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Date Posted: 02/28/03 11:45am
Author: CPColin
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Subject: Re: Militia gets jobbed?
In reply to: Poly80 's message, "Re: Militia gets jobbed?" on 02/27/03 5:45pm

>A couple of things Poly's students should realize with
>their behavior:
>1. Getting on the Refs does nothing to help their
>team. If you ride the refs and piss them off (e.g
>suck my dick), all a sudden phantom calls begin to
>increase as the refs try to control the behavior in
>the stands by penalizing them team.
>2. Inappropriate behavior can be a momentum killer.
>For example, when the ref stopped the game last week
>to toss the fan, that basically gave UCSB and uncalled
>timeout and distrupted the flow of the game which was
>beginning to move back into the Mustang's favor. Big
>Mistake by the fans!

Remember that that incident was a big mistake by *A* fan. They didn't stop the game for all of us.

>3. If Poly is to eventually build a new basketball
>venue, attracting paying customers (vs. the students
>who get in free) is critical. Foul langugage and
>inapropriate behavior is the fastest way to discourage
>paying fans from attending. Especially with their
>children. Spirited, humorous and clever behavior on
>the other hand is the best way to attract the paying
>customer. Therefore, the students should think before
>delivering anything off-color.

I agree here. Against UCR, us Militiapeople yelled out "F--- you" at one of the Riverside players after he mouthed the same back at us, and I regret that since I led the yell. Since then, I've tried to make clever chants take precedence over crude chants, but I see nothing wrong with a general slight crudeness. I try to keep it withing the realm of things you can say on primetime TV.

Last night though, I heard a huge amount of fans behind me yelling swears at the refs. A VIP mother even turned around and told them to watch their language in the presence of her young daughters. A lot of the people there last Thursday and last night don't seem to have been around much before; they're all new fans who don't know how things should work.

I am glad (and surprised!) they brought the same energy as they did last week. The decibel meter hit 111, which is two more than I saw at the UCSB game.

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