It’s been about 10 years since I last read Christopher Buckley’s “Thank you for Smoking”. The Novel–later adapted into a film I haven’t watched yet– is an excellent satirical take on the lobbying industry. If you like dark humor and unflinching look at far we are willing to go to make a horrible product look like a great thing, you should read the book. I won’t spoil too much of it here but the basic plot is Nick Naylor is a top spin doctor for the tobacco industry who is beginning to feel conflicted about the dangers of tobacco especially when it begins to strain his relationship with his child. It is story about morals, conflicts, self-delusion, greed, remorse, insensitivity, and rationalizing.
So why bring that up here when I should be talking about PER and Defensive Efficiency? Well, for one there is no reason to talk about any of the advanced stats of this team. Seriously, smoker’s lung is easier to look at than this.
I bring up the novel because I feel conflicted. I very much want the top pick in the draft. That of course requires that I talk myself into supporting my team getting beaten game after game after game after game after game (repeat that until you reach 13).
I’ve noticed in the threads a good number of our fine posters are pushing for ping-pong balls. And while I do covet that top pick, I wonder if the rest of you are as saddened by the season as I am. And I also wonder what keeps bringing you back to watch this mess night after night? I have the incentive of the luxurious lifestyle that comes with being a part-time contributor to a blog. What keeps you folk coming back?