ESPN- Every year, as the final days of another college basketball season would wind to a finish, people would ask The Question. Every year, Ryan Clark would hedge. He was obsessed with college basketball, intoxicated by the crowds, and fascinated by the possibilities of a year on the road with his favorite basketball team. He had a car. He had energy drinks. He was, as all 22-year-olds are, immortal. What could possibly go wrong? But it got harder. The 15-hour drives began as romantic runs across the great American countryside. Then they became slogs. The hours became unfathomable. Caffeine only went so far. In all, starting with the 2006 Big 12 tournament, Clark has traveled 156,397 total miles — 92,193 by car, 64,204 by plane. He’s seen Texas play in 28 states, from New York to Hawaii, Washington to Wisconsin, North Carolina to Arizona. He met his fiancé at an NCAA tournament game; he proposed to her at the Maui Invitational. He saw every collegiate minute Kevin Durant ever played. On his graduation day, his party was a three-hour sprint to Houston to watch Texas at Rice. On March 20, when Texas lost to Houston in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational, the seven-year, 150,000-mile Longhorn Road Trip officially came to an end.
Say what you will about Ryan Clark but fuck you it if you don’t respect him. As much as I want to make fun of him for wasting his life on Texas Longhorns basketball of all things, who the fuck am I to judge? The dude lived the dream. He’s a giant college basketball nerd that got the chance to travel around the country to follow around his favorite team for seven years and even got laid in the process. Not a bad gig if you can get it. Plus from an objective stance this isn’t a bad way to spend your time when you compare it to alternative hobbies like drinking irresponsibly and staring at a screen for 16 hours a day That being said, there’s a 75% chance that he spent the last 7 years killing hitchhikers on isolated country roads and this was just a convenient excuse.