Tonight, K and I joined the fam for the Sacramento Kings game. It might, possibly, maybe, a little bit, be the last one, ever, which made it a bittersweet moment. Our Kings put up a good fight, and lost by only a handful of points in the last quarter. For those who have not kept up with the adventures of the Kings recently, here's a quick recap:
1 - I start dating a Kings fan, and become an ardent Kings fan. I'm a die-hard, dyed-in-the-wool, full-tilt, I-bleed-purple Sacramento Kings fan. I'm basically their biggest fan ever.
2 - The Kings lose every single game I tune into over this period, generally to very good teams.
3 - The Kings owners (a family known as "Them Aloofs", to use the local parlance) are great big poopy-heads, and they are trying to sell the team to Seattle, which only five years ago lost their Supersonics NBA franchise.
4 - Them Aloofs have run the franchise into the ground, but the fans are still here, and we're all hoping that the Kings will stay in town.
5 - The Kings feature a guard named Isaiah Thomas, who is NOT the Isiah Thomas (note the difference in spelling, for one thing) who used to play for the Detroit Pistons). Young Isaiah was given his name because his father lost a bet, fatefully and falsely predicting that the Lakers (then his favorite team) would handily beat the Pistons (the Pistons won in a four game sweep!). His mother insisted on the biblical spelling, and, now, here we are, with a second, and completely unrelated, Isaiah Thomas playing in the NBA, at a magnificent 5'9", or a solid five inches shorter than ME. He's REALLY fast, though, and a wonderful spirit. He came out after the game, which (ahem) we lost, and said, "I know you wanted us to win more games, and we did, too, but you are the best fans in the world!!"
The whole thing made me think of Steve Spurrier (coach of Your University of South Carolina Gamecocks!), who famously said, "You fans will come out even when they LOSE!" He meant it as a condemnation of Gamecock fans, but I saw a lot of parallels tonight. The Kings are not a great team, but they're always in it. And the fans... well, the fans, they're just amazing.
As of this writing, the fans do not know if there will be a team in Sacramento next year. My sweet girl, and her family, have had season tickets since the team first existed, and they will be sad if they leave.
Tonight, as it happened, my K and I were in the family's season ticket seats. Next to us, obviously, were other season ticket holders.
If the team gets sold to Seattle, tonight was the last Kings game. Ever.
A very nice older gentleman, who was seated next to us, nodded to me on the way out, and shook my hand, and said, "See you next year!"
He doesn't know if there will even be a team in two months, but he just holds it as faith that the Kings will be here.
I hope so.
I'd really like to go to another game, and I'd like to see K's face when they win a big game.
Tomorrow, ADVENTURE!! :)