Why do people have to act like dopes?
You know me and fans, right?
There needs to be more civility and respect for those around you at games, you cannot be loutish or overly loud or increasingly inebriated. You need to behave as grown up human beings, have your fun certainly, but don’t be knuckleheads.
Now, that rant a few days ago was primarily aimed at the way spectators treat each other; there’s a whole other level that’s equally troubling.
The way fans – some, not all, but more than you’d think – treat athletes is, frankly, shameful.
Personal attacks, the “you suck!’ screams, the inane criticisms of everything from hair style to off-the-field-of-play interests is ridiculous and, like the boorish behaviour of fans towards those around them, it can ruin a night.
Now, I’m all for good-natured heckling as long as it’s done in fun and not mean-spirited. A good line can bring a smile to a players’ face, the night the guy in Philly told Reggie Slater, ‘hey, Reggie, I saw your game, it’s on a milk carton’ was pretty funny.
Look at this and you tell me if any professional athlete deserves to put up with that crap.
I saw that repeatedly on the tweeter sometime during the night so I can’t say for sure who first put it out there first and give credit but explain to me, please, what in the world that couple could have been thinking. What were they trying to accomplish?
To goad Noah into doing something extraordinarily stupid? To try to make themselves feel more a part of the action? To get themselves on TV?
Athletes in all sports know they have to suffer some kind of indignities as they go about their business, it comes with the territory and that they are able to shrug most of it off is an impressive display of self control that I don’t think gets nearly the appreciation that it should.
Yes, they are highly paid professionals and some things come with the turf; stuff like that doesn’t and shouldn’t and it’s shameful.
It probably doesn’t speak to society as a whole, just to two idiots with good access at a major sports event who got caught being buffoons.
But it sucks.
Now, I’m sure I’m way late to the party on this but this Metric combo’s pretty darn solid.
Some people out there with good taste.
Okay, of all the things we’ve come to expect from the Chicago Bulls, a shocking lack of composure would not have been anywhere near the top of the list.
Six technical fouls. Two ejections. Worst playoff loss in franchise history. Joakim Noah channeled an old Bulls sage: “Yeah, I would call that not keeping your cool. Not being very Zen."
We know that emotions run higher in the post-season than normal, there’s more at stake, there’s more adrenaline flowing, things can get out of control quickly if you let them.
Good teams, great teams, good players, great players have a way of not giving into to those circumstances. That’s exactly what the Bulls uncharacteristically didn’t do; they caved.
It’s going to be interesting to see what they learned, how they comport themselves in Game 3. There’s nothing to suggest they won’t revert to form but, then again, there was nothing to suggest they’d misbehave as they did Wednesday night.
Mail. Need some. Have, like, two questions over at email@example.com and we all know we need more than that.
Everyone enjoy their Quarter Pounders yesterday?
(Cat? Go among the pigeons)
Now, I’m sure a lot of you would realize that I was not glued to any television set last night watching the pucks – there were far more fun pursuits to take care of, thankfully – but I have been reading and was paying attention later in the evening and it sounds like a cracker of a game.
But here’s the question for those who watched intently or were even there:
Does the fact it seems to be a hugely compelling game, a plethora of goals, some hits, some great plays and close calls and dynamite entertainment as a one-off event at all mitigate the final result?
Is there any part of anyone today who thinks, ‘wow, that was a special night, I’m glad I got to see and live it’ or is the level of angst over the 3-1 Leaves series deficit render that impossible to think?
I would imagine the answer is an overwhelming yes, and that it’s hard for so many of you to separate event from result and it’s that at least a little unfortunate?
By all indications, it was a delightful night of high intensity competition, too bad that couldn’t be enough.
Sometimes it’s okay to be a fan of an event rather than a team, makes the totality of the process a bit easier, I think.
I’m guessing the whole “Ricky Romero has figured it out” narrative took a beating last night, didn’t it?
It still amazes me that a pitcher who had significant success at the highest level could all of a sudden lose it; it has to be a combination of a physical issues and mental toughness, doesn’t it?
There’s no way it could be just one and I imagine that’s got to be the most frustrating part for all concerned. If it was just one thing – a bad release point, a lack of concentration – it’d have to be far easier to fix. That it seems to be a bit of both, and you know this is speculation from afar but sometimes that’s what we do here, has to be the most troubling.
Back a couple of summers ago when I was doing some seamhead work, I had more than a few chances to deal with Romero, he was a good guy, easy to get along with, always had the time for prying reporters.
He’s just one of those guys you hope has success and I still do.