PARIS, France – Today is our final day of the European tour as we get set to meet at the bus at 5:45 am tomorrow morning to begin our journey back to Cleveland.
Our flight from Paris leaves at 8:30 am and we will have about a three-hour layover in Atlanta before arriving back home around 6:30 pm.
Today started with breakfast and the party then had the morning and early afternoon free to roam around the city, shop, site-see and start packing.
The guys were excited today after completing the trip with a perfect 5-0 record last night. On the way home from the game last night, they were in the back of the bus chanting; "We undefeated!! We undefeated!!" You can really tell this experience has brought these 13 guys closer together as they have had a chance to bond as a team.
On the entire trip, guys were standing and cheering on the bench for each other. Whether it was Bryn Forbes knocking down seven three-pointers last night, or Marlin Mason taking an alley-oop from Sebastian Douglas, or Demonte Flannigan grabbing an offensive rebound for a putback, or Aaron Scales scoring down low on three straight possessions to start the third quarter, the guys know that this season needs to be about the team as a whole in order to be successful.
We met in the lobby at 4:00 p.m. to head over to the Seine River for a 90 minute boat tour of France. It was very peaceful and a nice way to wrap up the trip. The tour took us past several of the sites that we saw on the bus tour, but gave us a different perspective. Once again, the Eiffel Tower was the clear favorite.
Associate head coach Larry DeSimpelare and his son, Tyler, went over to the Eiffel Tower this morning and made it all the way up to the observation deck.
Everyone is on their own for dinner tonight and it pains me to say it, but I caved in and went across the street to McDonald's since I am running extremely low on euros!!
This will be my last entry for the trip and there are a few people I want to thank.
First, I have to thank Director of Athletics John Parry, head coach Gary Waters and his staff and the players for giving me an opportunity to come on this trip with them and document the last 10 days. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.
Secondly, Renee Adam for being the greatest assistant SID in the country and covering the office while I have been away. Renee does not often get the credit that she deserves, but she is outstanding at her job and I am lucky to have her on staff.
And finally, my wife, Erica, who is back home and seven months pregnant with our first child. When this opportunity was first presented to me, I was hesitant about going because I did not want to leave her behind. However, there was no hesitation on her part and she told me I could not pass up this opportunity and experience and that she would be fine. Of course, she may have just wanted 10 days away from me and who can blame her!! In all seriousness, I would not be who I am today without her and I count me blessings everyday to have her in my life. I love you and can't wait to get home tomorrow to see you and feel our son kick me again!!
Thank you to everyone who has followed the journey over the last 10 days. It has been a remarkable experience for everyone involved. I appreciate all the emails from back home and look forward to seeing you at the Wolstein Center for the 2013-14 season!!
But before that, don't forget that our fall sports start up tonight with women's soccer hosting Canisius at 7:00 p.m. Men's soccer, volleyball and cross country get underway next weekend so be sure to get out and support the fall teams.