Longhorns Are On the Road….
January 7, 2010

Stretch limos, shuttle buses and taxis are jam packed with football fans headed to Pasadena and tonight’s BCS National Championship game.

Because of traffic  congrestion in Los Angeles, a thirty minute drive from my hotel could take as long as two hours to reach the Rose Bowl Stadium, so everyone is getting an early start.

A lot of folks from Texas have packed provisions for the road trip: tacos, chips, dip soda, champagne and other beverages.

Forgot Your Texas or Alabama Fan Gear? No Worries…
January 6, 2010

Texas and Alabama football fans who forgot to pack  their favorite t-shirts and hats are in luck!

At just about every hotel in the Los Angeles area you can buy Crimson Tide and Longhorn paraphernalia – jerseys, cups, banners, necklaces and other team trinkets.

If you’re really confident that your team will win Thursday night’s big game you can pre-order National Championship commemorative items.

One of the guys selling the winning team t-shirts told me that I could get one delivered to my hotel room within hours after the game.

I’ll get a full refund if my team loses.

Meanwhile, even the hotel workers are getting into the team spirit.

Everyone – from the clerks at the check-in counter to the bartenders and wait staff  – is wearing either an Alabama or Texas t-shirt.

Houstonians Represented at BCS National Championship Events
January 6, 2010

The bellhop at my hotel in Santa Monica described it as the “calm before the storm.”

 Another person compared the excitement to the Superbowl.

They were talking about the wave of  football  fans steadily taking over the greater Los Angeles area ahead of the BCS National Championship game between The University of  Texas Longhorns and The University of  Alabama Crimson Tide.

You don’t have to search long to find some football fans from Houston.  I was walking near the Santa Monica Pier when I met members of  the Hanusch and Contreras families.

They plan to attend the game  and hope to provide a dose of  good luck to the Longhorns.  They were here in 2006 when the Horns defeated USC for the National Title.

The game is on Thursday, but more than 1,200 reporters and photographers  have  descended on the official media hotel to start reporting on the team practices leading up to the big game.

Channel 2’s Sports Director Randy McIlvoy and sports photographer Daryl George are here to cover the game.  They’ll provide extensive TV coverage.

2 On The Beat will update  several times a day to capture the excitement of Alabama and Texas fans from Houston.