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So uh....

Ok... I'm watching news for the first time since Friday (I've pretty much been playing video games and drinking since Susie flew out yesterday) and I just saw some footage of what I thought was the first game of some exciting new American combination of rugby and ultimate fighting, but actually turned out to be the Pacers/Pistons game from Friday night. Holy shit, dude! I saw more fans get hit than players! That one nerdy guy who was apparently too busy running his mouth to realize he was about to have his neck snapped went down like your sister on prom night. And let's not talk about the other fan who walked up to the obviously enraged player talking shit and then caught a punch from what looked like a four foot long arm. People, if you're in the zoo, and the gorillas start rowdying up and knocking other zoo-goers out, you get the fuck out of there. The same general rule of thumb applies for overpaid, testosterone and adrenaline hopped up, "performance enhancer" using, 7 and a half foot 290 lb. basketball players. Just get out of their way. Let them rip out the chairs and rage on the slower patrons and stuff, and then go back and sing them a lullaby.

So yeah... Sports seem EVEN COOLER to me now!


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Nov. 23rd, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was definitely pretty damn brutal all around. What makes matters worse is that both Ben Wallace and Ron Artest were on my fantasy basketball team. Doh! There goes my season to say the least...

Personally, I think those fans deserve most of the blame. It is ridiculous that players have to dodge stuff thrown from the stands. That shit simply doesn't stand over here in Europe. Case in point, a referee was struck by a lighter thrown from the stands in a recent Champions League game. Not only was the match immediately suspended, but AS Roma, the home team was given a loss 2-1 loss, but the two remaining home games in the group stage had to be played in an empty statdium with no fans at all. Plus, several lifetime bans were issued ensuring that the fans that were thrown out will never mar another game like that again.

I sincerely doubt that David Stern has the balls to do something as serious in the NBA, but I guarantee that would get the point across to the fans, players, and owners alike.
Nov. 23rd, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
I believe that the fans are partially to blame for the incident, but there is no way in hell you can tell me that the players' reactions were justified. You bolt in to the crowd and start whipping ass and say you were defending yourself? From a coke?? That's bullshit. They should have shown some restraint.
Nov. 23rd, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
There is all sorts of people to blame, the players, the fans, the security, Marilyn Manson, the parents, etc... it's a blame culture, so everyone will get their share.

Restraint is in order all around, but it is hard to keep a cool head after you have been shoved, punched, hit with beer, and probably pelted with a lot of other things that are hard to see on camera. There was an ungly incident in English football where players were pelted with coins, which you can imagine hurt like a mofo.

As much as I hate to say it, it did make for quite a lively spectacle. And they call "wrestling" sports entertaiment. This little episode had the most bang for my buck, B-ball, boxing, Jerry Springer, COPS and a lovin spoonful of other reality TV. It's like watching seven shows all at once!
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