Somehow in the libational haze of last Friday night’s self-induced dystopia, we noted a strange factoid surfacing across the ESPN bottom-line crawler. Tennis great Jimmy Connors, he of the former #1 ranking and a current Santa Barbara resident, had gotten into some kind of row with another fan outside the UCSB Thunderdome prior to the Gauchos’ game with #1 North Carolina, and found himself arrested. The story got lost among all the football and hoops this weekend, but we wanted to make sure that we remembered it correctly. Turns out, we did. From the NY Daily News report:
Tennis giant Jimmy Connors was arrested outside a college basketball game in California for standing his ground, police said. Connors, 56, was ordered to move away from the entrance of the Thunderdome just before UC Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina were set to play Friday night. The eight-time Grand Slam champ, known for his fiery temperament in his heyday, refused and was arrested, police said.
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We can only speculate as to who the other guy must have been or what he must have done to elicit such rage in Connors so that he would miss the once-in-a-generation opportunity for the local school (of which he supposedly is a fan) to host the nation’s #1 ranked team. Hmmm…
Just thinking out loud here, but who fits that description? What nemesis is capable of eliciting such rage so that Connors would refuse to comply with police instructions and move his arse? Who could that have been?