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  • Boogie with The Noogie: D.R.U.G.S. Edition


    We all know these kinds of people. Growing up, many of us had friends who were brought down by this terrible scourge. For some of us, this hits a lot closer to home, as it has reared it's ugly head within our own families. An uncle, a cousin, even a brother or a sister, and in some cases, even ourselves. It's something that doesn't discriminate by age, race, sexual orientation, or religion. It knows no political borders or political affiliation and affects those from the ├╝ber rich, to folks that don't have a dime to their name.

    We're talking of course, about D.R.U.G.S.

    Dramatic Response/Unbalanced Gesticulating Syndrome affects sports fans of all kinds. From the fans of professional sports teams, right down to your kids T-ball team. Once D.R.U.G.S. grabs a hold of a person, it has a tendency to lead them down a very dark road filled with over-reaction, wild and unnatural gesturing, destructive behaviors, dramatic postulation, and screaming phrases that seem insane to those who have been fortunate enough to avoid this horrible affliction like, "Toby Macguire played a good Spiderman", or "The Mall of America has reasonable prices."

    These are just a small sampling of some of the vitriol befouling the Wild about a month ago. Even yours truly has had his struggles with D.R.U.G.S.

    The weird thing about D.R.U.G.S. is that it not only affects a fan base in the negative fashion we see so much, but fans also tend to get a little over-confident when things start going well.

    D.R.U.G.S. are an all-encompassing disaster that have a lot of Wild fans wrapped around its pinkie finger. When this team was down in the dumps over a month ago now, the fan base could not fire Mike Yeo fast enough, and now that they are operating at near peak efficiency it has some fans booking their trips to Disney World. It's bizarre how this disease can affect people of all walks of life, from the negativity to the positivity, the disease has no equal in the world of sports-sports-sports, is your whole life sports?

    When the Wild were at their worst, even some of the national analysts were calling for the head of Mike Yeo. Jeremy Roenick very publicly called for the firing of Mike Yeo after the Wild dropped a 4-1 decision against the Chicago Blackhawks on NBC back in January. Just what does he think of him now? Has he swallowed his tongue? Has he even mentioned the Wild?

    Well JR, Yoezie is waiting!

    Now, that's a bit extreme. In complete fairness, just a month ago something had to be done to turn this team around, and despite some people calling for everyone to remain calm, the chorus of those who wanted blood was understandably high. For the Wild, it seems the waiting game has paid off. With a spot in the postseason looking more and more like a distinct possibility, things are definitely looking better for the Wild and to their credit, Chuck Fletcher and Co. did not panic. Fletcher analyzed where the dark spots were on the roster, and looked for the easy fix.

    One way or another, we are going to need to remember that D.R.U.G.S. are never the answer. If you know someone who is suffering from Dramatic Response/Unbalanced Gesticulating Syndrome, please, find them the help that they need. Perhaps a nice calming tea would be in order, maybe they need a spa day, whatever it may be. Just be there for them. D.R.U.G.S. should never be taken lightly. Remember, just say no to D.R.U.G.S.

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