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Not so long ago, I was a starry-eyed freshman on the campus of UMass Amherst. As a fan of all New York teams, I was in enemy territory. I definitely kept my allegiances to myself for fear of beat downs left and right. If I wore a Yankees hat, I did so modestly. If I wore a Giants jersey, I didn't talk about it or just brushed off anything that came my way in terms of an insult.
When the Giants upset New England in Super Bowl XLII during that freshman year, the campus didn't react in the friendliest of ways. There were a few riots, especially in the Southwest residential area of campus. I didn't do anything dumb like go outside in my Giants jersey. That would have been suicidal in my opinion.
Well after Sunday's Super Bowl, even more rioting ensued than before. Thanks to the improvement of technology, video surfaced of an unfortunate Giants fan who was sporting the jersey of UMass alum Victor Cruz. Sports Grid was all over it:
Wow. Some might see the most devoted Giants fan they’ve ever seen in their lives. Some might see the dumbest Giants fan they’ve ever seen in their lives. Other might think they’ve found one of the most devoted trolls of their lives. Perhaps all three are true. We also looked at that video and saw a devoted/dumb Giants fan/troll who maybe didn’t expect everyone – or, more to the point, that one guy in particular – to get that pissed. He knows now.
It’s not to excuse the punch to the back of the head while he’s facing the other direction – as much as Salsa Guy was provoking the crowd to get madder and madder, it didn’t get physical until the punch. It still wasn’t cool.
Needless to say, this isn't the proudest I've been of my alma mater, and I don't think Victor Cruz would approve either. For all you Giants fans out there that plan on going to school up in Massachusetts: be humble in victory and act like you've been there before. It will save you a blow to the back of the head.