nothing that we do in front of the tv or at the palace is going to change even the most miniscule thing about what has happened with the team in the past, in the present, or in the future. there's as many enjoyable ways of being a fan as there are fans and teams to be a fan for, which is to say a lot (dba: maybe you could calculate those permutations for me, eh?). for me, this season is the equivalent of being forced off an interstate highway onto some back roads. i have no idea where they'll take me. i'm a little frustrated that i have to get off the highway. but already, in spite of myself, the many unexpected encounters on the back roads are starting to draw me in and i'm beginning to get excited about what's around the next curve, even if it's an amish guy on a tractor who makes me slow down to 10 mph. there's always something to look at it and connect to.