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Posted: Friday November 26, 1999 10:01 PM
Friday, November 26, 1999 12:55 p.m. Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
After an exhausting day of travel, I have finally made it to Boulder. But today was quite a day traveling, and I really can't wait to relax a bit with friends following the Huskers-Buffs game this afternoon.
I woke up at 3:30 a.m. Eastern time to drive the 45 miles from my hotel in Auburn Hills to Detroit Metro Airport west of downtown, hoping to get a standby seat on a Northwest Airlines flight from Detroit to Minneapolis. I was able to get on the first flight to the Twin Cities at 7 a.m., and I made a 9:25 a.m. connecting flight in Minneapolis that got me into Denver at 10:25 a.m.
Landing in Denver was quite emotional for me, since it was the first time I have been in Colorado in almost 3 1/2 years since I graduated from the University of Colorado in May, 1996. It was gorgeous to see the snow-covered peaks, and the sun was shining spectacularly as it usually does on the Front Range.
I was so eager to get to Boulder to see the game, see old friends, but with the busiest shopping day of the year today, what I ended up seeing was a lot of traffic. The drive from Denver International Airport to Boulder usually takes approximately 45 minutes, but due to football game traffic, and people heading out to the various malls that dot US Highway 36 between Denver and Boulder, it took me nearly a 1 1/2 hours to make my way up to Boulder.
I hit the big hill heading into the Boulder valley at about 12:15, but traffic was extremely tight as I neared the stadium. The game kicked off at 12:40 with me still about a mile away from the stadium in my car. No sooner had the game begun that Nebraska had a 7-0 lead on a long Dan Alexander touchdown run.
I hustled to find a parking spot on "The Hill," gathered my things and made my way to the stadium. I didn't get into the press box until 12:45 p.m., and by that time Alexander had tacked on another touchdown to boost the Huskers' lead to 14-0.
Seven minutes had elapsed by the time I took my seat, and things weren't looking good for Colorado. We'll see what happens, since this game has a history of being close and down-to-the-wire over the last several years.
Following the game tonight, I am planning on meeting my roommate from college, Jason Munoz, at the Nuggets-Timberwolves game, and then going out for pizza at Old Chicago's in Lower Downtown Denver. I can't wait to check out the new Pepsi Center, and I am thrilled to be able to spend some time with Jason and his fiance, Paula, at their condo in downtown Denver tonight.
I will write more tonight when I get home from the hoops game. In the meantime, go Buffs!!!