On Creighton Dollar Beer Night, Everybody Wins2 min read
Well, everybody except the Butler Bulldogs – who fell to the Bluejays by a score of 85 to 74 at the CenturyLink Center. For both Steve Lavin and Creighton fans though, dollar beer night was a smashing success. You may be shocked to hear this, but Tuesday nights in Omaha normally aren’t so exciting.
It was the second dollar beer night of the season, coming just 10 days after the first one on New Years Eve against Providence. Interestingly enough, a foolproof way to combat a notoriously late-arriving crowd is to offer unlimited booze for a buck beginning an hour and a half before tip-off. As many students figured out, the two beers at a time that they sold you could be stashed under a seat for later. A quick walk up the stairs, and they were back in line again.
This made for a raucous crowd, and we had plenty to cheer about. Creighton scored 49 points in the first half and held Butler to just 32. Marcus Foster poured in 21 points in the first twenty minutes, doing pretty much anything he wanted. The second half got a bit too tight for my comfort, as Butler continued their comeback trend. The Bulldogs got the score to within 6 points a couple times, but the good guys prevailed – fueled by the energy that (you guessed it) Steve Lavin* brought to the building.
*Not really, I just needed a segue.
Steve Lavin accepted Coach McDermott’s invitation to attend dollar beer night, and it was a HUGE deal both leading up to and during the game. The building that once may have played a part in Lavin’s firing from St. John’s welcomed him back with open arms. It was likely the first time that the vast majority of the crowd had seen Lav in street clothes, and he appears to have had the time of his life.
— Creighton Basketball (@BluejayMBB) January 10, 2018
Warren Buffett shows up to Creighton games every few years. Undefeated lightweight boxing champion of the world and Omaha-native Terence Crawford makes annual visits to games as well. Husker legend Touchdown Tommie Frazier even made an appearance donning a Creighton quarter-zip earlier this year. In five seasons of attending Creighton basketball games, Steve Lavin created the most buzz amongst fans in attendance. Don’t ask me why.
The goodwill he earned by chopping it up with hundreds of fans and the friendship between he and Greg McDermott will make Steve Lavin’s attendance at Creighton dollar beer night an annual tradition. As long as the Bluejays keep winning when he visits, I’m all for it.