On Friday night, I left home early to thwart the traffic and arrived in Anaheim at 5 p.m. for a 6:30 game, in time for a relaxing martini at a nearby hotel to contemplate the night's action. That vision was shattered when I found the parking lot blocked to incoming traffic and had to spend my drinking time looking for a place to park. When I finally got inside and asked why in God's name the lot was closed on game night, I was told it was to prevent people who weren't going to the game from taking up space needed for the basketball crowd.
There were other matters — like juicing up the price of each new session as the tournament progressed and little or no checking to see if tickets matched seats — that I suppose would have been less irritating if we had won. But we didn't, and so I hope Long Beach State will defend the honor of our modest Big West conference by knocking off some of the hot shots in the big tourney starting tonight. And that the conference will seek a venue next year that doesn't add to the irritation level of losers.