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Something Moore -- Nov. 16

Nov. 16, 2010

Here we go. We are two games into the season and it feels like we've been playing since March. After nearly a month of preseason, we couldn't be more excited to start competing against people other than ourselves. We had a disappointing loss to Wagner in the opener. We played a much better game on Sunday against Rider, a team that nearly took down UMass in their opener, but couldn't overcome some late game mistakes and went on to lose in the final minutes.

Now to the important stuff. During early-season road trips, seating arrangements on the bus are determined for the entire year. Needless to say, this is a very stressful process. Once order is established, Leopard road trips become fairly routine. There are four things that I can guarantee will happen on any given bus ride, whether we're headed just down the road to Lehigh or all the way to New England to face Holy Cross.

1. 80 percent of the team will be asleep, listening to music within 10 minutes of departure.

2. J.D. Pelham will never sleep. His eyes will either be gazing at the passing by scenery or fixated on his "wannabe iPhone," the Droid.

3. Despite its frequent occurrence, Deirunas Visockas' phone conversations in Lithuanian still startle the team, leaving everyone wondering what on earth he's talking about.

4. Levi Giese will not move for hours at a time. Levi will stare aimlessly at the back of the seat in front of him as if there were a T.V. showing his beloved Vikings play.

While these things are part of the routine by now, you still never know for sure what will happen on a bus ride. Especially if the game Taboo is brought out. Maybe I'll explain that further in a future blog.