Sunday, January 31, 2010

Who's going to the PAC-10 Tournament?

We need to get an idea of how many FBC members are going to the PAC-10 Tournament this year. If we know people are going, we can plan some activities. Last year there were some fun meet-ups with drop-ins by alumni. Please send email to if you are going!

If you haven't decided whether to go, or for what days, here is a run-down.


The tournament starts on Thursday March 11. There will be two games that evening (6pm and 8:15pm) in which the four lowest-seeded teams play each other to see who gets into the real bracket. While these aren't the premier teams, they are evenly matched and the games are competitive and entertaining.


We like to call this "iron-butt" day because there are four games in two sessions: 11am and 1:15pm, then 5pm and 7:15pm. It's eight hours of squeaky sneakers and loud horns, with a break from 3 to 5 to find an awkwardly late lunch or early supper.

Rather to our surprise, according to the official PAC-10 schedule (scroll to the bottom), the #1 seed—and you know who that's going to be—plays in the first session at 1:15pm. Sorry, worker bees, you need to take Friday off to see the Cardinal play this game.

Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday there is one session with two semi-final games. The #1 seed will play in the first of them. Times have not been set for these games, which is awkward because until they are set, we don't know what part of Saturday will be free to enjoy Los Angeles.

The Sunday championship game is scheduled for 6pm, so we definitely have all day Sunday at liberty.

Logistics and Amusements

We're putting our info on travel logistics and on things to do in LA on the Travel Page but we can always use more info.

  • What will you do to pass a day and a half in LA?
  • Will you fly in and out of LAX, or use one of the smaller regional hubs like Anaheim or Long Beach?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Meet-ups for the L.A. Trip

This coming weekend the Cardinal play at USC at 7pm Friday, and at UCLA at 2pm Sunday. Following the Friday night game at the Galen Center, fans might like to meet for a post-game drink at McKay's Cocktail Lounge in the next-door Radisson Midtown hotel. If you are stuck for things to do on the free Saturday between games, good news: Pepperdine is playing at home! It's a WCC league game against Loyola Marymount, so both teams will be playing hard. The game is at 4pm in the Firestone Fieldhouse on the beautiful Pepperdine campus (click for directions; print out the main campus pdf map for reference).