Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Bobcats actually win a game

And now for something completely different, as the comic troupe Monty Python used to say...

The Bobcats actually won a game Saturday night. I know it happened. I saw it, as did about 15,000 fans (that's just a guess, as the Bobcats announced a sellout crowd of 19,238) at Charlotte's home opener. Here's my column about the opener.

Yes, it was just the Miami Heat they beat. But Charlotte's 100-87 win was a welcome relief to a team that hadn't won a real game since April 16 in the 2007-08 season finale against Philly. Since then, Charlotte had lost eight straight preseason games and the regular-season opener at Cleveland.

Gerald Wallace (34 points) was the most athletic player on the court tonight, and note that Dwyane Wade was out there, too. Jason Richardson was very selective and smart with his shots. Emeka Okafor (18 points, 13 rebounds) also played well, as did Raymond Felton. Those are the Bobcats' Big Four, and they always need at least 3 of them playing well on any given night to have a chance at winning the game.

The Heat is close to a homecoming game for most teams -- Miami was 15-67 last season. Then again, the Bobcats are close to a homecoming game for most teams. Any win was a good one.

It was interesting, also, to see Michael Jordan sitting five feet from the Bobcats' bench -- close enough for Larry Brown to put him in the game if he hadn't been dressed in a sports coat. I think it helps both the Bobcats' team to see MJ while they're playing, and for fans to see him visibly involved. He should do more of that, and he can do it anytime he wants -- Jordan bought the seats right next to the Bobcats' bench.

15 comments:

krisma111 said...

mean really?...i was hoping it was just the title that turned me off.....but you spend the entire piece trashing the bobcats indirectly....im a diehard cats fan and will be the 1st to admit that the owner and front office have made some bad moves.....but they have also made some good moves ie. j rich / oakafor / dudley ....ect.....i understand that the old white population in charlotte is very bitter towards the nba.....( for what reason i will never know for sure...but have a good idea ) .. its obvious from local sports radio to our local paper...90% of the talk is negative...how about we give the guys on the court a little respect for being a group of solid men and citizens ....and a group thats learning a new system under a very demanding coach......trust me,,,,after 0 - 9 to start ...i was weary also....but tonight was a great preformance.....and dont give me that it was the lowly heat crap....the guys have a very solid lineup which includes 1 of the best players in the nba and hands down the best player on the RE-Deam Team....it just irritates me about our local media.....i mean damn we loooked terrible for 3 weeks and finally showed some life tonight and are now 1 - 1....focus on the good things and not be soooo negative...( like 80% of the ignorant charlotte sports fans)....
you guys have alot more influence then i think u understand...

Les Porter said...

I'll second that. Good win Bobcats. Keep it up.

T said...

What a joke of a column. Add something of substance, Scott. Otherwise, your wasting everyone's time (including your own).

Hoagie58 said...

Hey Scott, I'd change your Blog password, as it appears that that HACK Tom Sorensen has written a piece using your name. Seriously, dont you have your head far enough up John Fox's arse that you can leave the Cats alone? Even when they win the Cats cant catch a break from you morons! Of course we all know that if the Cats have a good season you will all talk about the great stories you've written about them. Fair weather reporers-alot like our fair weather fans!

Danman said...

Hey scottie, thepreseason don't count....it's when you work on things....THEY DON"T COUNT!!!!!

BOBCATS WON!!!!!!!!
THEY ARE 1 win-1-1 loss.

JEEZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MOVE TO DALLAS AND MAKE US BOTH HAPPY!

Danman said...

At least you have the you know Kahuhnnnaaaas to publish everyone, unlike the dumbass on the ballot. He seems a little "liddy dole" to most of us. What a wussy.

Rahji said...

Why don't you do some real reporting, like finding out why (or when) the rest of the Carolinas will get TV coverage. It's not on in Sptg, SC or RDU, NC. Some people actually like the Bobcats (apparently not like you redneck reporters in Charlotte). I've never read a Panther report with the same sarcastic undertone (and I read the Observer everyday). Is your problem really with the teams, or the different color of the owners???

HAve2650 said...

Scott,
Why this article? Do you hate Bob Johnson and are making the Charlotte sports community pay with your hateful coverage?

yngballer5 said...

Fowler...this is worse than one of QCB's FU (Fowler Uncovered) files on WFNZ...you suck. Tomorrow, maybe, lol

Dsharp said...

Not much to say that hasn't already been said. I don't know what the problem is between the observer and the Bobcats but the only people who are suffering because of this childish BS is the fans.

Danman said...

Scott you are definitely dumber than a 3rd grader and could never cut it in the 5th grade....but we've always known you are a Dallas homer in the NFL and NBA. Move, because we don't like buttheads here. You probably are a repub and a liddy dole kind of girl anyhow.

Richard said...

BRAVO Scott....(golf clap) truly remarkable. you deserve a pulitzer for this amazing achievement in journalism. i am so glad you did not take the buy out so that you could really show your journalistic integrity with this article.

do you sense the same sarcasms that you have towards the bobcats? we beg you to please not come to any more games. we do not want you there. this is not a joke, but a serious request...please stop writing about a team you hate so much and i will make the personal promise to stop reading your articles. see how that works...you scratch my back and i will scratch yours. also another request...take the buyout.

TheeRadd said...

I agree with Scott, the cats haven't really played well enough to give us reason to believe there is any real NBA talent on the team. This pains me because I love the Cats and bleed baby blue and white. I also agree with some of the other posts that the Char. Obsv. should invest in some reporters who actully care and want to report on the local teams instead of their condescending crap. But, you know if someone had said "the young black pop. in Charlotte is bitter" (opposite of what krisma111 has to say) it would be racist. Cut the crap and quit bitching and pulling the race card when it only benifits you, and accusing others off being racist when clearly you are yourself. THAT IS CALLED HYPOCRITICAL. How can you honestly make accusations of racism when you do the same thing in the same breath. Another thing, please for the love of Great Nation, inform yourselves about the real NObama, who he chooses to surround himself with, and what they strive to do to our country. Name calling is a cool trait and is something a scared ignorant child resorts to. You dems/and libs are for some reason trying to destroy and dim "the great shining city on the hill." I don't understand this hate from within and have pity for those of you who have not and choose not to inform yourselves. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Scott Fowler said...

Hi, everyone: this is Scott. You know what's weird? I actually thought this blog item was fairly positive, and the accompanying column in Sunday's paper even more so (link is early in blog item). Believe me, I can and have ripped the Panthers far worse than this numerous times and not drawn this sort of vitriol. So I applaud your passion! And thanks, as always, for reading.

Rahji said...

To theeradd
"But, you know if someone had said "the young black pop. in Charlotte is bitter" (opposite of what krisma111 has to say) it would be racist. Cut the crap and quit bitching and pulling the race card when it only benifits you, and accusing others off being racist when clearly you are yourself."

There is no race card, just 400 years of slavery and 44 years of being allowed to vote. I guess you think that everything’s changed in 44 years. If I’m bitter, I’ve got a right to be.

That being said, I tend to think what is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong. I take Scott’s last post as somewhat of an apology, and I will move on. Hopefully, his articles will be a little more supportive in the future. I think the Bobcats are good for the Carolinas, and articles with such undermining tone, only contribute to the naysayers such as theeradd. I’d rather support the team, rather than lose the team.

Oh yeah, Barack the vote! GO OBAMA!