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Road Warriors--A Travel Log by Josh Heller


Phoenix, AZ – Tough loss last night for the good guys, but the show must go on and so I present the next installment of ‘Road Warriors’ as we look at the daunting trek back to sunny South Carolina.


When last we spoke, the Rays were getting ready to play game two of their best-of-seven game series at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, AK. It was a tough game, that was very close throughout even though the Aces won by two. The Rays still got the split on the road in a very tough atmosphere in Anchorage, and still have the ability to clinch the series at home if they win the next three games.


The next game will be on Wednesday at 7:05 and I fully expect all of you to be there to cheer on your Rays. The Sullivan Arena was a hostile place to play for South Carolina, but I think it’s time we show the Aces just what hostility is. Southern hospitality my foot.


As I sit here in the Phoenix airport, my mind can’t help but wander to what a whirlwind these past few days have been; from leaving Charleston on Wednesday, to getting into Alaska late at night (though still bright outside), to games on Friday and Saturday, and now this. There were two sets of the flights, the early flight and the later flight (otherwise known as the good flight and the extremely brutal flight). I’ll give you two guesses as to which one I am on---brutal. The first group featured only six players who left on a 1:00 A.M. flight and will arrive in Charleston at about 6:30. My flight is quite different.


You see, we left just 45 minutes later, but will arrive a staggering 5 hours later in Charleston. From Anchorage to Phoenix, and then a four hour delay here. From Phoenix to Charlotte, and then a three hour delay there. Finally we arrive home at 11:30. And if that isn’t bad enough, the Alaska Aces team left this morning around 7, and they will still get to Charleston before us. This is going to be a great day…I can just feel it.


Mercifully I slept through the majority of the first flight, but now in the airport waiting for the next flight I am bored out of my mind…hence why I am writing this for you. I do however get the opportunity to take part in one of my favorite activities…people watching. There are few places better to watch people than at an airport. It is hard to find such an eclectic mix of people in one place anywhere on the Earth. I like to make up background stories for them…who they are, where they are going, why they are going there. Like I said, I’m pretty bored.


Well, I suppose that will do it for me here. Besides, I have some great stories to come up with in my head while I wait for the eternal day to mercifully come to a close. Back at the rink on Wednesday…you better be there. And until then…be safe everyone.

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