We knew when as early as yesterday morning that there was a threat of severe weather forecast for today. (“What do they mean by severe?” “Don’t know, it just said SEVERE across today on the seven-day forecast.”)
That said, Jay Heaps took the initiative to try to move training up 30 minutes this morning. While the team ended up getting underway a bit earlier than originally scheduled, even that didn’t keep us from avoiding the weather outright. At the end of the team’s 75-minute training session at UT-Dallas, the sky opened up and even Jeff Lemieux had to finish recording his post-practice interviews at the hotel to avoid getting the equipment wet.
The group came back to the hotel in south Frisco and everyone showered up and got ready for lunch. With TVs on in most rooms, about half the travel party knew that tornadoes were in the area and headed our direction. As just about everyone was in the meal room – and some had even wrapped up and headed back to their rooms - team administrator Nick Kropelin came in to say that the hotel warned him the tornadoes were a few towns over and the hotel said to stay in the stairwells if we needed to go up to our rooms.
The guys keeping themselves entertained
in the Hotel basement
With the heads up, we continued to eat lunch and just a few minutes later, the hotel-wide announcement came over the loudspeakers directing everyone to the basement through the lobby area. Most of the group went straight down from the meal room, but some had to run up to the team’s floor to make sure everyone was heeding the announcement and hustle them down. (Mind you, some of the group had already experienced this situation last year when we had tornado sirens and hotel announcements come in Kansas City for our U.S. Open Cup match in May.)
After a headcount came up correct in the basement, everyone – including all the hotel’s guests and staff – settled in. While we were only down there for about 30 minutes, maybe a bit longer, the staff was tremendous and provided drinks and snacks as everyone was crowded into an area no bigger than a bank lobby.
Finally we got the go-ahead to go back to our rooms and saw that our area was spared. The cell that came over us apparently did some awful damage a short distance away, several towns over. What we did see was spectacular lightning, the remnants of hail and driving rain that was on the backside of the cell that came through. We didn’t really experience much heavy wind, but the sky was still pitch black until the storm moved further off to the northeast.
For all of our friends and family who tried to reach members of the travel party while we were in the basement, we appreciate it and we’re all fine. Unfortunately we didn’t have cell service and then it took about an hour to settle out and return to normal.
We hope that all of our FC Dallas brethren are OK, including friends, family and supporters.
Chris Tierney and the Revs quieted the LA Galaxy on Saturday night - this photo kind of sums things up.
Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
The Revs played their second placement game on Saturday morning, heading to the Nike Football Training Center early after breakfast at the hotel.
Since it's April Fools' day and we had some shenanigans taking place after Friday's training session, we figured this was worth sharing. What do you think of Shalrie's "Hannibal Lecter" look?
The Revs played their first placement game on Friday, so it was back to the game day routine.
The Revolution Under-16s played their third and final group-stage game of the 2012 Future Champions Gauteng tournament on Wednesday morning.
It's been a big five days for Matt Reis. First, he collects his 1,000th career save. Second, he earns his first win of the 2012 season over Portland on Saturday and today he celebrates his 37th birthday.
If you'd like to wish Matt a belated happy birthday yourself, check out Matt's live video chat on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET right here on revolutionsoccer.net. And if you share your birthday with Matt - happy birthday to you!
We have three live chats coming up over the next seven days, here are the details:
Friday, March 30, 1 P.M. ET: Chat live with Lee Nguyen at 1 PM ET live from Los Angeles, ahead of Saturday's match with the LA Galaxy.
Saturday, March 31, 11 P.M. ET: Kyle McCarthy will join us along with LA beat writer Luis Bueno for an in-game live chat. Stay up late, head to revolutionsoccer.net and join us!
Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 PM E.T. : This one is special. You may remember a few weeks ago we had a VIDEO fan chat with Jeff Lemieux. Well, we are ramping it up this time and will have none other than Matt Reis joining us for a live video chat with YOU. Get those web cams ready, as you'll have a shot at chatting one-on-one (think Skype) with Matt Reis while the team is in Frisco, Texas ahead of next Thursday's match with FC Dallas. This was a lot of fun for the short one we did with Jeff a few weeks back (video snippet below), so you definitely do not want to miss this.