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    Best time watching a game while not being there

    Memory lane time....

    What's the best time you've had watching an ISU basketball game that you DIDN'T attend?

    Me: 1st round of the 1996 NCAA tourney vs. Cal. While on spring break in South Padre, rumors start to spread around town that people would try to get together at a local bar to watch the ISU game.

    This was a time before cell phones, so the message was passed along, literally, by word-of-mouth! A 'if you see someone with an ISU hat on the beach, tell them too' kind of thing. Our group of 8 showed up and the ENTIRE bar is filled with ISU students as if it was our own private party. Somebody even gave the waitresses Cyclones clothes to wear. It was packed, so there were seats for, maybe, only 25% of the people. Burgers, good-looking and tanned women, pitchers of beer, and Cato dunking on Sharif Abdul Rahim after a day on the beach....the place was rowdy with every possession as if we were packed into a game at Hilton! If you were there, you know what I'm talking about. My wife (girlfriend at the time) were just reminiscing about that day, and I wonder if anybody else has had similar experiences watching a game like that.



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    1992 First round big 8 tourney we needed the first round win to get into the NCAA. We were playing MU - and beat them for entry to the NCAA and a 10 seed.

    Nothing really special about that game but it is the first one I watched with my oldest son. He was 3 days old at the time and we barely got out of Mary Greely in time to get home to the tv to watch the game.

    He is now a cyclone...

    20 years goes by quick.



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    The ending was terrible, but the MSU final 8 game was the night of my bachelor party.

    I believe I'm more numb to the disappointment of that game than the average ISU fan due to the high amount of alcohol I consumed that day.



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    I would have to say the 09 Neb. football game. I wasn't watching, I was driving in my pick-up from Indianapolis to Ames by myself. I would say it had more to do with the victory, but there was something about it. I had to pull off the road after we won I was so excited.

    Side note: The next year when we knocked off Texas... I was on the same stretch of road. Coincidence?


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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Quote Originally Posted by Bret44 View Post
    I was on the same stretch of road. Coincidence?
    ...You know where you have to be on the weekends of March



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Quote Originally Posted by McKinney View Post
    ...You know where you have to be on the weekends of March
    If I had some type of fund, call it a slush fund, from fellow Fanatics I could maybe work it in to my schedule.


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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Quote Originally Posted by Bret44 View Post
    I would have to say the 09 Neb. football game. I wasn't watching, I was driving in my pick-up from Indianapolis to Ames by myself. I would say it had more to do with the victory, but there was something about it. I had to pull off the road after we won I was so excited.

    Side note: The next year when we knocked off Texas... I was on the same stretch of road. Coincidence?
    This was the game I thought of before I saw the premise was BB games. For me this was probably even more intense as everyone else was asleep in the house (yes, I know it was a day game) so I was bursting with emotion without making a sound. Finally after the game I had to go outside and rake leaves to call my brother so I could talk about the game.


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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    This was the game I thought of before I saw the premise was BB games. For me this was probably even more intense as everyone else was asleep in the house (yes, I know it was a day game) so I was bursting with emotion without making a sound. Finally after the game I had to go outside and rake leaves to call my brother so I could talk about the game.
    I didn't see that part about Basketball games. I should really learn to read.


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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    I always had a blast watching the Big 8/12 tournament games in the building next to Kemper. Each school had its own theater room to watch the games for people who couldnt get in to the actual game. Prolly seated 5 or 600 people but that place would be rocking!!!!!!!!!


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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Pretty recent one, but I was on a co-op this past fall and stayed in on the Friday night we played OK State. Streamed the game on my laptop off someone's unprotected wi-fi since I didn't have cable. Screamed my head off when we won and called all my friends who had just gotten home for Thanksgiving break and didn't even bother watching the game since they thought we'd get destroyed.



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    All of the wins were particularly enjoyable (I haven't been to an actual tournament game), but the one that sticks out in my mind was the win over Ron Harper's Miami of Ohio, where Hornacek hit the buzzer beater to win. I was at work (at my dad's business), watching in the back room, and I started jumping up and down and yelling, ran out into the showroom, and noticed that customers were in the store. Pretty embarrassing, but funny in hindsight.



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Way back in the Billy Tubbs era of Oklahoma basketball, my family came up to go to a game. We tried to get tickets, but they were priced out of our range, so we decided to go to Welch Ave Station to watch. Dad doesn't drink anymore, and mom only has a little once in a while. We ordered pizza, brothers and me had a pitcher, mom ordered a wine cooler (yes, Bartles and James).

    Anyway, sitting through a hard fought game, fighting back, and finally tying it at the end to go to overtime , had a tiring effect on us all.

    Not more so than mom, who stood up, let out a big relieved sigh, grabbed the pitcher, filled her glass, and proceeded to chug half of it.

    Funniest sight ever. Can't even remember if we won.



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Either beating Cincy in the 97 tournament or beating KU at the fieldhouse in 2005.



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Willoughby's sr. year game at iowa. Pounded them the whole game. Watched in CR at bar, not many isu fans there, but we were loud.



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    Re: Best time watching a game while not being there

    Without a doubt the Iowa State/Iowa game Fred Hoiberg's freshman year.


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