I was at the game last night. Fellow blog-entrepreneur Bob and I had seats in section 207. Apparently that was the Lakers section. We were literally surrounded by Lakers fans save for a couple old women sitting behind us. It was awful. The game started off terribly. Spurs went down big quick. So the crowd wasn't exactly into it. We were trying to cheer as much as we could but there was little to cheer about.
One idiot Laker fan in particular, we'll call him Assface, was very annoying. Every time a foul was committed, regardless of the total team fouls or where on the floor the foul was committed, Assface would scream out, "FREE THROWS!!!" I guess Laker fans don't know the rules of basketball. I was shocked. Assface would also yell out "STAY ON HIM" whenever Parker had the ball. Maybe he thought Fisher could hear him. The worst one of the night was when Assface screamed, "POKE HIS EYE OUT!" What? Really Assface? Alright, if you're gonna continue to say stupid shit you shall be mocked. So from then on ever time a foul was committed...scratch that, any time there was a stoppage of play I would scream, "FREE THROWS!!!!" I would intermittantly shout out "STAY ON HIM!" or "POKE HIS EYE OUT" as well. I think he got the message because he stopped being a blatant idiot.
As for the game itself, obviously Bob and I were disappointed. However, we both agreed we aren't worried (so long as Manu is healthy for the playoffs). Why? If you were paying attention near the end, right after Parker hit that 3 to cut the difference to 2 points, Mason got called for a foul on a screen set for Kobe. There was a stoppage (FREE THROWS!!!) and then Pop did something that Bob and I couldn't understand. He took Mason off Kobe and out of the game. And instead of putting a guy like Bowen on him (also note Malik was not in uniform), he put George Hill on him. I knew it was over when Pop did that. Kobe hit a three and the game was pretty much lost (Kobe hit another shot over Hill later on). It was obvious Pop was experimenting with defensive assignments. This wouldn't happen in the playoffs. I'm confident with Manu healthy, this team can beat any team in the league. They came back from a huge deficit and almost pulled out a win. Almost.
Highlights of the night:
An usher telling a Laker fan holding out his Kobe jersey, "Yeah but he's a rapist."
Laker fan getting pissed off when I started chanting "BOSTON CELTICS!" after the game.
Some guy was wearing a Rodman jersey.
There was an ad/video montage for a fitness center where the jumbotron panned to different fat people eating. One guy was going to town on a slice of pizza or somethin, had no idea he was on the jumbotron.
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