Melissa's report from the Big 10 tourney
Here's Melissa DeMoss' final report from the Big 10 basketball tournment.
Prior to the Big10 Finals game, they run a 5K race.
The Wisconsin crew returned again this year with accordion in tow to cheer on
their team. After the 5K, a pep rally is held outside Conseco. Free food,
beverages, and souvenirs. It was crowded and compared to last year’s there were
not as many vendors participating.
Two young students from that school up north sold
me some excellent seats below face value so they could return home with a
little money. They even surprised me with an OH-IO for buying them. They shall
remain nameless to avoid harassment by their fellow students. The seats were
behind the basket three rows from the floor.
This year the vendors were not allowed inside any
business connected with the tournament and the city does not they sell a
license to vend on the streets, however you can run into entrepreneurs here and
there. Last year a young lady was selling necklaces with the Ohio state players
names on them; Turner being the most popular. This year it was Craft’s turn to
help provide a little income.
For those in this that still doubt Diebler’s
ability, among the out of state Big10 fans, he is a highly respected player.
They also asked anyone in red what “we” are going to do with sweater-vest man,
and most of them think he should be fired. On the topic of tattoos, they think
the NCAA has better things to do than monitor what people sell, as long as it
legally belongs to them.
My seat was against the rail where the OSU
players went into the locker room. They were really good to the little kids,
always stopping to sign autographs and posing for pictures when time permits. I
could see the Dieblers being interviewed before the game. I also got an
unexpected high five from Jared Sullinger as he went by. I decided if Jared was
going to offer his hand, the least I could do is give him five back.
After the game, when they were presenting the
trophy. Matta managed to just say OH-with the crowd responding IO, and as he
started to continue he managed a sentence or two and then the fireworks went
off obliterating anything he was going to say. He just laughed and gave the
microphone back. The players cut down the nets then went over to see the
parents. Last year they let the parents come down to the floor, this year the
players went to them. Jon and Jake were having a family moment and you could
tell both were rather emotional, Dallas came to the rescue, putting his hand on
Jon’s shoulder, ribbing him about not crying. For the senior it was a
bittersweet moment as this was their last Big10 tournament.
In conclusion, I can’t say enough about how
welcome the people who work in Indy make you feel. The security at Conseco is
extremely fan friendly, yet do their jobs well. There were three major events
taking place downtown while we were there for the weekend. The Big10
tournament, a huge dirt bike competition at Lucas Oil Stadium, a
cheerleading/dance competition at the Convention Center, and the boys high
school basketball tournaments. Despite the crowding at the various places the
people were more than accommodating. The entire visit we felt like they actually
enjoyed having everyone there, despite the congestion. I plan on returning some
summer day just to go sight seeing; the city has a great deal to offer.