During Easter lunch "what's wrong with the Pacers".
I at first was taken aback by the question because it just came out of nowhere so I asked her to repeat it.
She said in a disgusted voice "what's wrong with the Pacers". I'm torn at this very moment between laughing and crying but I decide instead of answering her I decided to get Diamond Dave's attention and once again asked her to repeat the question. This time she knew I was up to something but asked it again anyway.
All I could do at this point was just kind of laugh and say, what do you mean what's wrong with the team.
She said why are they constantly losing.
Now bare in mind she is in her mid 60's, lives in the country between Lafayette & Frankfort Indiana and only see's news from the Lafayette TV station which Pacer wise consist of reading the score from the game.
In my mind I gave a fiery speech that made George Patton look like Patton Oswalt. Extolling the virtues of our dynamic young team and the excellence of our coaching staff. That we have overcome the depths of hell itself with three and a half years of Satan task mastering away and crushing the spirits of our players and fans.
That we are often fighting 5 on 8 in this series and certainly have been fighting being called everything but irrelevant by the national media. I said that Danny Granger has lived up to the promise of the young player that many of us fell in love with years ago and that we see the future in Paul George.
I said that the few stood against many when we were invaded by the Mongol hoard on Saturday but many of us were on that wall as the Barbarians were at the gates and we did not falter.
I said that not only did the Bulls have to pull out every trick in the book to keep us from sweeping them but that right now we have them exactly where we want them and that Saturday was just the first step in the story of the greatest comeback in the history of the NBA.
That was all in my mind.
What I really said was "yea the media really has done a number on us as people outside the actual fans aren't even seeing that we are not doing poorly at all but in fact are exceeding expectations".
I liked the speech in my head better.