Warriors fans, be patient
When it comes to the Warriors, never has a nation been so divided ... or so I thought.
Since 1995 I have watched (at least) 98 per cent of every season the Warriors have played with wide eyes and unwavering passion. I sit and watch because they are my team! I love watching their grit, determination and skills every week.
Although it seems in recent seasons the elusive 'W' is few and far between, I still enjoy getting out there to support the lads. I can't begin to fathom the money I have squandered in the hope of winning that elusive premiership - but it's the thrill of it all that keeps me coming back.
Maybe we'll do better next year or maybe we won't, only time can tell. Which is where I segue into my next point, the current hatred for the boys based in Auckland.
All I hear is "management this, players that" and now I'm starting to hear rumblings of "we need to start looking at the coach".
As the saying goes: "Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour".
This quote has more relevance now than ever, especially in the world of professional sport. With so many physically dominant players in and around the field, it's no wonder to be the champs you need to be truly exceptional. How is being exceptional achieved? By laying down the groundwork, putting in the hard yards and making progress every day.
Right about now I'm imagining the rage in many people's minds: 'How long does it bloody take to lay the groundwork? The Warriors have had long enough to get their act together!'. Well, I hate to break it to you, but evidently it hasn't been long enough – and let's remember the Chicago Cubs went 108 years before winning another Major League Baseball title – so in comparison, the Warriors' two attempts in 22 years isn't so bad.
On paper, the Warriors should be a championship team. However, mental preparation and external factors do come into play. When the players are putting themselves on the line every week and turn up with a dreaded 'L' on the score card, that takes its toll on the players.
News flash, people: no sportsperson enjoys losing. You think they like putting their bodies through hell week in and week out, running the risk of permanently injuring themselves so that they can roll over come game time?
The only thing that is missing from the Warriors line-up is mental toughness. When the going gets tough, they should live up to their name and fight until the last second. Even if they lose, this will present a new mindset for the team. This will show fans that the players will not settle, they will not take no for an answer and they sure as hell won't roll over and let the big, ugly, Aussie teams tell them what they can and cannot do.
Maybe I'm an idealist, maybe I'm a dreamer (but I'm not the only one), I know if there was a little more grit shown by the players, by the coach, by management and by New Zealand fans every week we can turn this franchise around and start to show the other 15 teams that we can be a force to be reckoned with.
- Stuff Nation