If a ball falls on the Magic court, does it make a noise?

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deric

Mount Dora, FL

#1 Mar 11, 2009
dude get a life! Dont u have anything better to write about. Im for real is not that serious. Its a freaking basketball game,not golf. The reason they have to blast music like that is because white rich people like you, just go to the games to socialize and eat instead of cheering and going crazy for the team. Thats why they have to fabricate the noise, the same way u have to fabricate a story like this cause you are such a moron that cant come up with anything better to write.
Knight in ATL

United States

#2 Mar 11, 2009
Schmitz wrote a blip on this yesterday that Otis Smith was trying to rid the Arena of this secondary fluff entertainment. That was the one thing that really bothered me when I used to attend Magic games (before moving to Atlanta): the secondary fluff entertainment. Old school teams like the Celtics, Bulls, and Lakers didn't need to rely on these gimmicks to put fans in the seats. Their fans go to games for one reason...to watch Basketball.

In fact, the old Boston Garden never had ANY pumped in noise, music or otherwise...EVER. And that place was as loud as any arena in the NBA.

Good for Otis Smith and Alex Martins for trying their best to attempt to restore some level of respectability and bringing about this change. It's a start...and it's sorely overdue.
Procurator

Kissimmee, FL

#3 Mar 12, 2009
It's showbiz Baby !This is not the 1960's. The ABA changed the game with Dr J leading the way and with it the snooze factor ended in basketball games pro and college.
No change even less hope

Winter Springs, FL

#4 Mar 12, 2009
Don't feel peed on, audible assaults ruining performance abound even when classy vocalists make their way here. I've been to both the Amway and UCF to pay over $100 each for my wife and I only to rue the experience due to horribly over loud sound systems that actually cause pain and amateurs working the audio consoles who should have been selling snow cones in the lobby instead.
Matt

United States

#5 Mar 12, 2009
I agree, the music is too loud. You can't even have a conversation with the person you go to the game with even if you wanted to.

I've said it before, I would bring my 5 yr son and 3 yr old daughter but the music is just too loud.

Thanks for writing David. Hopefully the Magic will do something about it.
Dennis

Seattle, WA

#6 Mar 12, 2009
Great story Mr. Whitley. Why not have all the noise and spectacle and tailgating and extra-curricular activity outside the arena for those who like it and real basketball inside.

I haven't been to a college basketball game in a long time but isn't it much more toned down then pro basketball and as successful if not more so?
MWJ

Palm Coast, FL

#8 Mar 12, 2009
"...and the visision that was planted in my brain, still remains, within the sounds of silence."

But let my girls dance during breaks.!!!!!

"They should be dan cin'... yeah"

Nice column
Jim Hawk III

United States

#9 Mar 12, 2009
@deric - Got literacy? Your opinions are suspect because you don't seem to be able to express them in written language.

For the record, it takes three letters to spell "you."
T R S

Port Orange, FL

#10 Mar 12, 2009
Hey Whitley: DON'T EVER DISS PAUL PORTER AGAIN!! HE IS THE MAN!!!
Tom

Daytona Beach, FL

#11 Mar 12, 2009
The Dancers, Stuff, kids running in sneakers way to big for them, and the occasional t-shirt cannon are indispensable. The rest, I guess I've just become used to.
wow

Hollywood, FL

#12 Mar 12, 2009
talk about making mountains out of molehills.

slow day at the office?
CarS

Leesburg, FL

#13 Mar 12, 2009
I agree with Deric. About half the fans, at least in the lower bowl, only go because their company gave them tickets, but they're not really there to watch the game or root on the team. They only go to drink and leave around the middle of the 4th quarter to avoid traffic. Keep the Music and the entertainment alive!!!
Aron

Orlando, FL

#14 Mar 12, 2009
I was thinking about this a couple of weeks ago. I said to myself, how many of these players are used to playing under a loud booming sound system? Only in the NBA would you see such a show. In college they have to contend with the cheering college kids, in high school it's sort of the same thing, and now in the NBA it's all of the above and a little bit more.

All in all, I don't mind it and it makes for good entertainment.
True Fan

United States

#15 Mar 12, 2009
If they want the upper bowl to enjoy the game, then they better get mic's to pick up the sneaker and game noice. Without the music during the game, we would get bored quickly. Sometimes that the only way to get our fans back in the games too.

Also as a female - I get tired of seeing the dancers all the time. Why don't they have any male magic dancers? Let's be fair here!
Slantnel

Kissimmee, FL

#16 Mar 12, 2009
I was at the game last night and found myself wondering what happened to the "fluff"... THANK GOD someone got a clue and toned it down seriously. The dancers should be there during the breaks doing their routines. It was much more enjoyable not having all the other junk going on, and just hearing the game. The Magic are doing great, you don't need the fluff to put people in seats. Thank you Otis and Alex.
mike

Orlando, FL

#17 Mar 12, 2009
Are we running out of things to write about? Give me a break.
Procurator

Kissimmee, FL

#18 Mar 12, 2009
Funeral Homes will be providing the music for all future Magic games. Cheering will be limited only after the game is over..booing only if the Magic lose. The Downtown Senior center will furnish the dancing ladies that will leave at 8 pm. David Whitney will read his favorite poems during the half time.You can not stand to applaud. Of course no shouting out to the refs as you will wake those in the $10.00 seats. Listen as the players cuss each other and the refs with no music to drown out the insults. The Magic..bringing back the good old days when modern day improvements.
Brian Patrick Clarke

Apopka, FL

#19 Mar 12, 2009
How right you are, David. Yet another commentary on the ostentation and crass conduct that came to be the "it" of the past decade. Fortunately, if there is "good news" in the numbers of businesses and individuals now "eating their shirts", it may be that "blowback" will continue to dictate a move toward "toning down" much of the excess in our lives.
su par

Deland, FL

#20 Mar 12, 2009
Going to a sporting event should not be a video and audio visit to hell. This will end soon enough as no one will be going to these events as people figure out, these sports stars caca stinks like ours. And my survival is more important in daily living.
Brian

Orlando, FL

#21 Mar 12, 2009
The "JetBlue" Crew (the people that throw the t-shirts, etc) are so horrible.

They come up to random sections throughout the game and try to get people riled up, all because they're throwing out a XXL Magic shirt that costs about $1 to make.

It's sad, people get more riled up over a free tee shirt than they do over the game.

I hope they get rid of that terrible JetBlue Crew, they ruin the experience of an NBA game.

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