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Marlins Man calls Allen Fieldhouse 'best basketball experience'

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Baseball fan Laurence Leavy, right, watches during the 12th inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Baseball fan Laurence Leavy, right, watches during the 12th inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

If you kept up with either of the Kansas City Royals’ back-to-back trips to the World Series, surely you’re aware of “Marlins Man,” the fan in the orange visor and Florida Marlins jersey that inevitably showed up in some choice box seats to watch Major League Baseball’s championship.

Well, the super fan, whose real name is Laurence Leavy, made his way to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday for some college basketball. Marlins Man might not have constantly appeared on TV for Kansas vs. Kentucky, but he sat courtside and apparently left blown away by the KU experience.

Here is the video Marlins Man posted on his Facebook page:

I need to tell everyone that last Saturday night was probably the best basketball experience I have ever been to.I have been to a LOT of basketball games. 70 NBA Finals games and over 200 NBA playoff games. This was non stop energy, passion, excitement. And throughout the game the fans acted like fans might do at the end of a classic game.These fans acted that way the ENTIRE night. Never ever seen that before.Plus it's an old school stadium. No chair back seats. Simply bench seats throughout.I was so excited that I forgot to make a Marlins Man Media Moment. Never happened before.Just watch this small video clip. No imagine it was like this for 3 solid hours. Plus the game went into overtime. ALLEN FIELD HOUSE ROCKS. I can't wait to back again.Btw, I never knew that basketball was invented in Mass., and then the inventor became the coach of Kansas, and he wrote the Rules of Basketball, and that someone paid over 4 million dollars for them. They were returned to Kansas that night at a ceremony. AMAZING

Posted by Laurence Leavy Marlins Man on Saturday, January 30, 2016

As for his commentary on the fieldhouse? This is what the almighty Marlins Man had to offer in his post:

I need to tell everyone that last Saturday night was probably the best basketball experience I have ever been to.

I have been to a LOT of basketball games. 70 NBA Finals games and over 200 NBA playoff games.

This was non stop energy, passion, excitement. And throughout the game the fans acted like fans might do at the end of a classic game. These fans acted that way the ENTIRE night. Never ever seen that before.

Plus it’s an old school stadium. No chair back seats. Simply bench seats throughout. I was so excited that I forgot to make a Marlins Man Media Moment. Never happened before.

Just watch this small video clip. (Now) imagine it was like this for 3 solid hours. Plus the game went into overtime.

ALLEN FIELD HOUSE ROCKS. I can’t wait to back again. Btw, I never knew that basketball was invented in Mass., and then the inventor became the coach of Kansas, and he wrote the Rules of Basketball, and that someone paid over 4 million dollars for them. They were returned to Kansas that night at a ceremony. AMAZING.

Maybe on his next visit he’ll buy up some seats behind the Kansas bench — easier to be seen that way.

Comments

David A. Smith 3 years, 6 months ago

I didn't know that the rules were ceremoniously returned at the KU-Kentucky game! To have that happen with Kentucky present is nothing short of sweet. KU....we ARE Basketball.

Michael Leiker 3 years, 6 months ago

So I'm sure I'll be considered to be kind of nuts because of this, but it bugs me a little and makes me a little uncomfortable, as a basketball purist, the way KU comes really, really, really close to saying that the game was invented at KU. I actually think a few years back that was explicitly said on a pump up video. I don't know where this need to over hype it and try to make it more than what it is comes from, but it's messing with history, and a place that really respects the game shouldn't be doing that.

I think if you asked the average college student at KU who had not read any basketball history, just became a fan when they came to school in Lawrence they would probably tell you that it was invented at KU. KU Athletics needs to be more diligent in making sure they're not leaving that impression in peoples minds.

Greg Ledom 3 years, 6 months ago

Relax Francis........the university has never claimed that the game was invented in Lawrence, KS. What they have said is that the inventor of the game brought it to KU to continue it's growth. He then mentored the father of college basketball coaching (Phog Allen) and the rest is history. Because he brought his game to KU, all roads lead back to Kansas and thus the rules now reside there. I would submit that Springfield, MA would be the one place that could lay claim to the rules because that's where the game was invented, but Naismith having moved to Kansas shortly after inventing the game suggests the rules are in fact where they belong. There is no other place period, that has the history associated with this sport than Kansas. That's a fact. RCJH!!

Raymond Wright 3 years, 6 months ago

I believe they refer to it as the "birthplace of college basketball" which is true. I would hope they don't claim it was invented at Kansas.

Ben Kane 3 years, 6 months ago

not only did Naismith invent basketball he also invented the football helmet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_helmet

Humpy Helsel 3 years, 6 months ago

I guess the Marlins Man now knows what we've known for quite some time. Again, the noise is filtered by TV so much, you just cannot get the sense of the sound and energy without being in the Fieldhouse, especially for a big game. There is nothing quite like it. It is expensive and inconvenient, but my wife and I get the credit card out and carve out the time to make an annual pilgrimage to Basketball Mecca at least once per year. I can fairly easily travel to several other Big 12 venues at much less expense just to see KU play. And that is nice. But it isn't Allen Fieldhouse.

Kent Richardson 3 years, 6 months ago

I recall during some sporting broadcasts when the announcers would stop and say "here is what it sounded like after Brett hit that home run." or whatever. Are the network sphincters so tight that can't happen anymore?

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