In our travels, Joel and I have been to quite a few doubleheaders. Depending on the time of year and size of the city you’re in, it can actually be pretty simple to find a way to double up on sporting events (if you’re trying to spend all your time watching sports like us). A tripleheader, on the other hand, is downright hard. You need the right time of year, perfect timing, and stadiums in fairly close proximity to each other. Fortunately, we lucked upon just that in our second to last day of the Midwest Sports trip. Little Caesars was hosting its first ever college basketball games with a doubleheader featuring both Michigan and Michigan State up against some smaller local teams, and the NFL was having a random set of Saturday games, with Detroit playing in the late afternoon. The stadiums were within walking distance of each other and the college basketball slate started early, so we embarked on our full day of sports with gusto!
When I found out Joel was taking at least a year off from coaching high school basketball, I was conflicted. On one hand, I was unbelievably excited to get to spend more time with him. But on the other hand, I knew he might miss it in spite of the amazing amount of time, energy, and effort it required of him. Determined to make him miss it a little less, I decided to take advantage of his newfound free time and plan a trip for us to hit up some football, basketball, and hockey games! Our "Midwest Tour" started in Pittsburgh, where we got to see the home team take on Joel's favorite college squad, the West Virginia Mountaineers.
One shining moment. That’s what we were going to see on Monday night. Would UNC win another banner? Or would Gonzaga cement themselves in the annals of history as the little mid major that could? The year before, Villanova had defeated UNC in one of the classic national championship games- buzzer beater to down Goliath. We were hoping for an equally exciting and memorable experience here!
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.