Show Some Spirit

Feb. 12, 2013

A freshman's first Spirit Night proves to be a memorable — and loud — experience.

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Students were covered in red and black, screaming “Let’s go, Boxers!” at everyone they saw.

Saturday was Spirit Night at the Pacific University basketball games. It was a night full of fun and laughter as students, employees and the community arrived at the Stoller Center to cheer on our men’s and women’s basketball teams.

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I attended the men’s basketball game with a group of friends and had an amazing time. The entire crowd was in unison, and we all wanted one thing: to win.

That goal was nothing but frustrating to watch. You could feel the tension and worry radiating off the players and the fans. The crowd, in fact, was as entertaining as the game in front of me.

There were the guys who swore at every missed shot, the girls there only to watch the guys, the people you felt might run down the bleachers to "talk to" the referee — not to mention a few who may have had their fun before the game.

By some miracle, our team managed to bring the game to a tie and force it into overtime. After another five minutes, Pacific came out victorious.

As soon as the buzzer sounded, streaks of red and black flew across the gymnasium floor to congratulate the players.

It was my first Spirit Night and definitely a memorable experience. By the end of the night, my throat hurt from cheering and my ears rang with the echoes of “Go Boxers!”

 

The Pacific University basketball teams play their last home games of the season tonight at the Stoller Center. The women begin at 6 p.m., and the men tip off at 8 p.m. Both teams face the University of Puget Sound Loggers, and the men are playing for a potential playoff berth.