Saturday, the New England Patriots were soundly defeated by the Detroit Lions 34-10, during the third week of exhibition football. For the Patriots, the drubbing received at Detroit’s Ford Field was nothing compared to the turmoil they experienced while travelling home after the game.
With Hurricane Irene bearing down on New England, the Pats chose to immediately embark on their scheduled two hour flight back to Boston, instead of staying in Detroit and waiting for the storm to pass.
While the plane landed safely at Logan Airport around 3 AM, ahead of than Tropical Storm Irene’s fury, the lead stages of the storm made the sky’s the opposite of friendly for the airborne Pats.
For college football players, coaches and fans, a road game versus the University of Southern California Trojans offers a far different set of circumstances, as compared to nearly every other NCAA program of prominence. USC’s rich tradition, set amid a very big city setting, represents the polar opposite of an away contest in legendary college football havens like: Tuscaloosa, State College or Norman, where walking down the classic college town street or partaking in a cheeseburger special at the local bar is more par for the course.