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 über 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."
Fans of the Minnesota Wild are certainly not immune to this disorder either. We've seen it clear as day across the message boards and twittersphere's encompassing the globe. Even right here in the safety of the Wilderness, D.R.U.G.S. has had a tendency to gain a stranglehold on otherwise level-headed, reasonable fans. D.R.U.G.S. has had it's hay-day deep in the Minnesota Wild fan base. Although it's something we may all wish for, the chances of eliminating D.R.U.G.S. from the world are not looking great. When things start to go bad, the over-reaction can be downright painful to watch.
If #fireyeo is still r coach after this break, & we have any of the current goalies we have on our roster still im done ill be a dallas fan— Present It (@travis1100) January 21, 2015
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.
Gophers lose ... #FireYeo— Embellished Opinion (@The_Noogie) April 13, 2014
Maybe that's not quite the same. I really can't tell anymore. Although I may not have tweeted anything serious on the subject matter, I too was of the opinion something drastic needed to be done to either get his team back on track or they just needed to shut the whole thing down and start planning for next season. I even had considered a change at the GM spot due to Fletcher not planning ahead in having a relatively green goalie in Darcy Kuemper, an aging shell of a shell in Niklas Backstrom, and the unreliability of Josh Harding and his MS, not to mention his disdain for brick walls. The mid-season hell this squad has put us through the past few seasons has been enough to make anyone lose their cool, if even for just a second.
It's absolutely crazy that not but a month ago the calls for Mike Yeo's head were so loud you could not talk about this team without that subject being thrown around the water cooler. Ripping letters off players jerseys, benching others, tearing this team down to its foundation and building it back up again. Just go have a gander through the #FireYeo thread on twitter from mid-December through January and you will see just how bad it had gotten with Wild fans. Scan through #RipTheC from today back to the beginning of time and you will always find the haters of Mikko Koivu. I guess in their defense, they have been pretty consistent over time, though some waiver in their hatred as well.
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.
Chuck Fletcher is a genius miracle worker. That is all. #mnwild— Jared Mehle (@jrmehle) February 23, 2015
I love me some enthusiasm for this squad, but are we really looking past the Winnipeg Jets towards the Chicago Blackhawks now? Chuck Fletcher, a Cam Barker miracle worker? Already looking for the best spot for the parade? Now, that's getting a little ahead of ourselves, isn't it? It's certainly within the realm of possibility we catch the Hawks, but c'mon now folks! And sure, we've all thought about it, where we would want to be on that glorious day when Lord Stanley's Cup and the parade wrap its way through downtown St. Paul, but let's just hold off on camping out like it's some kind of black friday sale for now, OK?
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.
The season is not over however. The month of March is going to be a solid test for the Wild and their new-found success. They are not going to be able to ride Devan Dubnyk like they have been through the month of February. With 4 back-to-back games in the March, and ample time on the road, fatigue will be something the Wild will have to deal with if they want to stay hot and continue their winning ways into the playoffs.
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.