March 8–13, 2017
I flew to Pittsburgh on March 8 to attend the Atlantic 10 men's basketball tournament. I had once changed planes there and found that it is a beautiful and interesting city from the air. So I got a window seat and took some pictures as the plane approached the airport. Davidson had a first-round bye, and so didn't play in the two games that night. It turned out that a couple I know were on the same flight, and then our hotel rooms were just a few doors apart, so it was easy for us to coordinate our activities. It was good to have friends to hang out and do things with. I did attend the Wednesday night games with them and took a couple pictures afterward.
Davidson's first game was at noon on Thursday, against Lasalle. We skipped the pregame party because we wound up having a late breakfast with the Aldridge family. When we arrived at the arena we had time to greet other player families past and present. During the game Jordan Barham came over to sit with us. He is now playing in France, but was out with a broken thumb, so he used the time to come home for a visit and to renew his visa. It was good also to see his mother both before the game and at the after-game party.
On Friday Davidson played and beat Dayton, the Number 1 tournament seed.
The video shows their band director's coat with LED lights.
Saturday's game was against Rhode Island, the eventual tournament winner. A Davidson fan had flags representing the home states and countries of our players. She waved the appropriate flags as starting players were introduced.
On Sunday instead of attending the championship game, I did a little sightseeing, visited the Andy Warhol Museum, and attended a concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony, one of the premiere orchestras in the country.
Warhol collected a lot of stuff over the years. After his death, much of it was sold to benefit his foundation.
Some of the items that did not sell are on display at the museum.