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    I'm watching a replay of tonight's Bucks game on NBALP, and those guys give it a college atmosphere. They're constantly chanting, yelling, or otherwise cheering during the game. On D they're making that crowd noise you hear at a lot of college games. I don't know how to describe it better than that. Just a sea of something like "Ohhhhhh" until the defensive play ends.

    Then other times they're cheering one thing or another to support the team, and it just keeps going. It's really nice atmosphere that adds to the game.

    The broadcasters said something about it not just being Bogut buying the 100 lower bowl tickets, but it included a contract the fans had to sign agreeing to show up 41 times and to do all that cheering. I think it's great.

    It'd be fantastic if the Pacers or a specific Pacer were to have that seat & contract idea brought to life @ Conseco Fieldhouse.

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    Have you seen the lower bowl? It's full of suits and older businessmen. We need to totally make everyone that isn't under the age of 35 go up to the club level and bring a ton of young energy to the lower level.

    I honestly love the idea myself. I remember back in 2006-2007 after we made the Golden State deal they were like that going into the playoffs and there on out.

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    I think Murphy should buy the tickets.

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    I think Murphy should buy the tickets.
    Hey he doesn't have to buy anything. If we want people to howl and boo and hiss I will be more than happy to provide.

    Oh, you mean not do this to Troy Murphy.....


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    Have you seen the lower bowl? It's full of suits and older businessmen. We need to totally make everyone that isn't under the age of 35 go up to the club level and bring a ton of young energy to the lower level.

    I honestly love the idea myself. I remember back in 2006-2007 after we made the Golden State deal they were like that going into the playoffs and there on out.
    Here's a thought how about put a product on the floor that people will do this for?


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    Here's a thought how about put a product on the floor that people will do this for?
    Exactly. Like Milwaukee has done.
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    I think the bureaucratic nature of the NBA can be complimented this way..but I wouldn't want to annoy the suits that pay for Murphy.

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    I personally despise that constant noise that is made at college games. One of the reasons I quit watching college basketball, frankly. After about four minutes of it, it drives me nuts and detracts a great deal from the enjoyment of watching the game.



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    I personally despise that constant noise that is made at college games. One of the reasons I quit watching college basketball, frankly. After about four minutes of it, it drives me nuts and detracts a great deal from the enjoyment of watching the game.
    Wow man, that's part of the fun of college. Does football noise bother you too or do you prefer more of a golf silence while you watch sporting events?

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    I personally despise that constant noise that is made at college games. One of the reasons I quit watching college basketball, frankly. After about four minutes of it, it drives me nuts and detracts a great deal from the enjoyment of watching the game.
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    Wow man, that's part of the fun of college. Does football noise bother you too or do you prefer more of a golf silence while you watch sporting events?
    heywoode is just too old to hear it anyway.

    Crowd noise is great. Like the ticketmaster commercials, "Crowd noise is linked with team performance."

    And Peck, I agree with you. I really do. But if it were possible I'm sure i'd been done by now.

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    I'm watching a replay of tonight's Bucks game on NBALP, and those guys give it a college atmosphere. They're constantly chanting, yelling, or otherwise cheering during the game. On D they're making that crowd noise you hear at a lot of college games. I don't know how to describe it better than that. Just a sea of something like "Ohhhhhh" until the defensive play ends.

    Then other times they're cheering one thing or another to support the team, and it just keeps going. It's really nice atmosphere that adds to the game.

    The broadcasters said something about it not just being Bogut buying the 100 lower bowl tickets, but it included a contract the fans had to sign agreeing to show up 41 times and to do all that cheering. I think it's great.

    It'd be fantastic if the Pacers or a specific Pacer were to have that seat & contract idea brought to life @ Conseco Fieldhouse.

    This was on the Digest about a week or two ago:

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    Andrew Bogut is buying 100 lower level tickets to every Bucks home game. If the invited fans don't continue to make noise, or miss 3 games they are not invited back. He still needs a few more. This is a respectable and cool move on Boguts part.

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    MILWAUKEE -- Joakim Noah got the treatment from Squad 6.

    "Dude looks like a lady,'' the fans screamed at the long-haired Chicago center.

    Stephen Jackson also got it.

    "Who's your next team?'' they yelled at Jackson, who recently joined Charlotte, his sixth outfit in 10 NBA seasons.

    Then there's Orlando's Dwight Howard. As he toed the free-throw line, "Superman'' heard a group of fans yelling "Superwoman.''

    "Vince Carter and Jason Williams were just staring up at us,'' fan Joe Woelfel said of Howard's teammates. "They looked kind of upset.''

    Which means Squad 6, a group of superfans at the Bradley Center, must be doing its job.

    Squad 6 is the brain child of Andrew Bogut, a Milwaukee center who got tired of the loudest sounds at home games sometimes being the ball dribbled up the court. Fan Steve Gill said in recent years the "place had been a library.''

    But no longer. Bogut is buying 100 tickets per game this season at the top of the lower bowl and distributing them to fans.

    The fans are known as Squad 6 because of Bogut's uniform number and because they're the Bucks' sixth man. But there are rules if one wants to remain a member and keep getting tickets free that have a face value of $96.

    You've got to stand the entire game and cheer like heck. You've got to wear Bucks gear. And, when it comes to painting your face, that might be assumed.

    "I saw a couple of fans in Houston singing and stuff,'' Bogut said of why he decided to form Squad 6. "I wanted to do something for the atmosphere at the Bradley Center. So we had auditions. It was basically the crazier and louder you are, the more of a chance you had of getting free tickets. ... But, if you're in the squad and somebody sees you're not doing what you're supposed to be doing, you don't get tickets for the next game.''

    Bogut, making $10 million this season, estimates he will spend close to $100,000 this season on tickets for these wild fans. While at face value 100 $96 tickets for 41 home games would equal $393,600, Bogut gets some tickets complimentary and discounts on others.

    Still, a NBA player forking over nearly six digits to give free tickets to hardcore fans? Nobody could be found who knows of anybody else having done this.

    "I've never heard of this idea before,'' said John Hammond, in his second season as Bucks general manager. "It's been the best thing that has happened to our arena in a year at least. It's kind of a collegiate feel. It's bringing fun and frolics to a professional arena. ... Senator (Herb) Kohl (the Bucks owner) said that, if we can have a hundred of them in each corner, that would really change our building.''



    It's already changed things for the Bucks, who, with exciting rookie guard Brandon Jennings also helping plenty, are 7-2 at home and 9-8 overall after being picked to be an NBA bottom feeder. Squad 6 members look like they're doing jumping jacks the entire game as they cheer on their beloved Bucks.

    Some shake cowbells. Some take shirts off to display numbers painted on their chests of favorite Bucks players.

    Many drink beer. After all, this is Milwaukee.

    The fans, mostly young men ranging from college age into their 30s, pay homage to Bogut being from Australia. Woelfel, a Marquette senior, has brought a didgeridoo, a long, wooden Australian instrument, to games. The fans regularly chant, "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi!''

    "This is wonderful to get a free ticket like this,'' said Squad 6 member Nick Honeck, 27, wearing during a recent game a Bogut No. 6 jersey and shaking a Bucks flag and a cow bell. "I would always be the person in the stands screaming and everybody would be looking at me like I'm weird. But now I'm here with all the people doing it. It's wonderful. Andrew Bogut is awesome for doing it. This is where the true diehards are. Now we have a place to go.''

    After Bogut came up with the idea, he went to Bucks public relations officials. Soon, auditions were set up for fans to prove they are diehards.

    Bogut was going to serve as a judge for one, but he came down with a migraine headache and couldn't make it. But more auditions could be in the works, and he wants to be there.

    "People had 30 to 60 seconds to show why they're a Bucks fan,'' Zak Grim, the director of Squad 6 who works with the Bucks in game operations, said of the auditions. "We had people that came up with Bucks raps. We had a duo who did a skit where LeBron James tried to do his powder thing. One of them played LeBron James and the other came over and just knocked him down and started chanting for the Bucks.''

    In order to get free tickets, fans also have been able to send in videos and photos or go through telephone interviews. So far, just about everybody who has put effort into becoming a member of Squad 6 has been given a ticket to at least one game.

    But no member is safe. While often leading routines, Grim, a burly man who could moonlight as a bouncer, eyes the group carefully to make sure everybody is cheering appropriately. Slackers won't be invited back.

    Grim said nobody has been cut yet because of inferior cheering but there have been nearly 10 booted due to attendance problems. An unexcused absence from three games and you're on the waiver wire.

    While Grim said the 100 spots are close to filling up, there are still some available. Those interested can go to the team Website or check out Squad 6 on Facebook.

    "It's an awesome idea,'' Bucks guard Luke Ridnour said of Bogut's creation. "(The fans have) been into the game cheering the whole time. It's like an overseas crowd. They're always yelling chants and jumping up and down.''

    The fans have had an impact on games. Grim cited several examples of opposing players taking quick shots after Squad 6 members counted down the shot clock starting at five when the clock actually was at seven.

    One of those players was Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki in a Nov. 16 game. But don't think for a minute Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, on hand that night, doesn't like Squad 6.

    "When we were in Milwaukee, everybody on our bench commented on how fun that group was,'' Cuban wrote in an e-mail, noting Dallas has a Painted Fan promotion in which fans who paint themselves with Mavericks colors get free lower-level standing-room tickets in order to jump around and make noise. "They were bouncing and singing all game long.

    "Some people mistakenly think our product at games is basketball. It's not. It's creating a unique experience for people of all ages to come out and get away from the real world and have fun. ... Painted Fans, (Squad 6) are just the equivalent of the crazy aunt and uncle who make weddings fun. Everyone loves them.''

    Games have seen Squad 6 members show up in full Bucks mascot gear (that's right, they looked like deer), crazy wigs and Afros. Woelfel doesn't play his didgeridoo, but he shakes it while jumping up and down, which apparently is good enough.

    "I'm not going to give a ticket to somebody who just sits there,'' Bogut said. "That's not what we want. But they've been great. It's been awesome. They get the rest of the crowd involved.''

    They even get Bogut involved. He admitted he was laughing to himself at the free-throw line when Squad 6 got on the long-haired Noah earlier this week.
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    MIL has alot going on for them. Bogut is a really cool guy.
    "I keep wondering the same thing. Last week they had the 4th worst record in the league, had an 11.9 percent chance of winning the lottery and were in line to land a franchise type player like Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins. This week? They have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery, have the 8th worst record and are in line to draft Cole Aldrich or Greg Monroe. Way to go Jim O'Brien. Rest Danny Granger the rest of the season (if it isn't too late) and give Josh McRoberts lots of minutes. That ought to do it." - Chad Ford on winning meaningless games

    Way to go Jim, you may have just put our franchise back another 4+ years.

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    Wow man, that's part of the fun of college. Does football noise bother you too or do you prefer more of a golf silence while you watch sporting events?

    I didn't say anything else other than the mindless monotonistic, constant droning bothers me. I LOVE to be in the arena and hear a fired up crowd cheering on the team. Most of the time, if it is exciting I'm doing it too. Just mindlessly jumping up and down while making one constant noise is different than yelling, "DEE-FENSE!" or some other actual game related cheer. Just intoning UUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHH for 40 (college) or 48 (pro) minutes straight just seems kind of stupid to me. Cheer and yell all you want, won't bother me a bit. One constant tone is what I can't stand.

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