Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Courtside Conversations ? Dec. 6, 2006
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 06, 2006
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This column is a warning to all of you who may think that traveling with the Arizona Wildcat Women’s Basketball Team is, in any way, glamorous or prestigious.  The following is a record of two days in the life of a Women’s Basketball Broadcaster:


Saturday, Nov. 25:

2 p.m. I drag myself out of a food induced Thanksgiving coma to the airport.

2:45 p.m. I arrive at the gate to find holiday chaos made more threatening by the bars that have been placed in the middle of the gate area.  I ask myself, “Do pilots drink?”

4 p.m. We’re on our way to Phoenix.  Why are we flying to Phoenix to go to El Paso?

6 p.m. We’re on our way to El Paso.  Why did we have to fly to Phoenix to go to El Paso?

6:01 p.m. There is no leg-space. 

6:02 p.m. There is no air on the plane.

6:03 p.m. I realize it’s the warmest plane I’ve ever been on.

6:04 p.m. Why did we have to fly to Phoenix to get to El Paso?

7 p.m. I arrive at the luxurious El Paso Airport.  I ask if this is Mexico.  A man who doesn’t understand English points south.  I see Mexico.

7:30 p.m. We’re on the bus and headed for dinner.  The bus driver doesn’t stop talking. I am getting a free tour of El Paso.  I asked him if this was Mexico.  He pointed south.  I saw Mexico.

7:45 p.m. I’m seated at dinner.  The company is wonderful and the food is fantastic.

8:30 p.m. I’m in my room.  I look outside of my room. I can’t see Mexico.

8:31 p.m. I wonder why we had to fly to Phoenix to go to El Paso.

8:32 p.m. I begin my game preparation.

10:30 p.m. I finish my game prep and get ready for bed.

10:31 p.m. I look outside.  I can’t see Mexico.  It’s dark outside.


Sunday, Nov. 26:

6:15 a.m. My alarm rings.

6:16 a.m. I wonder why the team has scheduled a shoot-around for 7 a.m. 

6:17 a.m. I remember that it’s an early game.

6:18 a.m. I look outside and I am reminded that I’m not in Mexico.

6:30 a.m. I’m on the bus and heading for the arena.  The bus driver hasn’t stopped talking.  Lord knows that this man must talk in his sleep.

6:31 a.m. I ask him if we are in Mexico.  He points south.  I see Mexico.

6:45 a.m. We’re at the arena.  I watch shoot-around. I interview a player.

7:45 a.m. I’m back on the bus and the driver is still talking.  I’ve learned a lot about El Paso.  I’ve also erased it from my “I could live here if I had to” list.

8 a.m. I enjoy breakfast with wonderful people.

11:30 a.m. I’m on the bus. Yep, he’s still talking.

1 p.m. The game finally starts.  There’s no one at the game. I can hear the bus driver talking.  This is an ugly shade of orange.  It’s on “Glory Road.” That’s cool.

3 p.m. Arizona has won.

4 p.m. I’m back on the bus. Tomorrow we go to College Station, Texas.  Is Mexico near there?


See you on the radio!

Paul Johnson


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