I went up to Oregon this past weekend to see the Oregon/UCLA and Oregon/USC hoops games. I am an admitted UCLA fan, but I also wanted to see my guy Bryce Taylor.
I am generally tolerant when it comes to students cheering and even jeering, but the Oregon fans crossed the line with their taunting of Oregon-native Kevin Love.
I can deal with "bullshit" chants, even if I think it's classless. But...
"Kevin Love is a pussy" crosses the line, right?
One extended round of chants, okay. But the second time someone from Oregon should have stopped the game and made it clear that this was unacceptable. The handmade signs were even more over-the-top and obscene. The "Pit Crew" also put up Love's cell number, which basically rendered his phone useless after he got got hundreds of text messages and voicemails.
Kevin Love handled the whole thing with class, hardly acknowledging the fans and leading his Bruins to victory.
Before the USC game, Ernie Kent did make a pregame announcement, asking fans to behave. In that game, Oregon came back from 9 down with less than a minute to send the game into overtime. The environment was electric. The Pit Crew are the loudest fans in college basketball -- or a close second to the Cameron Crazies.
So what should be done? Oregon AD Pat Kilkenny called UCLA to apologize.
Henry Abbott from True Hoop e-mailed me this idea:
"Man oh man. What do with the reality that a lot of people are tasteless idiots. Here's one idea: videotape the worst offenders with those signs. Slow-motion it. And then add their names, majors, GPAs etc. and send it to their parents, professors, advisers etc."
I like it.