Another fun thing to do during college football season is the ever-popular road trip. Back when we were young and the rivers were pure, Tim and I used to road trip out to B-Dowd's estate in scenic Fishers, Indiana to see at least one game every fall. It's not as easy anymore, of course, what with marriage, kids, and Tim's entrance into the witness relocation program.
However, college football season will be here before we know it and many of us will be making pilgrammages around this great country. Many of us, I would assume, will be traveling just to come see our Boilers is Ross-Ade. However, with how spread out we are, sometimes the Boilers will come to us.
As some of you know, I currently spend my time bouncing back and forth between my ranch in Houston and my penthouse in New York. (Hey, it's called creative license -- I'm the writer here...)
As such, I am hoping to get to a few games this fall, but that's the optimistic side of me. My idiot thinking goes like this: I can be in Houston for the Rice game pretty easily. I could also ride out to Snappy Valley for the Purdue-PSU game (I just need to Skype with JoePa to see if he can get me a place to stay). And I could try to get back to God's country for a game, as well. Who knows how much of this is realistic?
What I can share with you is that the Purdue Alums in Houston are putting forth quite an effort to give the Boilers some noticeable support at the Rice game.
If you need a place to stay, the Hyatt Regency on Louisiana Street has a block of rooms reserved at the rate of $89/night, which you can secure by calling 1-888-421-1442 and asking for the "Purdue Alumni" block. I can tell you from personal experience that this is a very nice hotel located right downtown... probably too nice for us dirty Boilermakers. According to the Purdue Alumni group of Houston on Facebook, the Breakfast Club celebration for gameday morning will be just 8 blocks from the hotel, so that's good to know. Also, you can walk three blocks to the Houston Light Rail, which will cost you just a buck-fitty to get to Rice Stadium. So you really have no excuse to miss this game.
In addition, if you're looking for a ticket to the Purdue @ Rice game and want to sit with other Boilers, call the Purdue athletic ticket office (1-800-497-7678) and ask for Group 117 for the Rice game (tickets should be $25 total). If they run out, you can probably get them through Rice as well since the stadium is huge and never sells out.
The sneaky readers of BS and H&R have gotten their paws on even further discounted tickets, just $12. Read here for details.
More info on the weekend, including the official Purdue Alumni tailgate, other outlets for tickets, and the Colts-Texans game on Sunday, can be found by visiting the Boiler Blastoff page here.
All that said, I know getting to Houston may not be remotely possible for many of you. So what road games will you be going to? Poll to the right and comments here welcome as always.