Yesterday, the Iowa State Cyclones played their final home game of the season, beating Oklahoma State in overtime to send their seniors off on a high note. It was also a tremendous ramp-up to the Big 12 tournament, and the NCAA tournament.
I love March basketball!
Anyway, I was disappointed to read the news stories that came out about the Iowa State student section and what they did during the introduction of players at the beginning of the game. When Marcus Smart was introduced, the entire student section did a “flop” to represent the many times Smart has um, OVER-DRAMATIZED a play, making it appear that the contact was more than what it actually was.
Here’s an example of a Marcus Smart flop:
See how the other player didn’t even touch him? But Smart is, well… smart. He overacts, he dramatizes, and usually it seems to go his way. Much to the chargin of the other team’s players and fans.
And much to the chagrin of the other team’s student sections.
In order to make up for the last time these two teams met a few weeks ago (in Oklahoma), and because of the major “flop” Smart performed against ISU’s Deandre Kane, here’s what the student section did in yesterday’s game:
They also did this whenever Ok State’s Smart had to shoot a free throw:
This was organized by one Iowa State student, who passed out fliers to the student section instructing them what to do. This same student section that was outraged by Smart’s actions in Oklahoma, and also outraged by things other schools have done to Iowa State and it’s players this season (example: WVU naming player Deandre Kane as “Bum of the Game” in their student newsletter) just stooped to the level of the schools and players they are outraged by. I can understand a young person reacting in the heat of the moment, possibly losing their cool during a stressful game. But this crowd “flop”? This was planned. It wasn’t in the heat of the moment, it was calculated. Remember, they passed out FLIERS with instructions on what to do.
Iowa State basketball players and their coach, Fred Hoiberg, have always prided themselves on being classy. Playing with respect, honor, and always taking the high road, even when others are not. Keeping your cool, being the better man, and not allowing yourself to be influenced by the negative actions of others.
It’s too bad the student section didn’t follow those same ideals.