Tuesday, November 13, 2007

We Need a Montage

Tonight was my first opportunity to watch the 2007-08 Irish live. Since my schedule won't allow me to do it again until (what will hopefully be) the streak-breaker against NIU in December, I tried to take in all I could.

There's plenty of analysis on The Pit right now, and I'm pretty much down with all of it. This is going to be a damn fun team to watch. They're unselfish, they hustle, they put (successful) effort in on D, they distribute the ball, they've got ballhandling skills and body awareness.... After suffering through football season, this is going to be a breath of fresh air for Fighting Irish fans.

But rather than focus on that, since the Pit is getting the job done, I wanted to focus on a new addition to the Irish gameday experience -- new player intros.

They still use the same song to introduce the players (along with those air cannon things I'm not fond of). But there's a new wrinkle this year via video. On two drop-down screens positioned in the rafters behind the baskets (approximately where the screen appears in this picture, they followed the intro of the LIU starters with a video montage that showed previous ND players and the current team (over music whose title I can't remember -- I know the "Here Come The Irish" tune started it out, but I'm hoping one of the younger set can remember what I can't). During the spotlight intro, a picture and info of each player was shown when he was introduced.

OK, let's get right to it. I loved it. I loved every freaking part of it with my whole body. This is just the kind of thing I was hoping we'd get with the upgraded video whatevers in the Joyce, and it seems my hopes will be realized in a snuggly fashion. FisherJ08 opined it would "make the 'More awareness of basketball history' crowd very happy". Darn tootin.

(And yes, I realize I strongly oppose the addition of a video screen in ND Stadium. Football and basketball are very very different animals)

But I wouldn't be me if I didn't mention two things that would make it even better:

1) Better music. In the interest of full disclosure, I hate that "Here Comes the Irish" song with the white-hot hate of a thousand suns. But that aside, I don't think it drives enough. You need something with a solid beat to get the crowd fired up. Whiny lilting lasses don't get that done.

2) More history. They opened with pics of AC and AD, of course, had at least one of current ND radio personality (and dred-sporting) LaPhonso Ellis, and including a picture of Colin Falls and Russell Carter was a nice touch. But there was way too much of the current team. I'm not advocating taking them out entirely, but the crowd is about to spend the better part of two hours watching these guys, and there are good pics of them during the intros already. Let's see a little more Hawk, Hanzlik, Pax, Rivers and Garrity, and a lot more action shots. I need to see Dwight Clay stick a dagger in John Wooden's soul every game. Need. Every.

As a White Sox fan, I'm intimately familiar with their intro montage:

The first part, which shows the various uniforms and trophies, uses "Elk Trot" from Last of the Mohicans. It then segues into the history shots (with some of the previous season thrown in) set to "He's a Pirate" from the Pirates of the Carribean movies. The actual player intros are done to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck". If that intro doesn't fire you up, you're the third eunuch -- dead. I believe it was put together by former Irish hoopster Brooks Boyer and his marketing squad. Perhaps he'd let us borrow it.

I think the whole video intro concept is an excellent idea, and a standing ovation to the ND marketing folks that put it together. With a tweak or two........

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Blogger BlackandGreen said...

I believe the music was "Remember the Name" by Fort Minor. A pretty good pump-up song with a solid beat and relevent lyrics.

11/13/2007 05:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not "Elk Trot." It's "Harrow's Way", a song that is not available commercially. The White Sox purchased it to include in their video.

11/13/2007 06:27:00 AM  
Blogger T.J. said...

If the University wants to slide a few bucks to me & Nevin, I'll bet we could comeup with a dandy montage for them to use at basketball games.

11/13/2007 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous GeronimoRumplestiltskin said...

No Kelly Tripucka in the video? Say it ain't so.....

I used to love the player introductions when Tripucka was there:

"...from Essex Fells, New Jersey, number 44 Kellllllyyyyy Tripuck..................................a!"

Between the 'uck' and the 'a', I had enough time to hit the fridge for sandwich and soda. Good times.

11/13/2007 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that sox video is a thing of beauty. sends shivers through my body every time i see it.

11/13/2007 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous NDFlanner said...

Blackhawks and Bulls have simliar things as well. Went to the Hawks game over the weekend, everyone was pretty jacked up after those intros. I love that ND is getting there for the hoops team.

11/13/2007 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous bah said...

Mike, I agree with you 100%. Get rid of the "Here Come the Irish" song...immediately. It's weak. I concur with your second point as well. Showing pictures of the present squad can be kept to the introductions alone.

For geronimorumplestiltskin, Tripucka's picture was included in the video.

11/13/2007 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger D.C. IRISH said...

How about the long line of players who have come from D.C?

Starting with Monk and including AC,AD,Tom Sluby and Joe Howard!

I know that Monk is not a faorite among the football crowd but he was a BB talent and played HS ball with John Thompson at the same HS that Joe Howard attended!

11/14/2007 11:28:00 PM  

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