Upland, Indiana isn’t exactly Times Square, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do on a Friday night.
Take a recent December Friday for example, when the Taylor University Men’s Basketball team held their traditional “Silent Night” Game the program holds every year around the holiday season. The game itself is important in terms of building a solid win percentage and qualifying for tournaments (in fact, the Trojans did win, and win big, 90-58 against Akron-Wayne) but in terms of experience it does not hold a candle to the atmosphere.
This game, when started, is played in complete silence until the 10th point for Taylor is scored, at which point the crowd blows the roof off of the arena. ‘Complete chaos’ is how one could describe it, complete with 80′s George Michaels playing “careless whispers” on a saxophone. The result is just a huge party in the stands until the dying minutes of the second half, at which point the crowd gets together and sings “Silent Night” while they sway in opposite directions.
Personally, I’ve gotta give a plus-1 to TU for this one. It is crazy, far-fetched rituals like this that make sports so special. Just when you couldn’t get enough of the kid coming in at the Tampa Bay Buccaneer halftime show and gettin loose , now you have entire audiences performing halftime shows.
Ain’t gonna find that in Times Square.
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