You don't get just a game anymore when you attend a pro or college basketball game. You get pageantry -- music, cheerleaders, dancers, mascots, half-court shots by fans during timeouts ... and streamers, banners and flags, oh my.
So I thought I'd put some effort into capturing a bit of those sidebar festivities for the blog Thursday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, on the campus of Butler University, where I shot the Bulldogs' 80-41 exhibition game victory over Hanover (Ind.) College.
Here are those images.
A wide-angle lens helped me capture this perspective of the ceiling lights reflecting off the shiny basketball court before the game started.
Blue congratulated for another grab, well done.
The Butler pep band featured in the first of several shots.
Above and below: During a cover of the Doors' "Touch Me," The front and back rows of the band swayed in opposite directions during the soft lyrical bridge "I'm ... gonna love you ... till the heavens stop the rain. I'm ... gonna love you ... till the stars fall from ... the sky ... for you and I." Above, back row turns right, front row leans left.
Blue II making an early exit midway through the second half.