The real thing. RedBug58 next to RedDot84Originally Posted by CAJUNJUDO
The real thing. RedBug58 next to RedDot84Originally Posted by CAJUNJUDO
I saw Joey wearing his red dot at lunch that da. We were both amped up for the game. When I was younger, I always had to listen to my dad talk about how much better it was at the "Black" "back in his day", now as a student I get to experience the "same" thing. I know all you older guys will say that us young bucks can't bring it back to the way it was. And your probably right. But this whole situation is a dream come true.
Does everyone in the world get their ideas from UL ?
Geaux . . . The Swamp . . . 7ULp
Hey, it's always better to run with the "young" crowd.Originally Posted by Zeebart21
If you were a Red Dot, then we must know each other... I know Cliff, Marty, and some of those other knuckleheads...Originally Posted by cypremort
Whoever wants to do it again, just call them the "Red Spots" or make it a line across the front of the shirt and call them the "Red Line."
How's that work for you?
I have never been a "Red Dot". But the posting is reminiscent of many years ago at Acadiana High School. On football Fridays, there was always a Mass to start the day. We had pretty good attendance considering the wide spectrum of players. Most players attended with the numbered jerseys and then went on to school.
With those two items in mind, the promotion & marketing (let me say it louder) PROMOTION & MARKETING, (I still cannot hear you), PROMOTION & MARKETING OF THE RED DOTS INDICATING THAT THERE IS A GAME TODAY/TONIGHT.
WHO WOULD ASK "WHY ARE YOU WEARING THAT RED DOT SHIRT AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?"
I wore my red dot shirt to work that day. Out of about 10 people who commented on it, about seven thought it was a Japanese flag. The rest thought it was the 7-up dot. Now they know...
By the way, it's not an original red dot shirt...it's from a promotion (by SGA perhaps) from about 8-10 years ago. And yes, that is me in Turbine's picture.
Originally Posted by Rebel02
Several years ago a few sponsors bought some of these shirts, like a 1000 or so and would shoot them into the crowd, I still have mine will wear them at the next home game!!!
Z,Originally Posted by Zeebart21
Knucklehead! I resemble that statement. The t-shirts were bought at Good
Hope printing for 50 cents. We first wore them to a road game at UNO.
The game was broadcast back to Lafayette from the Chamber of Horrors.
We got a good bit of airtime that nite(plus they sold beer there in a side
So I guess you could say:
Red dot shirt...... 50 cents
Cold Beer........... 1 buck
Pulling for the Cajuns with your best buds..... Priceless
I know dude, I have been corrected numerous times.... My apologies!Originally Posted by reddot
ya'll kicked sss...
no apology needed...I took it as a complimentOriginally Posted by Zeebart21
We had some fun ...I remember the night we took over
the Lake Charles Civic Center....we were so good we were bad
..or is it so bad we were good
Know the names but don't know them personally. Ronnie Owens is the person who gave a few of us in SGA the shirts back in the mid-80s and we started sitting with the group.Originally Posted by Zeebart21
By the way, I am just getting back from Chicago late last night. It was snowing and the low was 15 in St. Charles (on the Fox River). Glad to be back where it is just in the 40s!
It all started very innocently, and like most college students and those just out of college, it happened out of economic necessity.
At the start, the guys and gals who made up the "Red Dots" didn't know that they were creating the most famous clothing items in the University of Louisiana's athletic history.
"It was only going to be a one-time deal," said Rich Jenks, who along with Cliff Broussard unwittingly became the founders of a loosely-knit organization that became as recognizable in Blackham Coliseum as sawdust floors and Bo Lamar.
For several seasons, the "Red Dots" were the unofficial ambassadors of mayhem in the Blackham stands, constantly coming up with new ways to show their support of the Ragin' Cajun basketball team, capture the attention of Cajun fans and bedevil the unsuspecting opposition.
"We had a group of people that always sat together," Jenks said. "We were caddy-cornered from where the football players sat and gave the other coach a hard time. It was a good mix."
"It was a bunch of guys that had been going to the games for a while," Broussard said. "We'd go out and have a good time."
Jenks and Broussard celebrated Cajun basketball along with Randy Morgan, Marty Levasseur, Tim Stafford, Danny Fontenot, Gary Hebert, Tim Viator, Rex Moore (later of local television sports fame) and several others. Assorted girl friends and future wives ("If we had dates, they'd come with us," Jenks said) were part of the crew.
They were all just fans, boisterous but anonymous, until a weekend in January of 1982 when several of those friends were planning a trip to watch USL play the University of New Orleans in UNO's dreaded "Chamber of Horrors" gym.
Jenks and Broussard were driving in north Lafayette one day before the game, and passed a place called Good Hope Printing which was advertising $1 T-shirts.
"There was a festival in Savannah, Ga., and they were printing shirts for them," Jenks said, "but they got the dates mixed up and the shirts didn't get printed until the festival was over. There they were with all those shirts, so they just put this big giant red dot on them and were selling them for a dollar. We couldn't miss that."
The Reddots should be brought back. It would be great to see them again in Blackham and then move them to the dome.
In respect to a "club" for students that go to bball games, I have recently been exposed to another method used to get students to games. I am in my first semester of grad work at umiami(fl), and they have a decent promotional tool for students. Like they have done at UL for a while, they give out shirts to the students at the first home game. The catch is that you also get a punch card, that gets punched for every game you attend. On the back of the card is a list of incentives recieved for the amount of puches that you have. Most of them are 10% discounts on pizza, oil changes, dry cleaning, etc, but as the number of games goes up, they get to some decent stuff. The last three, which are for 20-25 games attended, you get entered in a raffle to win a hotel stay and a plane ticket for the 25th game. I think this is a pretty good idea to get a few more students to games, though we have not had enough home games for me to really judge how well it works. A big plus is that the (recently sponsored) bank united center is on campus, so i can just walk over after class and catch the games.
Originally Posted by Crowley Cajun
This coming basketball season the student section "The Red Zone'" will be continuing the tradition of the red dots but somewhat revized. Im head of the UPC Spirit committee and currently organizing over 400 shirts to be ordered. hopefully they will be in for the 2nd or 3rd game. Hopefully I will be able to track down all of the original Red Dots and arrange new shirts for them also. Im also amazingly proud to say im a somewhat second generation Red Dot, Cliffs Niece.
If this is a new generation, then why not start the White dot club with Red Shirts and white dots on them.Originally Posted by LilDot
And, while I have your ear, being you are involved with student's shirts, but the little sayings and cliche phrases usually found on those shirts are ridiculous. Last year, for basketball, ya'll gave out black shirts for the Blackham games that were good, no stupid phrase. For the Cajundome games, a red shirt was given out, with Ragin Cajuns on the front, and the Fight song on the back. Those shirts were great. The new ones for football this year has "the Red Zone is raising the bar" written on the back. what does that mean? Its not catchy. Its not exciting. A couple seasons ago, when UL played at Kansas, I went to the game. The students there were wearing shirts that had only a Jayhawk on it, or a big KU, or something along those lines, very simple. then some of the students had shirts on the said "My basketball team is better than yours." That is a hell of a lot better than raising the bar or whatever. Maybe we don't need something like that, especially going into the tough season ahead, but at least it sounds cool and its something the students would be proud to wear.
We don't need anything like that on new shirts. A simple red/white dot on the front and a sponsor or two on the back would look awesome. I am not _____ing about the job you are doing, and I appreciate the time you take to do your job, I just think that as the athletic department improves continues growing its winning attitude, our promotions and such should also improve.
and while everyone else is listening, speaking of the student section, it is for students. If any of you bring your 7 year old to the student section, or your whole family, or maybe you are just trying to get off on the cheap by buying a general admission ticket instead of a season ticket, maybe you are a student who is there to be seen instead of seeing the game, do not _____ when I stand up and am trying to cheer my team, do not ask me to quit being loud and obnoxious, and do not ask me to sit down because you can't see. If it were up to me, all of the seats would be removed from those sections so everyone would stand and yell the whole game.
I thnk my rambling and ranting is over. Thanks for listening.
A couple years ago, actually the summer before last season, I contacted Coach Lee about trying to get something like this going. He said it would be a good idea and to schedule a meeting with him through his secratary. I called her and tried, but she said he was busy with recruiting and such and he never got back to me and I never pursued it any more.Originally Posted by CAJUNJUDO
We were going to call it the Red Zone Army (in referece to Robert Lee). I had a few ideas of making people join and your annual membership fee got you a t-shirt and stuff. Never thought about local discounts. I also had ideas of having some sort of yell practice or something, incorporated with the band of course. Just so we could have consistent cheers and chants that could be started by the students and carried on by the whole arena. Those sorts of things. I'm no longer a student, so I couldn't start this now, but wouldn't mind helping a student who reads this and may be interested by giving ideas or people to contact, etc. It would REALLY help the team and attendance because it could be something students talk about and make everyone want to be a part of it, just like the red dots.
I think it may be you that my ten year old wants to be YOU when he grows up. I like the passion.Originally Posted by rhineaux
For the person from the UPC. I loved the movie this year. I think you guys are awesome. I think UPC is doing things right, the students that do come are passionate. I would rather be in a half empty passionate stadium than a disconnected stadium anyday.
Two suggestions to anyone who likes to stand and cheer for our boys and girls.
1- Always apologize in advance to the folks behind you that you may stand a lot.
2- In my opinion the only cheer that the Cajun Faithful and cheerleaders ought to be doing is "Here we go Cajuns, Here We Go (clap) (clap)" even my three year old keeps that one going.