A lot of you had a lot to say in reaction to today's column about tumbleweeds rolling down Church Street on Saturday night, when the Orlando Magic should have been playing the New Jersey Nets if not for the lockout.
But my favorite response so far came via video from Michael Mather in Altamonte Springs. Mather is fed up with the lockout and plenty worked up about the NBA's decision to dash back into our lives on Christmas Day. The league is like a rebel reindeer who stood up Santa for the big flight, but sauntered back to the North Pole just in time for Christmas dinner.
Mathers and his brother-in-law and business partner in the furniture sales business are so mad they try to blow up a basketball. It's worth the 6 minutes it takes to watch it.
The upshot of their message is that they want to organize fans to stage a walkout at the start of the 3rd quarter at the first regular season games in each city.
He suggests fans leave the arena and buy an extra drink or burger from one of the nearby establishments that was hurt during the lockout.
"We're not about trying to disband the fan base," he said. "We're trying to unify the fan base. We're anti the childish antics ... We're just tired. We're not going to take it. We'll be back, we'll just sit out for that one game and go support the little guy."
He even started a Web site dedicated to a group he formed called People Reliant on Professional Sports. It goes to show you just how impassioned folks in this region -- even far beyond the confines of downtown Orlando -- have become on this topic.
I also heard from Scott George, co-founder of the Community Food & Outreach Center, a non-profit that has helped people who have missed paychecks because of the lockout.
In the column, I mentioned that Rich DeVos, Dwight Howard and David Stern ought to spend a night on Church Street and see the impact of their labor dispute.
George sent me an e-mail with a link to this video, saying he'd like for DeVos, Howard and Stern to see it as well. The video is an explainer on the good work his group is doing.
Should be a comfort, even if just a minor one, for the merchants, restaurant servers, janitors, parking attendants and others to know that people in this community are willing to stand up for them and have their backs.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun