Johnny Holliday's wild Saturday

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I’ve had plenty of people ask me over the last few weeks just what my final-weekend-in-November plans are.

After all, Maryland basketball is at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., and Maryland football finishes its regular season at Boston College on Saturday.

The answer is I’ll be in Chestnut Hill, finishing a regular-season odyssey that began back at ACC media day in late July.

(This, of course, will go forgotten when Ralph Friedgen wonders where the media is during spring practice that coincides with a little thing called the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But that’s a discussion to delve into several months down the road).

Colleague Barker Davis will be handling both Georgetown and Maryland from Orlando.

One guy who will take care of both events is veteran broadcaster Johnny Holliday.

He’ll arrive in Orlando on Thursday, then call basketball games that night and Friday. He’s got a 7:15 a.m. flight to Boston and is expected to arrive at about 10:10. Plenty of time for a 3:30 kickoff.

But here’s the tricky part. His return flight to Orlando is at 8:30 p.m. Sure, it helps that he’s only taking one carry-on bag. But he needs a little more help to make it back to Logan Airport in time so he can call Sunday’s basketball game.

With the help of a Massachusetts state trooper, he’ll have it handled just fine, ducking out at pretty much the instant the game ends for a quick lift out of Chestnut Hill.

Unless there’s snow.

Or the Massachusetts Turnpike somehow shuts down.

Or there’s overtime.

“We don’t want an overtime,” Holliday said. “Definitely not.”

Usually, no one wants to see overtime less than me. It’s bad for deadlines and the college overtime system could use some improvement.

But in this one case, I know someone who’s doing a little extra holiday travel who will welcome it even less.

Patrick Stevens

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