CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A family from the Pacific Northwest is living every football fan's dream this weekend. And a good chunk of it was spent right here in West Virginia.
Wayne Lundberg, 70, of Redmond. Wash., near Seattle, has been criss-crossing the eastern United States for much of the past week with two of his stepsons, attending games at the high school, college and pro level.
On Friday, the self-described football nuts took in Cabell Midland's 49-40 victory over George Washington in Ona, then spent the night in Clarksburg in order to get to Morgantown in time for Saturday's noon WVU game against nationally-ranked Texas Tech.
Sunday evening was spent at the Steelers-Ravens game in Pittsburgh, then they whisked off to Newark, N.J., and will attend tonight's Vikings-Giants contest in East Rutherford before heading home.
"I had a great impression of football in West Virginia - high school and college,'' Lundberg said.
The adventure started off for Lundberg and Brent Meiser, 39, of Nampa, Idaho, on Wednesday when they flew into Cleveland and toured the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton. The two of them took in Westerville Central's 54-35 win over Westerville South in a high school game Thursday night in the northern suburbs of Columbus, Ohio.
The two drove to Morgantown the next day to meet Steve Meiser, 36, of Sherwood, Ore., who had a business meeting in Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday before he could join the fun. The trio then zipped down the interstate to Ona for GW-Midland.
The group certainly painted a curious sight wherever they went, each dressed in their favorite school's colors - Lundberg in his University of Washington purple and gold, Steve Meiser in Oregon green and yellow and Brent Meiser in Boise State blue and orange.
"A lot of people thought we were scouts because of the [clothes] we wore,'' Brent Meiser said. "It was kind of funny.''
This isn't the first time Lundberg took off on an extended football blitz with one of his sons (which is what he calls them instead of stepsons - "I hate that word,'' he said).
Four years ago, he and Steve made a similar trek, hitting a high school game in Texas on Thursday, then driving to the Boise State at Louisiana Tech on Friday and LSU at Alabama Saturday before flying to Philadelphia for the Eagles-Cowboys game on Monday.
The three split driving duties on their current tour, during which they not only gorged themselves on football but also took the time to check out the scenic countryside of the Ohio-West Virginia-Pennsylvania region.