Tippin' at the Mullins

By David Scott - December 02, 2006

AMHERST, Mass. - Tip is just a few minutes away and the Mullins Center is buzzing a bit as many of the 17,000 fans who witnessed a last second defensive stand by UMass football for a 24-17 win over UNH, have been able to beat the traffic over to the 9,493 capacity on-campus arena.

The day is being billed by the outstanding UMass SID, Jason Yellin, as “Super Saturday” in his comprehensive game notes package.

. . . Senior Associate Athletic Director, Thorr Bjorn, worked the student section, pressing the flash and even getting a full-band wave form the UMass pep band. Bjorn, an ex-Minuteman football player has the body and name of a fierce warrior, but the heart of a teddy bear. (The preceding paragraph is good for two beers, minimum, post-game.)

. . . CSTV talent, Jonathan Coachman and Sean Farnham rehearsed their pre-game open with about 15 minutes to tip. The Great Dr. Pepper Spill Incident of ’06, seems to be behind them.

. . . For those of you without CSTV (call your cable operator, slacker!) the game is also scheduled to be streamed live at umassathletics.com

. . . Atlantic 10 commissioner Linda Bruno is in the house, signifying, in part, the importance of the game to the league. She was also likely on hand for the football game which pitted to of her league’s teams against each other (in the final year of A-10 football).

. . . Yes, UMass alum, it’s true, the famed closet bar, Barselotti’s has closed down. We drove by on our mission to get the Antonio’s pizza and the place was desolate and dark. It used to just be dark and overcrowded.

. . . A huge black, UMass banner with red and white script had been set up just outside the tunnel where UMass enters from. The players busted through with 4:00 minutes to go before tip, after a video introduction on the oversized video boards in either end zone. Cheerleaders did a couple of laps with flags spelling out UMASS and fans sang the UMass de facto fight song: GO U. GO U MASS.

BC entered to chants of overrated, a tough chant to get on board with as BC isn’t ranked anymore.

. . .It’s game time folks. . . Buckle in and blog along with Hang Time as you enjoy the coverage on CSTV.

Posted by David Scott at 07:26 PM on December 02, 2006

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