By Matt Norlander
Once the first deuce was dropped, they reached for the toilet paper.
College sports have so many amazing traditions. A lot of great ones exist outside of D-I, where they often don't get a lot of recognition. Not today, though. Here, we've got an NAIA program, John Brown University -- located in west Arkansas, near the Oklahoma border -- giving us a disposable reminder of why the pageantry and goofiness and passion of college sports keeps us emotionally invested, again and again.
At the start of each season, JBU fans come plenty prepared with TP for the team's first home game. The first shot that sinks means the packed stands pop with toilet paper cascading down onto the maple. Since it's always around Halloween, costumes come as part of the gig. This has been happening for nearly, or over, 30 years. No one can track when the first toilet paper shower rained at JBU. It's as confounding as a ghost poop.
It's also a technical foul, but hardly an obstacle for JBU, which won 101-58 over Hillsdale Freewill Baptist.
Here's the charming Charmin-chucking cheer from Tuesday night:
The students, as you saw, were gracious enough to scurry onto the floor and help with the clean-up.
As Jeff Eisenberg notes, "About the only folks who shouldn't enjoy the party-like atmosphere of the TP game are members of the opposing team, but even they often seem to appreciate the tradition. Hillsdale Freewill Baptist coach Eric Wright has volunteered to be John Brown's opponent in the TP game each of the past five seasons because his players relish being part of a historic tradition and getting the chance to delay the onslaught of toilet paper as long as possible."
I think this is even better than the Silent Night Game at Taylor University.
(H/T, The Dagger)