I don’t get Boos. Unless I’m the one booing. I can only remember booing referees and not them personally but the calls. I could see booing a guy like Big Baby Davis. Oh I’m sorry, he wants to be called Glen now. Basically any Celtic deserves a boo anytime they make one of those plays that they’ve been known for. Ray Allen in a walkoff, Big Fatty in a walk off. Not because of the shot but because of the reaction. The “Ohhh yeah, just as I expected. I am just too cool to do anything but fist pump” or the “Ohhhhhhhhhh! I am so excited I can’t even run on my own, I will push off of somebody, I don’t have time to check if the push off person is a kid!”
Those deserve Boos. A guy coming into the game, one particular guy touching the ball, no, I’m sorry, you don’t get to boo. Maybe if you’re Philadelphia, which makes you completely allowed to be an obnoxious person in general but particularly when we’re talking about sports. But really, you can’t just give a guy what for by way off a “B” followed by a very long “oooooooooo” because of who he is.
I cannot think of a single guy, NBA, NFL any of it that that as soon as I see him I think “No, I don’t like you, the only way to vocalize this is through an extended non-word. I shall BOOOOO ye.”
All this comes on the heels of last night’s tremendous determination shown by the fans in Golden State. Strong and consistent boos for Stephen Jackson. He was booed in the layup lines, he was booed every time he touched the ball. I get it. A guy demands a trade from your team and gets one. It’s your perogetive but I just don’t get it.
Basketball, I’m learning this more and more, is a business. There is so much money and a guy needs to feel like he’s in his place. It’s all business and not a statement on a guy’s relationship to a fan base. Stephen loved it in Golden State, he just wasn’t fitting into their plans on the court and wasn’t feeling things were going the way he wants and expects. He demanded a trade, it’s not his fault that the Warriors got Vlade Radmonovic and that’s about it since Raja Bell elected for season ending surgery.
I couldn’t believe the fans in Charlotte booing JJ Redick last week. We’re Charlotte folks! We don’t have enemies at this point. Oh, what’s that? This just in, all those folks booing were huge Douc-sorry, Carolina fans and don’t like JJ because he went to Duke and scored lots of points. He plays for Orlando folks. Why not boo somebody who it would have effect on? Dwight Howard at the free throw line maybe?
You boo to make your disdain heard or to effect some one’s night. You can boo a guy like Michael Vick in Atlanta, to the rest of us, he’s just a bad dude and he doesn’t mean that much anymore. Although, the superman touchdown back in ’03 or whatever was total BS.
My point is, unless the guy made a terribly bad call (Dick Bavetta), threw a punch, fought with fans in the stands (see Detroit Mr. Jackson), or killed dogs and ruined your franchise, make a great reason for your boos. Stephen Jackson has played for 5 teams in the league after a lot of traveling outside of it. JJ Redick plays for Orlando now, not Duke and all he did at Duke was play the way you would expect any North Carolina player. Don’t hate but if you do, have a good reason.