So back in November, I decided that I was going to get some friends of mine together to go to this game. After 4 months of planning, I had a group of 16 people going.
First thing I noticed about UC, the parking situation. It took me so long to drive around to find the freakin' parking garage cause all but one of them needed a pass. After spending too much time parking, we got to the stadium and painted up. Seven of us spelled "GOCARDS" and it looked pretty cool.
Then you walk into Fifth Third Arena, which is more like a large high school gym. I saw the #thingsbiggerthanCincysgym hashtag when I got home. It is nothing like the Yum!. BUT, I will say that the split student section they have is effect. It makes the gym sound a lot louder. So we get to our seats, and quickly we are told to sit down. Not by other fans, but the ushers. They made everyone sit down which was dumb. I'm used to standing the entire game.
We had one obnoxious Cincy fan infront of us who could open his eye's when he was cussing us out. I retaliated with politeness, yeliing "Sir, you're slurring your words, I don't understand you" and other comments involving the word "Sir." Lots of middle fingers were thrown our way. I started no less than 15 "C-A-R-D-S" cheers, lead the D-Fence cheers, and anything else I could think of. And our fan base responded.
When we lost, most shook my hand, said "Good Game" or "we'll see you in the Tournament". Classy Cincy fans. Of course, the one guy infront of us yelled lots of expletives and well, everyone has those fans. Had one guy take a picture with me cause I was the guy trying to get our fans going. He was a nice Cincy fan.
It took way to long to get out of the parking garage, I cut a guy off and basically asked for the middle finger. But the experience is definitely something I will always remember.
We played a good game, unfortunately Kyle was just off. Everyone has those games. He'll turn it around. I'll be back in the Yum! on Sunday in my nice front row seat in the band to watch us play Pitt. It's going to be a fun March.