A glance at the sideline during a Los Angeles Lakers game will treat your eyeballs to a cast of characters that would turn any red carpet green with envy. Jack Nicholson takes in the action through dark, bespectacled peepers while a grab bag of others: Mark Wahlberg, Kanye West, Jessica Alba, Snoop Dogg, Leonardo DiCaprio just to name a few.
That’s all fine and dandy. Good for them. Even better for folks like TMZ who have nothing better to do than covertly document the lives of people more important than themselves. Although these faces in the crowd may be convenient cutaways or cute interviews in ESPN broadcasts, there are two things they collectively lack: passion and a united voice. To the chase, I shall now promptly cut: NBA attendance leader last season: Detroit Pistons with 21,877 disappointed fans per game. Now how about the Serbians of Partizan vs. the Athens-based Euroleague champions Panathinaikos last March? You read the headline: a European record 22,567. Oh, and the fans left happy as Serbia pulled off a stunner. Think the crowd noise might have played a role? I’ll shut up now.