Countdown to Craziness is the annual Duke Basketball event that kicks off the season. This isn’t your normal basketball scrimmage. As it’s grown, the event has included some fascinating introductions of the team.
Countdown to Craziness is Duke’s event for a midnight madness.
Midnight Madness started several years ago in 1971 when then-Maryland coach Lefty Driesell (a former Duke basketball player) invited fans out to a team run. Kentucky upped the ante in 1982 when the Wildcats started their own midnight madness event and included entertainment acts.
Over the years, other colleges started their own midnight madness events. ESPN has realized the popularity of these events and now has a show where its commentators are at select campuses, discussing the upcoming college basketball season and showing video footage of the midnight madness.
Duke will have its 7th annual Countdown to Craziness on Saturday, October 17th.
The event usually has inflatable games and a D.J. outside prior to the action in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Events at Countdown to Craziness include skits, fan contests, player introductions, introduction of the Duke Basketball team poster, the blue/white team scrimmage and a dunk contest.
Countdown to Craziness is the ultimate fan experience. Over the years of going to CTC, I have met several Duke fans who have become good friends of mine. I can recall going to the last five Countdown to Craziness events.
Every year, something special happened at CTC. Below is a recap of some of the highlights from the past five years.
2010 – A Banner Year!
The highlight I will always remember from 2010 was the unveiling of the 4th national championship banner for Duke Basketball in Cameron Indoor Stadium. To see this in person was an amazing experience.
2011 – Introducing the Theatrical Stunts
2011 was another fun CTC. The highlight for me was when Duke had a Nike “Duke Basketball Never Stops” banner and started at mid court with people running in every direction spreading the banner over the entire length of the court. To be in the stands and see this happen is still one of the top events for me. I even bought a canvas wrap of this picture that hangs in my home.
2012 – The Curtain Drops
The 2012 highlight for me was when Duke had a huge white curtain that hung from the top of Cameron all the way to the floor. The curtain displayed player images and other Duke Basketball images. At the end of the introductions, the curtain dropped and the players came out from under the curtain.
2013 – Coach K Court Video Display
2014 – The Team Shocks the Fans
2014 was another awesome experience. Once again, Duke used Coach K court to display video footage. At the beginning, the Duke Basketball players were all located at the upper level entrances in Cameron Indoor Stadium, which took fans by surprise. The video footage on the court was again exciting to see, especially the four national championship banners.
What will 2015 have in store for Duke fans? Your guess is as good as mine! One thing for sure will happen – the 5th national championship banner will be unveiled and I will be there to see it happen!
Tickets are still available for 2015 Countdown to Craziness. Go grab some tickets and and let’s cheer on the Duke Basketball team.