Editor’s Corner: Athletics seek to score in second “white out”

For the second year in a row, ESPN will visit the Broncs’ Zoo to broadcast the men’s basketball team as they play against Stonybrook to a national audience on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Last year, the Broncs were able to pack Alumni Gym and turn the Zoo into a “white out,” showing true school spirit despite the 6 a.m. tip-off time.
Now, the Athletic Department will look to replicate last season’s success of bringing in students in anticipation of the men’s basketball game. The school has already announced there will be another “white out” theme this year. The national exposure for the Broncs is crucial since they are a mid-major school located in the middle of New Jersey. The dedicated students, whether willingly or coerced out of bed to make the early game make the atmosphere and experience something to remember. The free T-shirts, energy drinks and breakfast food didn’t hurt the cause last year either.
A “white out” is a common theme in sports games. We aren’t the first school to use it, but with all of the students in such close proximity, a sea of white T-shirts coated the entire student section, aside from the ones wearing spandex body suits, the ones covered in paint and the walking banana man — the things people will do when you put a camera in their faces, but to each his own. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Rider and the Athletic Department must be running with a second consecutive “white out” theme because of success in the previous season.
So how do you top last year’s experience? Although the Broncs weren’t able to secure a win on the hardwood, the Athletic Department clearly impressed ESPN to the point where it would like to return to Lawrenceville and showcase the Broncs.
Hopefully, Tuesday, Nov. 13 will produce another moment that puts Rider higher up on the pedestal as the students come together to scream, cheer and root for the Broncs on national television.
-David Pavlak
Senior journalism major

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