This would be the last game of my Texas Tour. I was excited, but a little sad. I’m so happy that I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to see my boys play three times in Texas. While I really miss seeing them play in Chicago, I was thrilled to see them play in my current home state. I was nervous about this game because the first time we met the Mavericks this season, it was a blowout loss. I tried to get to the arena early enough to see them all shoot around, including Derrick. But, unfortunately, traffic did not cooperate and I didn’t get to see any of them shoot. I was in the perfect section; It was baseline closest to the Bulls bench and it was filled with Bulls fans. I was so happy to see that.
My view of the court.
At around seven the teams came back on the court for the official shoot around. I went camera crazy!!
During the game I didn’t take any pictures. I just focused on the action on the court. There wasn’t much action on the Bulls end to start the game. The more they got down in points, the more I started to squirm in my seat. I was so upset. I didn’t come all this way to see them blown out again. UGH! They got down by as much as 16 points in the first half. Fortunately they got it together in the 2nd half of the 2nd quarter and came within 3 points to end the half. At least now I had some hope. When the guys came back out for the second half, we now had the Mavs shooting on my side of the court so I snapped some pictures of them.
The third quarter had a lot of back and forth play. Neither team really dominated. But at least I got through it without keeling over. The fourth quarter was the quarter that FINALLY got my team going and ME going too, for that matter! I hadn’t screamed and yelled very much during this game…until NOW. The defensive pressure that my team put on the Mavs is really what won us that game. My boys were relentless. They went after every loose ball. I think my very favorite play is when Dirk was dribbling the ball (somewhat carelessly) and he sort of fumbled it. In that instant, Jo pounced! He literally dove for the ball and quickly called a timeout to maintain possession. I was leaning over screaming “Time out!! Time out!!” And finally the ref made the call. THEN I was going nuts. I guess I felt the game in hand at that point.
Jo grappling the ball away from Dirk
And really the rest of the game was all BULLS!! They won it by a close 100-91, but it was all done in the fourth. I think this was one of the best games I have ever seen my guys play. Usually when they get down by that much in the beginning of a game, they don’t make it up. They lose those games. But tonight was so different. They never gave up. They just kept fighting back. And that tells me so much about where their heads are at right now in the season. They truly believe they can win. They truly believe they can beat ANYBODY!! And now they’re just proving it over and over again to all the non-believers. I know that they are going to shock a lot of people who have been overlooking & dismissing them in the race for a championship. They’re not just out there playing with a lackadaisical attitude. They’re out there to take it as far as they possibly can. I’m a believer…have been! But there’s a renewed fire in this team that gives me chills every time I watch them play. I’m so proud to call myself a BULLS fan!!!
When the Blackhawks first began their run for the Stanley Cup in the 2012-13 season, I wasn’t even watching hockey. But when I attended a BBQ at my friend’s house for Memorial Day, I found myself sitting down to watch a MUST-WIN Game 6 of the second round against the Red Wings. I knew Detroit was a major rival which made me very interested in the game. I sat in between two strong hockey fans, a Hawks fan (Kacey) and a Stars fan (Chris). It was an exciting game. And the guys I watched with taught me a lot about the game’s rules that I had never understood. And of course, because the Hawks won, all my superstitious Chicago friends told me that I HAD to keep watching because obviously I was good luck. HA! Well, I take sports superstition very very seriously, so I stayed true to my word and did not miss another game. In fact, a couple of weeks later, I actually went to Chicago and had the privilege of watching games with Chicago fans. That made me even more excited about this game & about this team. When I came back to Austin, the Hawks were 4 games away from their second Stanley Cup in 4 years. Now that’s some good stuff! The night after I got back from my trip, I met up with a group of friends in Austin to watch Game 3 of the Finals against Boston. The two guys that had coached me during the BBQ were there, but unfortunately the Hawks lost. During this game, we all decided that it would be a great idea to make a road trip up to Dallas during the next season to catch a Hawks/Stars game. It sounded like a great time. So when the regular season schedule came out, I picked out a few options for all of us to choose from and we landed on this date. Of course, most of us sports fans like to bet on our teams. And now that my team was the reigning champs, I was more than willing to make a fun bet against my friend, Chris’ team. His terms were that if the Hawks won, he would take a photo in a Blackhawks sweater and make it his Facebook cover photo. Of course if the Stars won I would have to do the same. I was very confident in my team, so I agreed immediately to this bet. I was so excited to catch my second Hawks game ever. Now that I was into the game and knew the players, it actually meant something to me. We didn’t have the best seats, but we did face the players benches. So that was cool. It was a very exciting game. The Stars scored first. We followed up pretty quickly with a tying goal. Neither team scored again in the first period. The second period was pretty much the same. The Stars scored again and not too long after we tied it up…again! But finally, the Hawks broke up the monotony and scored a nice goal with less than two minutes left in the 2nd period. YESS!! Hawks up 3-2. The third period was when it all fell apart for the Stars. In their effort to tie up the game, they left their net empty to make a late push. That backfired when the Hawks made a 200 foot slapshot goal. The Stars didn’t leave their net empty again, but the Hawks managed to score one more time within seconds of the 4th goal to make it 5-3. And that was pretty much it. HAWKS WON!! I WON!! And this was what ended up on Chris’ cover:
Gotta love THAT!! Thanks to my friend Kacey for lending him his Patrick Sharp sweater! It was a great game and a great time with friends! Can’t wait to do it again next year!!