1st game was the best

There are 38 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Dec 1, 2007, titled 1st game was the best. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Call Star reporter Mark Montieth at 444-6406. Mackey Arena opened with an explosion on Dec.

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“Play more golf!!!”

Since: Nov 07

West Lafayette, IN

#1 Dec 1, 2007
That game was my first as a new student at Purdue. What a game!!!! I've always wondered what would have happened if Bavis & Gilliam would have not been injured when we played UCLA for the national championship. I must say that there have been many, many other great games in Mackey over these 40 years. And the nice thing is: the roar is returning to Mackey. Matt Painter is putting a team on the floor that can play. Teams will soon find that its futile to come into our house and try to win. GO BOILERS!!
Michael

AOL

#2 Dec 1, 2007
I was in the cafeteria line of the Union Bldg that Saturday at lunchtime when all of a sudden a bunch of tall young men in navy blue blazers and ties came in, led by Kareem. He was soon standing next to me in line. I looked up at him and he looked down at me. It hit me who he was and I said hi. He said hi back. I had stood next to Bavis, but Kareem seemed a lot taller. Chuck was bulkier.

One thing that baffled me was that the UCLA blazers had a small insignia on them that read "BEARS," not "BRUINS," but I figured that since UC at Berkeley has the name "BEARS" perhaps blazers were made up for all the U of California teams by the same company and all of them had "BEARS" on the jackets.

My question is, "Why does Mackey Arena have to be rennovated and why such a drastic makeover to the tune of so much money? And where are the Boilers going to play for two years during the construction?
JKL

Fort Thomas, KY

#3 Dec 1, 2007
AAAAHHHHH, 40 years of underachieving and no post-season memories to speak of. OOOOOOHHHH the history this barn has.
Jack Donovan

United States

#4 Dec 1, 2007
Thanks for the article Mark.
I remember it well.
I see Chuck Bavis once in a while.
Old Roy

Louisville, KY

#6 Dec 1, 2007
Mackey arena, what a dump, they should tear it down and get rid of the oder. I hope they are careful with the banners during the remodel.....never mind.
Greg

Marysville, OH

#7 Dec 1, 2007
Can you take a coke to your seat in Mackey. This was against the rules when it first opened. So fan friendly.
Boiler Up

Bowling Green, KY

#8 Dec 1, 2007
The idiots down at iu don't seem to realize that there are more Bigh 10 championship banners in Mackey than in that poorly designed barn called ASSembly Hall. Also, explain to us Purdue people why Purdue could lose to your Loosiers for the next 20+ years and still have an overall lead in the head to head series?
Winning 3-6 games at the end of the season does not make a national champion. Only in your pea-brained minds :-)
Boiler Up

Bowling Green, KY

#9 Dec 1, 2007
JKL wrote:
AAAAHHHHH, 40 years of underachieving and no post-season memories to speak of. OOOOOOHHHH the history this barn has.
It is tough to take not having any new precious banners in the past 20+ years, isn't it...LOL Purdue has their women's championship. Of course, women's basketball is totally ignored by the ND football/iu basketball fools. Speaking of barns, what a rat hole of a place to watch basketball where your beloved Loosiers play. It amazes me how iu fans can't keep to themselves, but have to constantly attack Purdue. Of course, since most of them never actually attended college like Purdue fans have, their mental ability is quite limited...ROFLMAO
kjss

Yorktown, IN

#10 Dec 1, 2007
Jack Donovan wrote:
Thanks for the article Mark.
I remember it well.
I see Chuck Bavis once in a while.
Did Bavis lose a foot or have some health concerns that shortened his college career? I seem to recall Coach Wooden saying Bavis handled Alcinder better than anyone. Where did he play in HS?
Boiler Up

Bowling Green, KY

#11 Dec 1, 2007
JKL wrote:
AAAAHHHHH, 40 years of underachieving and no post-season memories to speak of. OOOOOOHHHH the history this barn has.
I was limited to watching this game on the dorm tv, as tickets were not available to freshmen. Mackey is not being torn down, rather added on to and remodeled, so the teams will still be able to play there. To me, the money would be better spent building a completely new arena. At one time, there was talk of tearing down the old apartments west of Ross Ade and building a new arena there. You would think for $70M you could build a brand new arena rather than just renevote one that is 40 years old. When new, this was a state of the art facility, with the domed roof, large scoreboards in each corner rather than the typical one small one hanging from the ceiling. The noise factor was always a huge home court advantage.
Paint Crew Member

West Lafayette, IN

#12 Dec 1, 2007
Boiler Up wrote:
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I was limited to watching this game on the dorm tv, as tickets were not available to freshmen. Mackey is not being torn down, rather added on to and remodeled, so the teams will still be able to play there. To me, the money would be better spent building a completely new arena. At one time, there was talk of tearing down the old apartments west of Ross Ade and building a new arena there. You would think for $70M you could build a brand new arena rather than just renevote one that is 40 years old. When new, this was a state of the art facility, with the domed roof, large scoreboards in each corner rather than the typical one small one hanging from the ceiling. The noise factor was always a huge home court advantage.
If you take a look at the new plans, the renovation will essentially make it a new arena as far as concessions, athletic office space, bathrooms, etc but we'll keep the tradition of Keady Court and the great place it is to watch a game. And yes -- you can take your food & drink in to your seat now. I think it will be a great place and not cause us to take up a bunch of other space for a new arena. Then what would we do with the old one We don't need another Lambert.
Paint Crew Member

West Lafayette, IN

#13 Dec 1, 2007
Greg wrote:
Can you take a coke to your seat in Mackey. This was against the rules when it first opened. So fan friendly.
You can bring your Coke, your nachos, whatever to your seat now.
PeeYou

Delaware, OH

#14 Dec 1, 2007
Go Sycamores.
gokandaly

Louisville, KY

#15 Dec 1, 2007
Anyone know if there is any video of that game? I would love to see it.
JKL

Fort Thomas, KY

#16 Dec 1, 2007
Boiler Up wrote:
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It is tough to take not having any new precious banners in the past 20+ years, isn't it...LOL Purdue has their women's championship. Of course, women's basketball is totally ignored by the ND football/iu basketball fools. Speaking of barns, what a rat hole of a place to watch basketball where your beloved Loosiers play. It amazes me how iu fans can't keep to themselves, but have to constantly attack Purdue. Of course, since most of them never actually attended college like Purdue fans have, their mental ability is quite limited...ROFLMAO
Nice try...not an IU grad or fan. Just someone calling it like it is. And as far as rat hole's are concerned, I have been to Assembly Hall and Mackey, both are inadequate and outdated. To call anything a rat hole when you watch games in a darkened sewer is humorous.

p.s. women's basketball is ignored by almost everyone not just an IU fan. keep gripping onto that one for your history since the mens prgram has none.
Joe Cooke

United States

#17 Dec 1, 2007
What is Rick Mount now doing? He is the greatest natural shooter ever in the history of basketball...ever. Mark Price would be a close #2.

The worst thing that happened at Mackey was when Scot May had his arm broken by a PU player in early 1975 costing IU a national championship.

Mackey has a great line of sight for all fans.....no national championship banners to block their view.
Luke

West Lafayette, IN

#18 Dec 1, 2007
Rick Mount was a good shooter, but Pete Maravich was the best pure shooter. No doubt.
Pot calling Kettle

Waukegan, IL

#19 Dec 1, 2007
kjss wrote:
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Did Bavis lose a foot or have some health concerns that shortened his college career? I seem to recall Coach Wooden saying Bavis handled Alcinder better than anyone. Where did he play in HS?
Not 100% sure, but I believe Bavis went to high school in Garrett, Indiana.
Joe Cooke

United States

#20 Dec 1, 2007
Luke wrote:
Rick Mount was a good shooter, but Pete Maravich was the best pure shooter. No doubt.
Pistol Pete was indeed great and holds many records still. Great passer..which Magic copied. But Rick Mount could tell if a baskeball rim was off by a fraction of an inch..and be right. Best pure, natural born shooter. Pete made himself a shooter...but is more of a scorer than shooter. I have a great respect for Pistol Pete and for what he did at a football school..but Rick Mount was AMAZING!
Knowledge

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Dec 1, 2007
Boiler Up wrote:
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It is tough to take not having any new precious banners in the past 20+ years, isn't it...LOL Purdue has their women's championship. Of course, women's basketball is totally ignored by the ND football/iu basketball fools. Speaking of barns, what a rat hole of a place to watch basketball where your beloved Loosiers play.
Funny...whenever IU plays on National TV at Assembly Hall the announcers always go on and on about what a great place the Hall is to watch a basketball game. Granted, the rafters are no fun but the lower 7 thousand seats are phenomenal. Once you get up any higher all of the banners start to block your view.

Speaking of banners, yeah..we haven't hung won in 20 years. But we did add another Final Four to our banner 5 years ago.

Since this article is about 40 years at Mackey, I'll ask this questions: How many banners have YOU hung in that time period. Oh what's that you say? Zero? Hmm. Interesting. Iu has 8 Final Fours on their banner. How about you guys?

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