Waiting and waiting and waiting

Sitting here for almost three hours on a normal day? Not happy. Today? Not bad at all. Less time I have to wait around Smith Center before the game starts. Nothing wrong with Smith Center, but it will time out better if I don’t get there so early.

I probably should not have done this on a football Friday, but I figured if I got here early enough it would work out. Probably still will.

Speaking of Smith Center, the Redmen are probably the team which gets to its game site earlier than any other school for away games. Roger Barta liked to have his team at the stadium at least 2 1/2 hours prior to kickoff, and his successor, Darren Sasse, has continued this.

The opposite end of the spectrum was held down by Bobby Conlin when he coached Brother Martin. The Crusaders don’t have their own home stadium, so every game is an away game, with the designated home games played at one of two stadiums in New Orleans’ City Park. Conlin would keep the team at school until an hour before kickof, sometimes less, f if the Crusaders were playing at City Park. The team would get off the bus dressed in jerseys and pants (Conlin did not want the team warming up in shoulder pads) and go straight to the field to warm up.

Most coaches are somewhere in between Barta and Conlin. Most teams arrive for away games about two hours before, but in Kansas, the visiting team can go somewhere to get dressed and relax, unlike New Orleans, where if a team doesn’t have its own stadium, it has to come dressed.

The wait will end sometime. Right now, I might as well just relax. Nothing I can do.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on September 12, 2014, in Football, Sports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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