Bucks Diary

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Bucks Fans Can Be Hard to Please

In a poll taken yesterday on JSonline.com, the question asked was: "Are you happy with the way the Bucks season went?" 87% of the roughly 1500 people voting chose "NO!". Though the poll was unscientific, the results are still staggering. 87%! Given that you can generally find 20% of the population who believe the moon landing took place in a television studio, 87% agreement on any proposition is overwhelming.

How did it come to this, Bucks Nation? How can a team that had its third highest percentage increase in victories in its history, a team that is headed to the play-offs, a team with a rookie head coach and a young roster, not convince more than 13% of any polling population that they had a good season?

Expectations. The Bucks didn't meet them. And the fans are pissed off about it. After the Magliore trade, and the fast start, expectations were raised to a somewhat unrealistic level. The phrase "50+ wins" was even bandied about. After that kind of talk, 40 wins just didn't cut it.

It proves one of my long standing thesi. I have always contended the following: Milwaukee sports fans will accept a losing team, but never a disappointing team. The Milwaukee Braves never had a losing season in their history, but they suffered drastically declining attendance beginning immediately after their consecutive appearances in the World Series. You see, after the Braves showed them the good life, Milwaukee fans would no longer accept anything less.


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