Nobody wants a losing streak. Watching a team find new and exciting ways to screw themselves can be tough to watch. But I have to say that even when my teams are getting smacked around the field like a French army brigade, I enjoy watching sports. We all do. It’s why October and April are such kickass months and its why February totally sucks.
So even if the Giants are so bad right now that they’re getting routed by the Houston Community College JV squad, and the Niners are so helpless that you have to watch their games with the Benny Hillifier turned on, I’m going to watch. We all are. You know why? Because it’s way fucking better than anything else.
Why is why I really hate those “boycott ownership” assholes who keep telling me I shouldn’t watch the team and should instead petition the local call-in show to have the GM fired and the owner forced to sell.
First off, no GM or coach in the history of sports has ever been fired because Jerry McBeergut from Pinole called the post-game show and pointed out a bad signing or draft pick. Bill Neukom isn’t sitting in his office trolling the Splash or KNBR trying to determine whether or not he should extend Sabean’s contract.
And while we’re at it, shut the hell up about these “fan boycotts.” The owners don’t care and the fans don’t care. Frank McCourt is a money-grubbing tool who siphons money from the team at every avenue. The Dodgers are playing in front of an empty house and struggling to make ends meet. The bloggers and radio callers are demanding he sell the team. One of those three things has absolutely nothing to do with what eventually happens to the Dodgers. Can you guess which one?
The people that own the team don’t care what the call-in crowd thinks, and the suits paying for the luxury boxes don’t care either. If the team’s crappy and the stadium has a lousy atmosphere, they won’t. Basically, none of the people who factor into any of these decision give a second thought to what the general commentariat thinks.
In short: if you want to watch the game then shut up and stop trying to ruin it for the rest of us. If you don’t, well, I hear there’s a good rerun of Stargate Atlantis on channel 6…