Tonight MSU plays South Carolina in Columbia. That got me remembering all the great times I had in college going to road basketball games. I never went to one in Columbia, but you get the drift.
One thing road basketball games will teach you: the Hump is a really nice arena. Went up to the Tad Pad several times, and that place is beyond awful. It leaks, there is no leg room. I’m not just saying it because it’s Ole Miss, it really is bad.
The Coleman Coliseum is one of the worst venues I’ve ever been to. It’s basically an airplane hanger, hard to get an unobstructed seat.
Went to Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville. That is a nice place, although it is very unusual. We sat way high up and couldn’t see much. So it’s nice, but the seating has nothing on the Hump.
And I went to Beard-Eaves several times. Their wooden seats left your butt numb after 10 minutes. But Auburn’s new arena does beat the Hump, but what do you expect with $100 million?
It’s a lot of fun to make a road trip in college to watch the Bulldogs play. And in the winter months there’s really no reason not to if you’ve got the funds. I’m sure some die-hards made the trip to Columbia, and given the distance and turmoil around the team, they should be given a medal.