May 23, 2009
When the Lights Went Out
By Jared Verner, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
We had just returned to the Rodeway Inn from a celebratory dinner at Carino's Italian Restaurant and I was just getting ready to settle in to recap the day, when Coach Pohren flipped on the second set of lights and all the lights went out. And the lights for the entire hotel. And the nearby Wharf restaurant. And the residential neighborhood east of us. Now I doubt it was Coach Pohren's fault, but the coincidence is still there.
So at about 9:40 p.m., we were left with no air conditioning or lights, so we joined the rest of the team outside in the small yard between the different buildings of the hotel, where the lights of San Angelo reflected off the low cloud ceiling for some light.
To kill the time until power was restored, we kept updated on the Cleveland-Orlando game through the 15-second updates on my cell phone. When LeBron made his three-pointer with a second left to win it, Pohren, Tyler Shaw, Ben McKim and myself all knew we had missed "the shot" that would be shown every 10 minutes on SportsCenter the next day.
The power is still out after the game went final, so we collect by in the corner of the walkway and just observe the scenery that is the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn and the Wharf. That's when we found out that Tyler could also be a high jumper when a dog came running from behind the trees chasing something. It turned out to be harmless, but it gave everyone in our group a little scare.
We then got to hear Audrey Bailey and Ben McKim go scene-by-scene of the movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", which both claimed to watch constantly back in their younger years. After they got through the first quarter of the movie, we switched topics and got to hear Bridget Kleine's conversation with the Alaska-Anchorage team, who we learned have to fly every weekend in order to compete.
By then, we were ready for bed, and a half hour later, were reminded of all the lights that were on when the power returned around midnight.
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