Today, I was reminded once again that these Sacramento Kings are the luckiest team in professional sports. Yeah, they may not have the luck that helps them pick Blake Griffin, but nevertheless this Kings franchise is blessed. If I had a dollar for each time one of the fans of this team has surprised me, I'd buy the team myself and give out FTM t-shirts at halftime. Whether that surprise comes from their knowledge of the game which dwarfs mine, their insight that has changed the game of basketball as a spectator as well as a player at the park, their humor that has me bursting out in laughter during all hours, their never-say die spirit that has kept me strong through the worst Maloofian exploits, and today's example: generosity that reduced me to tears.
In the Here We Buy announcement thread, I complained (as I often do) that I likely would not be able to make it to the game, as my funds are depleted monthly in a disappearing act that would make a magician jealous. Then, another user volunteered to purchase tickets for me, if I could prove that I was a worthy fan. Another user vouched for me within minutes, and I couldn't believe what happened next. He told me to email him, and that he would have the tickets for me when he could get them. I have always been reluctant to accept help of any kind, and I thought about the offer for awhile. It took a long conversation with my girlfriend to convince me to accept their offer. She told me I was being proud (or in her words, stupid), and that if I was going to be moping around the house about the Kings' situation, I might as well be there to fight for them to stay in Sacramento. The advice clicked in my mind, and I sought the user out. I offered to give identification, but they didn't even ask. Several days later, I received a reply with two tickets attached to the February 9th Here We Buy game. I was floored. I scanned my monitor for several minutes, to see if they were real. They were. I have heard stories about the kindness of strangers, but I have never been the benefactor of such a tale. I cried. I'll admit it, I was so happy I cried like a baby. My girlfriend thought I was having a breakdown, until I explained to her what happened. I thanked the user in a reply, and as I sent the message, she turned to me, face soft and told me, "He deserves more than a thank you". I nodded. So, Anonymous Sactown Royalty user, I will pay the good deed forward. I don't know how, but I will, I promise you that.
I will be bringing a camera to the game, and I will be posting the pictures that I take from my view to this site, and I will write an account of my first live Kings experience since Mark Jackson's playing career. Hopefully we will have the same kind of success as the last time I attended a game, where we won by 35 points against the Knicks. But who knows?
The Kings are a lucky team, after all.