In case you hadn’t heard, last week Wake Forest University announced that a new video board and LED ribbon banners were to be installed in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
But obviously with this announcement comes the removal of the old board that had been in place since 2005.
With this tweet by the Joel Coliseum, Wake Forest alumnus and one of the Demon Deacons’ biggest supporters Anthony Tang gave us the idea to compile a set of the best moments seen by the old scoreboard.
So now we turn our attention to some of these moments (in no particular order), and at the end of the article will have a poll for you to vote on the best moments.
1) The Old Videoboard’s Debut in LJVM
The San Antonio Spurs were honoring Tim Duncan during the preseason prior to the start of the 2005-06 season. Having just come off of the franchise’s third championship, in which Duncan was once again named Finals MVP, they decided to do a couple of exhibition games in places Duncan used to play. Obviously one of those was in the Joel, where Timmy got to play one more time after his days as the greatest Demon Deacon ever.
2) The Unveiling of the Banner Honoring Coach Skip Prosser
Following the tragic passing of head coach Skip Prosser in the summer of 2007, a banner was unveiled that still hangs in the rafters in Prosser’s honor and memory.
3) Adding Chris Paul’s #3 Jersey to the Rafters
Chris Paul’s #3 was retired on CP3 Day at the Joel on March 2, 2013 against Maryland. Fans were handed commemorative shirts upon entry, and a sellout crowd witnessed one of the greatest Demon Deacon guards of all time and local product see his jersey go into the rafters.
4) Defeating #3 North Carolina and James Johnson’s Monster Dunk
On January 11, 2009, the Demon Deacons defeated rival North Carolina in the Joel by a score of 92-89. That catapulted the Deacs to a 14-0 record, and led to a #1 ranking in the nation for only the second time in school history.
Johnson’s dunk was featured on SportsCenter, and was one of the best of the season.
5) Defeating #1 Duke and James Johnson’s Game Winner
After being #1 and falling to Virginia Tech the week before, Wake Forest bounced back and defeated #1 Duke 70-68 on January 28, 2009.
Johnson slipped behind a screen where Duke failed to switch and converted the game-winning layup for the Demon Deacons.
Another cool moment from this game was the introduction, one of the very few that ESPN has every actually shown, featuring the Screamin’ Demon student section (six full sections strong) decked out in their tie-dyes and the Deacon roaring out on the custom old gold and black Harley that Coach K hates so much.
6) Showing the 2006 ACC Football Championship Game on the Videoboard
Wake Forest University and the coliseum staff decided to make the ACC Football Championship game, which Wake Forest would win 9-6 over Georgia Tech, available for fans to view free of charge on the video board before the basketball game that afternoon.
7) Dearica Hamby Breaking the All-Time Wake Forest Women’s Basketball Scoring Record
Entering Wake's final home game against Georgia Tech on senior night on February 28, 2015, and Hamby's final game at Joel Coliseum, she needed 31 points to tie the all-time scoring record. She scored 32 and broke the mark formerly held by Jen Hoover, Wake Forest women’s basketball’s head coach.
8) James Johnson’s Monster Slam against Indiana that Won “Dunk of the Year” and was #1 on SportsCenter’s Top 10
No description needed-I’ll just leave this here:
9) All of the Dunks by the 2008-09 Deacs not named James Johnson
Jeff Teague with two breakaway slams against NC State, though on the second and more impressive of the two he was called for a charge (which under the current rules would have been an And-1).
LD Williams’ monster slams and alley-oops, which along with his defense is what he became known across the league for. If you were defending him, there was a good chance you were going to end up on a poster!
10) The Win over Duke in 2008 to Honor Coach Prosser
The Deacs defeated #2 Duke 86-73 on February 17th, 2008 in the Blue Devils’ first visit to the Joel since Skip Prosser’s death. The Deacs rode the emotions of the game, and the Devils had no chance.
Coach Dino Gaudio gave a very inspiring speech before the game, and the Deacs took what he said to heart and got the win.
11) The 2017 Win over Louisville
On March 1, 2017, the Demon Deacons defeated the #8 Louisville Cardinals 88-81 to get the signature win they needed to boost their resume and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
Which one of these great moments would you all rate as the best moment the old videoboard saw? Or is there one that I left out? These answers are strictly in regards to Wake Forest sports, so concerts don’t count. Vote below and comment!
Which moment is your favorite under the old scoreboard?
This poll is closed
The Debut with Tim Duncan’s Return to LJVM Coliseum
The Unveiling of the Banner Honoring Skip Prosser
The Retirement of Chris Paul’s #3 Jersey
Defeating #3 North Carolina and James Johnson’s Dunk against UNC in 2009
Defeating #1 Duke and James Johnson’s Game Winner in 2009
Showing the 2006 ACC Football Championship Game on the Videoboard
Dearica Hamby Breaking the Women’s Scoring Record
James Johnson’s Monster Slam against Indiana
All of the 2008-09 Dunks by Players other than Johnson
The Win over #2 Duke in 2008 in Memory of Coach Prosser
The 2017 Win over Louisville
Other (Comment Below)