While I didn't make it to the Red-Blue game, I can offer a few notes on what surprised me from the Arizona Wildcats' opening event, which officially places us in basketball season.
Whereas past Red-Blue events were low-key, practice-like situations, the athletic department took it a step or two further for the 2010-11 season. There were ring of honor inductions of Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger, celebrations of other past stars like Jerryd Bayless, Jason Terry, Richard Jefferson, Jordan Hill, Channing Frye and Andre Iguodala, and most importantly, a time for the team to show support for Kevin Parrom, who's had a terrible past month.
Then, there's the first look at the four freshman. Nick Johnson won the dunk contest, Sidiki Johnson went spotless from the field and Josiah Turner looked a bit youthful in the Red team's 67-54 victory at McKale.
The tidbits from there weekend are after the jump. Or, you can check out the Red-Blue scrimmage yourself, here.