It really seems like you can’t watch a college basketball game anymore without the fans rushing the court if the home team wins. It just doesn’t mean anything anymore. Beat a Top 25 team, storm the court. Beat a conference rival, storm the court. Win on ESPN, storm the court. Dick Vitale calls one of your players a PTP’er, storm the court. Cheerleader executes a back handspring, storm the court.
Listen… the players do not want to hang out with you. When Dee Brown hits a big shot and wins a close game, he is not thinking, “Man, I wish that guy in the third row with the wispy beard would come down here and jump around with me. He seems nice. It’s important I share this moment with him.”
There’s no problem if the situation is truly warranted. If you knock off the #1 team, if you pull some huge upset, fine… go buck wild. But if it’s something pretty pedestrian, keep your ass in your seat. You can jump up and down and scream there. My problem with it isn’t that it’s a safety issue (though it probably is), it’s just that the celebration has been cheapened, probably beyond repair. And most of the time, it’s not genuine fan enthusiasm, it’s people thinking it’s their opportunity to get on TV, to be cool, to do what they’re supposed to do. It’s mostly bullshit.