The lights go out, and a spotlight illuminates the door. The crowd is hyped, screaming and counting down the seconds until midnight. Three, two, one, and with a deafening roar, the basketball season has officially begun. For all PC students, Late-Night Madness is one event you must attend. Being a Division I school in the Big East, men’s basketball is by far the biggest sport at PC. Friar fanatics pack the Dunk or McPhails to watch the games, and with the coach named the 2008 Associated Press Basketball Coach of the Year, Friar fans have never been more revved up. School spirit extends to hockey and lacrosse, as well, and, generally, all the sports have a decent turnout. Since most students won’t compete on a Division I team, intramurals are huge, yet anyone of any degree of athleticism can play and have tons of fun.
Great school spirit and enthusiasm is a must for any PC student. All sporting events, excluding men’s basketball, are free. Also free are the highly coveted IM championship shirts. With a large selection of IM and club sports—a list that is always growing according to the demands of students—there is no reason why the athletically inclined cannot continue their practice. If it’s not already offered at PC, you can start it!