Houston Rockets Fans Should Shower Team with Cheers Tonight: An Open Letter

April 11th, 2011 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Dear Rockets fans, and by that I mean the jewelry rattlers who "occupy" the club seats in the lower bowl. I come to you with a plea.

The men you shell out thousands to "watch" on the hardwood each year close out the home slate against the Dallas Mavericks tonight. The game starts at 7:30 p.m., not 8:15 p.m. I am writing to this wealthy, entitled group--even though I know this quest is futile--because the cause matters to me.

I have to place the words "occupy" and "watch" in quotes because I'm not sure what the hell many of you are doing just after tip-off. Enjoying that lampshade you just bought on Ebay via your iPhone. Did the bartender get the cocktail mix right? How are the kids? Is the weather to your liking?

See, I still harbor this silly, puerile belief that spectators fork up that kind of dough to see the action up close and make noise. The loudest sound emanating from those sections is often the pitter-patter of feet rushing up the stairs to exit the arena when the score is knotted with six minutes remaining.

Why spend all that money if you are determined to bolt before the teams decide the outcome? Why come at all?

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