The Best College Basketball Tradition You Had No Idea Existed
John Brown University starts the season off right.
You have probably never heard of John Brown University. It's a small Christian school in Northwest Arkansas with less than 2,000 undergraduates. Their athletic teams compete in the relatively unknown NAIA. The town, Siloam Springs, has a population of only 15,000 and is about an hour and a half from Tulsa, Oklahoma and over three hours from Arkansas's capital of Little Rock.
However, for the past 33 years, John Brown University has welcomed the start of the college basketball season with a rather unique tradition worth knowing about.
After the Golden Eagles score their first home basket of each season, the sold-out crowd in Siloam Springs throws rolls of toilet paper on the basketball court.
Each year, the students temporarily paint the sky white and then proceed to immediately help clean up the gym floor.
In a 2011 article on Yahoo Sports, John Brown coach Clark Sheehy commented on the tradition, "[It's] what our players look forward to and what I look forward to is a lot of energy and excitement from the fans. It's just a fun, fun night. I think it's one of the greatest traditions in college sports."
The tradition results in a technical foul against the John Brown Golden Eagles, but the team is willing to sacrifice two free throws for what is one of the coolest traditions in sports...
... and one of the biggest wastes of toilet paper in the world.