Baseball Crank
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November 21, 2004
BASKETBALL: Out of Control Weekend

Daniel Drezner puts the Pistons-Pacers brawl in perspective, noting that it pales in comparison to European soccer hooliganism. Which is fine, but that doesnít mean it isnít inexcusable, as was the ugly South Carolina brawl yesterday in Lou Holtzís final game.

Iím not sure if I agree with Mannix (Chris, that is) that Ron Artest should be kicked out of the NBA for good, but a suspension for the rest of the season may be in order, in light of his repeated involvement in this kind of thing. And I do think the NBA has a major league-wide cultural problem, the roots of which I would blame on its addiction to ever younger, unschooled players. Back when most NBA players had three or four years of college and relative maturity behind them, things like this seemed a lot less common.

Of course, sports-related riots arenít anything new. Remember the ďNickel Beer NightĒ fiasco?

Anyway, it was an ugly fighting weekend, with even President Bush and the Secret Service involved in a scrum down in Chile.

UPDATE: I stand corrected. Though Iíve always liked the sound of ďNickel Beer NightĒ, it appears that the ill-fated promotion of June 4, 1974 was actually ď10-Cent Beer Night.Ē I guess I failed to account for inflation.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:22 PM | Basketball | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Don't trust USA Today. It was "Ten-Cent Beer Night."

Posted by: Devin McCullen at November 21, 2004 3:13 PM

Kermit Washington anyone???

BTW, I was at the 10 cent beer night in question and it wasn't that big a deal. But then again I was only 13 and had never drank that much before.

Posted by: LargeBill at November 21, 2004 10:29 PM

Maybe the NBA has been selling alcohol-fueled proximity to world-class athletes for corporate chicken-hawk fans.

Watch the suspensions get cut; at least Stern gets to pretend he earns hi $ 5million.

The NBA could reward college grads with higher entry pay; even higher matriculaton on a graduated scale. They simply don't want to be entangled with college B-Ball on a business basis. I wonder why.

Posted by: Standing at November 22, 2004 12:06 AM
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