As anyone who watches sports, even casually, can tell you, this weekend has had its share of brawling. On Friday night, the Pacers and Pistons game was called due to a massive player/fan brawl. The next day, Clemson and South Carolina's game was ended in a on-field melee that involved numerous law enforcement officers. This game was also Lou Holtz's last game as head coach, and it is a goddamn disgrace to him that this had to happen. A classy guy doesn't deserve that. But let me just give a little opinion on this matter.
Violence in sports should be a given. If they know a game is going to be excessively violent, then you also have to know that eventually that violence won't be contained. Security is a big isssue, especially in basketball, one pro sport where fans are closest to the action. Let me say a few things about these players.. First off, yes, Ben Wallace did over-react. It was a blatant foul, and maybe he just took exception to it because of something else that happened in the game. Who knows? The only fact is there wasn't a lot from the other Pistons in this mess. Wallace started it, and it was calmed down rather quickly. Here is the part I need to really emphasize. While Ron Artest was laying on the scoring table, someone threw a beer at him. He then ran this guy down and shoved him, and while being restrained by other fans and team-mates, another fan threw a beer in his face. This prompted Stephon Jackson to punch the guy before the players came back to the court and eventually got to the locker room, but not before Jermaine O' Neal got in a hellacious hit on some other dude. Okay, here's my problems..
As a professional athlete, you're expected to maintain a level of professionalism; that's why you got this far. Maybe it's just the way I've viewed Ron Artest lately, what with the R&B album promotion, but give me a break. You went out of your goddamn way, shoving fans and jumping over tables just to get this one insignificant bastard who is just a little jerk. You are twice his size and have to smack him around? I'm not saying 'don't get pissed' because I would be too. But this is just stupid. Athletes get garbage thrown at them time and time again. I've seen it in hockey (a far more violent sport), basketball, baseball, older football games, and wrestling. This is the first time I've ever seen that. I don't care if it was a spur of the moment thing or not, be smart enough not to piss off a crowd that is hostile (or will be if you smack a fan) and then not expect to get more shit thrown at you!
Stephon Jackson and Jermaine O' Neal I can at least try to go with. Jackson was trying to get some fucker away from his team mate. I don't know if you had to punch the guy, but who knows what would happen next. O Neal I can most sympathize with because the fans were on the court at the time and they were just trying to get out. You need to protect the guys on your team, especially the smaller guys like assistant coaches, water boys, just to be sure that no one gets hurt.
Here's what kind of annoys me: a few months ago, Milton Bradley got CRUCIFIED for throwing a plastic bottle at the ground when someone threw it from the stands after an error. They flipped the fuck out when he did that and all you hear is that he needs anger management and that he should be SUSPENDED. He threw a fucking plastic bottle at the floor! WTF!? All I've heard is that Artest was going to be suspended, not that he should be. So when it is okay just to yell at fans and okay to smack the shit out of them?
I am definitely not placing all blame on Artest. The fans are most certainly at fault here. As a fan, you bought a ticket that entitles you to fuck around, yell stuff, heckle the players, and have a good time. When you start to get physical with the players, then we have a problem. Of course, there are different levels of physicality. Punching a player and throwing beer at him is totally different. Despite what you think, throwing a plastic cup or bottle isn't assult. You are in no immediate bodily threat and there is a good chance that malice is not involved. Even so, how much damage can a plastic cup do? That being said, I think eye for an eye in that situation. If a fan punches you, you have to defend yourself, so punch him back. If a fan throws a beer, all you can really do is throw a beer back. If you do anymore, you're at fault.
Something else, as already stated. There's any given amount of 15-20,000 fans in that arena and there's about 20 guys on your bench. If you think you are going to leave something like that unscathed you're dumber than you look, which probably is pretty dumb. And I don't want to hear this shit about Detriot fans because that would've happened ANYWHERE. I guaren-damn-tee you any other fucking place, the fans would've reacted the same damn way. So, fuck all that. Fans are dumbasses around the country. And Detriot fans aren't the worst with violence. Chicago, New York, and LA have the most violent fans, possibly ever.
The point is this is one of the crappiest things the NBA has ever been involved in. It's a bit embaressing, but everyone will be disciplined pretty excessively I'm sure. It does suck, but disappointment comes with being a sports fan, something Rob knows a lot about!!
In other news, apparently, I'm a sucker for a pretty face, that's why I'm fricken in loaf. I miss yooooou!!! FOOL! It's not too bad, I've been in a pretty damn good mood lately. Also this week, I opened up two bank accounts. Gotta start saving, Christmas is coming. That sucks. All people not related to me: Don't expect your gifts until like January. I will have no money until then. So, please be patient, you'll get one but it'll take awhile. Let's see, uh. Apparently we're playing a show next Saturday someplace with Chuck D or something. I don't really know, but we're scheduled. So Fucking A. That should be good, let's see what else..
I bought an assload of CD's for the first time in like 2 weeks, and that's ungodly for me. Got Dio's Greatest Hits, Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East, Blues Traveler - Straight Through Morning, Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird: The Movie Soundtrack, Beach Boys' Greatest Hits, EDGUY - Burning Down the Opera, and Whitesnake's Greatest Hits. Fucking A! Possibly more I left out.. The most I bought in a while, but all of them were about 4 dollars each. Soooo, that's pretty good. uh.. I don't really remember other stuff.. Oh wait I also bought two cool ass DVD's this week. I got Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 3 and it's fucking weird as shit but still funny as fuck. And I also got the Rise and Fall of ECW, which is just ungodly. It's like 6 hours long. If you enjoy ECW even remotely, this DVD is just cool to help you understand the roots of the company. The only thing I didn't like is they leave a lot of upper-card guys out like Balls Mahoney, Jerry Lynn, Super Crazy, Justin Credible, and Tajiri. It's pretty suck, but there's nothing else to complain about. It's a solid DVD set.
FUCK! The Cowboys offically suck this year. Damnit. They controlled the entire 1st half, 3-0. Then the Ravens beat the piss out of us the entire second half. FUCK! The only good thing to come out of this is they put Drew Henson in during the last drive and he got his first touchdown pass. Vinnie Testaverde sucks. I don't care what you say, the fucker turns the ball over so fucking much. DAMN HIM. Unfortunately I'm wearing his jersey right now; I think I'll burn it soon. Julius Jones also came back and tore it up today. That's a good sign. Some actual running game. The Lions also just lost while they were beating the Vikings for awhile. I think the Jets lost to the Browns, and that's pretty sad. No, wait... they won, 10-7. That's not good. Titans beat Jags, good. Fuck you Jaguar! Buffalo won again. That's cool.. Fucking A, now I will actually root for Washington against the Eagles. And hope the Giants beat the Falcons because I hate both McNabb and Vick. But hopefully, everyone dies, especially Eli Manning. So fuck.. we'll see.
One more thing: Mark Slaughter sucks.