February 03, 2011
When it comes to college basketball student sections, Utah State's is about as good as it gets.
Within that noisy cluster of undergrads, no one stands out quite like Bill Sproat, who is better know as Wild Bill.
On Wednesday night, during a second half that saw the 22nd-ranked Aggies throttle visiting Nevada en route to a 67-45 victory, he reached a new level of YouTube lore while helping coax a missed free throw by Wolf Pack guard Malik Story.
Yes, that was "I'm a little teapot" that you heard the USU students around Bill chanting. Yes, Bill aided the cause with some interpretive dance. And, yes, he was dressed as Mrs. Potts from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Your eyes and ears are not deceiving you. Watch it again if you must.
But it's nice to see Sproat get the pub from the folks over at ESPN during the telecast — especially considering the trying summer that he had to endure in order to take his spot in the front row this season.
Sproat was hospitalized back in June for idiopathic cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart). It was determined that he needed critical care when he went to the emergency room while suffering from pneumonia-like symptoms.
The story had a happy ending, though, as Sproat announced on his blog in November that he would not be needing a heart transplant.
The student section that so beautifully executes the "I believe that we will win" and "Winning team, losing team" chants just wouldn't be the same without Wild Bill, nor would the overall atmosphere at The Spectrum.
The drubbing of Nevada kept the Aggies unscathed in WAC play (10-0), but also extended USU's home-court winning streak to 27 games. That is currently the third-longest run in the nation behind only Duke (31) and Kentucky (29).