Today marks the anniversary of a watershed moment in Detroit sports history, and given that many that follow this blog also follow Detroit professional sports, I'm putting it up here for discussion.
10 years ago today, following an on-the-court altercation between Ben Wallace and Ron Artest, Artest thought it would be nice to take a nap on the scoring table. Indiana and Detroit were dominant forces in the East at the time, and the Pacers were just about done administering a beatdown on the scoreboard, so the mood was negative even before the Wallace-Artest incident. Artest's act of defiance really set off the crowd - he was just as unlikeable then as he is now, name changes notwithstanding.
A fan not only called Artest's level of douche, but raised it by tossing a half-empty beer toward Artest, and then the melee ensued. Artest went into the stands seeking retribution. Unfortunately, Artest went after a guy still holding his beer - the wrong guy! (If only Artest had with him a then-popular blue dog to help him decipher the clue that someone usually does not simultaneously  throw their beer and  still have it.)
10 years later, it seems like something very similar could still go down. Fans still have very close proximity to the players, and while there is more security, it looks insufficient to anyone who has sat courtside. The problem of fan involvement has been around for years (e.g., Monica Seles), and I'm not sure what can be done without gutting the fan experience. Certainly an increased investment in security would make sense.
In any event,
happy unhappy anniversary.
Not much else to say. Should be some good basketball played tonight (well, maybe not good as it's early season, but entertaining). Not that we should root for them but seeing Duke annhilate Sparty tonight would make for an enjoyable evening...amirite?!
The better of the two games in my opinion will be the KU-UK game; two very talented rosters (Duke is loaded as well).
Right now it's Memphis vs. Wichita State in Sioux Falls, SD of all places on ESPN.
Unranked Miami Hurricanes go into Gainesville and pull off the upset 69-67.
Miami was down 15 points and came back to beat them.
Jon Horford was second for the Gators in scoring with 17 points and had 3 three-pointers(!)
18 points!!! 3 for 3 outside the arc!
Saw this on ESPN - after several years of deluding themselves into believing that the play-in games were an actual round and everyone would be alright with calling the first round of 64 "the second round" and the round of 32 "the third round", the NCAA has finally voted to "return to sanity" as the article puts it. Nice to see the NCAA submitting to logic and public opinion on how dumb their decision was, even on something as small and meaningless as this.