1. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis…who transformed himself from misleading police in a murder investigation interview to being one of the most sought after NFL interviews…told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio if the league does not play that evil, that crime...will increase. I thought he was talking about league players having all that free time but apparently he meant the general populace. Ray, I don’t think the tipping point on whether or not the public will commit crimes is if you guys aren’t playing football. I do worry about you guys however.
If anything, this will keep police from having to haul in people at your games. Now there’s potential for crime. NFL crowds.
2. Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $50K for yelling a slur into the crowd…on camera…during Sunday’s game vs. the Miami Heat. Note the on camera part because anyone who has played competitive sports knows that and other slurs were used by fans and players alike all night long. I would not last in sports today as my compass would read “Due Ron Artest” every time.
I continue to be amazed at how people are allowed to act at sporting events. Cameras always follow players about hoping they go off on the crowds…then the networks offer hollow, sheepish apologies to their audiences for airing the instances. How about equal time for fan coverage – we don’t see their insanity until an athlete looks in their direction.
Train cameras and mikes on the people behind the benches. Give us the total game experience and let us see what’s really taking place. At that point maybe something will be done about the root cause. Fans.
3. ESPN announcer Mike Breen suggested during discussion of Noah’s fine within last evening’s coverage of the Mavs-Thunder game among other things that need to change is fans have to “call out” other fans. That sounds great except people causing these kind of player reactions are folks you do not want to engage or turn in, no matter how anonymous you think the process might be represented.
No Mike, let us agree right now to not let fans settle these issues. We know all too well if you don’t show fan support properly it can change your life forever.