When you've got prime NBA real estate — in this case, a just-about-courtside seat right between TNT play-by-play man Kevin Harlan and color commentator Chris Webber for a nationally televised contest between the Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks — you are just about 100 percent certain to get on camera. I've never been in that position, but I have to imagine it makes you feel very powerful; knowing that anything you do there has to be televised, because it would take at least a second for a producer to cut away to a different shot, especially in the middle of the announcers' open to the broadcast, must be an intoxicating feeling.
Of course, as Spider-Man's origin story has taught generations of children over the years, with great power comes great responsibility. How did this gentleman choose to exercise his power on Thursday night? Um, not so responsibly:
And just like that, scores of parents changed the channel and refused to let their children watch the nightcap, lest the broadcast teach their kids that it's OK to do other gross stuff in public, too (looking at you, Clipping Your Toenails On The Train). That's a bummer, because it means they missed Rookie-of-the-Year-in-waiting Damian Lillard dropping 26 points and 10 dimes on an undermanned and outshined Knicks squad en route to a 105-90 Blazers win. Now that's something every child should get to see.
The win was Portland's first in three games and handed the Knicks their fourth loss in five outings. I don't know for sure, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that our pregame hero picked the appropriate winner. He seems pretty good at that.
Also, here's hoping that wink doesn't haunt all of us all day Friday.