I had a great Valentines gift on Tuesday. My wife won tickets to see the Golden Gophers play the Buckeyes. It was an absolutely wonderful evening. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a Gopher win. Alas the Sullinger led Buckeyes were too much for the Gophers.
Williams Arena is a magical place to watch basketball. The atmosphere, the fans the history of the building. Despite losing the game it was a true pleasure to enjoy a game in one of the greatest college sports venues in the world.
If you have never been to a basketball game in Williams Arena (The Barn) you are missing a great experience. It takes you back to a bygone era when college basketball was king of the court. A time when life and college was simpler. Hanging from the rafters are banners listing Big Ten Championships from previous years. Also hanging from the rafters are names of some of the college greats who graced the hardwood with their sneakers.
At The Barn it is Basketball, not played for money but for pride of the school and bragging rites of the conference. It is Basketball played with passion for the game and a love for competition. Whether the Gophers win or lose being able to enjoy the venue allows an alumni like me to bleed maroon and gold.