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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Jersey Shore In L.A.? Lakers, Mavericks Fight…Then Half-Naked Fan Rushes Mavs Bench

(By Glenn Davis, SportsGrid) - Two nights, two NBA fights. Wednesday we had John Wall punching Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and last night’s skirmish between the Lakers and Mavericks upped the craziness ante…thanks mostly to events taking place after the fight itself started to die down.

First, the Mavericks’ Jason Terry pushed the Lakers’ Steve Blake out of bounds hard early in the fourth quarter. They got in each other’s faces, some players gathered around, etc. Standard NBA fight fare, for the most part…until the Lakers’ Matt Barnes shoved Mavs assistant Terry Stotts when Stotts was trying to restrain him:

Barnes got tossed, as did Terry and Blake. But the height of the nuttiness occurred a bit later, after the game resumed and while the Lakers’ Lamar Odom was at the free throw line. Disturbing the peace this time: a fan running toward the Mavericks bench – and maybe the court – but never getting there, thanks to Staples Center ushers.

And if you saw that video and thought, “Yawn, get back to me when a partially-naked woman tries to rush the court”…well, it 'was' a partially-naked woman. Oh, and the Lakers won 110-82. So…that also happened.


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