Angst and the Toils of Fandom
As fans, there's only so much we can actually do for our team. Our discussion rarely influences decisions made by the team[i], we can't really directly communicate advice to players and we sure as hell can't get out on the court and do any better. We've got 41 home games we can attend and cheer on our guys (in Memphis), but what about those road games? Unless you believe in and possess telepathy, there's no chance of them hearing your cheers and claps. How can we have any impact on the game?
You can't, at all. It's just one of those unfortunate aspects of human life: torturing yourself while waiting for results over which you have no influence. What you can do, however, is wager all those emotions and and anxieties on the outcome of your very own Grind Prophecies.
So when the Grizzlies are down by 12 with 6 minutes to go, you won't care, because you're going to be more concerned about how many times the Gasols fouled each other!
[i] Unless you're 3SOB summoning Gilbert Arenas from his Xbox duties
The Grindmaster from the last edition of Grind Prophecies (vs Raptors) was Mike Conley.
- Game Score and Winner (correct predictions receive 3 points, if no correct predictions, 1 point awarded to member(s) with closest differential)
- The Grindmaster (3 points awarded to correct predictions; if Grindmaster title is split between 2 players, 2 points go to each member who predicted either player)
- Does Coach Joerger call his first timeout before or after the first 2 minutes of the game? (3 points awarded to correct predictions; zero points awarded for incorrect predictions.)
- Number of times the Gasol brothers foul each other (3 points awarded to correct predictions; if no correct answers, 1 point awarded to member(s) who are closest without going over)