We were the lucky recipients of some Capitol One Bowl tickets to see LSU play Penn State on January 1, 2010. So we packed up the truck and headed to Orlando, FL after I got off work on New Years Eve. We got on the road around 11am and it's about a 10 1/2 hour drive, without stopping. But we stopped. We stopped for lunch and we stopped for coffee and we stopped for gas.
We finally got to the hotel around 10:30pm, after our GPS tried taking us in the opposite direction of where our hotel was. Duane went in to get us checked in and was told we had been upgraded to the hotel next door!
The Caribe Royale... or as Blaire said "The Royal Crib". It was nice and we had a view of some fireworks at midnight from what had to be one of the Disney parks, because they went on forever and were pretty big.
In addition to the view, we had some bouncy beds! Which was good because we had some kids that had to unleash some pent up energy from sitting in a truck all day.
And boy did they unleash it! Pillow fight!!!!
After a short nights sleep, we put on our warm clothes and headed to the soggy stadium. It was pouring down rain when we first got there. And I mean POURING. We found parking right near the stadium, but had to walk through huge puddles to get there and our shoes and socks were soaked by the time we entered the stadium.
But as soon as we heard those first four notes from our Golden Band from Tigerland, all was good. By the way, did you know that the Tiger Marching Band was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame this past September? First time that a marching band has been inducted into a state's music hall of fame! EVER!!
The field condition was the worst I have ever seen. Big chunks of grass and dirt flying all over the place. The players could barely stay on their feet! And don't get me started on the refs. That personal foul penalty at the end was ridiculous! Yeah, I'm talking to you, Ref! That so should have been a delay of game against Penn State!
Would have been nice if we had won, but I'm still happy that we went.
It's always sad watching the seniors in their last college game. Trindon Holliday has been so much fun to watch and Brandon LaFell has improved so much since that first time we saw him play 4 years ago.