Game #9-407: Butler Bulldogs at Saint Louis BillikensJanuary 31, 2013 9:00 pm
Kids these days. The worst, right? No respect for authority. No maturity. Always need something handed to them, don't know the meaning of hard work, never had to fight for anything in their lives. They play too many video games. They don't read enough books. They are too overweight. They don't vote. They watch too much reality television. They never fought in any wars.
Oh, and they rush the court all the time too. These stupid kids have destroyed what it means to truly celebrate a victory by flooding onto the basketball court every time their school pulls even the slightest upset. John Wooden would roll over in his grave. Vince Lombardi would not be impressed. These are old-schools guys, and they would never stand for anybody having fun.
Take the Saint Louis Billikens, for example. That's a good basketball team playing in its home arena. Nobody was all that surprised that they slapped around a ranked Butler team for 40 minutes in a blowout victory. That's just what the Billikens do sometimes, thanks to their terrific defense. And yet because the Bulldogs won a few NCAA Tournament games a couple of years ago, these darn kids think it's acceptable to disrespect Chaifetz Arena security and act like European soccer hooligans.
I was sitting directly above the student section for this game, camped out in the overflow media section. With about five minutes left, I could sense the SLU students were forming a line to stream onto the court.
Sheesh. Learn some manners, people.
The seconds ticked down, and the Billikens kept the heat on Butler. This game was long over, and SLU was ready to party like it was 1999. One minute left. The crowd roars at every missed Butler shot. You can smell the Bud Light on the collective breaths of the Saint Louis student section. Thirty seconds left. This is it. Ridiculous. Shouldn't have sold beer in the arena. Twenty seconds. I think some of them are underage drinking?! Ten seconds. Wait, this actually looks like a lot of fun. 9. 8. 7. 6 seconds. I think I'm gonna go with them.
5 seconds. I walk down the aisle.
4 seconds. Keep walking.
3 seconds. I slide into a spot next to a SLU student.
2 seconds. I yell at the guy next to me-- "you gonna rush?"
1. second. Screw it. I'm gonna go with them and record it on my camera phone.
The buzzer sounds. The place erupts. SLU has upset Butler, and these stupid kids are going to celebrate by rushing the floor. I press record on my camera phone.
Click on this link to see what happened
Rushing the court (or a football field) is always anti-climatic. If you're not in the front row, all you do is wait in line to get on the playing field. Then you just stand around and pat really tall players on their backs. I rushed the field once when Missouri beat Oklahoma in football, but I'd never actually rushed a basketball court before. Funny that I did it at a school I don't even attend. I figured I'd be the much, much less successful version of Hunter S. Thompson and rush the court at SLU, and I must say, I don't regret it at all. These stupid drunk college kids may not know a voting booth from Halo 3, but they sure know how to party.
I know because I'm one of them. I am part of these hooligans, part of a group that will make this world crash and burn because we like watching the Kardashians.
Just look at what I did on this particular evening. I'm just another random 21-year-old who thought it'd be cool to be an embedded journalist and get some video of people rushing the court.
It's like we were all having fun or something. What a doomed generation.
at SAINT LOUIS 75, BUTLER 58
BUTLER 17-4 (4-2) -- R. Clarke 5-12 4-5 17; R. Jones 3-7 1-4 7; K. Dunham 2-7 0-0 4; A. Smith 5-13 1-1 12; K. Woods 2-4 1-1 5; E. Fromm 1-1 0-0 2; A. Barlow 0-0 0-0 0; C. Stigall 1-1 0-0 3; K. Marshall 1-2 0-0 2; D. Morgan 1-1 0-0 2; J. Aldridge 0-0 2-2 2; A. Smeathers 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 22-51 9-13 58.
SAINT LOUIS 15-5 (4-2) -- D. Evans 6-8 3-5 15; R. Loe 5-9 1-1 12; M. McCall Jr. 3-8 0-0 9; C. Ellis 2-9 3-4 7; J. Jett 8-12 1-4 19; G. Glaze 2-6 0-0 4; J. Barnett 2-3 0-0 4; C. Remekun 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 28-55 9-16 71.
Three-point goals: BUTL 5-14 (R. Clarke 3-7; C. Stigall 1-1; A. Smith 1-3; A. Smeathers 0-2; K. Dunham 0-1), SLU 6-19 (C. Ellis 0-3; J. Barnett 0-1; J. Jett 2-4; R. Loe 1-5; M. McCall 3-6); Rebounds: BUTL 35 (K. Dunham 7), SLU 27 (C. Ellis 5); Assists: BUTL 14 (R. Jones 4), SLU 11 (C. Ellis 3); Total Fouls -- BUTL 16, SLU 13; Fouled Out: BUTL-None; SLU-None.