It's time to pick out new flooring. For Nebraska volleyball, that is, which should make it much more fun than the first sentence suggests. You don't have to pay for it, you don't have to install it (or pay someone to install it), you just have to cast your vote.
Here are the options:
🚨 VOTING IS OPEN 🚨
Help us decide the new court design. Voting closes on Friday at 5pm.
— Husker Volleyball (@Huskervball) May 2, 2018
If that's moving too fast for you, and it is for me, here are images of the five options for the Huskers' new court.
Can't really see the images very well. The video is all jaggy & the images on Survey Monkey are tiny. Here's a better view of four of the five options. pic.twitter.com/Gdx4bgcEes
— knapplc (@knapplc) May 2, 2018
Here's the fifth option. Twitter only lets you add four pics per tweet. pic.twitter.com/z9oO8AZ4CE
— knapplc (@knapplc) May 2, 2018
Nebraska has opened up voting on those designs to the fans. If you can't immediately picture the Huskers' present court, it features a red border with 'NEBRASKA' on both end lines, and no logo in the middle of the court. Two of the options simply add a block-N, one in red and one in white, to the current design. I'm a bit surprised by how much I like the white N, but I always was a fan of tuning into San Antonio Spurs games back in the late-1980s simply for the white keys at HemisFair Arena. It's not a color you see used often in any large scale on a court.
There's a tonal option that keeps the red border, but colors the space between the attack lines a darker "wood" color with the block-N effective cut out of that design. It's a little bit reminiscent of the Pinnacle Bank Arena floor. I like that court a lot, but for volleyball it's the fifth-choice for me.
Then there's the let's-go-crazy option featuring red court with a white-N enclosed by a black border, and I'm not quite sure what to do with it. I sort of love it. I'm sort of not sold. Nebraska has played on some colorful courts in the past three Final Fours, but nothing so bold as a full-court press of red. That might be the ultimate argument for going this route––be bold––but there's something about the rendering of it in the Devaney Center that makes me feel like I'm at a wrestling meet. (Not that that's a bad thing, just cognitively dissonant in my case.)
That's why my pick is the remaining design. You get some color with red between the attack lines, which allows for a white N. It also feels the most like a volleyball court because we're used to seeing the attack zone colored or shaded differently than the rest of the court, while offering a little more edge than the tonal option.
You can vote for your favorite design until 5 p.m. CT on Friday.
The Grab Bag
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