For some reason, Shawn Smith of Go Big Blue Country and I decided to drive to Boise, Idaho from Kentucky to cover the Kentucky Wildcats in the first two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. A 27 hour drive (one way) and about 3600 total miles? Who does that? Well, when you want to cover the Cats and you don’t want to pay the outrageous cost of flights, Shawn Smith and Terry Brown do.
There’s a post coming soon about how the drive went and you’ll definitely want to check it out. I do want to take the time to thank our host city of Boise, Idaho. The scenery has been spectacular and the locals have been extremely nice. There has been a certain civic pride on full display as Taco Bell Arena hosted some of college hoops’ bluebloods on the sport’s biggest stage. Boise is more than potatoes.
On the Friday between the Wildcat’s first and second round games, I was able to both drive and walk around Boise. I got to see Boise State’s Albertson’s Stadium and it’s famous Blue Turf. And, yes, it’s quite blue. I got to see the Idaho state capitol building. I got to see what makes this city one of America’s best hidden gems.
Unlike most early sites for the NCAA tournament, the Taco Bell Arena was jampacked from the first game. Most of the crowd were locals that were thrilled to have a big time event in town. There was even tailgating at the adjacent football stadium. Boise embraced this setup unlike other first round sites. I wouldn’t be surprised if the NCAA makes a return trip soon.
I’ve probably had better ideas than to drive cross country to Boise, Idaho, but I’m glad I did. I’m glad I got to see a part of America that I have previously only seen on TV and in magazines. America really is beautiful from sea to shining sea. Whatever you think about Boise, know that the scenery is beautiful and the people are Kentucky-level nice.