P.S., Indianapolis: That Was For You

One last love letter from your Indiana Pacers

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I did it for you, Indy.

The smothering defense, the torrent of net-ripping jump shots–it was all for you.

It was shock and awe on the hardwood. A 34-point win that, somehow, wasn’t even that close. And it came against the Knicks.

The goddamned Knicks.

Remember in the ’90s when they derisively referred to us, with a sneering condescension only New Yorkers can summon, as “hicks?”

I do. And it’s hard to believe, but their current corps of knuckleheads is even more insufferable than the one from back then.

So I systematically dismantled them, disabusing them of the notion that they’re anything resembling a contender.

I didn’t just humiliate them: I violated their human rights. It was cruel and unusual. Right now, Spike Lee is furiously planning a revisionist documentary to explain it all away.

Oh, don’t act like you didn’t enjoy it. I saw you grinning when Paul George took one step from the three-point line and exploded toward the basket for that thunderous, exclamation point of a dunk. And when Lance Stephenson careened the distance of the court, finishing with a move so spectacular even ESPN won’t be able to ignore it, you squealed like a schoolgirl.

Admit it. You were turned on.

I know–you’re not ready to commit. Not yet.

You’re concerned about our predictable pick-and-roll offense. And you’re worried about the lack of respect we get from officials.

You think I’ll build up your hopes just to let you down again.

I know it’s too soon to expect things to just go back to the way they were back in 2000, when our love was so strong, nothing–not even Shaquille O’Neal’s illegal post game–could keep us apart. I have to earn back your trust, one game at a time.

All I ask is that you acknowledge that I’m not the team that I used to be. That I’m more mature. That I’ve got a real bright future ahead of me if I keep my head on straight.

It’s a future we can share together, Indy. I just know it.  And I know, deep down, you know it too.

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2 Responses to P.S., Indianapolis: That Was For You

  1. Ellen Helton says:

    Sir – it isn’t really the Pacers fault, overall no one cares about the NBA anymore. Look at MLB – they were strong in the 70s and now aside from a few teams, most people don’t care and don’t go to games. Look at all the empty stadiums in the summer. The NBA had its time in the 80s & 90s, and now with the exception of a few players (not even TEAMS anymore) no one cares about the NBA. The NFL is the current sports darling.

    You could write all of these same posts but change it to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Remember when “we” were the Racing Capital of the World? Now no one comes to the race.

    It’s all cyclical. And the NBA has already had their turn.

  2. Mitch says:

    Ellen,

    First off, this is unrelated to the Pacers, but no one shows up to Indy? Sure it’s less than 1990′s crowds, but 250,000 on a 95 degree day is no small number. We are still the racing capital of the world.

    Alright, who’s to say we can’t get behind this team? This is the most fan-friendly team in the league, they genuinely care about the people who watch them play. And they are the #2 team in the Eastern Conference and have a real shot of making the Finals this year, if not winning the whole thing. Maybe most people don’t like the NBA, I don’t like how star players get star treatment and big market teams get their way more often than not, but this is that blue collar team that can beat the odds and win. You don’t have to like the NBA to love this team. They’re fun to watch and it’s even more fun to call them “our team.” Give it a shot and get on board, there’s plenty of room.

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