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Am I The Only One?

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Let's Blame the Fans!

Now that the suspensions have been handed down to them fightin' NBA Pacers, all eyes have turned to those unruly fans. How shall we punish them?

It seems that many people (including an unsettling majority of ESPN's commentators) want to see those Detroit fans swing from the rafters. "Let's face it: if (Pacers player) Artest isn't hit with the cup of ice, does he go into the stands?" said one commentator. These assertations ususally come with a standard disclaimer of "...not that an NBA player should EVER go into the stands, but..."

As I see it, the only fan that owes an apology to the league is the one that threw the cup of ice. Once the players were charging into the crowd and assaulting anyone within reach, it seems fair game for fans to flee to the court. Those that were on the court were also attacked by NBA players eager to throw the first punch.

I hope all of these NBA thugs voted for George W Bush, since they believe so strongly in the doctrine of re-emption.

NBA players and fans are not equal parties at an NBA game. The players are multi-millionaire employees who are putting in a day at the office. The fans are there as customers who have paid for NBA tickets, NBA merchadise, stadium food -- pretty much keeping the entire league in business.

Players don't like having mean words shouted at them during a game? Boo hoo. Without that loudmouth there to pay your salary, you'd be scraping mold from the inside of a nuclear reactor.

If Nevermore was commissioner of the NBA, his ruling would be as follows: O'Neil and Johnson would be out for 55 games each, and Artest would be banned from the league. All three would be subject to criminal prosecution. The fans who were touched by those three players would be apologized to publicly by the Pacers and given lifetime season tickets to the Detroit Pistons. Future episodes will be avoided with improved security at all NBA stadiums.

I'm sure I will be the only one to say this bit of commen sense. What's new.


  • Nah, I live in the hub of it...I say shut the whole damn institution down and give my theatre more money. But I'm selfish like that. :)

    By Blogger Ang, at 5:04 PM  

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