Okay. I can’t speak for everybody, but I’m personally choosing to consider myself ‘over’ Wednesday’s Draft Misery. Stern didn’t screw us, Benson didn’t screw us, the makers of the ping-pong balls didn’t screw us…we simply lost out to the whims of the fates. Again. But heck…as Charlotte sports fans, we’re used to it 😉
The most troubling thing I’ve seen the last few days is the fan-on-fan negativity. Pro-rebrand/anti-rebrand…it doesn’t matter. People are angry, and hurt, and they’re taking it out on each other. Listen, gang…this is the WORST thing we can possibly do. The thing we have to keep in mind, regardless of what they’re called, those guys that suit up 82 times a year are OUR team, and they represent OUR city. Obviously, all of us here want our Hornets back. My wardrobe has morphed into a teal and purple bonanza. I literally dream about this stuff. But that doesn’t change the fact that, at this point, the ‘Cats are my team. If you truly believe in this Movement; if you truly yearn for the day that Hugo stalks the sidelines of the Cable Box, I implore you to adopt a similar approach. Divisiveness and an ‘us versus them’ mentality is the absolute opposite thing we need right now. We need solidarity. We need unity. By all means, let the ‘Cats management know that you’re still demanding your Hornets back. But at the same time, let them know that you support them through thick and thin. When someone attacks you for your view on the subject, take a deep breath, and calmly explain why you’re right. That’s the thing, gang…we own the deed to the TRUTH. We’ve faced a little adversity with the Draft fiasco, but that doesn’t change that reality.
I look at this as an opportunity, True Beelievers. We have the chance to be the most relentlessly positive, beacon of unbridled joy and passion that this team has going for it right now. We have to resist the urge to cave in to negativity and focus on the future. We’re about to get a heck of a player in a month’s time. We have loads of fun stuff planned for the summer. Let’s drop the melancholy and get PUMPED!!! We’ve worked too hard and come too far to let a little thing like a Draft Lottery kill our Buzz. As hard as it may be to believe right now, the bitterness of Wednesday WILL fade in time. However, what we have going for us…this thing that is so close we can hear flap of wings on the horizon…this thing can last FOREVER. So put a smile on your face, throw Wednesday out with the rest of this week’s garbage, and let the world know that our Hornets are coming home.
Not if, but when 🙂
Well said by John Morgan….the leader of the “We Beelieve” campaign.