The Cardiac Hill Roadshow: Traveling To Connecticut

The "Cardiac Hill Roadshow" is a six-part weekly series that covers the ins and outs of traveling to watch your Pitt Panthers on the road this season. We will touch on everything from how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, what to see and do on and around campus, and even some sights you might run into along the way. Join us each week as we offer up information and entertainment as our lead-in to the 2012 college football season.

Today we will look at the trip to Storrs, Connecticut and the University of Connecticut.

The Travel

Starting point: Pitt's campus
Ending point: UConn's campus
Time: 9 hours, 29 minutes
Distance: 509 miles. I would factor this into the length of offensive scoring drives resulting in a touchdown that the Huskies had in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, but you can not divide 509 by zero.

Places to see along the way:
Gobblers Knob, Punxsatawney, PA
Harry Houdini Museum, Scranton, PA
The Worlds Largest Kaleidoscope, Mount Tremper, NY
The Ghostbusters Firehouse, New York, NY
The Trash Museum, Hartford, CT

For further information about traveling to UConn, we've solicited the help of some locals. Unfortunately, the guys from The UConn Blog were unavailable to participate, so we solicited the help of their arch nemesis. So here is some advice that Brian and Grant of BC Interruption had to offer.

Where To Stay

Your best bet would be to head down I-84 a bit into the seedy parts of downtown Hartford. As a school leaving the BIG EAST for a bigger, better, more stable conference that the Huskies desperately want to get into, being there is probably safer than being around the Rent.

Alternatives: actual cities like New York (UConn delivers this market, by the way), Boston or a bankrupt Native American casino resort (Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun ... you choose).

Where To Eat

Wings over Storrs. This is for two reasons. First, the Wings Over chain is the greatest buffalo chicken experience of a man's life until, like, 6 hours afterward. Second, since you'll be stuffing your face with the Buffalo Chicken Of The Gods the whole time, you won't feel the need to respond to the idiot next to you who keeps mumbling to no one in particular something about Notre Dame being UConn's "ticket to the ACC." Good luck with that, by the way.

What To Do On & Around Campus

I would recommend leaving immediately because the game is probably going to start soon and you're about 45 minutes away from the stadium.

Gameday Traditions To Take Part In

Falling up into college football conference affiliation. Vehemently defending your men's basketball program's academic track record and history of small crimes. Reminding everyone that yes, my college football program did in fact play in a BCS game even though no one watched, they got pasted and even failed to score an offensive TD. Celebrating 1/2 Big East football championships after losing to your fellow conference co-champs by 45 points.

More: Arguing one or more of the following points:

1) the individuals associated with UConn who sued Boston College, Miami and the ACC are no longer associated with the school so it's all good
2) Pittsburgh sued BC and the ACC too and you let them in
3) Boston College and UConn football should play every year since it's "Good for New England"

Other "Good To Know" Information

Duck.

As a former Hartford resident myself, I do not have much to add to this. As Brian and Grant mentioned, New York City is 2 hours away (1 hours by car, 1 hour by train), Boston is an easy 1:45 drive, and Yale University is a 45 minute south of Hartford (just don't leave campus to explore New Haven, it's pretty much like Temple and Philly). If you want to stay in Hartford, there is a Cabela's on the runway next to Rentschler Field. Yes, both are built upon an old airport.

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