Sunday, October 19, 2008

Diary Of A Mad Grizz Fan Part Two.

By Zac

For those catching up: Part One

I head to Midtown to do some shopping in Cooper-Young and have a cup of coffee. You've gotta love Cooper-Young. Skaters wearing socks on their arms, and all the counterculture you could ask for. George Carlin would be proud. Talking sports here would surely be fun. I hadn't had any real lunch yet, just a few brews so I stop at Celtic Crossing to have this gouda cheeseburger. Try it, you'll love it.

That was my George Lapides shameless promotion moment.

The servers at Celtic are the friendliest around, so it is easy to get a conversation started up with them. I turned the conversation to sports and we began talking about how my Cowboys picked up Roy Williams and what that would do for our offense. I then said "Well I'm actually a basketball man myself, and I can't wait for the season to start. I love my Mavs, but Im a Grizz fan first."

Dude laughed. LAUGHED.

Then silence.

Like I had just told a big Jesus joke in Bethlehem.

He thought he had hurt my feelings so he was like "Uh, I don't really think theyre going to be that good this year, but man good for you if you can support a team that doesnt win a lot."


I just smiled and said "Well thats what being a fan is all about...Hell, I was a Mavs fan back in the days of Ced Ceballos and Reunion Arena, so I can tolerate grisly Grizzlies."

I asked him if he had ever been to a game and he said he had not. "They'd just lose," he said. "It'd be a waste of money."

Yikes. Why do so many in the city feel this way? A sporting event is a sporting event! It's fun to cheer and get into the game, and if you lose, so what?? You screamed, you drank some beer, you high-fived when they tried to make a comeback, you had fun! A waste of money, no sir.

We alternated the conversation back and forth from basketball to football, to music. Now there is something I can talk about for hours.

I inhaled my cheeseburger and decided to head to East Memphis. Ah, the "elite" of Memphis. The people who buy the season tickets and would at least go to the game for the social aspect, right? We shall a few days time.


memgriz1 said...

ugh, this isn't going good so far! i hope you get some positive feedback at least once. i'm driving 2 hours one way and i can't wait for opening night! what the hell's wrong with these people?

J. B. Hood said...

Lapides is Greek for "promoting-food-to-get-fed". True story.

Completely off topic: why would an NBA team (say, the Griz) not sign Darius Miles to a couple 10 day contracts, play him a few seconds in 10 games, and charge the $$$ to the 'blazers cap, undercutting some of the opposition for free agent talent next summer?

Zac said...

Guys, I honestly dont know. There are some great fans out here, and in no way am I saying the whole city is this way...but a large part of the city is so apathetic to this team and I wonder why. I got one answer, which will be explained in a later part. Im glad you guys like it, and keep reading!

Anonymous said...

This is GREAT brother. I know you and I talk quite often, but I'm still in awe over this blog. Keep it up homie. NoG mane.

dsluder11 said...

Keep the post coming. I really enjoy reading them. I know where your coming from, i have tons of friends and family who know nothing about the Grizz or even care for that matter. Look forward to reading the next post.