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Taylor Made

by Robb Reel

Upland, Ind., is a very small place.  The quiet community, not too far from Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, is known for two things.  One is Ivanhoe's, where you can get 100 different flavors of milkshakes and 100 different sundaes.  The other is Taylor University, a private, evangelical school recognized as one of the best of its kind in the Midwest.

The latter garners international attention each year for the annual "Silent Night" basketball game.

The gist of it is that, on the Friday before finals, fans at the men's basketball game remain absolutely silent.  Once the home team scores 10 points, the crowd erupts.  Often, a timeout is called and students storm the floor.  The experience culminates with the singing of "Silent Night" near the end of the game.

Here's a look at last Friday:

Yes, it's silly and, yes, it is somewhat disruptive.  Y'know what?  So are many other sports traditions.  This is one is ultimately harmless and, hey, if it gets the tiny school some worldwide notoriety once a year, it's a brilliant idea.