So the Pacers play the Wizards tonight in an attempt to end their ten game losing streak. From my vantage point, Pacer fans have abandoned their team in droves. "These guys stink" is a common refrain heard from Pacer fans and not in the Major League kind of "they're losers but they're OUR losers" way, but more of in a "I used to be a Pacer fan, but now I can't stand NBA basketball" kind of way.
I have to admit, even for me, a die-hard Pacer fan (and some might say a Pacers apologist), the creeping doubt has crossed my mind. But more than being frustrated with the team, I'm frustrated with our fans. This has been compounded by witnessing what has gone on with the Colts - the fair weather fans are so quick to jump on and off the bandwagon. For some reason, this phenomena seems more prevalent in Indy than anywhere else - maybe I'm just seeing it that way.
As for the performance of the team, it's probably not as bad as it seems. Still, having watched most of the bad losses, I can't help but feel that this team just isn't good. Even when our team's effort is there, we are just outmatched. We're not only getting beaten, we're getting killed.
So if there are any Pacer fans still out there, keep hope alive. The good news is that in spite of our recent horrible performance, thanks to the weakness in the East, we are still in the playoff picture. Maybe they can turn it around and if not . . . there's always the lottery - and this is a great year to be in the lottery.