LintonFromMemphis 
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Re: “Game 6 Preview: The Full Experience

I understand if basketball, or sports in general, just isn't your thing, but you can't hate on it. If you have any kind of love for your home town you have to see how nights like tonight, and teams like the Grizzlies team we have right now, just uplift the city as a whole. Memphis can be a depressing town at times, anyone who lives here knows this. There are a lot of low-income homes and a lot of people living below the poverty line. It can be a violent town and, at times, it seems like there is no escape from these type of problems. The country's economic problems hit hard in town's like ours and it affects everyone. Zach Randolph said it best after tonight's game, "Nothing's been given easily to this town." Professional sports franchises like the Grizzlies and big venues like the Forum do nothing but good for cities like ours. They create jobs, revenue for our local economy, and they give people a release from the usual day-to-day grind when they can go see the tigers, the griz, or a show after a hard week at work, school, etc. I think the most important boost it gives us is just the general sense of unity that occurs like no other when you're rooting for your home team. Class lines are forgotten, whether you're in the nose-bleeds, plush box seats, or on the floor, you're all there for the same reason: to yell like a maniac for a few hours and try to be that sixth man that all teams need. Stress goes away and you're completely consumed by the moment. Win or lose, you're there as part of a greater team than just the one on the court. Let's be honest, nights, and wins as big as the one tonight, are few and far between here in Memphis. However, at some point we, as a community, have to take responsibilty for some of that. We have a reputation for being fair-weather fans and are not always there to support our teams but the feeling it creates when we come out like we have been throughout this post-season is contagious. You can feel it everywhere on game day, from work, to school, to the corner store. Feels good, doesn't it? And it is much bigger than basketball, we have to make this feeling of community spirt, this feeling of an energized, unified Memphis, last long after the season has ended. No matter what kind of home or background you come from, you can get behind that. Doesn't matter if you're a die hard fan or if you don't know Tony Allen from Zach Randolph. All I'm really trying to say is go Grizzlies, and more importantly, go Memphis. We're a beautiful town full of beautiful people, I just think sometimes we tend to forget. Much love to you all, let's keep it going!  

-Linton from Memphis

Posted by LintonFromMemphis on 04/30/2011 at 3:26 AM
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