Big Winners Sunday Night--The Fans!

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First of all, what a weekend to be in Cincinnati and be a sports fan--much of which circulated around the U.C. campus! First, of course, the Friday night football win, then Saturday at Nippert Stadium, the place to be all day if you're a high school football fan. Congrats, by the way, to Anderson and Elder on their big wins. Looking forward to their matchup this weekend.

Then, the capper to the weekend, besides the Bengals win over the Steelers, was the head coaching debut of Jamelle Elliott as U.C.'s women's basketball coach. You can read about the game in the Women's Hoops blog, but what I'd like to talk about is the atmosphere.

First, almost a thousand fans came to the 'Cats season opener against Furman. There was even a line at the ticket office! (you can see the photo on my Twitter account, @betsymross)

If you were at the game, you might have seen several changes on and around the court: The band now has moved to the north end, opposite of where it historically has been. UC's bench also has moved, to the south end, so when the teams go to their locker rooms, they don't have to criss-cross the court and pass each other to get there. And the court-side folding seats now take up two rows on the opposite side of the benches. VIP tickets sold out this year!

Second, the video greetings from UConn to Coach Elliott were a nice touch: From Geno Auriemma to the Husky team, everyone wished her well. I have to say, Coach Auriemma has been very classy in this entire process. It'll be fun to see those two coaches square off in the next few seasons.

Third, the joint was jumpin' Sunday night! It's always good to have that kind of electricity and enthusiasm in any gym. And the 'Cats new up-tempo style of play lends itself to the crowd getting into it. The man-to-man defense also is refreshing and fun to watch. The 85 points the 'Cats put up won't be the exception, it'll be the rule. It's that kind of offense.

It'll be an exciting season. Don't miss it. The 'Cats will be back home this Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. Get on board, because it's gonna be a fun ride.

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