December 17, 2007

Everybody Wants to Beat L.A.


I was reading a sports news article on the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Golden State Warriors and one paragraph struck me. The writer of the article described how the Warriors were inspired by the crowd at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The crowd was, according to the writer:
a playoff-worthy sellout crowd of more than 20,000 fans in yellow T-shirts to beat Los Angeles for just the second time in 16 meetings.
The game notes also in the article stated:
The Warriors claimed the Oracle Arena crowd of 20,705 was the largest ever to watch a basketball game in California, surpassing a Warriors playoff crowd last spring.
What I got from this article was a question: How many teams get sellouts because the Lakers are visiting? I'm imagining 80% of the other NBA teams sellouts are Lakers games.

Does that mean everybody want's to beat L.A.? Chances are, yes.


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