Find a better time to deliver popcorn and soda
I guess sometime they might learn.
But part of me doubts it entirely.
We all know that one of the great things about the NBA is the proximity of fan to players courtside, people could literally have a player land in their lap and we’ve seen collisions courtside dozens and dozens and dozens of times.
But last night in New York it got kind of silly when San Antonio’s Stephen Jackson sprained an ankle falling back after he took a corner three-pointer.
But it wasn’t a fan he bumped into, it was a waitress delivering an order to a front row patron and that’s just wrong.
That the patron may or may not have been New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg just makes the story a bit more titillating; the issue is what the hell was a waitress doing inches from the court when play was going on anyway?
Couldn’t she have waited for a timeout or a quarter break or halftime? Did that popcorn or soda really have to get there right then?
I love the fact that fans in their seats are close to the action (except for the doofuses – doofi? – who get on the phone and wave when the TV cameras are on them) because it kind of lends an energy to the game.
Staff needs to either get the food and drink to the fans from behind or wait until there’s a break in the play to do their jobs. Surely the people making the orders can wait, right?
I’d suggest fans are close enough to the action and there is simply not enough physical room for anyone else between them and the court.
And while we’re on the matter, how about moving the baseline photographers back a foot or two? Wouldn’t that be a good idea?
So the list of five things they need to change about the NBA game experience is pretty clear, isn’t it?
No at-seat service in the front row.
Just during the play, they can send popcorn or soda or sushi or whatever during breaks in the action like timeouts and quarter breaks. Can’t do it at simple whistles because there’s not enough time.
No music during the game
It’s entirely annoying, does nothing to add to the game experience and it’s not usually music more than it is blaring noise.
Move the photographers
They might get mad but a few feet with the technology available to them and their own skill will not make a bit of a difference, I don’t think.
At least no boring ones during timeouts. Find something creative that engages the fans rather than forces them to sit there in relative silence while two or three fans play games.
Bust the script
Every break and every timeout seems scripted; I think game ops people need to have the freedom to make changes if the game dictates it. Your team’s making a run? Get it loud and get people going, don’t sap the energy from the building just because the script says it’s time for something else.
You know how some of you have, in the past, pined for the return of Sonny Weems?
Well, quite aside from basketball issues, check out this Russian television commercial and it must make you wonder if Sonny would even want to come back.
Life looks pretty good, doesn’t it?
Yes, there has been a good bit of mail but there’s always room for some more.
The drill’s the same.
Oh yeah, the Raptors.
Not really an awful lot to say, the conversations going on around me at practice yesterday (when I got a quick peak at DeRozan’s holiday activities on what was a typical Nothing But Net day) continued to be centred on keeping everyone on an even keel despite this recent success.
They do seem still grounded, no one’s boasting publicly about what they accomplished, mainly because they’ve only managed to stop the bleeding from a wretched start.
But maybe that’s what will make this team special in the next couple of months, maybe they will just keep their heads down and their egos in check and go about their business having fun and winning some games.
Now, we all know there is going to be a three- or four-game losing streak some time in their future, it’s bound to happen because eventually the schedule will turn hard, someone’s play will drop off (slumps happen to them all) and that’s when we’ll find the true measure of the guys.
So far, they have shown an ability to bounce back from long, long, long bad stretches and they’ve shown an ability to handle success.
Let’s talk the next time they have to handle difficulty because it’s inevitably going to come.
Saw this story yesterday about the sale of farmland made famous by the movie Field of Dreams and, of course, it got me thinking.
Yeah, thinking about how I’m not at all surprised they are going to continue to try and make money off the ballparks and cornfields so many of us remember from that movie. That’s just the way the world works and while a 12-field facility and various cabins seems a bit much, who am I to suggest they not try to capitalize on it, even if the movie is more than 20 years old.
(MORE THAN TWO DECADES OLD? WOW. I AM AGING)
Anyway, it did make me think Field of Dreams is the best baseball movie of that genre every made, right?
Better than The Natural Bang The Drum Slowly or Damn Yankees, correct?
That’s the short list of, I guess, dramatic fantasy flicks about the grand old game. We’ll not have any discussion about the fact Bull Durham’s the best baseball comedy ever made, though; that list ends at one.
Yes, IGBT tonight. Be here around 7, please.