I’m not a big sports fan. Never have been. Nashville doesn’t have much in the way of good professional sports teams – it’s mostly the Titans, and they only moved there when I was 11. In the past, I’ve only passively watched sports, when I did. I’ve been to a couple of baseball games (my dad’s from Chicago, so most of them were Cubs or White Sox), maybe one football game. I never went to any sort of sporting event at my high school.
But when you move to Boston, it’s really hard not to be a Red Sox fan – you just kind of get sucked into it. And it’s even worse when you have a lot of friends from around here – you wander into a suite lounge or a floor lounge to find 10+ people anxiously watching everything, and screaming whenever anything happens – good or bad. It’s exciting, and it’s even more exciting when the team is winning.
The night of the seventh game in the ALCS, I was on Burton Third starting to plan out our 6.111 final project with Chris ’09. Of course, we got a little distracted. And when the Sox won, a massive crowd of people left Burton 3rd and went down to Burton 1, cheering as soon as the elevator doors opened. They were immediately joined by Kip (who, remember, has a voice “only a few decibels louder than a sledgehammer”), and JKim, among others.
We then went floor by floor up Burton-side, cheering every time the elevator doors opened, and every time, people would come out of their floor lounges cheering with is, until we couldn’t all fit in the elevator.
But that’s not what this post is really about.
It’s not even about the fact that the Red Sox completely dominated the game last night.
It’s about the hack that went up in the middle of the night to support the Sox.
I got an e-mail this morning from a friend at Next House saying that she saw this above New House on her way to classes:
This, of course, is the wrong view of the banner. A better version looks something like this:
When I went to look at it, it looked like it was strung between Tang (a graduate dormitory) and MacGregor. Absolutely insane. Over 1000 feet, apparently.
You can see Tang on the far left, barely in the frame, and MacGregor is on the right.