What if the Celtics’ radio announcer, Sean Grande, was standing in front of you blocking your view? What if he refused to sit down throughout the entire game, even as you berated him with expletives? What if you complained to security about the issue, and they did absolutely nothing about it? What if the announcer was so unfazed by anything you did that he continued to call the game even as you cussed his ear off?
You’d throw a drink all over his head as soon as your team lost a heart-breaker at the buzzer, that’s what. And the security, apparently backing you rather than the announcer who wouldn’t move out of your damn way, would do absolutely nothing about it.
Just ask WEEI’s Sean Grande and the crazed fan who spent the entire night trying to get Grande to sit his ass down. (Boston Globe)
Grande stood for the entire game and a female fan sitting above Grande claimed she could not see the action on the east side of the court clearly. The fan complained to security and arena officials to no avail and screamed repeatedly at Grande to sit down. Grande refused. Arena officials approached Grande during the broadcast and he had a conversation with an official while calling the game.
A companion of the fan then started screaming expletives at Grande and said he hoped he could be heard on air. The female fan followed by yelling to Grande, “Who do you think you are?’’
After Pierce hit his winning shot, Grande sat down and the female fan doused him with a drink. Grande did not respond and remained on the air. Security did not admonish the fan.
While I’d need more details to make an informed opinion, I still have some thoughts. The way I’m leaning is that Grande was a douchebag. Why couldn’t he have just sat down and called the game? Everyone else was sitting down (well, the fans who showed up, at least). You’re telling me he couldn’t have done the same thing, and still seen the game?
You could say his own view could have been impeded by something when he was sitting down, but the security guards’ response was telling. A fan berates an announcer all game long, and then pours a drink on his head, and the security guards do NOTHING? Absolutely nothing? They must have had some serious sympathy for this chick.
Whatever you think about Grande, he still wrote one of my favorite KG pieces ever. And he also continued to announce the game, with no breaks, while getting a drink poured on his head. Impressive, regardless of how big a douche he was.