The key to this game will be getting the balance right. pic.twitter.com/g1s3vaTMk3— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) March 6, 2016
Something very strange and utterly delightful happened on the Big Ten Network during the Sunday afternoon game between Illinois and Penn State. Those who tuned in didn't get commentary or analysis. They didn't even get the sounds of the court. Instead they were treated to some smooth 1980s jams.
Music by Depeche Mode and Morrissey aired instead of the commentators, which, let's be honest, is a pretty great way to watch basketball. The Big Ten Network turning into a jukebox quickly got the attention of viewers who turned their Twitter account into a request line.
@BigTenNetwork Are you guys taking any requests at the moment?— Black Shoe Diaries (@BSDtweet) March 6, 2016
.@BigTenNetwork can we get "Longest time" by Billy Joel for the next song?— Darnell Brady (@SpreadHDGFX) March 6, 2016
.@BigTenNetwork are you taking requests? Let's go with Take On Me.— Maddy Pryor (@maddyyypryor) March 6, 2016
.@BigTenNetwork PLAY SHABBA NEXT— Bill (@bflip33) March 6, 2016
Others were really digging what was happening.
I'm digging this @BigTenNetwork— Eric Sion (@ericbsion) March 6, 2016
This is fantastic. The most Big Ten Network thing I've ever seen.— Eric Gibson (@BSD_Eric) March 6, 2016