5/8/97…Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, Playoff Game #2 @ United Center, Chicago

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, Playoff Game #2 5/8/97

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, Playoff Game #2 5/8/97

Whenever I see the ticket for this game, I get a huge smile on my face.  Having the opportunity to go to a Bulls playoff game during their championship years, when Michael Jordan was still playing, was one of the most amazing opportunities ever!  I’ve had some very lucky encounters in my life and this turned out to be one of them.  Around this time in my life, I had pretty much stopped going to concerts.  I was hanging out at clubs a lot, especially because a very good friend of mine cocktail waitressed at one of my favorites, Funky Buddha Lounge.  I was there at least once a week.  Because I knew her and a bunch of the other employees, I was very comfortable there.  It was a fairly regular crowd and I always would see a ton of friends.  I would also end up making a ton of friends.  Sometimes I would even go there by myself because I always knew I would end up running into someone.  One such evening that I happened to start the night off alone, my girl who worked there introduced me to a group of people who she knew as regulars at the bar.  I think she might have been dating one of these guys.  Anyway, I sat with them and ended up hanging out with them all night.  There was one girl, in particular, with whom I just clicked.  She was super cool and we ended up talking a lot.  It turned out that we got on to the subject of the Bulls.  I probably mentioned what a huge fan I was and she so kindly offered to take me to a game.  She just so happened to be Phil Jackson’s (Bulls Head Coach) personal assistant.  She told me that she would probably be able to take me to a playoff game.  WHAT??!!  I couldn’t believe it.  I didn’t want to get my hopes up because things always fall apart.  Well, she was true to her word.  Not only did she take me to Game Two between the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of playoffs, but she gave me the seat of my dreams.  We were literally just a few rows behind court side seats.  In fact, Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) just so happened to be a few rows ahead of me.  Considering what a fan I was (and still am) of this band, that was quite a thrill.

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks Playoff Game 1 Section 106, Row 3, Seat 10 5/8/97

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks Playoff Game 1 Section 106, Row 3, Seat 10 5/8/97

But even more thrilling was watching my team play a very tight game against Atlanta.  The Bulls only lost by 8 points, 95-103.  But watching Michael Jordan rack up his 27 points, 16 rebounds, & 6 assists was probably the most spectacular show of athleticism that I have ever seen up-close.  I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him.  He worked his ASS off throughout the entire 44 minutes he played in the game.  He never stopped moving, running, passing, shooting.  This man did everything in his power to get the win.  Even though they fell short, I still am in awe at the memory of how hard he worked.  Anybody that tells me that he isn’t the greatest basketball player EVER is insane.  This was the best Bulls moment that I have had so far!  I will never, never forget this game.

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