The life of a sports fan isn’t always fun at the games, just ask and Detroit Lions fan. Going in you know that you have to take the lows with the highs. Hopefully your team or teams give you some highs so you have something to hold on to.
Being an avid Pistons fan since Kelly Tripuka was in the shortest of shorts imaginable, my Detroit Pistons have giving me more than my share of highs to hold on to.
It’s not like the Pistons have been at the top of their game the past few seasons. This team’s fans are used to being just bad enough not to go anywhere in the Eastern Conference. So why is this season driving me mad? Because this team show flashes of hope that plays tricks on the mind, and I’d like them to please stop it before it sends me to a therapist.
The Pistons vs. Pacers game Saturday night is the perfect example of why they want me to pull my hair out at times. I’m not going to lie to you, I walked into the Palace, as I do most nights and I have not hope or expectations that this current team will beat anyone. It’s what gets be by.
This isn’t the same team that kept me on the edge of my seat for many a season. I used to go into every game knowing Detroit could beat every team they stepped on the floor against.
That swagger ended in 2008.
Sadly I thought this season would be different, but things unfolded this summer that changed things.
So why does this team drive their fans totally nuts by beating the likes of the Heat and the Pacers? Why were they up more than 20 at the half against the Pacers Saturday night only to buckle and lose in overtime?
Because they hate us.
Well maybe they don’t hate us, but it sure feels like it.
I’m upset with myself for checking out this season and giving up. I wasn’t even like that when the so called answer to the Pistons woes were Kwame Brown, Nazir Mohammed, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva or Austin Daye.
Should I go on?
I’m by no means hoping this teams tanks, but I’m not upset when they lose. It would be just like this team and its mediocrity to hand over their lottery pick because the Eastern Conference is horrible, and Joe Dumars needed to get out from under some a horrible signing.
I’m a Pistons fan like it or not. I’ll still watch and head out to games and hold no hope that this team is a winner until they show me otherwise. And knowing just how cruel things can be at times they’ll win just enough at the end of the seasons to be losers.