By Colin Dunlap | 12:57 a.m. Wednesday
Had a lot of fun talking to Duquesne coach Ron Everhart on Sunday about his memories of the Civic Arena. Again, I refuse to call it that new name, it will always be the Civic Arena to me.
Anyhow, I spoke to Ron after the Radford game and just needed something short for him on a story that myself and fellow writer Ray Fittipaldo have in Wednesday's Post-Gazette. It turned into Ron getting into a bunch of memories about the old place, where Pitt and Duquesne will play the final basketball in later tonight.
Sometimes, you just sit there and listen, and that's what I did ... Ron had some great stuff. What hit me most was this quote:
- "Every time I walk in there, it brings back memories. Even the smell over there, the popcorn and the hot dogs, there's no other place like it. That place has a distinct smell, a distinct feel that you just don't get in other arenas. It brings back great memories, just being in the place. For me, having the ability to be part of the last game there is truly an honor. I am going to remember something like this the rest of my life, just like every one of those games I saw in there growing up."
That's great stuff, just great stuff.