EIU Panthers

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Road Trip Anyone

This weekend marks one of the rare weekends in Eastern Illinois athletics that all of EIU's fall teams are on the road. In fact the only home event is a softball fall exhibition contest with Heartland Junior College on Saturday at 10 a.m.

So today we give you a little insight as to where the Panther teams are heading - just in case you want to rack up some AAA miles or put your GPS to the test.

We talked about the football team's trip to Martin, Tenn. during yesterday's know your opponent blog, so if you really need to know more about that part of western Tennessee, then scroll down the page.

EIU cross country kicks off the weekend with a trip to the Illinois Intercollegiate which is hosted by Illinois State. You can't go wrong with a trip to Bloomington/Normal - capital of State Farm Insurance and the home of the original Steak 'n Shake. Of course the original Steak 'n Shake location is now a Monical's Pizza. Sort of like the original Jimmy John's being a hair cutting place in Charleston.

Of course some places stay in the same location like the original Wendy's still located in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Speaking of Columbus the EIU volleyball team passed through there earlier Thursday en route to a weekend tournament in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is truly one of the nicest cities to look as you approach, it just hits you as you exit the Fort Pitt Bridge and see it sitting on the Allegheny Plateau, where the confluence of the Allegheny River from the northeast and Monongahela River from the southeast form the Ohio River (thus the Three Rivers).

EIU will play on the Pittsburgh campus where the current student union building sits on the site of the former Forbes Field. The left field wall still stands with a plaque designating the spot where Bill Mazeroski hit a game winning home run in game seven of the 1960 World Series. The original home plate is shown under glass in the union entry way.

On Saturday night men's soccer heads up I-57 to play DePaul in the Windy City. If we were writing this blog in other parts of the country we would go in-depth about Chicago but since most of our fans have been there or are from there - they already know what they love about the town.

Women's soccer will play in two different locations with a Friday contest at Miami of Ohio which is located in Oxford, Ohio and then on Sunday at Western Illinois. Miami of Ohio was the original cradle of football coaches with legendary alumni such as Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Weeb Ewbank, Jim Tressel and Ara Parseghian but in recent years EIU has adopted the title of Cradle of NFL Coaches with three alums coaching current NFL teams.

Women's rugby rounds out the travel list with a match at Grand Valley State in Michigan on Saturday. GVSU is located in Allendale by the way which is about 15-20 miles west of Grand Rapids heading towards Lake Michigan.

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