Oh, the hilarity.
By now you know the story (as we’re not so timely these days): Kevin Garnett called Philadelphia fans fairweather after the Celtics beat the Sixers in Game 5 of their playoff series the other day, leading Philly.com columnist John Mitchell to call Boston fans bigoted - referencing, of course, the embarrassing Joel Ward-Twitter incident.
Mitchell had this to say:
Can’t really call this an isolated incident, my friend, not unless you believe that those clowns were gathered together in some sort of Bruins/Skinheads gathering and, after their team went down, they all took to Twitter once Ward drove the stake through Boston’s heart.
So my advice to you, KG, is that you’re better off winning this series, the next one and then the next. Because if you let those stalwart fans down, who knows what they’ll unleash on you. We do know what they are capable of.
Mitchell failed to do much research into the comments, though. Sadly, one of the symptoms of Generations X and Y having so much technology at their fingertips is the feeling of invincibility and the generation of the “internet tough guy” who doesn’t need to back up his or her words. In fact, while searching for aforementioned comments on the night of the incident, many of the tweets came from high school and/or college kids, who were, in response, punished by their schools.
Mr. Mitchell, however, fails to note Philadelphia’s own embarrassing history of fandom, which includes:
- Throwing objects at umpires for 15 minutes during a 1949 Giants-Phillies game, hitting one in the mouth with a glass bottle and the other in the neck with a tomato, leading to a Phillies forfeit;
- Throwing debris at coach Al Arbour during a 1972 Blues-Flyers game, prompting Arbour to climb into the stands to retaliate;
- Throwing ice balls at visiting players and officials during a 1989 Cowboys-Eagles game after Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accused Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing bounties on Cowboys players, leading broadcaster Verne Lundquist to call a recent root canal more pleasant than broadcasting from Philadelphia;
- Throwing D-cell batteries at outfielder J.D. Drew during a 1999 Cardinals-Phillies game;
- Taunting Tie Domi over the penalty box during a 2001 Maple Leafs-Flyers game, leading Domi to retaliate;
- Oh, and let’s not forget the time they fucking booed Santa Claus.
I don’t know about you, Mr. Mitchell, but I’d rather take a bunch of dumbass teenagers who can be taught a little sensitivity than a vindictive city that throws glass bottles, D-cell batteries, and ice balls. Oh, and boos Santa Claus.
Game on. Go Celtics.