Okay, I'll admit it.
If I were a student or if I lived within an hours drive of Coleman Coliseum, I would be there to support the team and to express my appreciation to Jermario Davidson on Senior Night. I'm not, I don't, and I won't; but probably not for the reasons you might expect.
CMG frequently reminds us fans how important our attendance and support are to the players on the team. I try to support them by showing up every chace I get. Refusing to show up tonight, therefore, seems to be the best way to communicate my dissatisfaction with what CMG has done (or not done?) with and to this team this year.
I don't want to hurt the players. I don't want to hurt the team. I don't want to hurt CMG. What I do want is for CMG to come to his senses, realize just how badly he has mismanaged this team this year (and pretty much for five of the last seven years), call someone who knows more about how to lead a basketball team and program than I do, and get some help. Next year will be too late, in my opinion. It's already too late to really salvage this season. Even if they get invited to the NCAA Tournament and make a run to the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight, this season has been a disaster!
I don't want to harm anyone. But I want CMG to know that I will not accept this sort of performance and I don't think any of our other real fans will either. This is my last chance to express myself to him in any sort of language that he speaks. I will boycott tonight's game which I deem relatively meaningless in the over-all scheme of things.
I have not made up my mind whether I will listen to or watch any tournament games we might play. I tired of that emotional roller coaster.
College basketball is an intensely emotional game for both the players and the fans. CMG has disappointed me too often for me to expose my feelings to the the risks associated with his decisons and performance. It's almost like having a family member who is addicted to drugs. I love CMG, this team and our program, I want them to succeede, but I cannot do anything to help them until CMG decides to help himself.
In parenting classes I think they call that "tough love."