The flash mob is not a new trend. Come to think of it, I'm shocked it was ever a "trend" in the first place. Of all the things the Internet can do to bring people together, its facility in bringing people together to perform random acts of choreographed dance is one of the strangest and most amusing in the history of the web.
So, yeah, flash mobs at the train station are kind of weird. Flash mobs in Times Square just make you look like a tourist. But flash mobs at basketball games? No matter how many times such an event flashes across my laptop, I will never get tired of seeing them.
Case in point: Boise State's student section in Wednesday night's close loss to UNLV. See for yourself:
The logistics behind this thing aren't necessarily mind-boggling, but they are pretty impressive nonetheless. The moves have been carefully planned. The rows are clearly organized. And the dancing is downright joyous.
We say this so much it's a worn cliche -- and yours truly is as guilty as anyone -- but this is why college basketball is so awesome. Sure, the game is great. Sure, the stories of the players and coaches can captivate us, can break our hearts, can maybe, just maybe, teach us something about ourselves. But at the end of the day, the thing that sets college basketball apart is the fans. More specifically, it's the students -- their big cardboard heads and silly costumes and their just-shy-of-foul chants and their silly dances. They're why this sport is what it is.
What I'm trying to say, I guess, is this: Shine on, you crazy flash-mobbing diamonds, you. Shine on.
(Hat tip: Kentucky coach John Calipari, who just tweeted these videos to his approximately 52 million followers.)