A couple of guys I know from around the league, long-timers with excellent pedigrees and a knowledge of what’s going on, were mentioning the same thing yesterday when we were chatting about Masai’s first news conference.
And the one enduring question, aside from anything hugely specific individual player issues, went like this:
“How are they still selling patience?”
Which got me thinking, which sometimes is a troubling event.
Know what I want to hear a new general manager say when he gets to sit down and address his team’s fans for the first time?
Something like this:
“Screw patience, folks. I want to win now. I’m not going to ask you to wait and see where we go, we’re going to go forward right now.
“No one’s job is safe and it shouldn’t be; we’ve been bad and that’s why I got this job and we’re done being bad. I’m not going to put with it and neither are you and I promise when next season starts things are going to be different around here.
“And it won’t take long, I promise you that. I’m going to make bold moves right away to shake things up around here and if the other GMs are watching, call me today because we’re open for business.
“If it doesn’t work? Well, I’m going to get fired but I’m going to get fired if it doesn’t work if we go slowly and wait 18 months.
“Screw patience. Change is coming and it’s coming fast.”
Do you think fans would rather hear that?
Not that what Masai said or anyone says is wrong, it’s how they feel how they want the message delivered, not only to the team’s fans but to others around the league.
And trust me, others around the league pay close attention, either through media reports or by watching the live feed, just to take the temperature of the franchise.
The TV show wasn’t over half an hour the other day when I got my first text from someone in a significant position in the league to ask what it was like – and to mention I looked “dashing” in my blue golf shirt, which was nice because I quite like looking dashing – and I got at least two e-mails from executives on other teams to mention things they’d seen or heard.
So those “messages” in this day and age of saturation coverage, go far further than a team’s fan base.