Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Band Wagon Jumping

I’ll admit that I’m one of the few people not named Bill Simmons who still actively follows the NBA. As long as this puts me in the same company as the dudes at freedarko, I’m fine with it.

As a fan of the NBA, I enjoy reading the Associated Press's game reports. Part of this joy comes from the nuggets of useless information hidden under the guise of “Game Notes.” So what does this have to do with the beautiful game known around the world as football? Read on and find out...

Hidden at the bottom of the Game 3 report of the Cavs-Celtics game from several days ago was the following:

There's no doubt about Garnett's passion on the hoop court, but Cavs 7-foot-3 C Zydrunas Ilgauskas has his doubts about the Boston superstar's love of soccer. Ilgauskas is a big fan — literally — of powerful Manchester United, which is battling Chelsea for the English Premier League title. The teams will also meet on May 21 in Moscow in the Champions League final. Ilgauskas was told Garnett was a Chelsea supporter. "He's a fake fan," Ilgauskas laughed. "What, did he become a fan when he went to London?"

That’s right, Garnett, you’re getting called out as a bandwagon jumping fan. At least that sort of thing comes naturally to Boston.

Photo: NBA.com


strong like bull smart like tractor said...

You get to attend a lot of Man United games in Lithuania, Z?

Precious Roy said...

What's the statute of limitations on a bandwagon.

Wonder what percentage of United fans predate SAF's arrival and the string of 10 title in 16 years that soon followed?

Goat said...

As a Cavs fan, I'm conflicted. I like that Z is giving props to soccer and calling out Garnett as a bandwagon jumper. On the other hand, he likes ManU. Maybe that's why he breaks his feet as often as Rooney does.