On the spectrum of sports irony, the thought of Oakland fans reaching out to New Englanders to find out how to deal with disappointment is much more toward the infrared “Comedically Hilarious” end than the ultraviolet “Sadly Tragic” end.
To review: the Golden State Warriors set an NBA regular-season record for wins. They survived enough playoff rounds to play for the championship, where they were heavy favorites. Only to be thwarted by a collection of underdogs led by a number one overall draft picks in a nut=punch for the ages. And to figure out how to deal with that grief, they reach out to … Patriots fans?
Far be it for me to tell anyone they can’t go on Reddit for anything. When you’ve got sub-Reddits set up for anything from video game reviews to conspiracy theories, nothing is off limits. But when the sports fans of Oakland, who have spent a generation telling the world the Patriots stole the Snow Bowl game with the Tuck Rule, are the cheatingest cheaters who ever cheated and are, to a person, Deflategate Truthers, going on our fansites seeking solace and advice is a big ask.
But since they asked, and as a guy who has an L.A. face and an Oakland booty, here is what I’ll suggest the good people of Oaktown do:
Abandon all hope. No one will ever care about you or give you credit for anything your Warriors have done. The team has been successful, which means they will never be forgiven. They and you are doomed to a lifetime of wandering the wilderness, reviled and humiliated. Prepare yourselves for a future of animosity and perceived villainy. My advice is to form a Doomsday cult like the Hale-Bopp Comet people and end it painlessly.
Meanwhile, the Pats fans you have hated so much until you decided you need them, will continue to Defend the Wall and stay vigilant for the next championship. But seriously, screw.
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