Body Language; Broadcast Language; Twitter Language. Everything is beginning to say GOODBYE, Sacramento.
First off, let me please just say that this isn't intended to be a negative message or a persuasive message. Thank you to each and every one of you Sacramento Kings fans who organized, contributed and participated in the "Here We Stay" game last night against the Clippers. You have brought me closure. You have given me confirmation of what is coming for our future former NBA franchise.
Lets get something clear; If a viewer was watching last nights game and previously had heard nothing about a community effort to keep the Kings here in Sacramento, they would not have known any of your efforts. The broadcast last night almost seemed like it made an effort to show as little of you all as possible in detail. Signs were for the most part illegible with the distance that the arena cameras hovered above the crowds. Grant and Jerry danced around "the environment", "the atmosphere", and "the energy". I did not hear one mention of why or how other than that people were present. Not only that, the broadcast montages were all Kings of past and present and the great and tragic moments that accompanied the Sacramento Kings. This simple fact alone tells me that the video producers knew what was going down tonight. Some of these montages actually had MOTHER FUCKING VIOLINS playing sad ass music during them. My wife even wisecracked "My god is this a funeral tonight?"
How does an event of this magnitude and importance take place and we the fans leave the evening feeling great about what just happened, and Joe Maloof is kind enough to pop off three tweets after the game and none of which say anything other than narrative information. Are the Maloofs really being muzzled or handled? Look at his twitter! I don't have twitter, never used it, so I actually linked over to it from Joe's previous message about how they will all be in attendance and how he knew "It's going to be a special night."
Joe Maloof's Twitter: (twitter.com/Joe_Maloof)
Regardless of that, we want a win tonight!
Tonight we had a really big win against the great young LA Clippers team.
The Clippers are going to be a great team for years to come & I'm sure our players will enjoy a great rivalry with them.
I really hope that I'm just retarded and am using twitter incorrectly. Is that really all that he had to say? Has anyone else seen any word or feedback come from the Maloof camp after last night? How the fuck did they feel about it?
It's really sad because it's starting to look like the elephant in the room is becoming even more noticable. Joe had a salesman grin during his on court camera face time and Gavin looked restless and guilty but went through the motions of fist-pumping and clapping. Maybe he was just restless from "cheering" the whole time.
All of this is just me trying to vocalize maybe some of the thoughts and feelings that I'm having today and I think I'm beginning to let go. I think I've given up.
Thank you Kings for the memories. Thank you STR and others for trying.