My alma mater, Taylor University in Upland, IN, has a unique sports tradition it practices every December. It's so unique that ESPN.com took note and posted this article on their website about it.
Prepare to love Taylor University.
Why? Because Taylor University, an NAIA liberal arts Christian college in Upland, Ind., has perhaps the best hoops-slash-Christmas tradition in the whole wide world. That sounds like hyperbole, but it's not that far off.
What is this fabled tradition? It's called "Silent Night." Every year around Christmastime, Taylor students and fans pack the school's gym as they would any other game. Only on "Silent Night," the crowd dresses in pajamas and stays absolutely silent until Taylor scores its 10th point of the game. What happens then? Bedlam.
In fact, it's probably best you just watch the video for yourself:
One of the only sporting events I actually attended each year at TU was this "Silent Night" game and I have fond memories of raising the roof and letting the dogs out each time. There's not a lot going on in the middle of cornfields and NASCAR fans down there in Grant County, IN, but I give my university credit for coming up with at least a handful of interesting events like this one. It's about time we got some love from the national media for it, I say!
Oh, and if you ever happen to find yourself on Taylor's campus, refrain from mentioning my name to anyone in a position of power. I still have outstanding parking tickets there.