An athlete rips fans who deserve to be ripped, and more
Eric Winston’s his name, he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs and this video clip should be played on every scoreboard in every arena or stadium every week to remind fans of what’s real and what’s not acceptable behaviour.
Look, I get booing, I really do; it’s not something I can recall doing even once in my life and I will go to my grave contending that the kneejerk reaction of some fans has to take away from the overall enjoyment level of a night out but, go ahead, do as you wish.
I much less appreciate jeering of opponents, a lot of times – at least the stuff I’ve heard, is far too personal, immature (‘you’re a jerk, Joe Blow’ isn’t quite a caustic comment and something you’d expect to hear at some high school game) and I’d find it bothersome if I was sitting next to some loudmouth incessantly ripping the other team. But, again, I’m not the arbiter of fan comportment even if that’d be cool job, wouldn’t it?
Cheering, I get. A lot. It keeps fans a bit more attached and involved, it’s what makes the atmosphere in arenas and stadiums so sweet. The screams and chants that energize buildings sometimes give me goosebumps, honestly. It’s one of the best parts of the gig.
But for fans to cheer for an injury? That’s sick. Totally disgusting and uncalled for. Doesn’t matter if it’s a home team player or a visiting team player; it’s shocking to me that anyone in their right mind would even think to do it.
And to do it in an NFL game, where we know the long-term toll that injuries can extract makes it even more deplorable.
What Winston said, and how he said it, was first-class and bang-on. Not sure many of us could have written it any better.
I don’t know if it’ll work, I would hope that it does and fear that it doesn’t but the fact an athlete issued a forceful rebuke of a handful of idiot fans was one of the best sporting moments of the year.
Tough story out of Detroit, where we are motoring tonight (in someone else’s nice car instead of The Smelly Ford Focus, thankfully) about Alex Karras and his dying days.
Now, who doesn’t remember Webster, recall him on Monday Night Football and I would put him among the very first athletes who truly crossed over into pop culture.
Oh, right. There was that whole Mongo thing in one of the all-time classics.
Right, the Raptors game.
It was, as one would expect, a bit spotty (quite spotty at times) but they won and they liked that part of the evening.
It’s tough to get a true read after 48 minutes against a team that plays a somewhat unorthodox style by North American standards for a Toronto team missing two players who are expected to be large parts of the rotation when things start for real.
So don’t be looking for any pronouncements here and don’t go rushing to judgement yourself, if that’s possible. There were, however:
Amir Johnson looked really good for most of the night, getting to the rim on rolls like he does; Ed Davis didn’t look great offensively but he still managed to grab 10 rebounds and John Lucas III was as advertised: A scorer, pure and simple.
Johnson had been okay for most of camp was the word I was getting so a good game was a welcome sight and Davis has been possibly the most impressive guy overall since the convened in Halifax a week or so ago.
Lucas? I still don’t know if there’s any time for him once Lowry gets back but he can score, of that there can be no doubt.
Moments of weak transition defence had to have Dwane clawing at his eyes but that’s fixable; they committed 30 fouls, a lot of ‘em simply because they were lazy, to put Real on the line 44 times and they managed to miss 12 of their own 29 free throws, a percentage that they simply cannot live with.
But, it’s early, crazy early, and if those same traits are present, say, a week from Friday in Montreal against New York, then there might be cause of concern.
Now? They’re probably right about where they want to be, maybe a couple of steps behind because they haven’t had Valanciunas in a practice yet.
Oh yeah, if this is Tuesday I must be a half hour late with this after the 7 a.m. drop off at school.
I need to look closely at the schedule see how many road games I have to be at that’ll save me from this.
(Super Wife: If you’re reading this, I’m kidding. A bit)
I don’t know about you but Dick Stockton and Ernie Johnson may be fine men and veteran broadcasters but listening them do baseball is odd or something.
Not lyrical enough.
Back to the game for a second.
No one got a look at Valanciunas – if I had to guess, I’d say they get him to full work later this week and he plays a week Wednesday against Washington – and Acy only played the final few seconds.
But there was a lot of Terrence Ross and I think you might like him as the season goes on. Got a pretty shot, had had a tough time at camp getting used to the three-point but the two he made from behind the arc were sweet.
“Typical rookie, couple of brain locks as far as not knowing where he’s supposed to be inoffensive sets. Typical rookie mistakes but he did a good job of going to his strength, which is shooting the ball.
“Like we always said, he’s not going to lose that skill, he just has to learn the other nuances.”
No, we didn’t do an IGBT Monday night, I did do some tweeting but wanted to get my feet wet in game coverage.
Think we’ll get back to the usual on Wednesday from Detroit if you’d like?