Roadtrip

CONNOR MCKNIGHT

A recent grad from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Connor McKnight is no stranger to road trips and traveled with the Badgers football team as editor of The Daily Cardinal (Madisonís oldest student newspaper).

Ever a diehard Badgers fan, Connor is nevertheless excited to "Go West" and trade in the Big Tenís frigid fields and powerful running games for the West Coastís sun-drenched stadiums and wide-open passing schemes.

Born and raised nearby Chicago, Connorís other fan loyalties lay with the Bears and the Cubs. Following the advice of Horace Greeley, the Road Trip is Connorís first stop as he pursues a career in sports journalism.

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CAITLIN CIESLIK-MISKIMEN

Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen had never crossed the Mississippi, never seen a mountain and never swam in a body of water that wasnít fresh Ė until now.

Before signing on to become one half of CSTVís "Going West" Road Trip team, everything important that happened in Caitlinís life occurred within a 72-mile radius of her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A recent grad of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Caitlin is excited to hit the road and revel in her post-collegiate independence.

Caitlin can name the pivotal moment in her life when she became a gridiron junkie Ė her first Green Bay Packers game against Miami in 1994 (the Dolphins won 24-14, but she was hooked). Since that fateful day, Caitlin has been patiently awaiting the arrival of the year 2087 when she becomes eligible for Packers season tickets (she currently ranks 16,000 on the waiting list; the list moves at a rate of about 200 per year).

In her early childhood years, Caitlin intended to have a career as a pro football player Ė these hopes were dashed in the fourth grade when she realized that clumsiness, poor balance (to this day, she has difficulty hopping on one foot) and a lack of athletic ability could be a hindrance to her pro career.

With her pro football aspirations sidelined, Caitlin figures that the "Road Trip" is the next best thing

 
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MATT WAXMAN

Matt Waxman is no stranger to loyal followers of CSTV, who remember him from his "Hoops Odyssey" road trip last winter, where he covered 100 college hoops games in 100 days. During the three-month endurance campaign, he played Xtreme ping-pong with Tyler Hansbrough, presented Lou Carnesecca with his own lucky sweater and baited Gilbert Arenas into throwing LeBron under the bus. Matt enjoyed his first tour of duty with CSTV so much he came back for seconds on the "Going South" gridiron road trip.

While a student at Middlebury College in Vermont, the former college JV kicker (does it get any lower than that?), crowbarred his way into the Sports Illustrated offices and landed a job as an unpaid intern for SI: On Campus. While at SI, he eventually secured a paycheck based on a unique interview technique that focused on such hard-hitting subjects as J.J. Redick's beer pong skills ("put him in front of SOLO cups and the boy is as frightened as a no. 16 seed") and Greg Oden's $7-an-hour landscaping summer job.

Matt parlayed the SI gig into a job covering Notre Dame football for NBCSports.com where he ran squarely into the iron fist of Charlie Weis. During his tenure covering the Fighting Irish, Matt was continually thwarted in his attempt to uncover any dirt on Brady Quinn other than his favorite fast food joint (Chipotle).

When not writing about student sections, pep rallies and tailgate parties, Waxman can be found coaching precocious Manhattan eighth-graders on the intricacies of the high pick-and-roll.

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NATE WEINSTEIN

From a background filming the wildlife of the outdoors to his new experience filming the wild life of college football, Nate Weinstein makes up one half of CSTVís "Going South" duo.

Nateís passion for capturing life on film has led him across the world including shooting wilderness films in India and a stint in Thailand where he filmed the independent movie "Farang" about American ex-patriots living in the Southeast Asian country. Nate also worked as a cameraman on "Illegal Aliens", Anna Nicole Smithís final film.

Besides his filmmaking credentials, Nate has a passion for pigskin that dates back to the late-eighties amidst epic, no-holds-barred backyard battles of suburban Boston. Sadly, the affair was star-crossed from the start: Mrs. Weinstein refused to enroll him in Pop Warner, effectively squashing any dreams of gridiron glory (but he did play rugby, while studying history at Dartmouth).

Nateís hunger for everything pigskin has endured, and now, after a decade of cutting his teeth under Bollywood film crews and SAT content writers, he is ready to make an illustrious, heroic return to the sidelines.

 
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MATT MEYERS

Devotees of CSTV Road Trips will remember Matt Meyers as one of the wide-eyed baseball enthusiasts that took part in "Going Yard" this past spring, a three-month baseball escapade that spanned 70 stops and 12,000 miles. Undaunted by the rigorous travel and energized by encounters with Pamela Anderson and Mario Lopez, Matt has decided to see what it's like to be on the road for six out of eight months. If nothing else, it will give him a good sense of what life as a roadie is like.

Matt was bitten by the college football bug the day Desmond Howard struck the Heisman pose, so it's only fitting that he will be "Going Big" through Big Ten and Big 12 country. His own dreams of gridiron glory were squashed when his mother told him at a young age that she would never let him play football in high school. Fortunately for her, his high school didn't have a football team. During his college years, Mattís love of college pigskin deepened when he spent three years as the radio voice for the Bates College football team. Though the Bobcats were a perennial doormat in the New England Small College Athletic Association, Matt was in the booth for their magical 4-4 season of 1999, which college football historians will remember for the Bobcats' dramatic triumph over arch-rival Colby College in overtime.

Matt will re-live his college days again Ė without the distractions of exams and studying Ė and replaced with football, football and more football. Having not gone to a powerhouse Division I school during his first college go-around, Matt will have a second chance by visiting multiple big-time universities rooted in the American tradition of college gridiron. A life-long Michigan fan, heís prepared to brave the harsh weather to be on the scene when his beloved Wolverines go head-to-head with Wisconsin (November 10) and Ohio State (November 17).

Since graduating from college with a degree in political science, Matt has worked for a variety of publications and was part of a group of brave young souls that helped compile ESPN's comprehensive college football encyclopedia. He can only hope that the knowledge gained from poring over 50-year-old box scores will help him on the road this fall.