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How to distract the opposition's starting guard....

March 28th, 2006 (12:06 am)

current mood: amused

On March 4, University of California Berkeley (Cal) played a basketball game against the University of Southern California (USC). With Cal in contention for the PAC-10 title and the NCAA tournament at stake, the game was a must-win.

Enter "Victoria."

Victoria was a hoax UCLA co-ed, created by Cal's Rally Committee. For the previous week, "she" had been chatting with Gabe Pruitt, USC's starting guard, over AOL Instant Messenger. It got serious. Pruitt and several of his teammates made plans to go to Westwood after the game so that they could party with Victoria and her friends.

On Saturday, at the game, when Pruitt was introduced in the starting lineup, the chants began: "Victoria, Victoria." One of the fans held up a sign with his phone number that he'd given her.

The look on Pruitt's face when he turned to the bench after the first Victoria chant was priceless. The expression was unlike anything ever seen in collegiate or pro sports. Never did a chant by the opposing crowd have such an impact on a visiting player. Pruitt was in total shock. (Here's a photo - Pruitt's wearing number 34)

The chant "Victoria" lasted all night. To add to his embarrassment, transcripts of their IM conversations were handed out to the bench before the game: "You look like you have a very fit body." "Now I want to c u so bad."

Pruitt ended up a miserable 3-for-13 from the field, and Cal won by 11 points.


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Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: March 27th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)

You wish you'd thought it up first?

Posted by: skipp_of_ark (skipp_of_ark)
Posted at: March 27th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)

I think whoever thought it up and approved it should be strung up by their balls, which will then be promptly chopped off.

This isn't a kosher part of any athletic competition -- this is psychological warfare meant to publically and completely humiliate somebody for the sole purpose of rendering them incapable of performing at their normal level.

It's sabotage, it's cheating, it's dishonest, and it's wrong.

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