So lets blast through all of the cliche warnings and use it anyway. I'll use it because the movie is about supporting the underdog, loyalty, hope, and second chances. And praise the Lord does the Drexel Dragons basketball program need all of that right now. Let it be the lack of new facility, burned bridges, the disappointments in Richmond and Baltimore or the loss of Damion Lee, there's plenty of reasons why the ticket sales show this fanbase is a collective walking wounded right now.
If supporters could just see one good run from the basketball team next season it sure would help press the reset button, wouldn't it? But the annual campaign that can bring this fanbase and administration together is months away. And every day this situation grows a litle more darker, numbers dwindle and contrasts grow more stark. So why wait until the season to make that magical run? Lets start today. Some noteable alumni are coming together to give us that chance.
Remember Chris Fouch's last game as a Dragon? 30 points on just 20 shots. Only 2 turnovers while playing 39 minutes. In the same game Frantz Massenat puts up 19 points on only 16 attempts. What about Samme Givens going out the only way it could happen? A double double in front of the fans at the DAC. Those guys left it all on the floor in their final game. They walked from this program to professional leagues leaving a legacy that every fan should be proud of. But they also left the same way all of us have for so many years. Hungry for more.
So they came back to represent the Blue and Gold one more time.
Fouch, Givens (and more Givens!), Massenat, Ruffin, and Rodgers are all back, and Coach Lerner (everyone see that? Coach Lerner!) has hinted there may be more names to drop yet. And with much respect to Coach Flint, it sounds like these guys might push the tempo a bit this time around. It's all part of The Basketball Tournament, a summer tourney in which post-collegiate players form their own teams and play for a million dollar payday. Rob Falcone is leading the effort to assemble a team that isn't just looking to qualify, but rather, looking to satisfy their (and our) appetite for a championship.
These guys played their asses off for Drexel. No one has ever questioned the effort that Bruiser got from them. So it's time to remember that, to rise up and show President Fry that our fans want to support this program. That the decline in ticket sales isn't a decline in supporters, but rather supporters talking with their wallets. This is an opportunity to show that the Drexel supporters are alive and well, we just need that chance, that hope, of the good that we know can come from this program.
There's a catch: In order to be guaranteed a spot in the tourney, the Blue and Gold team has to be in the top 18 in fan votes in their region as of June 1 and right now we are well behind that curve. To vote, all that you need to do is follow this link, take to minutes and register as a fan of The Blue and Gold Team. [Full disclosure, that was a link assigned to my account, as far as I'm concerned you can use anyone's as long as you vote for DU]. It's free, I haven't received any emails or spam from it, it's just two minutes of your time.
But I said that I wasn't asking you to vote for them. That's fair. It's because I'm asking for much more.
We want to talk about having the best fans in Philly? We want to talk about showing President Fry what will happens if he invests in basketball? Then we need to set an example. Being 18th, scraping in, that's not good enough. Get your family voting. Get your friends and coworkers voting. We need to show what this fanbase can do when it's motivated, and we need to show these players how much we respected their contributions to our community, how much we respected their working through injuries, and how we never forget them leaving it all on the floor in their final games, fighting to bring home a Championship. This is our second chance, and a two minute vote isn't nearly equitable, not nearly enough to show appreciation for these players, and to show President Fry what we can do. I'd like to see a 5 five vote minimum, go out there and vote, then get five more.
I'm not done yet. Because anyone who knows me knows two things:
--I stand behind every word that I write on these pages.
--Our Philadelphia community is incredibly important, right there with our basketball community. So I asked supporters of my favorite community non-profit, the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team to join with us. In return for helping us surge to make a statement well beyond just victory, I've pledged $100 per game that the Blue and Gold team plays in to Red Paw, on behalf of the Dragons Speak blog. In true Dragons fashion when we win, we take care of those who have taken care of us, and Red Paw is one of those groups who takes care of us in our local community. As a matter of fact, if someone had a fire in their home and asked Red Paw to care for their Dragon, I bet they would, they're just that good.
So lets rise as one. We know what we can have here at Drexel, we know how great our fellow fans are and how much we would embrace a winner. And we have this one chance to show it. Let's make it count.
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