Snow Didn’t Stop These Rose Bowl-Bound Fans

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Hawkeyes fans across the metro have been ready for this for months.

“We booked in mid-October,” said Dave Shogren, who got his Rose Bowl tickets before he even knew where the Hawkeyes would play.

Others like, Patty and Todd Bohlender, have been packed for a few days.

“It’s pretty much all black in gold in here,” Patty said, tossing around her packed suitcase.

But Monday's storm put the Bohlenders in the same spot as many California-bound fans.

“We didn’t have a backup plan to get out of Des Moines,” Todd Bohlender said.

In all, the Monday storm dropped about 6 inches of snow in Des Moines -- just enough to make travel plans a coin-flip.

“The airlines have cancelled a total of 26 flights yesterday and nine flights so far today,” says Kevin Foley, Des Moines International Airport.

As the departures turned from, “On Time,” to “Delayed,” and finally to “Cancelled” many of Rose Bowl-bound began to sweat.

“Of course, yeah. A lot of flights got cancelled,” Shogren said. “People planning to go didn’t get to.”

Shogren has been a fan since the 70s, so he has had his share of ups and downs with the team. But just like in 2005 when the Hawks took on Louisiana State, he knew things would go his way if he had faith.

“We knew we were going to go one way or another,” Shogren said. “We knew that we aren’t going to be cancelled or delayed forever. So we were gonna get there.”

Flights are now running on schedule and the fans will get there, but the situation is fitting. With so many close games this year, even the travel plans came down to the last second.

“All of a sudden, out of the blue, here this comes. I don’t think anyone predicted it. It’s been kind of fun ride, it really has,” Todd Bohlender said.

This will be the third trip to Pasadena for the Bohlenders, and they said they are happy just to be going back.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Todd Bohlender. “We had a blast last time, and I’m sure it’s going to be a great time this time.”

Now that the travel plans are taken care of, there is just one more thing to worry about:

“I think we are gonna win,” Patty Bohlender said with a huge grin.


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