Heard it From Hoard: Column 20
My most recent column (#19 for those of you scoring at home), inspired more than 100 of you to e-mail me.
Elise wrote to say that young Sam Hoard is "looking SO cute." Who am I to argue? For Elise, I've attached a bonus photo.
Don wrote to accuse me of "blowing smoke for my job's sake." I'm sorry that Don doesn't share my optimism, but I meant every word in that column and remain confident that UC will be back in the NCAA tourney in the near future. Time will tell if I'm right.
Many of you wrote to thank me for continuing to broadcast UC football and basketball games despite having moved to Boston. While I sincerely appreciate the kind words, you should thank Darryl Parks from WLW and Mike Thomas and Mike Waddell at UC. I'm extremely grateful they were willing to make it happen and hope to remain the "Voice of the Bearcats" for many years to come.
For the most part, my first season as "Air Hoard-an" has gone smoothly--at least until last weekend.
I should have known things might get bizarre when I arrived at the team hotel in suburban Chicago and discovered it was the headquarters for the "Fangoria Weekend of Horrors" convention (http://www.fangoria.com/special_events.php). The hotel was filled with people wearing costumes from their favorite horror movies . . . Freddy Krueger, Jason from Friday the 13th, and the Pinhead dude from Hellraisers among others.
Unfortunately, "weekend of horrors" was a good way to describe the Bearcats performance against DePaul.
But fright night didn't end there. An ice storm in Chicago led to the cancellation of 240 flights at O'Hare Airport including my flight to Boston. That meant another night away from Peg and Sam (another excuse to attach a photo).
The following day began with a 4am wakeup call, included a 2-hour delay while stuck on a plane in Chicago, and a 6-hour delay sitting in the airport in Washington, DC. By the end of the day I had a full beard (why doesn't it grow on the TOP of my head) and the worst coffee breath in the history of mankind.
Despite those road woes, I look forward to returning to Cincinnati this week for the final two games of the season, beginning with Wednesday's game against Seton Hall. Like UC, Seton Hall is rebuilding and the Bearcats have a great opportunity to finish the home schedule on a winning note.
On Saturday the "Cats will be big underdogs at West Virginia, but they've already stunned the Mountaineers once so they know it's possible.
Let's hope the Fangoria convention hasn't moved to Morgantown.
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