When you sit in the cheap seats, you can buy a hot dog and some popcorn.

You can yell and jeer and clap and boo.

You can discuss the effectiveness of your team’s strategy or mock your opponent’s mistakes.

But in the end, despite how you feel after the game, you haven’t made a single bit of difference to the outcome.

To make a real difference requires you to take the long walk down to the court.

To put on the uniform and lace up your shoes.

To listen to the instructions of your coach and look into the eyes of your team-mates.

Then to pick up the ball and play.

Of course, as soon as you do, you open yourself up the scrutiny of those in the cheap seats.

But they don’t matter, do they?