Day 6: January 5th, 2006


Flying Home


We made it to the airport in record time. The rental car place was prepared for Longhorns, with a big orange and white balloon arch over the return area and one guy even had a bevo sticker on the back of his clipboard. We quickly got on the shuttle and went to the Delta terminal. Check-in was so simple... I don't know what people complain about flying into LAX for... it was very easy for us.

As a result, we had almost two hours to kill in the airport. We made our way to a little ice cream/coffee shop next to our gate and conversed with some Longhorn fans also taking the same flight. One pair of women were especially entertaining as we conversed about the various great moments of the game. It was really great to sit and chat... reliving the moments that occured less than 24 hours prior.

On the flight from LA into Salt Lake City, former UT linebacker, radio personality, and current broadcaster on Fox Sports Southwest, Brian Jones. It was pretty cool to see a UT celebrity so up close.

Once in Salt Lake, we had a brief layover... and while waiting for the plane, I ran into my future sister-in-law's cousin Mariah. She had also attended the game with an old high school friend and we just randomly booked the same flight back. It was funny because I didn't recognize her at first until she called me out by name. A little embarassing but still funny.

On the flight back we had a really entertaining stewardess who kept cracking jokes with us as well as a whole crew of Texas fans. One guy behind us also had his laptop and we were showing each other the photos we had taken. He had some really great shots with his super-fancy camera.

We landed in San Antonio around 10:30 and walked down to the baggage claim. I was looking in vain to find a newspaper from San Antonio to get the story headline. All of the stores were closed so I walked up to the car rental counter by the baggage return. As I was walking up, the woman behind the counter called me out, looking at my shirt. I was wearing one of our "Prick" shirts and she wanted to read it.

So I struck up a conversation with her. Come to find out, her son is a UT cheerleader! Not only that, but Jonn and my favorite cheerleader, Taylor Leslie. We always seek him out at every event. Such an amazing coincidence! She was very nice... even going into their back room to see if anyone had left a newspaper behind... and they had! So not only did we have a really great moment, but she was also able to get me the newspaper headline I wanted.

At the same time, Jonn was talking with Mark Madsen, #35 on the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. He was in town to play the Spurs in San Antonio. Originally from California, he's a USC fan but still was a very nice guy, talking with Jonn about the game and if Vince would stay or not.

We gathered our luggage and drove back to Austin. As we approached downtown, we could see the tower lit in orange with a big 1... in honor of the championship. We drove down to campus to take some pictures, finding about 20 other UT fans already there. It was so beautiful. We took a handful of shots and jumped in the car and headed home. We stopped at Jonn's mother's house to pick up his dog and spent a while watching some of the newscasts that his mother had recorded. My voice was the voiceover as KVUE talked about the Kickoff Luncheon and then they briefly showed my face really up close... then jumping to a shot of us being interviewd by HDNet... getting a great moment of Jonn laughing.

It was after 2am by this point, so the night finally came to a close. Jonn dropped me off at home and headed home himself. After staying up for a while reading stories on the Internet, I went to bed... ending our epic Rose Bowl adventure.

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Two ladies in the Los Angeles airport
Two ladies in the Los Angeles airport
Jimmy with cheerleader Taylor Leslie's Mother in San Antonio
Jimmy with cheerleader Taylor Leslie's Mother in San Antonio
Jimmy and Jonn in front of the Tower
Jimmy and Jonn in front of the Tower