"Missoula is losing the game. We are a sad, broken community that is fully capable of making comeback, even if we feel like we are in the last quarter." - Justin Bowler (longtime Missoula resident)
Now is the time to execute the right plays, otherwise we will continue to live in a city that has a lackluster track record of success. Teamwork and a positive outlook on the future of our town rests solely on the players willing to get in the game. It's not too late to turn this losing streak around.
I compare the current mindset of this city's residents to that of a bullied gym class student. We've taken numerous beatings. Bruised from the continued, and frankly, unjustified punishment and abuse on the court and in the locker room. Heavy blows from rogue reporters, like cocky school seniors, setting foot into our town to make sweeping judgements about our community, losing money from major companies that closed their doors and leaving hard working team players in the dust, and even outsiders questioning if our town is a safe place to play in. Much like a coach in drafting season, we lose focus on the previous good qualities of an currently losing athlete forgetting that one day they will improve, regardless of if we are constantly beaten down by rivals in the process. It's almost enough to make us want to sit this next game out. We are confused, hurting, and we feel alone.