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December 4, 2005 at 11:00 PM

The Dawg Pack and the scene at B of A Arena

Among the first 200 or so students allowed into the arena were Brett Simpson of Kirkland, Kyle Huctnik of Seattle and Jake Hoekstra of Seattle. They said they got in line around 9 a.m. Sunday morning so they could be among the first to have a shot at the prime Dawg Pack section on the north side of the court behind the team benches.
Once inside the building they had to race to secure their places in the back row of that prime section, which holds about 600 rabid Husky fans. Those that came later ended up having to head for the rafters at the east end of the arena, the auxillary Dawg Pack zone.
Huctnik said a few Dawg Pack seniors usually call the shots for the group, and word of mouth gets everybody keyed into the plan for the cheer. Or in many cases, the jeers, especially when officials’ calls went the way of the Zags in the second half …
• A few of the students had tasteful signs, but I noticed that one sign making a slightly off-color reference to Adam Morrison’s moustache went up in the air once and then was never seen again … .
• At about an hour before game time, the long line of students waiting to get into the arena was a weird combination of restless, wired and giddy. Every once in a while a cheer of “Let’s go, pur-ple” erupted and surged up and down the line.
• It was big-time game, which meant big-time prices for last-minute tickets. I overheard one scalper tell another that he sold a single ticket for $130.
• The UW women’s volleyball team, now in the midst of the NCAA tournament, was introduced to the crowd at a break late in the first half. They got a strong round of applause from the crowd.
• The usual array of Husky luminaries was in attendance: former coach Marv Harshman, now 88 years old; and former UW players Detlef Schrempf and Eldridge Recasner.
• If it looked like the crowd was more purple than usual, it might be because Fox Sports passed out 5,000 “Go Dawgs” T-shirts to fans as they came in the building.

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