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Sports Column

NELSON: Middle of a busy week

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A nine-day week would have been nice to stick an off-day in, but knowing our luck, we would have gotten three Mondays or some such thing.

It’s a busy stretch as we get into February, and I was loving 62 degrees Monday night as I drove home from the Pacers game. It was quite the surprise to walk out of Bankers Life to find it so warm.

But, I have basketball at Purdue and Illinois this week, and that is a snow and ice guarantee.

The Boilers were at home last night, and since I write these notes on Wednesday morning, I can only guess how much snow or ice was on my car after the game.

The game at Illinois is on Friday, and the forecast says the weather will pass by Friday, so we only have to deal with the aftermath. The run-up to Friday sounds a bit wintery, though. A lot more like February.

We shall see.

As I mentioned, there was a Pacers game in Indy Monday, then it was a high school girls sectional game Tuesday in Danville. Last night at Purdue is followed by a Thursday game, but it is here in town, which is good because Thursday is a big prep day.

Friday is the trip to Champaign and then the weekend starts.

Early.

I have a very early flight Saturday morning to Houston as my 10-week XFL schedule starts.

There is a 5 p.m. game in Houston, followed by a 9 o’clock flight to Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.

No, there is no game there, but it is the only way to set up Sunday.

I get to spend about five hours Saturday night into Sunday morning at the airport. Not worth trying to find a hotel for such a short stay, because I have a 6 a.m. flight out of there to Newark. I have a 2 in the afternoon second XFL game on Sunday, followed by a 7 p.m. flight back to Indy.

The good news is that there are no connections anywhere, so I don’t have to make any mad dashes through airports. There is already nap time on a cozy airport chair planned.

And of course, there is a Pacers game Monday, so there isn’t much time to get collected after the weekend. If I don’t answer any calls or texts Monday morning, you will know why...

This weekend craziness is going to run at least five times. Next weekend I get to first go to Seattle, work at a Saturday game, and they get back to Dallas for a Sunday game. Can’t leave any time zones excluded here.
That leaves a bunch of sectional games for the other guys to cover this week. Sorry guys.

But, good luck to all our area teams. The Chargers hung on for a win Tuesday — maybe all our schools can hang on through the week and weekend.

I’ll be checking out the sites and sounds from a few new or different places.

Safe travels.

Jeff Nelson works in national television. His column appears each Thursday in the Journal Review.

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