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Saturday, February 25, 2006

"Brokeback" Reference Backfires

Last night was boys BB district championship night here in the Boise area. My oldest son's school lost badly, but still advances to State [actually 4 or 5 teams from this district make the eight team 5A (biggest school) state tournament -- outside of the Boise area, there aren't that many big schools in Idaho], but the more interesting game was in 4A, the next biggest class.

The crowd for the home team underdogs, Kuna High, decided that their best chance to win was to insult the best player of the visitors, Matt Ballenger. It doesn't talk about it specifically in this article, but on TV last night they showed lots of pictures of some Kuna fans holding up a big sign that said "Brokeback Ballenger". The Skyview junior answered the allusion of homosexuality by throwing down 35 points, including 27(!) in the 2nd quarter alone, to lead his team to a 62-43 victory.

I'm kinda surprised that high school administrators would allow a sign like that at a school event; even colleges have been trying to get their students to tone down on the "Brokeback" chants. Of course, Ballenger showed the best way to respond to such juvenile taunting... by giving the taunters a figurative spanking.

Speaking of "Brokeback" spin-offs, I forgot to post a couple of weeks ago when Midshipman Greuning over at Synonym (who just requested subs for his 2nd class cruise) posted the infamous "Brokeback Midshipman" video a couple of weeks ago. As you might guess, it was put together by a West Point cadet.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you haven't looked on google's site to see other parodies of brokeback mountain lately have you? I have, and some of them are
oh, funnier than heck!

2/25/2006 9:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what? I thought the sign was brilliant! You know why? I made it! Ballenger's great ball game wasn't a respone to my sign, it was just him being an all-around GREAT ball-player, don't even say it was the sign, he's just THAT GOOD!

2/28/2006 4:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to think that the sign offended Matt Ballenger and got him fired up is wishful thinking! Yes, he is one of the most outstanding basketball players to come out of the intermountain area. On one is saying that he would not have scored without your sign, however, if you poke a snake with a stick you can not be suprised if it strikes at you. Matt Ballenger did just that. I heard that thte sign was not up in the second quarter? Matt Ballenger is that good, and your sign was humorous, you timing was poor. Are you getting alot of grief for provoking his unreal shooting?

2/28/2006 6:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One year later. Appearently people just don't learn. Nampa High tried to pull the same stuff, in a district playoff game. They thought a few choice comments and pictures hung in their gym might make the young man faulter. Backfire chapter 2, as he and his team destroyed them.

Moving on to chapter 3, BK thought they might have a chance to pull the same kind thing a week later, only to have Ballenger score 37 and rip off 17 rebounds. Good thing Ballenger graduates this year because the rest of the teams or fans don't seem to get it. Don't piss the kid off or he will shut you up. I think a better strategy might be to be nice to him, you might have a shot at winning.

2/27/2007 7:43 PM


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