|The only true Superfan is Mark Bockelman, bruh!|
I've been writing about race a lot here recently and it is because I am not afraid or ashamed to take on the STRONG TAKES. Today will be no different. Let's be honest: the incident at Texas Tech with Marcus Smart on Saturday was not good. I was watching ESPN when it happened (because I am lame) and, sadly, this was not shocking to me at all. I was more surprised at my mother-in-law yelling at the manager of Applebee's earlier because they don't carry The Big Ten Network (which was hilarious but really embarrassing) and she wasn't able to watch the second half of the Ohio game. I mean, why the fuck wouldn't a restaurant with Ohio stuff on the wall carry the Big Ten Network? Whatever. Let's break this down:
Marcus Dumb has been losing his marbles for awhile now - If you've been paying attention at all to college hoops this year, you know that Smart is regressing under the YUGE expectations that have been put on his shoulders since he decided to come back for a second season in Stillwater. He hasn't played to his (and America's for that matter) lofty standards. He has been getting more and more frustrated visibly over the past few weeks. Something was going to give sooner than later. Attacking a fan, though, was not what I had in mind (but I will take it). Make no mistake and don't try to excuse this: He was 100% wrong to do what he did.
It doesn't even matter what Jeff Orr said - The mainstream media seems to be confused by this. Smart was born and raised in Texas. Whatever Orr might have said, I have to believe that he has already heard from fans a thousand times before. It sucks and it is wrong. I get that. Grown men should know better. But that doesn't give any athlete carte blanche to pie-face a mouthy asshole. EVER. I'm positive that the superfan deserved to lose some teeth for being a middle-aged child, but not from Marcus. FACT.
The lady next to Orr is a delight - I have no idea how I would have reacted to the ugly situation, but pointing at the kid with a "did you see that" look was LOLZ. Yeah, lady, everyone saw it. Congrats on becoming a meme.
Nice officiating, Big 12 refs - One of the best players in the country just blew his top and went after a fan a few rows deep behind the basket. How about we get him out of there and administer an extremely limp-wristed technical foul! I would love to hear the logic behind not kicking Smart out of the game there. Ed Hightower would have been all over this.
Walking back to the locker room in a defiant manner didn't help - Poor job by Travis Ford (typical from a UK alum) by not getting his fragile stud out of there immediately. It's easy to criticize now but Smart needed to be taken out of there ASAP and not still be around while the fans stormed the floor. I'm actually surprised that nothing happened then. If I were a Red Raider student, I would have immediately got as close to Smart as I could have and told him that I disapproved of his actions and wished him luck in his future endeavors. Because I am all class, you see.
What should the Big 12 do here? - Glad you asked! By the time that this posts, the punishment will probably already be handed down by the league. Personally, I think he should be suspended for the rest of the regular season but eligible for postseason play. It needs to be stiff. You can't do what Ron Artest and Vernon Maxwell have done. Don't give me that "heat of battle" garbage or excusing this because of a racist remark. That is irrelevant. Don't lose sight of the issue here just because a dipshit white guy ran his mouth. Dipshit white guys (Ide) run their mouths all the time.
At least we know who will lose in the first round now - Yeah, when it comes time to fill out your brackets, it doesn't matter who they Cowboys are playing (if they even make it at all now). Pick them to lose because they will.
Now that football season is over, I sometimes worry about a lack of things to talk about. One of the better players in college basketball heading into the second row to push a fat bigot really helped ease my doubt! I don't know where Marcus Smart would have been picked this coming June (probably in the 5-10 range) but now I think that he'll be lucky to go in the lottery. Even bad teams like the Cavs and Pistons don't want angry and mentally weak guys that want to fight everybody. Marcus might be a nice fit for the Sambos though (no offense).
Before I finish my HOT TAEK, I want to tell a related story. In December of 1999, I made the trek down to Millett Hall with a bunch of guys from my freshmen dorm as Xavier was in town (coached by Skip Prosser and a young David West was on the team). The RedHawks managed a nice 9 point win over the Musketeers whose best player was a big guy named Aaron Turner. Toward the end of the game, when it was decided, Turner looked up into the student section where a young G$ was prominently featured so I did what any normal person would do...I pointed at Turner and acted out the motion of him performing aggressive oral sex on me with both of my hands on the back of his head. MATURITY BRAH. He nodded his head and mock laughed at the ELITE homo gesture (wait, did he agree to my terms? am I interacially gay?). And that was that. That is how fans and players should interact. With gay innuendo (in your end-o).
I'm sorry that Marcus Smart felt the need to attack a random racist during a game. But let's be honest here, what was said to him was not even close to all of the awful shit that was said toward JJ Redick during his Duke days. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Then again, everything said about Redick was true. This was a shitty situation where no one is right, but Smart broke the cardinal rule of being an ELITE athlete. And now he needs to pay.