Tomorrow the George Mason men’s basketball team plays its first road game of the season. In honor of the event, GoMason Blog put together its perfect road schedule for this year’s team.
The first road game of the year would take the Patriots to Stetson University. While there, the bus could swing by Lady Lake, Fla. and make a trip down Larranaga Drive, the only street in America that shares a name with the Mason head coach. Game Two would be a quick trip up to Yale with the Patriots staying in North Branford, Conn. where the team can walk down Caputo Road.
Game Three is another trip south, this time to play Savannah State and visit nearby Rincon, Ga., home of Huger Street. Konkol Road in Hatley, Wis. would be a convenient place to visit while playing Wisconsin-Green Bay. Game Five would be one of the shortest road trips of the year as the Patriots play at Virginia Tech. While in Blacksburg, they could take a trip down Lombardi Drive.
Allen Road in Southgate, Mich. is a chance for the Patriots to play at University of Detroit. On the way back the team can stop in Berea, Ky. and visit Arledge Court while facing Eastern Kentucky University. Mason’s closest home game would come next on the schedule as the Patriots face UMBC after a brief stop on Armistead Way in Baltimore. A trip just short of the Rockies will take the Patriots to Bennett Avenue in Bennett, Colo. and a contest with University of Denver. The trip home would have a brief stop in Indianapolis, Ind. where Mason could check out Cornelius Avenue before facing Butler.
Boston College is next on the schedule as the Patriots take a detour to see Hancock Street in Quincy, Mass. A visit to the Gateway Arch is next as Mason faces St. Louis University (nearby Saint Ann, Mo. has scenic Long Drive). Big East foe Pitt is next on the schedule as the Patriots head down Morrison Drive during a stay in Pittsburgh. The Patriots then head to the Carolinas for the first time as they visit Pearson Drive in Asheville, N.C. and take on the UNC Asheville Bulldogs.
Have you ever been to Tate Drive in Del City, Okla.? The Patriots head there next to face University of Oklahoma. While out west Mason swings down to San Antonio to take on UT-San Antonio while swinging by Vaughns View.
Just like there’s only one Larranaga street in America, there’s only one Whack Road. It’s in Greeleyville, S.C. and it gives Mason a chance to play a BCS opponent in University of South Carolina. The season is almost over as Mason takes a bus trip up to Williams Avenue in Jersey City, N.J. and a meeting with Rutgers. The longest road trip of the season is at the end as the Patriots fly to face Nevada-Reno with a brief stop on Wright Street in Reno.
OK, so this road trip could never happen, we know that. But give us some credit for putting together 19 games in 19 states. Total roundtrip mileage on the trip? Roughly 29,000 miles, or more than once around the Earth’s equator.
You know what? A trip to Lynchburg and back to face Liberty at 7 p.m. tomorrow on MASN sounds pretty good right about now.