When I went to the Las Vegas Invitational last fall, I thought that the way that arena pumped in music really raised the energy level in a way I hadn't been seeing at CU games. I came away with the opinion that we should be doing that. My opinion has since changed. Bohn had it right. There are things that make a college atmosphere different and special. The band is one of them. It's a big part of it, actually. It completely differentiates a college game from watching the pros. And CU is now forging ahead with making our band one of the biggest and baddest. GoldenBuff was giving me some stats that I'll probably get wrong, but I believe he said that we'll have around 225 band members this year for football. That's the biggest band we've had in well over a decade, iirc. Hopefully he'll add a bit to that and also fill everyone in with some cool facts about our band's history he had told me (things like game balls and other things that should make us proud of our band tradition at CU). Beyond the band, the other spirit squads make college what it is. It's part of why we love it. At CU, we have Ralphie -- the best live mascot in sports. Chip -- which recently got screwed out of a three-peat in the national championship competition. Our CU Express -- dance squad that finished 3rd at nationals in 2010 (top 10 finishes in 2011 too). Our Cheer Squad -- made a recent USO trip to Kuwait and has one of the most acrobatic guys I've ever seen to fire up the crowd (also has had top 10 placement at nationals in the past 5 years). Collectively, the "Spirit" squads are part of what makes college athletics special. And what we have going at CU gives Buffs fans one of the best gameday atmospheres in all of college athletics. Bohn was right. I hope he keeps building this thing.