Here's a newspaper on a table at our hotel. Basketball was in the air and we were stoked to be in Indianapolis. Dreams of championship trophies danced in our heads.
Too bad this was the only one we were going to see. This NCAA Championship Trophy was on display at Bracket Town... a family/fan center located inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Now was the time.
Downtown Indianapolis was covered with Final Four signage. Here's a billboard listing finalists for the most outstanding senior of the year. WVU's Da'Sean Butler won the award.
We were a little too late the WVU pregame tailgate party (WVU fans start early). We ended up having a few beers at the Butler Bulldog tailgate inside the Ram Brewery instead. Seriously, we were only two of the four Mountaineer fans in the building. No matter, however. The Bulldog fans were super nice and we even invited a few of them to sit with us at our table. In all honesty, this was probably the highlight of the day.
Outside Lucas Oil Stadium.
View from our seats inside Lucas Oil Stadium. We sat directly above the WVU/Butler tunnel so we got a great view of the teams entering and exiting the court. Oh yeah, the court... if you look in the very middle of the picture, you can almost see it.
Here's Brad Stevens, the head coach of the Butler Bulldogs.
Tom Izzo, head coach of the Michigan State Spartans.
How about that guy? Yep, that's Peyton Manning. He was sitting just a few rows behind us.
Coach Asshole, Duke University.
Huggs raising hell inside a WVU huddle. They deserved it at this point.
What could have been.