Happy Today

Published: June 16, 2012

It’s a special morning, because we are not special.

Shortly after the sun hauls itself out of the Pearl River, some of the last patrons of bars and restaurants emerge from their reverie. As it rises, Cake, a place to eat, not a thing to eat, is feeding people as Okra drives around town . . . “I got to-maaa-toes.”

New Orleans is not normal.

And something else odd just happened: we celebrated something unique becoming something generic. The land of a thousand bread puddings is smiling to have another “just another franchise.”

With Tom Benson’s purchase of the Hornets, the franchise went from being so many things that were anomalous to just one thing that is pretty common. Sure, each franchise has its own strengths and weakness. There is some distinctiveness and individuation for each team, but overall, they share far more than they do not.

After years of re-relocation talk after the relocation that preceded the re-relocation that came before the re-re-relocation, then the constant re-re-re-relocation talk . . . ceaseless talk of attendance, support, brand, ownership, sponsorship . . . still haven’t said basketball . . . superstars, collective bargaining, television, R.C., visiting fans, HD, League Pass, concessions, patches, “two weeks,” ticket sales, politics, bills, bonds . . . still no basketball . . . arenas, sports districts, passion, relocation, contraction, stewardship, vetoes, finances, toasts, contracts, and smiles, we can finally just talk about basketball.

We can talk about the draft and not wonder if we’re allowed to make a trade at all. We can just ask ourselves if our GM is as smart as we are, and if he’ll do exactly as each of us wants. We can be sure we can sign any free agent, then take the GM or owner or coach to task if we don’t get our guy. We can talk about our team’s play three years from now and not add an enclitic, said or unsaid, to the effect of “if the team is still here” or “if the franchise still exists.” We can achieve and not be accused of being fed with silver spoons (or Stern hands, as the case may be). We can be recognized for both good and bad performance as a team, not as a business.

We have a normal team. Perhaps for the first time since the franchise has been in New Orleans, we have a normal team.

And that is wonderful.

They are special because they are “our” team, certainly, but they are also normal, which is a thing that will take some getting used to.

Enjoy this. Enjoy this denouement of being special. It won’t happen again.


Tomorrow, we emerge from our reverie.

“I got broc-cooooo-li . . .”


  1. StefanC

    June 16, 2012 at 2:05 am

    We’re a normal team for 12 more days.

    Then… we draft Davis!

  2. DTBHornet

    June 16, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Such a fantastic feeling, cheers to the benson family and the New Orleans ______s!

    • @tomfoolery28

      June 16, 2012 at 3:24 am

      What’s the update on the New Orleans ____s?

      • Jay

        June 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        We don’t know if we will be the New Orleans Hornets for much longer.

  3. Mr. West

    June 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Fantastic read Calmes. Its not the usual stuff that you guys put out, but that writing took work and you deserve credit. I thoroughly enjoyed it man. Cheers to not being normal.

  4. NOLA Hustle

    June 16, 2012 at 11:25 am


  5. NOS-3RD GEN

    June 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Everything is falling into place. Once we draft A.Davis, resign E.Gordon, find a third scorer in FA or trade. All we would have to do is find role players and a shooting guard 6th Man, and we’re set, but its easier said then done.

    • Aaron John

      June 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

      No need for a shooting guard. Gordon is enough already

    • kempleton

      June 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Jarrett Jack might be our 6th man for 2012-2013. It is going to be his contract season and I expect an even better performance than last year!

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