These Salt Lake City Stars superfans are 'legends' that deserve reality show, if you ask Georges Niang

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  • Black & White , 00
    Jan. 11, 2019 10:33 a.m.

    Totally agree with Truth & xert

    I question StarsSuperFan's statement that 'We always try to stay "Family Friendly" when we are letting the opposition and often the refs have it! No swearing/nothing that couldn't be in a PG movie.'

    If that's the case then why was it reported that '...they’ve occasionally crossed the line, including an ejection from a game last year for taunting a referee. They have also received verbal warnings from home security to tone it down from time to time and were issued a warning via email from the Stars organization to tone down their act.'

    As a Ref myself, I can tell you I get a kick out of the intelligently funny stuff, but when it gets so personal that you have to be ejected or verbally warned, you're not keeping it PG. Cheering, booing and disagreeing are part of the gig, but Refs (even at the G League level) don't do it for the money, but for the game, players and to improve. When behaviors rise to the level of ejection it reduces the motivation for Refs to do it at all--which is currently having an significant impact at the local level (see past DN articles about a lack of Refs in Utah & nationwide). Put some stripes on and see for yourself.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 11, 2019 7:47 a.m.

    There is the possibility of being a really good fan, maybe even being a so called super fan, by watching and cheering for your team and not behaving like a jr high school smart aleck and turning the entire game into an audition for the Look at Me Show. Let’s not exclude that possibility, please. I’d hate for kids to think that going to a G League game is their chance to become a legend if they can only succeed in bringing as much attention as possible to themselves. Having fun doesn’t have to mean “take a picture of me!”

  • Livelifeloveingly ,
    Jan. 10, 2019 6:18 p.m.

    I love taking my kids to local Sporting events especially ones that have theme nights. We love to see The super fans dressing up and getting into the spirit of the event ourselves.

    When there’s people shouting funny things at the opposition we love it , we laugh and laugh. my kids picked up the expression “ man-bun” from one of the games. I personally look forward to the energy that super fans bring to the game. Definitely makes me want to Invite my friends to games.

  • StarsSuperFan ,
    Jan. 10, 2019 3:43 p.m.

    I agree with you TruthBTold. We always try to stay "Family Friendly" when we are letting the opposition and often the refs have it! No swearing/nothing that couldn't be in a PG movie. We try to be clever and make them go "Huh? What did he just say?" or just rattle them in general! We get laughs at most of the stuff we say!. The players love us. They tell us who is vulnerable too! We razz guys about their hair or just random things along with some patented one liners! "Man you flopped worse than a Steven Segal movie!" Or a favorite for refs is "Hey Mr. Referee Burger King called and wants to know why you missed your shift! Manager told me if you no show again she's gonna take you off the fry machine!" Or Players .. "My Mom could dunk if she was 6-10!" Or "you shoot 3 pointers like my Grandma, she don't play basketball!". What ever random stuff gets them of their game. I love it if they score a good one on us too! I was razzing somebody about his hair and said "Hey ____ What do you put on your hair (Long Dreds) and the player drained a shot and as he ran by back down court he yelled "Soap and water! You should try it!" LOL! I about fell off my seat laughing! Loved it!

  • TruthBTold , 00
    Jan. 10, 2019 1:24 p.m.

    I love a good trash talk as long as it's witty, thought-provoking & without crudeness or profanity.

    There's a big difference between being a fan and being obnoxious. What is funny to some is offensive to others when it crosses the line. When the words that are said become loud & personal enough that a fan has to be talked to, warned that they will be removed, or actually ejected from the game then the line has been crossed and they're actually a disruption to the team they're supporting--giving those teams a poor reputation. (Example: Think of the fans who oppose your favorite college team.)

    I've been in a few of the arenas where so-called Superfans have been, and witnessed when words they used were well beyond 'family friendly' PG or PG-13, and way over the top towards R or worse. While they attempted to be comical, it only got out of hand, esp with direct threats towards Refs, and quickly spiraled downward to becoming a grave embarrassment to themselves and those around them.

    Be a Superfan without being offensive or vulgar. Use your keen intellect to come up with ingenious comments generating real comedy anyone can hear--that's how you know you're really a Superfan.