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First, blah blah blah great run, unexpected success, good core, young talent, work hard, good group of guys, blah blah blah. That’s out of the way. For real, Eva Longoria was at games 3 and 4 of the Western Finals! That’s something to be proud of; Mrs. It Girl of the Moment was here in our sleepy little town for a long holiday weekend. And guys, come on, you know it won’t last between her and Tony Parker. It never lasts! She’ll be a free agent by next summer.
Second, if this is “out of control”, then I’ve got to hand it to Utah for being the most civilized unruly crowd in the nation. Think about it. People DIE in Detroit or Boston when championships are won. People DIE near the Staples Center in Los Angeles no matter if the Lakers are playing or not. We just had a few unruly jerks who threw stuff on to the court. That’s it? No march to Murray to flip over a Land Rover? No parade of violence up Capitol Hill? For what the rest of the country feels after sporting wins and losses, this is nothing.
Third, the Jazz could still come back! Hey, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Tim Duncan could think the game was on the wrong day and show up a day late in San Antonio! Think of the giveaways at EnergySolutions arena should the Jazz come back. We fans could get Derek Fisher Technical Foul Towels to wave proudly on national TV. Perhaps the first 5,000 through the turnstile can get a Manu Ginobli Flop Mop, in honor of what appears to be his best strength. I understand lip balm was among the items thrown at the court. I hope it wasn’t that Nightside Project lip balm they gave out a few months ago. Maybe it was “Larry H. Miller’s Trust Your Lips To This Guy Lip Balm”. Maybe not.
But, seriously folks, it is embarrassing to see fans behave like they did last night and it can’t be pointed out enough that only a small fraction of a tiny percentage of fans even considered doing it. Still, there are things you can do to try to prevent those jerks from ruining the show. Turn them in. If you see somebody chuck something, identify them and find an usher. Don’t waste any time. Yeah, it’s snitching, to a degree. Yeah, it’s butting in to other people’s business. Yeah, those jerks might have cost us the game if it was closer, later, and more rowdy. Which is more important to true fans?