Strange as it might seem, there's a clear reason for Pirates fans to cheer against the Golden State Warriors tonight as they reach for the final playoff spot and clinch a winning record. The Pirates, with a Warriors win, will be even more alone in their misery. From an astute reader:
Folks who will have perhaps-unexpected interest in tonight's Golden State-Portland game: Pittsburgh Pirates fans. The Bucs have compiled 14 losing seasons — and counting. The Warriors stand at 12 — meaning at least that the Pirates have a friend in the double digits. Should GS win tonight, the next closest on the list are the Orioles (nine straight losing seasons), the Devil Rays (all nine of their seasons) and — yes — your Buzzsaw (eight).
It's lonely at the bottom, so if Pirates fans suddenly love the Trail Blazers tonight, you'll know why.