Looking for a good sports show? Try Wisdom Gym

OK, so the excitement of Tarleton vs Dallas Christian lasted about as long as it took the referee to throw the ball in the air for the opening tip-off.

Trust me, that's the exception and not the rule.

On just about any given night that the schedule calls for college hoops to be played in Wisdom Gym on the Tarleton campus in Stephenville, the excitement is non-stop.

Even in a 41-point domination of Tampa in the Texan Tip-off Classic, Tarleton gave fans a reason to remain on the edge of their seats as they cheered guard Avery Patterson toward a new three-point record. The senior Division I transfer from St. John's didn't get it that night, but a short trip to Wisdom Gym on any other evening of the 2007-08 season could very well feature Tarleton's latest sharp shooter working his way into the record books.

These guys are good, and the entertainment value is perhaps even better.

A “normal” night at Wisdom Gym, once the meat of the schedule arrives, will feature all of the following: the Plowboys stopping just short of being arrested for disturbing the peace, the student body piling up as close to the north sideline as referees and security will allow - and often even closer than that - a crowd packed in so tight that you can't distinguish the difference between seats and steps in the upper seating area, and public address announcer Mike Scott's always excited voice keeping the Tarleton faithful rowdy throughout the night.

And that's just the side show.

The TexAnns will always be fundamentally solid as long as Ronnie Hearne is around.

And not to jump the gun, but the 2007-08 Texan team may be the best thing on campus since since Lonn's Posse was created.

Whether you bleed purple, love basketball, or are just searching for good sports entertainment, nothing beats the jam-packed exciement inside the house that Old Coach Wisdom built.

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com.