Do you recall?
Do you recall?
Do I ever recall? I had just retired from the AF and returned to SWLa. A friend, associated with the Athletic Dept gave me his tickets to a USL-Lamar game. He followed that up with tickets to the USL-McNeese game. I distinctly remember the Red Dots and their antics, such as reading the newspaper when the opposing teams was introduced, and holding up score cards for dunks. The opposing team never scored better than a 6, and Cajuns never less than an 8!! The next season and bought season tickets, and have been a season ticket holder ever since
I am a young one, but I hear stories of what the Red Dots used to do at games. Here is my idea. WE NEED THESE TYPE OF FANS BACK IN THE DOME!!! I'm all for being one of them. I think it is hilarious what some of these fans do at games. They are great to get to the crowd really into the game (and having a team currently on a 19 game home winning streak).
Didn't they try to bring the Red Dots back within the last couple of seasons? For some reason, I think it was when Jesse started his first season with the Cajuns. Someone else might remember this.
Yes, they were hilarious, and added to the excitement. I too would like to see a comeback of the Red Dots. It was tried some years back, and did not catch on. The reason it failed, I feel, is because you need a block of seats reserved for these fans, as in Blackham. As a group your inhibitions are less, for one thing, and as a group you have selected cheers, antics, etc. It would lend itself to being student oriented, as it was, I believe, in Blackham. Perhaps someone associated with the UPC, or whomever, can get the ball rolling for next season!
I know an ex-Red Dot, and he said it ended after the move to the Cajundome because they no longer could sit together. There may have also been an attempt to control their behavior in some way, but I really don't remember that. One of the problems we have had in building tradition is that we foolishly kill some of them off before they become a unique part of a UL sporting event. In some instances it's not that we don't have it, it's that we don't hang on to it.
He wasn't interested in the comeback attempt because of the commercialization of it. When you bought the T-shirts it included a bunch of sponsors. He liked the way the original concept just naturally evolved and thought the comeback was contrived.
I agree with what has been said. The only way the Red Dots, or a facsimilie, could be brought back is if a section of seats were reserved for members, not have the campus police interfere, as long as things are above board, and not to commercialize, as you friend said. It is too bad that we can't establish and keep traditions. I certainly do not have the answer. I guess it starts with the students. Or does it?:confused:
The reason the Red Dots disappeared from Cajun games was that members(loosely used term) were moving along in their lives.Some moved, others stayed in Lafayette. But all have continued to support the Cajuns. Where do you think groups such as the Centerfield club in softball have their roots? You can still find the red dots from courtside seats to cheap seats to luxery suites.They are there supporting all sports at the university.If it's a Cajun team it deserves support. As far starting a new red dot group I think has to be something done spontaneously. Probably from a group of students,friends who really enjoy pulling for the Cajuns.I think the spark is there somebody just needs to run with it.
Not a Tiger's fan, not a Tech fan and not a Cowboy's fan just a Cajun's fan and will never apologize for that.
I find this conversation interesting in that my neighbor has been talking about the "Red Dots" for years. It seems as though a growing group of students with little money loved to cut up at the basketball games. Since these guys were having great fun, the group grew larger and larger. A couple of the original guys thought it might be cool to make some t-shirts for the group but found out that it was just too expensive to make 'em. The guy with the T-shirt shop said that he could sell them the screwed up shirts for $1 each and he could blank out the screw up with a big red circle. The price was right and it looked kinda cool to the former "Northside" students so they picked up a bunch of these shirts an became known as the "red dots".
It can't be recreated.....To rekindle that same spirit, something new and different must emerge.
I'm sure that some people moved on. In the Blackham days, did people with tickets in the same section decide to start this thing, or did they have tickets at various places in the building and sit together anyway? I think the initial cause of break up for the group is that when UL moved to the Cajundome the Red Dots were no longer allowed to sit together. After that the members moved on with their lives.
As a member of the red dots, can you elaborate on their historical timeline?Originally posted by reddot
You can still find the red dots from courtside seats to cheap seats to luxery suites.They are there supporting all sports at the university.
It began in the early 80s.You mix $1 t-shirt rejects+ good friends + a road trip to UNO + adult beverages + a game being broadcasted back to Lafayette + a game winning shot by Alonzo Allen and you hane the makings of something fun.
Years later when the red dots showed up as a promotion sponsored by a car dealership and radio station it was kind of neat to sit back and watch it happen. Just a couple of knuckle heads having fun would have something that others would try to mimic.
PS: The t-shirts were in a clearance box at Good Hope Printing on Moss Street.They had printed red dots over misprinted t-shirt for a festival.
I agree it has to be a spontaneous thing. It would be cool to see this thing revived, but it has to be from the "heart". We shall see if the tradition can be revived GEAUX CAJUNS!!!!!!
I noticed at the scrimmage Thursday that a couple fans were wearing Red Dot T-shirts. I remember hearing something about how all the students would wear these Red Dot shirts to the games several years ago.
Was wondering if this was a membership club or if everyone could get one?
Anyway, the reason I was bringing this up is b/c I was surfing the SIU site and found a club that they have. It sounds like a cool promotion. Students get discounts and they come together to fill the stands.
"SIU students..Now is the time to join the best student cheering section in the Valley. The Saluki "Dawg Pound." You can sign up from 2-5 p.m. October 28, 31, Nov. 1 and 2 in the Arena lobby. The cost is $10.00 for a "Dawg Pound" tee shirt, membership card which is good for $.99 Bic Macs at Carbondale McDonald's and the best student seats in the SIU Arena."
A $.99 Big Mac is one hell of deal, even though I prefer Whoppers!!
Originally Posted by CAJUNJUDO
Judo Maniac...I wasnt a Red Dot, but i say right next to them in the early 80's at Blackham...
Legend has it the white T-shirts with the big red dot in the middle were purchased at a sporting goods store on the discount rack....I am sure the "red dots" will correct me if I am wrong on this...
Those guys bought em up, and turned it into a really fun deal....
Trust me young dude...The Cajundome is much more comfortable than Blackham, but it will never, ever, be as wild, as loud, as crazy as Blackham...
u were born 20 years too late my friend!!!
A group of us had a serious talk about bring back the Red Dots or starting some sort of club for students at the basketball games. I don't think we can be known as the Red Dots because it would hard to live up to the expectations of being a Red Dot. Any suggestions?
Actually, what happened was a company was printing t-shirts that had been ordered and they messed em up (misspelled or something.) So, they covered their mistake in a red circle and gave the shirts away.Originally Posted by Zeebart21
Thank you!! Thats it...Originally Posted by BirdofParadise
Originally Posted by BirdofParadise
and I still have mine!!! along with the Budweiser "USL basketball is Big Stuff"
T-Shirt. ALso have a couple of "UL/You can kiss my "S" goodbye" T shirts that
we in the SGA had printed up in 1984.
Also have a "homemade" USL Jersey #10 signed by Bo Lamar. Made it myself when I was 10 out of a T-shirt, stencil and red marks-a-lot and had Bo sign it!
Holy ||||, Cyp....we are the same age??Originally Posted by cypremort
Why did I think you were closer to Chad than myself?