My name is Mike Brody and I’m a diehard Minnesota Timberwolves fan.
That really feels like an AA introduction. Actually, being a Wolves fan is a lot like being an alcoholic. Years of crying, frustration, denial and blame followed by moments of clarity and giving up. Then the relapses. “This year’s going to be different!” Sure it is. Just keep telling yourself that while you pee your pants at Denny’s.
So for the sake of my sanity, I needed an outlet to vent about the highs and lows of being a fan of the boys in blue. But mostly the lows.
Dear God, the lows.
Remember 2004? Wasn’t that a great year? We were so happy then. We made the Western Conference Finals and then lost to a Lakers team that had a 65 year old Karl Malone on it. Even our best memory sucks.
As I type this we are already eight games into the 2012-2013 NBA season and the Timberwolves are 5-3. Technically, we are massively over-achieving, even with the soft schedule. And yet our injuries are almost at a maliciously bad level. Five out of our top six players are hurt. This is why we can’t have nice things.
Here’s an incredibly brief run-down of each game of the season and my corresponding emotion:
Fri Nov 2 – vs. Sacramento Kings W 92-80 – Excitement
Sun Nov 4 – @ Toronto Rapters L 86-105 – Disappointment
Mon Nov 5 – @ Brooklyn Nets W 107-96 – Delighted shock
Wed Nov 7 – vs. Orlando Magic W 90-75 – Contentment
Fri Nov 9 – vs. Indiana Pacers W 96-94 – (Brandon Roy goes down with an injury) Worried but optimistic
Sat Nov 10 – @ Chicago Bulls L 80-87 – (Chase Budinger goes down with an injury) Panic
Mon Nov 12 – @ Dallas Mavericks W 90-82 – (Nikola Pekovic goes down with an injury) Incredulous exasperation
Wed Nov 14 – vs Charlotte Bobcats L 87-89 – Depression with a touch of understanding
Which brings us to tonight’s home game against the Golden State Warriors. Who else can get injured? Do we even have enough people for a game? Can Crunch play in his mascot suit? What are the odds of Jack Sikma straining his taint while reaching for a clipboard?
God, grant the Timberwolves the serenity to accept the things they cannot change (injuries), the courage to change the things they can (Derrick Williams) and the wisdom to know the difference (please win). Peace.