Game #9-045: San Diego State at Missouri State BearsNovember 17, 2012 2:05 pm
I don't often feel the urge to punch people in the face. In fact, I actively pride myself in being the kind of mild-mannered person who never lets anything irritate him. Never too happy, never too sad, never too high, never too low, I let most anything roll off my shoulders.
On Saturday, I wanted to punch a lot of people in the face.
They all happened to sit behind me, in the first row of JQH Arena. They were all Missouri State fans, but that doesn't have a whole lot to do with the story. Sure, in this particular scenario, my qualms are with MSU people, but the kind of shenanigans I'm about to explain happens at every single gym in every single geographical territory of college basketball.
First, some background: Before the game even started, the fans weren't very fond of San Diego State, a team making its first and only trip this season to the central time zone. "West coast snobs," somebody says. That's a phrase repeated over and over again, all the way until the final buzzer of SDSU's victory. As the game wore on, though, it got worse. This was, by my estimate, one of the most physical and heated games I've ever personally witnessed. There were fouls all over the place. People tumbling to the ground. At one point, Jamaal Franklin -- a major trash-talker who just loved to get under the skin of everybody on the court -- got tossed to the floor during a layup attempt. Words were exchanged, people yelled, and a brawl looked imminent.