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.