Luke Babbitt eyes greater Chalupa glory (Cameron Browne/ Getty).
Every NBA team engages in some sort of in-game promotion dependent on the team's performances, whether that involves holding the opponent to fewer than 100 points, scoring more than 100 points, or just forcing two missed free throws on a visiting player's trip to the line. While the potential reward is usually a minor item at a fast food establishment, fans get very excited at any opportunity to claim their prize. If the team keeps the same promotion for many years, they may even grow attached to it. Just ask Los Angeles Lakers fans about Jack In The Box tacos, a product my friend once thought contained mustard based on taste alone.
In September, the Portland Trail Blazers announced that they would no longer give out coupons for free Taco Bell Chalupas when the team scored 100 points, instead reaching a similar deal with McDonald's for free Sausage Egg McMuffins during home games at Moda Center. As Ben Golliver of Blazersedge.com has chronicled over the years, Portland basketball fans had developed Chalupa Fever, even going so far as to turn former benchwarmer Luke Babbitt into a cult hero for delivering Chalupas with a clutch three-pointer during a blowout in January 2012. Although fans could take heart in knowing that Babbitt's place in Blazers lore would never be lost, many are clear upset at the loss of their Chalupa promotion. It meant something.
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At least two fans have decided to take matters into their own hands. Below, watch "I'ma Bring My Own Chalupa," the latest YouTube track from rapping duo Feddy and Pip (via The Starters). It's a heartfelt, yet strong plea for standing up for what you believe in. In this case, that means putting Chalupas in your pockets and sneaking them past arena security.
I support the principles of this song. However, as someone who has eaten his fair share of Taco Bell in life, I cannot condone this practice. If you're not eating that stuff within 30 minutes of preparation, it's probably not safe. Taking a stand is not always worth hours of indigestion.
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