Dallas: Warming Up Before The Show

By Jean Neuberger - March 25, 2007

The bands are in full swing, the players are on the floor, and we are 10 minutes away from Georgia and Purdue, in the first of two regional semifinal games here at Reunion Arena in the heart of downtown DGet allas.

Right now, the fans are trickling in verrrrryyyy sloooooowwwwly. Doesn't look like a huge crowd tonight, although I'd say Purdue has the edge in numbers right now.

Also early favorites...

BAND: Georgia, who's played "Build Me Up, Buttercup", followed by "Wayward Son," and the theme to Family Guy, easily beats the Purdue band, whose "Sweet Child of Mine" and "Get On Your Feet", have lacked the energy and fun of the band from Athens.

MASCOT: Purdue Pete has been out and walking about, while UGA's Hairy just took the court. Gotta give the early edge to the Boilers here.

While Reunion Arena is noted for it's unique architecture on the outside (it looks kind of what people in the 70s thought a modern/outer space building would look like), the old lady is really crumbling inside. It's hard to believe that 13 years ago, this arena was hosting the Men's Midwest Regional with President Clinton in attendance. Now, with the American Airlines Center gleaming in the distance, Reunion is definitely facing its last days of glory.

Hopefully, we'll give Reunion quiet a bang on its descent out of the Dallas picture.

The showdown between Tasha Humphrey of UGA and Erin Lawless of Purdue (sorrry, I can't refer to Purdue as PU), should be a great one, while I'm also very interested to see if Georgia's 5-6 freshman phenom Ashley Houts can handle Purdue star Katie Gearlds. Houts seemed extremely relaxed and calm at practice, so intimidation won't be a factor. Meanwhile, I was in the media tunnel when Purdue's team passed by like an infantry, chanting and singing every step of the way.

We are just about set to go here in Dallas... it's #3 Georgia and #2 Purdue!

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 06:57 PM on March 25, 2007

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