UCLA Basketball: A Plea to the Bruins to Turn the Lights On

Robert PaceContributor IIIDecember 5, 2011

The lights went out in the Sports Arena during UCLA's game loss to Texas on Saturday. Unleash the metaphors...
The lights went out in the Sports Arena during UCLA's game loss to Texas on Saturday. Unleash the metaphors...Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Bruins looked good in the first half of their home game at the Sports Arena against Texas on Saturday. And then out went the lights. 

Some attribute the 13-minute delay caused by light failure to have hampered the Bruins' momentum, but let's be honest—that's not the problem. 

It also doesn't have anything to do with J'Covan Brown turning it on when the lights came back on by nailing three-pointers. 

The metaphors couldn't be more ever-present. "Lights out in Los Angeles"; "Bruins' lights are out"; "UCLA has their lights knocked out."

It wouldn't be so unfitting, would it?

In a season in which the Bruins have lacked intensity and a true passion for the game of basketball, this metaphoric occurrence doesn't seem so out of place.

The metaphorical lights have been on at times for the Bruins, but in order to win games a team has to have the lights turned on for the entire game. How else can the players see the ball or the court?

What's the point of playing in the dark? From a literal standpoint—players can't pass to one another, can't see the basket. Metaphorically, it's basically the same. Everyone becomes blinded by darkness. 

It doesn't help that UCLA's "home" games aren't at home. The Los Angeles Sports Arena, where the Bruins will play the majority of their "road show" home games, may be decked out to suit the Bruins, but there's one very significant factor missing—the fans. 

The Sports Arena may be only 17 miles away from UCLA's campus, but getting there by car can take over an hour in traffic. If the Bruins were winning, more people would show up, but stories about how only 34 students showed up to a weekday game is not so strange, considering the Bruins' success. 

Let's forget about the Sports Arena, though, and all the other possible excuses we can make for a team that has now fallen to 2-5 on the season. They were ranked No. 17 in the preseason, remember that?

This is about the lights. 

The season isn't over—Pac-12 conference play hasn't even begun yet. There is a reason this UCLA team was ranked in the preseason Top 25. The talent is there. 

It's all in place, ready to go. Just waiting—for the lights to go on.