Here at Virginia Commonwealth University, there’s a vibe. As the days go by, from Cary down to Broad Street anticipation builds at a steady pace in October. That anticipation is built towards…an intrasquad scrimmage on a Saturday afternoon?
Au contraire reader, the Black & Gold game is more than that for the Ram faithful in RVA. For those that are on the outside looking in, they may see fans of the Rams getting unnecessarily hype over a practice and a pep rally. When you step inside the Siegel Center, there may be a change of opinion in the workings.
Believe In The Hype
On a Saturday afternoon inside the Stu, Ram fans will gather for a sneak peek of what’s to come in nearly a month’s time. VCU Men’s Basketball will take the court for a fun yet competitive game amongst themselves with the Peppas blasting and the crowd rocking in the stands.
There will be a variety of fresh faces on display; 9 to be exact…well possibly 10 since Issac Vann had to sit last season. Anyway, VCU welcomes 5 freshmen to the ranks and they are Lewis Djonkam, Tyler Maye, Sean Mobley, Marcus Santos-Silva and Dylan Sheehy-Guiseppi.
In addition to these gentlemen, fans will also be watching a handful of transfers that made way to VCU:
Marcus Evans (Rice)
Xavier Jackson (Sheridan Junior College)
Khris Lane (Longwood)
Mike’l Simms (Cowley Community College)
Issac Vann (Maine)
All this talent on the court then add Malik Crowfield, De’Riante Jenkins, Justin Tillman and Jonathan Williams to the equation. Saturday’s Black & Gold spectacle can sell a variety of fans just on the names alone.
Enjoy What You See
Saturday is more than a scrimmage; there’s going to be a celebration. Rams will gather and embrace each other with smiles and chatter about the players, Coach Rhoades coming back home, highlights and other conversation topics. And this is just the opening act with Women’s Basketball participating in a scrimmage and the Alumni game to follow.
Heart medicine and happy pills can stay in the medicine cabinet on this day. No stressors applied with all eyes watching VCU Basketball on a Saturday afternoon. Coach Rhoades will get the crowd pumped in his first Black & Gold game as VCU Men’s Basketball head coach. Introductions of players echo, Peppas bringing that Peppa Effect and then showtime at center court commences.
Lingering in the back of people’s minds will be a cluster of thoughts. Oh that Ram has a sweet 3 point shot…he’s going to be a menace on the boards…those Rams work well together…what if you put him at the 2 spot…etc, etc, etc. Ram Nation is a vocal bunch and that will be heard loud and clear from the stands to social media before, during and after the B&G game.
A Saturday B&G Spectacle
On a personal note, I will be watching this with no expectations. No backlash of disappointment if the Fro doesn’t get a double-double or Glaze dishes 8 assists. There will be flashes of greatness and moments of turnover agony and bad decision making. And that’s OK! After all, this is a scrimmage in October correct?
The excitement that VCU Basketball is less than a month away has Ram fans surrounded in a Black & Gold aura. People already have their outfits planned, pre-game spots booked and a plan of attack for parking hopefully. Saturday may just be a practice from the outside view however for the Ram faithful it’s the opening chapter to the new year of VCU Hoops.
After an eventful off-season, VCU earned 40 minutes of friendly competition and fun times galore. Let’s get Rambunctious while the good times bounce inside the Animal.
See y’all soon and GO RAMS!
2017 Black & Gold Rosters
|Black Team||Gold Team|
|Jonathan Williams||Tyler Maye|
|Xavier Jackson||Malik Crowfield|
|De’Riante Jenkins||Issac Vann|
|Sean Mobley||Khris Lane|
|Lewis Djonkam||Marcus Santos-Silva|
|Mike’l Simms||Dylan Sheehy-Guiseppi|
|Justin Tillman||Marcus Evans|
2017 Black & Gold Game Schedule of Events!
When: Saturday, October 14th
Where: Siegel Center
Start Time: 2 PM (Doors Open at NOON for Rowdy Rams, 1 PM for General Public)
Price: FREE TO ATTEND!
VCU Men’s Basketball Black & Gold Game, 2 PM Start Time
-Two 20 minute halves with a running clock until the 4:00 mark of each half
VCU Women’s Basketball Black & Gold Game, (Following Men’s Game)
-10-minute scrimmage game with a running clock
VCU Men’s Basketball Alumni Game, (Following Women’s Game)
-Two 16 minute halves with a running clock