A recruiting trip for Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman quickly turned into the night he became very well-acquainted with his rental car.
On Tuesday, a large swath of the South, including the Atlanta area, was covered in what can best be described as winter misery. Traffic was at a standstill for most, which brings us to a report from Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis, who spotted some play-by-play coming from Herman's Twitter feed.
Here is what it was like to be the coach, presented by a very flabbergasted Herman tweeting from a rental:
Live update from ATL. I've moved .6 miles in the last hour. Yes, there is a decimal point in front of that number. pic.twitter.com/AbM9sIQhVv— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
It's official Buckeyes. Just crossed the 10 hour threshold for 50 mile drive from Marietta to ATL. Still have 5 miles to go. #RecordBreaker— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
Breaking News: Still on I-285. 12 hr mark has passed. At least I'm getting some quality reps at Flappy Bird. #CompetitiveExcellence— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
13 hrs and counting. Would it be bad form to leave my rental car on the freeway & just walk the 3 miles to my hotel? pic.twitter.com/59eFt5Mrns— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
Just passed the 17 hour mark stuck in the car. Don't know what's going on up ahead. Hope everyone is ok. We've traveled 1.5 miles in 10 hrs— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
As Ellis notes, Herman decides to ditch the car at this point so that he might have a chance of making his flight:
Going through security now. Story coming shortly. Thank God for men like Terry Spiller. Saved me 3/4 way of my 4 mile walk to airport.— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
So... 19 hrs in my car with hundreds of my closest friends. Too much ice and accidents to move. Gotta make flight to DFW. Call National— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
Rental. Tell them I'm leavin the car and start walking the 4 miles to the airport with my luggage. Fall at least five times in first 2 miles— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
Find an gas station. Terry Spiller, my dude, shows up and won't take a dime to take me to the final mile or two to the airport.— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
In the end, he left a rental car we assume he will never forget and managed to make it home in one very chilly piece:
Thanks again to everyone for their well wishes and prayers. Please continue to pray for those still stuck out there. It is truly a mess.— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) January 29, 2014
That was just one of the amazing stories floating around the Internet on a blustery day.
There was Chipper Jones playing The Day After Tomorrow the home game, setting off on an expedition to free his pal Freddie Freeman from the winter chill and the standstill traffic:
More adorably, a father made sure that his child would not sleep alone, despite the amazing journey he no doubt took to get to her, via Adam Murphy's tweet:
Which brings us to the misery behind all this whimsy. As Herman offers, please remember to keep those still stuck in the chaos in your thoughts.
As NBC News' Erin McClam reports, thousands were left in gridlock that lasted at least 18 hours, something our pal Herman can attest to.
And then there were the far more troubling reports that some children had to stay at school away from their families because of the weather. The report offers: "At least 850 children were stuck at school in Marietta, Ga., where buses started to take the kids home on Tuesday afternoon but had to turn back because of bad roads."
We certainly hope this very scary situation gets remedied quickly. If all else fails, perhaps Chipper Jones can go back out and play hero a few more times.
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