The Same Message As A Few Weeks Ago Without the F Bombs
I have been bleeding Blue and Gold longer than most people here. I, too, suffer in defeat -- and losing to sc is NEVER acceptable. But, it is also NEVER acceptable to relieve one's own frustrations and pain, in a hostile, public, way, at the expense of the kids who represent our school. I know, we come here to vent to make ourselves feel better. But, this is not a therapists couch where we get to undergo primal scream therapy in a quiet room. This is a public place where the scream is heard around the world, including by our current and future players.
I hate it when the lizard whines about Westwood's unreasonable expectations. He's a complete douche bag trying to cover for his own failures. But, we give credence to his unfounded complaints when we heap hate on our very own kids. I will never advocate censorship. But, I do wish we could all use some judgment. It is one thing to say someone had a bad game, to point to bad plays or numbers and quite another to "wish" them gone or challenge their heart or commitment.
A few weeks ago, after a troubling loss, I wrote these same sentiments but in a more aggressive way. Today, we get the family rated version. But the message is the same.
I started to write this post as a note in LVBruin's FanPost which takes on the Jrue haters. I have written quite a bit in defense of Jrue in the last few weeks and applaud LV's efforts. I am posting this separately so as to not hijack his analysis and turn the discussion in another direction. I cannot help but believe that Jrue is "hated in advance" because we all feel he is going to break up with us at the end of the season -- that we feel that we have been used and sullied by a one-and-done who we don't believe gave us enough for the year in the UCLA limelight. That is on us, not Jrue. So long as we accept one-and-dones, we have to get used to their leaving after one. And, whatever chance we have of getting them to stay is destroyed by the ugly and vitriolic attacks on this really fine young man who has accepted a year of playing out of position, has deferred to the seniors in their roles as leaders, and has done his best. No matter what he does, he gets criticized. Pass up shots in deference to others, and he is attacked. Drive and shoot (last night) and miss, and he is attacked. Guess what. Last night the entire team shot under 30%, not just Jrue. Jrue made major contributions last night, as he has all season. Last night, while he was playing at the point, I thought he did a very good job for a freshman. In fact, there are many long-time-posters here who have been calling for him to play the point all season. He does and does a good job and the attacks continue. Why am I writing? I cannot help but be upset when a group of grown ups vent and take out their frustrations on a kid -- a good kid doing his best -- over a basketball game. (By the way, some of the hatred spilled over to DC, too, who was probably playing hurt. Unconscionable.)
We all feel bad about the loss. But I suggest we find a way to deal with it, to feel better, without using a public forum to spew ugly hatred on the guys who have had a very good year and, next week, will step onto a Madness floor wearing our colors.
They are Bruin brothers and they deserve better. Rant over. (And, no, I don't feel better having written this. I feel bad that I feel compelled to do so.)