I was recently reading a whimsical article about establishing a sister cities-style relationship between the Spurs and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League on Pounding the Rock (SB Nation's San Antonio Spurs affiliate). Several paragraphs into the piece, I stumbled upon this quote:
The purpose of all this is to recognize a connection, and construct a mutually beneficial alliance. What if sports leagues did this? You can't link cities from the same country together, so obviously you couldn't link two NBA teams. But what about other leagues? If this system were in place, the LA Lakers and New York Yankees would automatically be linked due to their cash-first, strategy-second philosophies. The Washington Wizards and the St. Louis Blues would be linked together due to their "woe is me" fan base.
I'm used to reading a lot of jabs at the Wizards on non-Wizards-centric media (and on Wizards sites, too- let's be real), but this one is new to me. Do we Wizards fans have a rep for being a "woe is me" fan base? We've certainly had a tortured half-decade of basketball here in the District, but are we idiosyncratically loud about it?
If anything, I'd call out Boston fans for going into histrionics whenever any team within 50 miles has a down year. I remember during this summer's draft, Kenny Smith and Chad Ford would be talking about a prospect when Bill Simmons's face would blanch all of the sudden, and he would get the distant, dazed look in his eyes. Then, à propos of nothing except the voracious void in his parquet-floored soul, he'd half-murmur, "I still can't get over that trade," as if he were visualizing the rooms of emaciated leukemia patients at Boston General who had multiple surefire championship rings pried from their small, sickly fingers. Sure, it's a blockbuster trade, but Garnett and Pierce couldn't have had two championship seasons in Boston between them, and Pierce's jersey is going up in the Gaahden rafters regardless. Danny Ainge didn't Tonya Harding prime Larry Bird's knees in Game 7 of the Finals; he saw that his team's window was half-closed and accepted an outrageous offer. Of course, the Celtics have decades of unparalleled basketball excellence to define their identity, while we have to make do with a fat lady, shoe-shitting, and Tom Gugliotta, so I suppose our fans have a bigger role to play in Pounding the Rock's exercise.