate. I do three long trips throughout the season that involve overnight travels on the bus at the end of 3 games in 3 days. Nevertheless, Logan offers up some sound advice for sportscasters on those long bus rides.
Sportscasters covering small college or minor league teams all have one thing in common: lots of time spent on busses. Living in geographically isolated Aberdeen, South Dakota ,I’ve been on bus rides of more than 8 hours to Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, and Utah — just to name a few (I wrote about one of them here ). These trips have allowed me to develop a certain expertise on how to survive long rides on less-than-luxurious vehicles, which I thought would be fun to share with you!
1.) Get to the bus early and find a seat up front. Immediately cover the inside seat with a bag of gear. Usually, in my experience the coaches, announcers, and trainers are offered their own two-seat section to stretch out in. However, when you’re travelling on a mens’/womens’ double-header and the coaches bring the family or the redshirts, things can fill up quickly. If the seat next to you is full of gear, usually those looking to double up will continue searching for easier prey. Bonus points if you can find a seat away from the big emergency exit window, which usually allows cold air in far more than the other windows.
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