Keep throwing stuff on the court down the strech of a close game.
That's what the student section for Santa Clara did not once, but TWICE, in the second half of their game against Gonzaga tonight. It just ended, an 81-73 victory for the Zags. But that's not the point.
You see, the Santa Clara student section threw a bottle and a ball of foil on to the court late in the game, getting two technical against Santa Clara, their own team. That cost the SC Broncos four points on free throw and stretched out the Gonzaga lead. And despite the warning of Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating (who specifically said not to throw anything on the court ever again) and the gym PA announcer, someone decided to do it, again.
I am also a college student and fan, and I admit, I have had run-ins with other fans and event staff, usually about cursing or saying something about the zebra's terrible opinions or someone that doesn't like sitting behind thirty students (including me) that are standing/cheering and obstructing their view. I've done things that I'm not proud of, but I worked with my AD Dept. to avoid having these problems. And I'd never do anything stupid like throw stuff onto the court. There's crossing the line, and then there is running it over with an 18-wheeler.
The latter is what two students at Santa Clara did tonight. Two students decided to make a terrible decision and it might have cost their school a win over a ranked, conference rival. No one will ever know, because the first technical established enough doubt that the game was probably over. The second tech just confirmed it.
I want to say that I'm proud of the Santa Clara team for fighting until the very end. Also, to the students who pointed out the idiots that actually threw the stuff onto the court and hopefully getting them ejected for the rest of their college careers.
Also, if I’m coach Keating, maybe I keep the student section closed for this Saturday’s game against WCC rival Portland. It will teach a valuable lesson to everyone at Santa Clara, and it would guarantee that 0.01% of his fan base doesn’t cost him a win.
For the record, I’m not hating on Santa Clara. I do not hate on scrappy teams that never give up. But I will hate on individuals who cost their teams wins, even if they’re students or fans and not actually athletes.
So shame on you, now infamous Santa Clara trash-throwing fans. You have committed the most recent fan-related incident in sports in a long line of asinine fan-related incidents.
Fans are supposed to cheer and support their teams, not cost them points.
And a certain school in Santa Clara, Ca. will remember that for a long time, I hope.