In a universe of college hockey, it’s good documented that University of North Dakota fans “travel” well.
For those unknown with a lingo, that means Fighting Sioux hockey fans uncover adult during highway games in large numbers to support a team. Weekend array 1,000 miles divided in Denver? We’ll be there. NCAA Regionals in Green Bay? Pack a car, time for a highway trip.
After a FCS Championship football diversion a few months ago, we consider we can contend a same about Bison fans. The diversion was played in Frisco, Texas, customarily 200 miles from Sam Houston State University. Most of us approaching a narrow-minded throng bearing a internal team. It was not to be. Bison fanatics and unapproachable North Dakotans, from roughly 1,100 miles away, headed down to Texas in droves and outnumbered a Sam Houston faithful. It was another good uncover of support by some true and wild North Dakota sports fans.
Last week, my mother and we headed down to Sioux City, Iowa, to hearten on a Jimmie women’s basketball group in a NAIA Division II inhabitant tournament. What we witnessed down there has led to this column. We can now supplement Jamestown College fans to a list of fans that “travel” well.
Our second-round diversion on Friday was opposite Northwestern College of Orange City, Iowa. Jimmie hoop fans will substantially remember Northwestern entrance into a Civic Center early in a deteriorate ranked No. 1 in a country, customarily to tumble 64-62 to a Jimmies in a thriller that went down to a final possession.
We entirely approaching to be badly outnumbered by a Northwestern fans during Sioux City. After all, a Red Raiders were a fortifying contest champions, their campus is only adult a road, and there were 4 other teams from Iowa still alive in a contest during a time. We took a seats during 8 a.m. for a 8:30 start.
There were already utterly a few Jimmie fans in assemblage removing geared adult for a game. The subsequent 30 mins brought a solid liquid of black and orange. Even a men’s group showed adult to support a women, uninformed off a distressing first-round detriment in their tournament. By a time a starting lineups were introduced, it was transparent that we were outnumbering and out entertaining a Northwestern side. Considering a mileage concerned and a cost of gas these days, it was a flattering considerable display by a fan base.
The Jimmie women mislaid that day, to a group that went on to win a inhabitant championship again, though that didn’t stop us from giving a Jamestown ladies countless station ovations. We headed behind to city with a heads up, unapproachable of what both a teams were means to accomplish this season.
I contingency admit, we was unhappy by some of a meagre crowds during a Civic Center early in a season. We have a span of nationally ranked basketball teams here in Jamestown. That’s a flattering large deal. we suspicion they deserved some-more of a support. Besides, isn’t this what college entertainment is ostensible to be all about?
Instead of coddled shortly to be millionaires, we have ‘real’ tyro athletes here in Jamestown. Athletes who indeed have to attend class, ready for life after college, and go to practice. Athletes who contest since they adore a game, who plea themselves to grasp value on a justice or a field. And let’s face it, 8 bucks is a discount for a span of sparkling basketball games. The food’s not overpriced. You customarily run into somebody we know. It’s a good family atmosphere during a Civic Center. Generally, a good time is had by all.
Thankfully, assemblage during Jimmie basketball games softened as a deteriorate wore on, and a support during a contest in Sioux City was fantastic. Thanks to that good audience in Iowa, my faith in Jimmie fandom has been restored. Go Jimmies!
Schuttenhelm is a weekly sports columnist for The Sun
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