Open Thread: Five most memorable moments

  • 08/19/2011 10:31 am in

Tuesday’s open thread on next season’s rotation sparked over 175 comments and also some emails from our readers with suggestions for additional open thread topics.

One such email came from MiamiHoosier:

Hey fellas, best site on the web.  My thread suggestion is to have the readers list their 5 favorite memories from the past 3 awful seasons. We will probably never have to go through something like that again, but we will never forget it, and despite the ultimate frustrations of home losses to Penn St, Lipscomb, etc….there were SOME good moments…..my top 5:     5. Sheehey’s Iowa dunk 4. Creek goes off on Kentucky 3. Beating Pitt in madison square garden 2. Pritchard’s dunk and our ensuing victory against Minnesota 1. last year’s victory over Illinois

So via MiamiHoosier’s suggestion, what are your five favorite memories from the past three seasons of Indiana basketball? These can be on the court memories, like MiamiHoosier went with, or off the court memories.

Happy Friday, friends.

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  • Anonymous

    5.  There was an article either from this website or a link to it from here that was an interview with Tom Crean that summed up the first season and showed his love for his team, appreciation of the legacy he was trying to rebuild, and the steadfast determination that it will be done.  To be as memorable as it was, I don’t recall where it was from, but–despite the fact that I was totally supportive of the hiring all along–I actually teared up a couple of times just reading it.

    4.  The Cody Zeller announcement.  I made sure I scheduled my work day accordingly so that I could sneak home to watch because my work computer has most useful links blocked.  I knew the worm was turning eventually, but that was confirmation for me that it will be sooner than later.

    3.  The absolute love the Assembly Hall crowd has continually bestowed on teams that have hit depths unimaginable for Indiana basketball.

    2.  Tom Crean’s prompt and thorough handling of Devan Dumes’ nad-slap.  Further proof to me that he was the best guy for the job.

    1.  Sheehey and Pritchard’s dunks.  I can’t seperate them, lest I favor one over the other.  Both brought me off my couch screaming, and if you have any idea how generally lazy I am you understand what a monumental event must occur to do that.

  • Anonymous

    Well, seeing Rose naked in that car down on the bottom deck was nice.

  • Anonymous

    5) Finding ITH … best web ever – great comments
    4) All the players that committed to Indiana when we were down
    3) Zeller & 2012 commits
    2) Fan support over these last 3 years … absolutely tremendous
    1) It’s INDIANA …   this phrase will stand for a very long time.

  • Anonymous

    Taking the angle that memorable can mean either good or bad:

    5) Beating Crybaby Weber and the ranked Illannoy and then the ensuing celebration in the lobby afterward.

    4) Mo Creek’s knee injury(s). Just plain not fair for something like that to happen to a kid like him let alone it happening to him twice. Mo, here’s to hoping you finally make a complete recovery and hang 31, or more, on the pUKesters again.

    3) Mo Creek dropping 31 on the pUKesters (or anybody else as far as that goes)

    2) Zellerpalooza and watching him make the call to wear the candy
    stripes. Then seeing a look on my wife’s face that said, should I laugh
    or should I be very worried, when I started acting like a little kid
    that woke up on Xmas morning to find that he had finally gotten that pony
    he knew he would get some day if he just kept believing.

    1) The hiring of Tom Crean, the TRUE beginning of the movement. I can still remember where I was and what I was doing when the official announcement was made.

  • Anonymous

    Following this thread, I demand that one of you current students make a sign reading “You’ve Been Pritchslapped!” to be held up at appropriate moments during all home games

  • Anonymous

    Good call on #5.  That was sweet.

  • Bryan

    5. The win over Illinois
    4. The announcement just prior to tipoff at the Maui Invitational that the NCAA was finally done with letting us twist in the wind over further penalties.
    3. The signing of Cody Zeller and the flurry of commitments that followed
    2. The win over Pitt, since the game forced that Bob Knight guy to acknowledge on the air that IU still existed.
    1. The fact that despite a less than stellar product on the floor, attendance and attention have remained good.  It is what has made be believe that the fallout from Kelvin Sampson will not break this program.

  • Anonymous

    And hopefully it will need to be done so often that more than one person has to start bringing one to hold up after the first person’s arms get too tired.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I think the one big one that might make it in the Top 5 over one of MiamiHoosier’s would be watching the Cody Zeller announcement.

    It was lunch time, so instead of teaching, I was able to watch his announcement via the large projector. Some kids were in the room next door and ran in to see what happened to me when I let out a huge yell. 

  • HoosierSmitty

    I think the one big one that might make it in the Top 5 over one of MiamiHoosier’s would be watching the Cody Zeller announcement.

    It was lunch time, so instead of teaching, I was able to watch his announcement via the large projector. Some kids were in the room next door and ran in to see what happened to me when I let out a huge yell. 

  • HoosierSmitty

    Cheater! LOL

  • HoosierSmitty

    Cheater! LOL

  • BFowler

    I do remember against Cornell, the long, lanky 7 footer, but I don’t remember his name….

  • Anonymous

    5. Pritchard’s Dunk
    4. Win against Illinois 
    3. VJIII game winning shot in OT against Minnesota
    2. Jordy Hulls’s 3 pointer to take the lead against PU
    1. Zeller’s Commitment 

    Honorable Mention: Tijan playing the top of the 1-3-1

  • Anonymous

    5. Pritchard’s Dunk
    4. Win against Illinois 
    3. VJIII game winning shot in OT against Minnesota
    2. Jordy Hulls’s 3 pointer to take the lead against PU
    1. Zeller’s Commitment 

    Honorable Mention: Tijan playing the top of the 1-3-1

  • Paul

    Love your post man…100% agree with everything.

    I’ll never forget I was in the middle of a Business Law lecture and some kid stands up and yells “We got Zeller” and the class went nuts.

  • Rikker68

    Best memory is going to my 1st ever IU game at the age of 40 against Iowa that first yr. sitting on the floor across from the IU bench. I had absolutely no voice the next day.

  • Brklynhoosier

    last 3 yrs, ummm… no.

  • Rjm19782003

    5 VO’s shot
    4 Sheeheys Dunk
    3 Recriting of Zeller and others
    2 Illinois Win
    1 Tom Crean being hired what else

    this was a list for everyone but my real number 1 was taking my dad to the game vs northwestern last year neither of us had ever been there, been to few indiana games elsewhere but never at home, indiana lost the game but was still great

  • 5.) Tom Crean named IU Head Coach – It’s Indiana.  It’s Indiana.
    4.) The Pritch and Sheehey’s poster dunks
    3.) Beating ranked Illinois  – Coach Crean in South Lobby post game celebration
    2.) Cody Zeller – The Decision – Cody is taking his talents to B’town
    1.) The Movement – 2012, 2013, 2014 Recruiting Classes

  • Anonymous

    I have to say I agree with so many of the top 5’s already here. The dunks, the big wins, and I like picking Victor’s will to win in that exhibition game last year. I really think that set the tone for the season.

    Just to mix it up, here are my top five off-the-court (at least not during actual game) memories from the past three seasons:

    5. The Fight Song – Downtown Louisville, waiting to cross the street coming back from 4th Street. We hear this clapping coming from across the walkway. Another group of people have noticed our IU shirts and broken out into the IU fight song. We join in, high-fiving as we cross the street.

    4. Doctor DJ – Took our foster child to DJ White’s summer basketball camp two years ago. I notice this 6-year-old boy walk straight up to DJ (who’s talking with some other adults) holding his finger. DJ stoops down to listen, then walks with the kid over to the first aid station and puts a band-aid on it.

    3. January Radio Show – Whenever we can, we like to stop by the live broadcast of CTC’s radio show on the way home from work. One show in January two years ago was on one of the snowiest/iciest days of the year. Instead of a full house in the live audience, there were maybe 8 people scattered through the restaurant. At the end of the broadcast, CTC came around to each of us, shook hands, and personally thanked us for our support.

    2. NOTLR – We got there ridiculously early, so early in fact, that the staff hadn’t locked the doors to AH yet. As we walk in, the ushers are huddled together going over the compliance rules and what could/couldn’t happen with recruits in the building. AH only had maybe a dozen people in it. I’d never seen it so still/quiet. Something sacred about it. And one of those dozen people–the only guy on the court–Mo Creek. Before all the fans poured in, before the heralded recruits came, he was there putting in work. 

    1. Semi State – We caught a few high school games this year to watch our recruits play. By far my favorite was semi-state in Seymour. Passionate fans. Noisy gym. Indiana HS basketball is the real deal. We saw Cody and Yogi both help their teams earn spots at State. And before the games tipped off, we noticed Jordy, Mo, and Victor finding seats, too.

  • Anonymous

    Is “Night of the Living Red” bac on the schedule for this season?  If so, I hope it’s not on trick-or-treat night, because I want to take my daughter but she’ll be 12 and it’s her last hurrah for trick-or-treating.

  • Glad someone else remembered the Hulls 3 against Purdue.  I was at home on my couch, but it felt like I was at the game.  Thank God for DVR and the ability to rewind and relive it several times with the volume all the way up.

  • SeattleHoosier

    5.  Going back to Assembly Hall after 27 years.
    4.  Catching a game with the guys I rode with in Little 500.
    3.  Seeing Derek Elston at Nick’s
    2.  Seeing Verdell Jones III outside of Cook Hall.
    1.  My daughter’s face when she saw the craziness in Assembly Hall

  • SeattleHoosier

    5.  Going back to Assembly Hall after 27 years.
    4.  Catching a game with the guys I rode with in Little 500.
    3.  Seeing Derek Elston at Nick’s
    2.  Seeing Verdell Jones III outside of Cook Hall.
    1.  My daughter’s face when she saw the craziness in Assembly Hall