Best Warriors Fans

Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett

Never mind the thousands of Warriors faithful who are returning to the Arena in Oakland now that our local roundballers are approaching respectability -- the two best, most loyal fans never left. They couldn't! Fitzgerald does play-by-play and ex-Warrior Barnett provides analysis for Fox Sports Net telecasts of Warriors games, and their enthusiasm can't be matched. Fitzgerald can turn any first-quarter Jason Richardson layup into an occasion for scorched vocal chords, and Barnett rarely bothers to hide his disdain for referees' calls that don't go Golden State's way. We expect a bit of "homer" in our local announcers, sure, but Fitzgerald and Barnett get downright teary-eyed when the team struggles and ecstatic when it surges to a six-point half-time lead. C'mon, guys: Not every Warriors foul is a "touch foul"; tiny backup point guard Earl Boykins is not the second coming of Christ; and you don't have to make excuses or parrot the company line for a team that's playing close to .500 ball. The longer these guys wear their emotions on their sleeves, the longer it will make the Warriors seem like amateurs.

 
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