About ten days ago, an opportunity to see Wilbur the Wildcat and the No. 1 ranked Arizona basketball team in action presented itself courtesy of cousin Dora.
She and I are both "early arrival" types, so we were there soon after the McKale Center doors opened. As we approached the main entrance, we passed the "Zona Zoo" entrance. We would soon learn how close we were to being in the zoo.
In front of us was this view of the court.
I've had seats in the end zone of football games, and what I lost was a perspective on the distance a run or pass covered, but what I gained was a view of how a play develops--blocking patterns on runs, passing routes run. Being able to see the whole field of action without a lot of head turning was a significant plus
And such was the case with watching the action on the court. Everything was in view--I didn't think I was missing any of the activities. For example, the director of the group of musicians was quite skilled, enthusiastic, and vocal. In the early minutes of the evening, we could hear her instructions some 40 rows away.
Wilbur the Wildcat's appearance starts things rolling.
The announcers and analysts begin their preparations. (I think that's Bill Walton with the head phones on in the lower right hand corner in the photo below.)
Wilbur could dance