Look, I worked late last night and had to watch the draft, without knowing the results, on tape delay. It doesn't matter now who I was hoping for at 13, but when the pick went in I screamed some words that I won't repeat here. I gather from looking at the Live Draft Thread that my fellow Pacers fans did the same thing.
This morning I woke into the nightmare of knowing that my favorite team reached for a player I hate with a fairly high pick in the first round during the second year in a critical 3 year rebuilding plan. The team made no other moves and it feels like we are no better than we were yesterday morning. It feels bad; I know.
I see some guys saying that this is the last straw - To heck with the Pacers and Bird, for now anyway. Well, I completely understand. But as Stephen A. Smith would say, HOWEVER...
I was listening to a sports talk show this morning on the drive to work and the guys were discussing the OVERRATED chants Hansbrough endured last night in NY. And I thought about the underrated Pacers and Granger and other Indiana players. So, because sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying and blindly follow to keep from losing all faith (particularly as a Pacers fan), I say let's show those bums who is "overrated". Let's rally behind these guys. Hansbrough (love him, like him, or hate him) is ours now. Let's show those naysayers who is "not that good."
Let's get behind Bird! Let's get behind Hansbrough! Let's get behind the Pacers!
This is no time to lose faith. We need it now more than ever!