Florida Gulf Coast University upset Georgetown and San Diego State, becoming the first No. 15 in NCAA history to advance to the Sweet 16. Most reveled in the unbridled spectacle. Not among them, of course, was New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick, who saw this as testament to the growing “look at me” culture in televised athletics.
Friday night, Florida Gulf Coast’s upset of Georgetown lost some of its wonder glow as FGCU guard Sherwood Brown seemed eager to show how ungracious and self-smitten winners can be. And TV, as always, was there to help him out, encourage him.
Near the end of the game, Brown, playing to the crowd and the TV cameras, walked over to Len Elmore, Reggie Miller and play-by-player Kevin Harlan and shook their hands. “Hah, hah, hah! He’s loving it!” we were told.
But if only one of them had refused his hand and pointed him back on the court to finish the game and show it some respect …
Mushnick, as usual, is 100 percent correct. If just anyone in sports was entitled to do or say outrageous things for the purpose of drawing attention to oneself, where would that leave sports columnists at daily newspapers?
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