I have a bit of a bone to pick with the people saying as fans we have no right to bitch and be pissed at the outcome this year, and the teams play that is causing it. I beg to differ!
None of us would even be here(except the trolls of course) if we were not hard core fans of this team. The reason this creates such passion in us is because we love our team...even when they treat us like this. And by the way in case anyone in the front office has forgotten, we fans are the ones that pay the bills and create a profit for the business that "our" team is. We buy the tickets, we buy the jerseys, we pay for the cable channels that allow us to watch our team. In short, in all but name we pay for these guys to play...and there are places where fans actually own teams outright...before any billionaires get too high and mighty.
That said the players have every right to ignore us, even though we may be saying exactly what needs to happen, they have to function inside a shell that protects them from silly crap... but in no way should that stop real fans...people that care and watch and "buy" from voicing their opinions about the team they love.
I have every hope that this team can right the ship and move deeper in the playoffs, i have been a hardcore fan of the Pacers team for 20 years...but the way they are playing right now makes one have to look at things realistically. We aren't the only ones that think they might not even make it out of this round, and that has to give one pause after the start of this season and all the hope it brought with it. Are we really going to be happy with a great regular season team that can't fight it's way out of a paper bag in the playoffs? Hell no!
We can't do anything else with all this nervous energy watching this team causes, frankly i am pretty damn tired of hand wringing, so we are going to say things that try to get at the root of these problems and speak about a way forward...in the many and varied ways that might come out of each of us...and after the debacle melt down the end of this season has been...we are welcome to it thank you very much...