NYC Countdown: Day 1

I'm counting down the days 'til I get to enjoy The Big Apple

I'm stoked.

SIU. Duke. Madison Square Garden. It's the stuff that dreams are made of. This is the kind of moment that made me want to be a sports writer. Going to Madison Square Garden to cover a basketball game, let alone do it for a legit publication, is something I can't wait to tell my friends and family about.

My only regrets are missing the opportunity to cover the SIU football team's opportunity to clinch a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship and the automatic FCS playoff berth (by virtue of beating Northern Iowa earlier in the year).

And missing Paige's 21st birthday.

I hope everyone understands how big this is. It truly is kind of a big deal.