I became so intrigued by my own writings about the subject of no one caring that the Grizzlies were here that I decided to conduct an experiment.
I'm a pretty sociable guy. I talk to everyone I come into contact with without crossing the line into invasion of privacy, so I decided that on my lunch break and shopping excursion out in Memphis I was going to eke the Grizzlies into my conversations with people, just to see what they thought about the subject.
Jesus H., what a long sentence.
I knew that my experiment could not be biased, so I planned my day to be in several parts of town.
I would have lunch downtown, since I like being downtown on my off-days/no-class days. I would shop Cooper-Young and East Memphis (two very different demographics). Then I would head out and pick up the fiancée for dinner that night, picking over what I had learned.
With the plan set in motion, I was off to lunch. I parked in the garage and set off to South Philly.
(Quick pet peeve, though: Why in the hell do we use tokens to pay for parking now? Seriously, can't I just give you my money?)
I stopped in there and decided I don't want a sandwich, so I just had a beer instead. ESPN was on the plasma screen, and there was a man probably in his 30s craning his neck to watch the screen. I sat at the table next to him so I could see the television.
A few minutes and a new beer later, I said, "I wish they'd talk about some preseason. I want to see what they are saying about Mayo."
His response: "Yeah, that Mayo kid's something good. Who's he playin' for?"
I said, "Memphis, man! He plays for us! We traded Miller, drafted Love, and traded 'em both with Cardinal to get him, and Jaric...and Walker..." I trailed off.
He legitimately didn't know.
To the right of this man in South Philly was a Hello Mayo poster. I told him how Mayo fired off 26 points the other night in preseason and how Rudy looks good this year. By the end of the conversation, he said he might try to make it to a game.
I felt good. I drank the last of my second beer and headed off to Midtown.
My attempt to convert lost Midtowners to the way of the Grizz will be posted in a few days. Until then, spread the good word. Fill the Forum.