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N.C. State fans chant "U.S.A." at Vasquez

Ah, collegiate sports. So wholesome, the way the students of America can chant patriotic slogans at opposing stars who happen to hail from foreign countries. Better than a "Deport Vasquez" sign, but in the same general spirit, I'd say.

Watch during the second free throw, when Vasquez grins at the chants. Here's from Luke DeCock's account in the News & Observer:

He may not be missed around the RBC Center, but he will miss playing here. "Definitely," Vasquez said, straight-faced. "It's a great building, those are great fans and it was a great game."

Easy for him to say: He's 7-0 against the Wolfpack in his career after Wednesday's 67-58 win. A few fans chanted "U-S-A" at the Venezuelan as he took a late free throw, then cheered when he missed. That was scant revenge for his gratuitous 3-pointer a year ago at the end of an easy win - his response to what Maryland coach Gary Williams described as "things said to Greivis that were not very nice."

(And no, I'm not absolving Maryland fans for any of their own distasteful behavior, though feel free to accuse me of that.)

(Also, the all-knowing Keith Cavanaugh from Terrapin Times says that Greivis is now a top-15 all-time Terp, with the chance to move up higher depending on how this season ends. Sounds like a post for Mister Irrelevant.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 19, 2010; 11:28 AM ET
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Dan--Great job, I love getting the off the wall inspired me

Posted by: superyoda41 | February 19, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

If I'm an NC State fan, I'd concentrate on getting Sidney Lowe deported.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 19, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Ahhhh, racism, our old friend. Still alive and well.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 19, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

and then he scored 25 to help the terps outscore the pack by 20 in the second half.

Posted by: elisabeth25 | February 19, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse


Lets not make this into something its not. Immature/distasteful - yes. Racist - no.

This is an issue of nationality, not race.

Posted by: capsnumber1 | February 19, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

EricS2, racism and jingoism both live in same neighborhood. It's an ugly part of town where these kids are dwelling.

Patriotism is many, many blocks away.

Posted by: gburgKB | February 19, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse


really? because NC State has a guy from Australia on their team, but i doubt that students/fans would be chanting "USA" at him or asking to have him deported. because he's white.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | February 19, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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