Mr Optimist: Did you see that game tonight? Right down to the wire! We just about ended the slump right there in Philly!
Mr Pessimist: So what you are saying is you are happy the losing streak continues?
Mr Optimist: No, of course not! I'm happy we're out of our funk and back on course! We ALMOST won!
Mr Pessimist: I see... That ALMOST counts as a win... except it DOESN'T!!!
Mr Optimist: If JO hits that big shot then we win. That was the difference right there and I am not going to fault the team over that. Not for one miss with a everyone on the Philly team trying to stop him.
Mr Pessimist: Well, if the team would've hit some of those wide open shots they kept missing they wouldn't have needed a miracle shot as JO lumbered into the lane for that brick.
Mr Optimist: Open shots? Did you not see the Philly defense? Iverson is a ball hawk!
Mr Pessimist: Iverson is a ball hog but I'll save that for another discussion. The open shots I am talking about are the ones the Pacers kept missing at the line. The free throw line. Those shots where nobody guards the shooter... you know?
Mr Optimist: Missed free throws are just part of the game. Besides, we have Reggie Miller, one of the greatest free throw shooters of all time!
Mr Pessimist: Didn't he miss a free throw himself and didn't the Pacers lose by 1 point?
Mr Optimist: Change the subject! You're just being stubborn!
Mr Pessimist: You mean stubborn like Rick Carlisle who refuses to change his lineup and rotations until a doctor or trainer informs him he has to?
Mr Optimist: Rick's not stubborn. He just has a system. A WINNING system I might add!
Mr Pessimist: Is that why the Pacers are under .500?
Mr Optimist: The Pacers are under .500 because Stern screwed the Pacers because he doesn't like us!
Mr Pessimist: Stern doesn't like Indy?... The Pacers? ...Indiana?
Mr Optimist: Right. He hates us.
Mr Pessimist: This has nothing to do with Ron Artest?
Mr Optimist: Artest was just an excuse to try and blackball our season so one of Stern's favorites will win the championship this year.
Mr Pessimist: That sounds kind of odd but it sure has worked out well if what you say is true.
Mr Optimist: Of course it is true but we're going to get the last laugh when he hands Artest the championship trophy in Conseco! Pacers 2004-2005 champs!!
Mr Pessimist: But Artest is suspended for the year. He won't be there to accept the trophy.
Mr Optimist: Well, Mr Know-it-all, Artest will be back this year and we'll be on a roll by then.
Mr Pessimist: And just how will he get back... a Groucho nose and moustache?
Mr Optimist: No! His suspension will be lifted.
Mr Pessimist: But Stern would have to do that and you just told me that Stern wanted to keep the Pacers down and out of the championship chase. He doesn't like us... remember?
Mr Optimist: I just can't talk to you! You just refuse to see we're just about ready to breakout!
Mr Pessimist: Breakout? Like Bender's again delayed 'Breakout Season'?
Mr Optimist: Bender is not out. He's just not playing in back to back games until he is better healed. He's going to be a superstar!
Mr Pessimist: Did he play tonight?
Mr Optimist: No...???
Mr Pessimist: Did we play Sunday night?
Mr Optimist: No...????
Mr Pessimist: Then how can you tell me it is back to backs keeping Bender out of the lineup??
Mr Optimist: Because I read it in the Star. This must be a fluke so he can play twice the minutes next game and really dominate.
Mr Pessimist: So the Star tells you something that you can see with your own eyes is absolutely not true but you believe it anyway?
Mr Optimist: The Star wouldn't lie!
Mr Pessimist: Two words: Artest's migraine
Mr Optimist: Are you trying to tell me Artest didn't really have Migraines? Next thing you know you'll try to tell me he didn't really just ask for time off to promote his CD! They wouldn't lie. You're only trying to confuse me!
Mr Pessimist: Confuse? Like Bender looking for a guy to guard or hanging around the 3 point line?
Mr Optimist: He doesn't do that this year!
Mr Pessimist: How would you know? He's barely been on the court...
Mr Optimist: Let's talk about something else. Surely you can see JO's improvement this year. 55 points in one game! Yahooooo!
Mr Pessimist: Ummm... doesn't say much for offensive balance does it?
Mr Optimist: Offensive balance??? When you have the MVP of the league... or he should be anyway... you go to him and let him win! He's automatic!
Mr Pessimist: Automatic?? Like the clanker off the rim tonight?
Mr Optimist: That was a good look and you know it. Somebody probably fouled him. He never gets calls.
Mr Pessimist: Well, if glaring at the refs would get you calls he'd never get off the free throw line. I don't think he's ever missed a shot that he thinks he wasn't fouled on.
Mr Optimist: That's because he probably was fouled! People foul him all the time. They double and even triple team him. Then he shoots and the refs don't call a thing.
Mr Pessimist: Maybe he should try passing?
Mr Optimist: Passing? He's not a point guard. He's a big man that can throw down!!
Mr Pessimist: Other big men pass the ball out of good defense.
Mr Optimist: Passing? You don't score 55 points in a game or average over 30 points for a series of games by passing!
Mr Pessimist: Nope, you got me there. I will have to agree with you.
Mr Optimist: Good! We agree about something then.
Mr Pessimist: If you say so.
Mr Optimist: We just get out of this slump and then we are smooth sailing for the finals.
Mr Pessimist: But don't the Pacers have to make the playoffs first?
Mr Optimist: Make the playoffs??? You think we won't make the playoffs? That's crazy!
Mr Pessimist: Where are we in the seedings?
Mr Optimist: Ummmm ninth....
Mr Pessimist: Ninth!??? Don't only 8 teams get in??
Mr Optimist: We're going on a roll. You can't forget that.
Mr Pessimist: That's what you told me when Reggie came back... and then when JO came back... and then when Jackson came back...
Mr Optimist: But we got injuries and people are sick... and Artest will be back... you just wait and see!
Mr Pessimist: "Wait" Interesting choice of words. Seems like that is all Pacers fans ever do is 'wait'.
Mr Optimist: We don't have to wait for long. We're ALMOST there!
Mr Pessimist: You just said we're 9th place and falling. It looks like we are ALMOST to the bottom.
Mr Optimist: That's not fair. Let's talk about something different. You're just trying to depress me.
Mr Pessimist: Ok... let's change the subject. How about the Colts? How'd the Colts and that unstoppable mighty offense do in the playoffs this year?