Long road trips, particularly when traveling to the west side, are difficult for any sports team. The three-hour time difference is something every athlete must adjust to.
The Storm (1-7) take on the Portland Steel (0-8) tonight on a west coast showdown. The team has traveled out west eight times in the last two and a half seasons so far and have a record of 2-8 for these games.
Coming off their first win of the season, the Storm will need to overcome any adversity they may face in order to continue a winning streak before playoffs.
Defensive linebacker Everett Dawkins says the time change isn’t really something you ever get used to. It is, in fact, a night game that goes from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. their time.
“You kind of just have to adapt to it,” said Dawkins. “The light comes on and you get on the field and it’s go time.”
Dawkins also thinks what will really be important to the team’s success is resting up during the six hours or more they will be spending on the plane. He says a big part of getting a second win and continuing the streak is not playing down to their opponent’s level.
“It’s something we have done all year,” said Dawkins. “It has hurt us. Last week we played together as a team, and now it’s time for us to put it all together and just go out there and do it again.”
Defensive linebacker James Harrell says while sleep is important, drinking water throughout the travel day is also key to preparation.
“We’ll be traveling all day long. We just have to try and stay focused, drink a lot of water, and just be prepared to go when we get there.”
Rather than looking back on the first half of the season in a negative light, Harrell also has a different mindset that will help the team stay focused and finish strong.
“That was just the first half of the season, and we finished off with a win,” said Harrell. “It’s zero zero now, so we just need to go and take on a new season, so to say.”
The Storm will take on the Portland Steel tonight at Moda Center. Kick off is at 10:30 p.m.