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A UCLA team whose season might be ruined before it starts due to the stupid deeds of three of their freshmen.Image courtesy of twitter.com
BAD TIMES IN WESTWOOD
First the football team is having another bad season due to their Charlie Brown-like ineptitude on defense, getting their butts kicked and handed to them every week with no end in sight,
Disgracing the UCLA community and the Bruin Nation that loves them in the process, to the point that a Go Fund Me account has been set up to raise funds for a plane to fly a banner above the Rose Bowl during the Bruins’ upcoming game against Arizona State letting the world know exactly how disgusted and just plain sick and tired UCLA fans are of the losing ways, and demanding changes immediately.
And now three members of their basketball team, a team with 11 national championships and a former coach considered the greatest in sports history, has thrown gasoline on an already wild-fire by getting arrested for stealing from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, with UCLA scheduled to play Georgia Tech in nearby Shanghai this Friday.
Jalen Hill, Cody Riley, and LiAngelo Ball (Lonzo’s brother) were released on bail, but were ordered to stay in their team hotel.
They will not play against Georgia Tech, but that’s just the tippy tip of the troubles that face them as China, being the non-democracy that it is, is not necessarily bound to give those players first amendment, due-process rights as they face a three-to-ten year jail sentence.
A nice shot of UCLA’s mascot, Joe Bruin, entertaining the fans at Pauley Pavilion. Photo courtesy of YouTube.com
My Prevalent Thoughts…
1. Much like the football team’s terrible performances of late, Hill, Riley, and Ball have disgraced, dishonored, and humiliated the Bruin Nation.
And they may have ruined the basketball season before it even starts as even if they are acquitted of the shoplifting charges against them – not likely; remember, China is a non-democracy who doesn’t have to give them a fair trial – their alleged actions will hang over the program’s head like an albatross all year.
2. If Hill, Riley and Ball are indeed convicted, though it is a harsh sentiment they should serve their three to ten years, not only for the stealing but also for the disgrace and dishonor that they brought down on the UCLA community. Or at least serve some time in the U.S.
Regardless of what happens in the Chinese court, it should go without saying that they not only need to be kicked off the team, but expelled from school and told to never set their foot on the UCLA campus again.
And for all those who say that they should be shown mercy, I say that some things are unforgivable, especially when it involves representing one of the top universities in the nation in a foreign country.
After all, if Shoeless Joe Jackson and his seven other teammates on the 1919 Chicago Black (White) Sox can be forever barred from baseball and the Hall of Fame for accepting money from gamblers to lose that year’s World Series to the Cincinnati Reds on purpose,
Something similarly harsh can be done to Ball, Hill, and Riley.
Something to cheer Bruin Nation up – at least, something to cheer me up – the UCLA Spirit Squad performing for tailgaters at the Rose bowl. Photo courtesy of YouTube.com
My Most Prevalent Thought In All Of This…
3. Quite simply, it is a bad time for Bruin Nation and to be in Bruin Nation right now.
On this site’s Twitter page, when I made the above statement someone tweeted back that while things may get difficult, she wouldn’t trade being a Bruin for a second.
While I don’t disagree with that – and I couldn’t do that even if I wanted to due to the bachelor’s degree I have from that institution – that does not mean this isn’t a bad time to be a Bruin right now.
Though I can’t speak for anyone else, the football team’s Bad News Bruins play and this new basketball scandal has left me humiliated, degraded, embarrassed, and my Bruin honor insulted on a pronounced scale.
I could go on about the sinking Titanic that is the UCLA football program, not to mention the fact that five high school blue-chippers who committed to the Bruins have de-committed in recent days,
But I’ll save it for next week, when the Crosstown Rivalry coverage – that’s right, the 87th meeting of the Bruins and USC is ten days from this writing – goes into full swing and I’ll have time to go into detail about the (probable) ruin that this season and that team has become.
Thank goodness for the women’s teams, especially soccer, who recently beat ‘SC’s defending national champion Women of Troy in front of the largest crowd to ever see an NCAA women’s soccer game in overtime at Drake Stadium on campus, are ranked in the nation’s top five, and are among the favorites to win a national title.
Them – plus their sisters on the gymnastics team, who start their season in a couple of months – are keeping me going in my Bruinhood.
That’s all I got to say about UCLA at the moment.
At least until the Crosstown Rivalry coverage starts next week, featuring our annual preview of the game at the Coliseum on November 15th and the traditional predictions piece on Thursday, November 16th, where I will predict the final score of the battle between the Bruins and the Trojans, so…
Watch for it!
A scene from the latest humiliation that UCLA’s football team went through, a 48-17 pasting at the hands of Utah. Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com