It's been 15 months to the day of my last post on Bleacher/Report, so I figured it was a good enough time as any to announce my intentions on coming back to annoy you with more rants about how everyone is wrong and I'm right (because we all know that I am).
So, for all of those who have been eagerly anticipating just that (I'm guessing none of you), here is my re-debut into the world of online writing:
By now I'm sure most of you sports fans have seen the video of Oklahoma State's Markel Brown jumping out of Gallagher-Iba Arena during the Cowboys' upset win over No. 2 Missouri on Wednesday night. If not, you must watch it below.
One of the reasons that this dunk has been getting so much attention (besides the obvious), is that Brown was ejected from the game after staring down the Tigers' Matt Pressey who was kindly introduced to the sophomore's junk via some major hops.
One of the referees called a technical foul for the celebration, which was Brown's second violation of the game, resulting in the Cowboys' fourth leading scorer and second leading rebounder to spend the rest of the big matchup from the locker room.
I'm usually pretty liberal when it comes to guys showboating, especially when they do something that makes my jaw drop, but Brown should've known better. There are many officials out there that wouldn't have called the fouls, but Brown already had a first-hand encounter with the refs just 88 seconds into the game when he was given his first technical after a block on Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe.
Due to the importance of the game for Oklahoma State as well as Brown's significance to his team, he should've learned from his mistake and never been ejected. The Cowboys trailed by three after his slam and there were still seven minutes remaining in the contest.
Then again, how could someone tame their emotion when these kind of stare-downs are routine at every level and nearly every sport?
These celebrations aren't necessarily praised by the media, but when Chandler Parsons can find himself all over ESPN for giving a menacing look to Blake Griffin after this, then why wouldn't highlight-reel makers like Brown feel the need to do the same just for a little publicity?
Granted, he is no rookie when it comes to being shown on SportsCenter, but who doesn't like seeing themselves doing incredible things (although I can't say that I know the feeling)? The problem lies in the self-control that someone must have when they A) know the magnitude of the event that they are a part of, and B) understand that the officials are going to be stingy.
Maybe all athletes need to take a short three week course taught by Buckingham Palace guards or 13-year old Australian Open ball boys on how to contain such emotion.
To be fair though, it is pretty fun to watch.