Rick DeMoss,and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talk about Ohio State's Aaron Craft. DeMoss, former New Riegel head basketball coach, is now assistant coach at Carey.
original plan was to take the Amtrak from Toledo to Chicago, stay overnight in
Chicago, visit our daughter, then depart on Sunday for Tucson, Arizona,
via the Amtrak Texas Eagle. From Tucson we would pick up a rental car and
drive to Tempe a western suburb of Phoenix, visit an uncle and go to the
Western Regional Finals. All I can
say about that plan now is, “What was I thinking?”
Saturday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
arrived at the Toledo train station at around 5:00 a.m. and found about 60
people outfitted in their finest green apparel waiting to leave for Chicago’s
St. Patrick Day celebration. The group included a gentleman wearing a green
Bubby’s Pizza (New Riegel) shirt, a lady from Michigan who visits a different
city each year to celebrate the day, and assorted college students. The train
was filled with mainly Chicago bound passengers, and we arrived in plenty of
time for the dyeing of the Chicago River and parade.
unusually warm weather the city was having brought out over 400,000 celebrants.
Throngs would cross the street in one massive movement and you moved with the
flow or got trampled. Street cops tried to control the traffic but on more than
one occasion the pedestrians just did things their way, bringing words of
praise from the cab drivers.
the festivities we managed to make it back to the hotel in time to watch the
Buckeyes beat Ganzaga. We then found our way to Wrigleyville, where many of the
young professionals prefer to live.
We were invited up to one of the infamous rooftops that you see behind
the stadium where the Cubs play. Great view of the party action below, if you
like watching young drunks. We didn’t see any unruliness, but later read
we missed the incident that’s been posted on YouTube showing a cop with his
hands around a Wrigley partier’s throat. Other than taking the Redline the
wrong way and having to retrace our steps, we eventually got back to our hotel.
guess I’m officially out of the loop, because I had no clue what a big event
St. Patrick’s Day is in Chicago. Warning to those thinking of going to Chicago
on St. Pat's. Go early while everyone is relatively sober. The hotels are
overpriced, booked full, and it's difficult to walk around, let alone try to
purchase something to eat or buy one of those tasty green beers.