Friday, April 1, 2011

Excessive Fandom

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the defending world champion San Francisco Giants in their season opener yesterday. That's all good and dandy. It just wasn't enough for a few Dodgers fans.

Dodger fans and Los Angeles fans in general have a rap about being too laid back. If I'm wrong about this let me no, since I'm not a native in your city. A pair of Dodgers fans laid a critical beatdown on a fan wearing Giants gear in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

"The man suffered a serious head injury during the assault after the game,'' said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg. (LA Times ).

Rosenberg said the victim was one of three Giants fans attacked in the parking lot around the end of the game by two unidentified men wearing Dodgers clothing.

Police are trying to get any witnesses to come forward since there was a pretty large group and the attack happened when everyone was coming out. Hopefully someone will come forward and identify the people that did this crime.

It's fine to talk trash to one another while supporting your team, but keep it non violent. Let's hope the perpetrators of this sad and cowardly act are brought to justice. There's no place for this junk in being a fan of professional sports -- which are supposed to be fun.


Lon Kruger Is Oklahoma Bound Depending On Who You Ask

Various reports are saying that Oklahoma will name UNLV's Lon Kruger as its men's basketball coach. Oklahoma says they will hold off on the announcement until the players at UNLV are informed. Kruger has told that  he hasn't seen the report.

Say anything to soften the blow. Kruger said he was staying at UNLV as recent as yesterday and now it's looking like he has a change of heart. It's known that coaches will always do that. Say one thing and do another. It's in their DNA. As far as Kruger goes he's becoming another version of Larry Brown. He can't ever get comfortable in one place. He's not a bad guy, just a rolling stone.

This is a good hire for Oklahoma and a big loss for UNLV. He's won everywhere he's been, except the NBA. There's never been a hint of scandal anywhere he's been and he is a class guy. He should have the Sooners back to respectability in a few years.

UNLV might have to turn to a former Rebel to take over (Dave Rice, Reggie Theus). This is going to be a key hire for the program. They've built up some momentum after being irrelevant since the mid 90s. They need someone to keep the ball rolling, not a big name seat filler.