Archive for Basketball

3/8/15….Chicago Bulls Vs. San Antonio Spurs @ AT & T Center, San Antonio

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Merry Christmas to me!!  My brother bought me these great seats in the Plaza Level behind the Bulls bench as my Christmas present.  So, not only would I have a great view of my guys, but I’d hopefully get to see them play a great game against the current Champs.  HA!!  Boy was I in for a disappointment.  Anyway, I digress…my brother and I arrived to our seats just as the Bulls were coming out for their shoot around.  Perfect timing!  I was so excited to see my fave player, Joakim Noah, that I didn’t know what to do first…take pictures or just watch him shoot.  Well, I ended up taking a few pictures and then I just sat and watched.  I tried to get his attention by screaming out his name.  But of course it was way too loud in there and he didn’t hear me.  🙁

The last time the Bulls and the Spurs met this season resulted in a blowout win for the Bulls in Chicago.  The Spurs were much better prepared for my boys this time.  Not to mention, we had three of our key players (Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, & Taj Gibson) out due to injury.  The game started out poorly for my boys.  They couldn’t get ANYTHING going and chased the Spurs, especially Tony Parker, all game.  Parker was on FIRE and went off for a season high 32 points.  Meanwhile all the Bulls went off on was fouls & turnovers.  It was a mess and embarrassing to witness as a Chicago fan.  It was especially embarrassing for this to all go down on national television.  The best part of this game was probably the Jimmy Butler interview that was filmed right behind the Bulls bench.

Jimmy Butler being interviewed during the game.

Jimmy Butler being interviewed during the game.

I wish I would’ve seen THAT instead of the horrible game.  Ok, I’m exaggerating.  I actually really enjoyed seeing my boys play live and in-person.  It’s become an annual excursion for me and my brother to drive to San Antonio and see them play the Bulls.  And it’s always a great experience to see them play, but I’d prefer to see them play great ball and WIN!!  Oh well, maybe next time.

1/17/15…West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Texas Longhorns @ Frank Erwin Center

Scan copyMy first college basketball game.  I was so excited!!  When I made the decision to start watching college sports last year, I knew I would get hooked on college basketball.  I’m very lucky that the University of Texas has a very strong program, coach, and  team.  I knew I wanted to try going to a game, but the perfect game turned out to be against my co-worker’s rival school, West Virginia.  When I told him when they would be playing, he was all in for going to the game too.  So the two of us, along with our non-basketball friend, all went to the game.  We had some transportation issues getting there so we missed about half of the first half, but at least we made it.  On our way to the arena, we walked past a bar with a bunch of Texas fans standing outside on the patio.  Since my friend, David, went to West Virginia, he was proudly sporting his blue Mountaineers tee-shirt.  Well, these Texas fans did NOT approve and proceeded to loudly boo him as we walked by.  It was HILARIOUS!!  David tried to defend himself, but with no luck.  They just kept on booing, with my encouragement.  I knew that with their two losses to Oklahoma schools in their preceding two games that Texas would come out with a huge edge in this game.  But David could not keep from the shit talking.  I just shook my head and told him, ‘you’ll see.’  And of course by the time we got to Frank Erwin Center, the Longhorns already had a significant lead against the Mountaineers.  The lead only grew by halftime.

Now that's a pretty halftime score.

Now that’s a pretty halftime score.

Texas played their hearts out.  They played hard, they played with fight & passion, and they never gave up, even when they had the game firmly in hand.  I loved it!!!  Even David couldn’t help cheering for some of the plays they made.  There were quite a few that got loud yells from me too.  It really was a great game.  Even our friend Kelly, who barely knew what was going on, enjoyed the game.

We had some nosebleed seats, but still had the perfect view of all the action.  I really like the group of guys that Texas has playing for them this year, so it was a treat to see them play live.  They ended the game strong and won with a resounding 77-50 finish.  No doubt who the stronger team was that night.  Hopefully I get to see them play again this year.  Hook ’em!

The Blackhawks and the Bulls off to losing starts in the Playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks v St. Louis Blues - Game Two

This lonely picture of a disconsolate Crawford epitomizes what all Blackhawks fans felt when, with 6 seconds left in Game Two of their First Round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, the Blues scored to tie up the game…again.  Not only did they score a late third period goal in Game One to tie up the game, but the fans and, of course, the players had to endure another 3 periods, essentially another game, only to see the Blues score the winning goal in OT 3.  That game was a heartbreaker.  So when they tied it late…AGAIN, I really lost it.  I started screaming and pounding on my desk.  I literally cleared my cats out of the room.  They had no idea why their crazy mom was freaking out, but they definitely weren’t sticking around to find out.  I just couldn’t believe it.  They had the game.  They had both of those games.  Who was this team on the ice allowing the opposing team to score so late in the game?  This couldn’t be the Stanley Cup Champions.  NO WAY!!  But unfortunately, it was and IS!!!  When the Blues scored the winning goal pretty quickly in the first overtime, I was just so let down.  I couldn’t watch any more hockey for the day.  I turned my attention to Day One of the NBA playoffs.  My BULLS weren’t playing their first game till the next day, so I thought I’d enjoy the competition between the first four match-ups.  Most of the games were pretty great.  In fact, 3 of 4 of the road teams took home wins.  While I thought that was pretty awesome, it also made me more nervous since my boys were the ones playing at home the next night.  I really didn’t need another reason to be nervous.  I was truly hoping that my boys would come out strong and make me proud.  But the Wizards quickly showed that they came to play.  One of their toughest covers, Nene, was back and unstoppable.  Jo just couldn’t control him.  And Nene in effect took Jo out of his game.  The refs were calling fouls left and right and in both the first and second quarters the BULLS got in the bonus early.  There were over 50 free throws taken all game between both teams.  That’s kind of ridiculous!!!!  Nonetheless, the Wizards played better defense, showing up one of the best defensive teams in the league.  My boys also managed to blow an all important 13 point lead in the third quarter.  I literally felt like I was on a roller coaster throughout the whole game. I was nauseous and depressed by the end when they lost.  In that moment, I swore that I wasn’t going to watch any more playoff games by either team.  I still feel sick to my stomach about how both of these series have started.  After devoting so much time this year to watching all of their regular season games, seeing how the playoffs are rolling out is such a letdown.  I know I can’t NOT watch them play.  But at the same time, I don’t want to be disappointed either.  I am so emotionally invested in these teams, especially the BULLS, that it’s mentally and physically (yes I feel SICK) draining when they don’t perform as I expect them to.  Maybe I shouldn’t watch sports if I don’t have the stomach for it.  Maybe I shouldn’t take it all so seriously.  Easier said than done.  Either way, I always feel this way after any loss.  I think to myself, ‘I’m not wasting my time anymore.’  Usually by the next day, I’ve shaken off the loss and of course I’ll watch them play the next game.  I have to support my guys…NO MATTER WHAT!!  That’s always been my motto.  And while that will continue to be my motto, I just wish I was able to shake off these losses.  This time it’s taking me much longer to shake them off.  I hope that’s not a sign of what’s to come.  I really need a win!  I really do!!

This photo captures the frustration that BULLS fans felt about the game and the joy Wizards fans must have been feeling!