Parked under the bridge despite getting there 1 hour early. Got Julian Champagnie's autograph in pregame. Wells's came down for the game so I got to sit with them. Jae Crowder, Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton, Sandro Mamukaleshvili in the house. Might have had a shot at a Crowder auto but packed in that area plus hanging out upstairs. MU won by the rule I believe at 7:59; was near then at least.
Parked under the bridge somewhat surprisingly for a "sellout." That said, a lot of unclaimed t-shirts with that. Pat Connaughton, Butch Lee, Todd Townsend, Travis Diener and Marcus Lemonis on hand for National Marquette Day. A big slugfest where MU trailed most of the game, then won by the rule with 1:03 left. Jim Jackson broadcast remote for FS1. Ugly though effective for MU. Was able to sit low most of game.
Parked under the bridge. Game was over with around 17 minutes left, if not more. Donny Marshall broadcasted remotely for FS2. Doc Rivers, Sam Cassell, Georges Niang, and Jajuan Johnson on hand. Got autographs of the first 3 plus GU assistant Louis Orr. First time a specific autograph strategy actually worked. Probably Patrick Ewing's last trip to Milwaukee.
Parked by the church as I was there early. 9:00 tip time was ridiculous. Got Bill Raftery's autograph in postgame. Jay Wright proved elusive, but I did get to about the 4th row for the whole game. Alas, was over pretty early.
Parked under the bridge, game over with 6:59 remaining. MU HOF inductees Tom Crean and Dominic James in the house, got autographs from both. Also on hand were Mike Budenholzer, Khris Middleton, Steve Novak, Travis Diener, Terry Sanders, Mike Kinsella, Jerel McNeal, Lawrence Blackledge, Robert Jackson, Bo Ellis, Tony Smith, and possibly additional 2003 Final Four team members. Nick Bahe broadcasted remotely, Kent Summerfeld filled in for Steve True. Allegedly Justin Lewis now being regarded as MU's "star player" but I don't see it, they seem pretty balanced.
Section 106 Row 9 Seat 15
Parked under the bridge for this, the first leg of a doubleheader (UWM started 3 hours after MU). The 96-97 C-USA conference tournament champion team was honored at halftime. I got autographs of Aaron Hutchins, John Cliff, John Polonowski, and Marcus West. Tony Smith autograph at halftime also, and Dickey Simpkins in postgame. Sandro Mamukaleshvili was in the house again, some fair but rough officiating late. (Ref told SHU they could run baseline but they couldn't, so they got a do-over; also the last foul call on MU's GW attempt was consistent but a bad way to lose for SHU). Kevin Willard chased down the refs in postgame.
This one was over before the half. I think 20:59 or maybe even 21:59. No in-person radio from Providence, so no Joe Hassett. Parked by the church, that was nice. Aaron Jones, Packers RB was in the house; got his autograph on 2 blank cards in the postgame (yes he stayed to the end of this blowout). Steve Novak, Bo Ellis, and Dan Fitzgerald also in the house, plus Brian Butch on the call for FS1. Ed Pinckney was scouting and I was able to get his autograph on a card as I had a bunch of scout cards along. Pinckney either didn't hear or acted like he didn't, then threw his arms up like "oh great" but did sign 1 of 2. Jones very gracious, signed for us and took a lot of selfies in the postgame.
Section 102 Row 16 Seat 14
New Year's Day at 11 AM; parked at the church, doubtful that anyone was enforcing parking. Somewhat surprising amount of cars parked though, possibly leftover from the night before. Stephen Bardo on the call for FS1, got a hard-earned pair of autographs postgame. Tony Smith autograph at the half, he said something like "You're amazing me with the amount of cards you have, you must have a million!" Creighton won by the rule with 16:59 remaining; but MU tied it at the end of regulation. MU up 3 with 3.3 seconds remaining in first OT, allowed a tough 3 to fall and force 2OT. Not much MU offense in that session and the rule held up. Bucks game followed so I got the bum's rush. Masks mandatory this game.
UConn won by the rule at 1:44. Parked at the church, might have been able to fit even closer but didn't risk it. Sandro Mamukaleshvili and Jordan Nwora in the house, got a Nwora autograph at halftime. Very light and muted crowd; probably due to rise in Covid cases and proximity to Christmas. Was able to sit bulk of the game in about my own section.
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