Different. It's what makes us all the same. Because we are wholly and totally different. Sure, we center around the Timberwolves, but we all live on Earth as well, right? Does living on Earth make us at all the same? Not really. Neither does the Timberwolves.
What do you get when you mix two (ex?) Catholics, A Socialist(Who used to be a Republican), An Ex-Military Vet, a Jew and a Conservative Evangelical Christian(Who also, sadly,also used to be Republican)? Canis Hoopus Hang Night.
You see, I don't love this place because I have people who also love the Timberwolves. I love this place because there are other people who are also looking for other people. I think that makes sense. VJL110 and Voodoo Magic couldn't be any different. They also couldn't be any more the same. One imagines trades and scenarios all day long. Posts everything they think. And takes a barrage of criticism(though Jesus was never persecuted for NBA trades;) ) The other thinks long and hard, running numbers, and walking numbers and then driving numbers, just to reach the conclusion that Batum is overrated. He has a following(just like Jesus). WAAAAAAY different, right? Wrong. In the end all of the key strokes and thoughts that these two spew and coerce out of their minds add up to the same thing. Expression of self. Expression of desire. Expression of life. Get bogged down not in the details my friends. Absorb the details, ingest them, and love them, but never get bogged down in them.
Tonight a few guys came over(unfortunately no beautiful women, but TMiss said he was close enough(He isn't)) and we shared life. How much conversation was about the Timberwolves? Maybe 20%(Around the number of plays that Wes actually contributed) The rest was fluff. It was meaningless. How meaningless. Meaningless enough to form some connections between men who are truly friends. We aren't friends because we all agree on political issues. We aren't friends because we share the same profession. Most assuredly we aren't friends because we share the same NBA team. It's because, with all of the difference, we have decided to respect each other and share life and what we have to offer(no matter how trivial in the grand scheme of things).
You see, I cried a few weeks ago. I lost a friend. Someone I respected. Someone I loved. Tim Allen. I might not have loved him in the way his family did. Or how his significant other did. But I loved him. I loved what he wrote. How he commented. He was my friend. Not because he replied to me(he didn't usually). But because I respected him and shared my life with him. In this new internet age it's hard to define relationships. It becomes something that everyone defines as superficial. Except for the people entrenched in those relationships. To those people, it is defined. Not in words but in truth and feeling. The reason why Canis Hoopus is successful isn't because of the stat gurus(though we have those). It isn't because of active posters(but that is critical). It's because we respect everyone enough to share ideas with enough honesty to argue but not enough to reject. Because we share life and who we are without shutting out who everyone else is.
We center around the Timberwolves, but it isn't all we are, it isn't who we are. Thank you all for being here. Thank you Tim Allen. You have been an inspiration. You have been a friend. 82-0.