Bulls fans and even the players have latched onto the shameful Boston ritual of chanting
"Scal-Uhh-Bree-Nee!" toward the end of Bulls blowouts at the United
"The late game chants and cheers for forward Brian Scalabrine have reached ridiculous proportions," Mike McGraw wrote at his "All Bull" blog at The Daily Herald.
Scalabrine was signed by the Bulls in the offseason because he was a favorite of Coach Tom Thibodeau -- while Thibs was an assistant in Boston -- as a strong help defender for the entire team during practices and being someone teammates enjoy.
So, why are the chants ridiculous? Because the reason why he was the fan
favorite in Boston to the point where the crowd put on such a circus act
doesn't require too much reading between the lines, McGraw added:
So why do fans cheer for Scalabrine late in games and not, say,
second-year forward James Johnson? The answer is pretty obvious and it's
nothing to be proud of.
The reason has a lot to do with Scalabrine looking like this:
And JJ looking like this:
It's the same reason Ryan Theriot shirts were selling at rates rivaling
that of the local sales of Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, and Carlos
I've said before on this blog and on my Twitter account that if
Scalabrine were Black, no one would give a shit about his playing time
to such a frenzy. The attempt to mask such an 'obviously' racialist
motive for the extended Scalabrine hysteria is definitely "nothing to be
"Chicago sports fans are better than that," McGraw closed.
I hope so.