Halloween brought out some creativity in the NCAA this year. Staats Battle, yes that’s his name, of North Carolina State dressed up as teammate Richard Howell. The bearded Howell costume was complete with an exaggerated fake beard, an N.C. State practice jersey displaying Howell’s number 1, and tattoos etched by black magic marker. Howell should be flattered by the thought and effort put into this amusing, and well executed ensemble.
Battle, the sophomore walk-on, wasn’t the only imaginative one on Oct. 31 however. Six Indiana University seniors were garbed in Indiana Championship banners. The banners, also known as; Ben Kessler, Andrew Josephs, Michael Friedman, Jedd Horn, Mitch Glazer and Vad Slezberg; displayed the years of the 5 past Indiana championship seasons, and then there’s the sixth banner. The sixth was reserved for the year 2013. Maybe not too bold of a statement, given that the Associated Press has the Hoosiers as the top team in the country right now, but still a prediction that should fuel other teams looking for a banner of their own. The crafty banners were rendered out of red felt, white fabric, and stencils.
The banner crew ended up winning a contest at Kilroy’s Sports Bar in Bloomington. The $500 award was not as extravagant as an NCAA Championship banner, but accompanied with free cover for life, it’s a nice alternative.
Both costumes were well represented, but my vote goes to Battle. The exquisite detail of the tattoos, complemented by the striking effect of the black beard, make for a teammate tribute not soon to be forgotten.