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The Road May Get Rough...

This is some parade yessiree Bob.
Look at all the flags and all the banners waving!
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Off-Night Meanderings

The Boston game was thrilling. The Jazz look star-struck; soon they may look truck-struck - hang in there Jazz. (My Lord, I can’t believe I said that.)

Are there any bandwagon Rockets fans? Any? I don’t mean people who live in Houston and will happily embrace whatever is hot and successful, because, at heart, that’s Houston, hot and successful. No, I mean the airy basketball drifters, the people who “just want to watch good basketball” and (arguably) the best offensive season in NBA history (James Harden 16-17) wasn’t compelling enough until now.

If you’re there, show yourselves. Welcome, there’s lots of room for you on our bandwagon. The road may be rough, the weather may forget us... Wait, that’s an old R.E.M. song (Back when Michael Stipe had hair. That old.)

But it’s true, we won’t hurt you. We’re happy you are here. This site is sort of the Flying Dutchman of Rockets basketball, roaming the world, collecting basketball’s lost souls, converting one-player fans into Rockets fans, and spreading the true religion of eschatological basketball. (Death by fiery three, death by icy cold switchy defense. The End Times of The Olde Game.)

I don’t think San Antonio is going to roll over and die like that again. In fact, I wouldn’t enjoy it if they did. San Antonio is honestly, like the Rockets, a proud and noble NBA franchise, if such a thing can be said to exist. They are the team and the fanbase that should strut around with the arrogance of Golden State recruits, the Spurs have actually earned it, but they generally don’t. Mind you, I want them to “die”, just not quite that harshly.

But still. If you’ve watched the Rockets all season, I bet you wondered. You wondered what would happen if the all the Rockets launched at once and hit their targets precisely? What would happen if Jeff Bezdelik, who thwarted and aggravated Popovic & Co. for years in Memphis, cast his cold dark magic over the Spurs offense, and it froze them into statues?

Would it leave a smoking crater that once was a 60 win team?

Would it defy all narrative?

You’re damn right it would.

Some parade, yessiree Bob.

So, join the conversation, holler out if someone is being unkind. Look at all the flags and all the banners waving. These are good times in Rocketsland. It may not last, but come on aboard.

One other thing: I need your help with something. Reggie Miller is slowly killing me. I believe he’s a nice man, and means well, but it’s, as Charles Barkley described Game 5 vs the Thunder “A Slow Death” listening to him every Rockets game.

What might help? Buzzword Bingo! Let’s make cards and play at home! I’ll post a link for it later.

I’ll get us started, help me out below.

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And here’s a card for you to enjoy (or not).

Your card.
My card.


Who wins Rockets vs Spurs and in how many?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Rockets in Four
    (44 votes)
  • 16%
    Rockets in Five
    (113 votes)
  • 54%
    Rockets in Six
    (383 votes)
  • 7%
    Rockets in Seven
    (51 votes)
  • 1%
    Spurs in Five
    (13 votes)
  • 3%
    Spurs in Six
    (27 votes)
  • 2%
    Spurs in Seven
    (18 votes)
  • 7%
    Mavs in Four! Go Mavs!
    (51 votes)
700 votes total Vote Now