|me and my mom looking stoked about sports.|
What I know of the sport was absorbed from having older brothers and thus playing A LOT of NBA Jams '95 when I was in middle school. [Tangent: Unfortunately, in actual non-Sega Genesis world, the ball doesn't start on fire after making three consecutive baskets and you can't use a cheat code to sub in Bill Clinton. Damn.]
That's about the extent of my education... other than that time I was recruited to play wheelchair basketball with a lot of able-bodied people in borrowed wheelchairs. Despite my experience with the wheelchair aspect, my lack of experience in basketball made me the team's weak link. [Tangent:Wait, that's not 100% true...I have a little more experience than I am accrediting myself. I did play the table-top Hot Shots basketball game at my friends house as a kid, and I have seen the full-court scenes in Teen Wolf and the movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slaver more times than I can count. ]
But the whole thing is pretty basic. Don't travel. Keep Dribbling. Don't knock people over. Put ball in basket. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. PLUS IT'S ACTUALLY REALLY FUN! Here were the main takeaways from the game we went to (Spurs vs. Clippers).
1. I got to go to the Staples Center
This was pretty cool because the venue is insane. The exterior and the LA Live ballyhoo across the street makes you feel like you are in the middle of Times Square. In a word- overstimulation. [Tangent: Regretfully, I took only one blurry picture of the madness that was the exterior, and I won't even humiliate myself and my photog skills by posting it.] But I will say, because it is such a popular venue, their accessibility and ability to get thousands in and out in a timely fashion was impressive. And it reminded me a little of home in that there were street performers surrounding the venue...but instead of the Nashville main stays like buskers with six strings, there was an 8 year old in a sparkly suit doing spot-on dance moves to the extended Michael Jackson catalog. [Tangent: If you haven't seen a second grader grab his junk to PYT, you are not livin', my friend.]
2. The Clippers logo/warm-up uniforms
Because I am kind of a design/typography nerd, my face turned into the emoji with giant heart eyes when I saw their adorable throwback logo and vintagey warm ups.
[Tangent: I mean...um....completely masculine and intimidating...I guess.] Since the game, I may or may not have googled how to get my own set of these. You can never go wrong with red white and blue [Tangent: That may have been the cheesiest thing I have ever typed. Oh well, it stays.]
3. Blake Griffin
Perhaps I am the only American who hasn't heard of this dude, but once I realized that he wasn't Kris Humphries, I decided he was going to be my favorite player. [Tangent: First off maybe they don't look exactly alike, but I need a new glasses RX. Also, don't mistake me knowing the name of another player as me knowing a lot about the sport...Humphries was married to a Kardashian for 5 minutes...so that's what I associate him with. ]
4. I GOT TO SEE JASON SUDEIKIS AND OLIVIA WILDE ON THE KISS CAM!
This was perhaps the greatest moment of all. Prior to the game, I grilled my brother on the important stuff...like what celebrities were Clipper fans. [Tangent: From pop culture, I know a Laker game means celebs like Leo Dicaprio and Spike Lee are courtside, so I could only imagine the cavalcade of stars lined up for Clipper tix.] The only ones he could think of were Billy Crystal and Penny Marshall. [Tangent: Despite the fact that I basically have the screenplay to A League of Their Own committed to memory, they are maybe some of the least glam celebrities I could imagine.]
|I had to find it online because I was too excited to think about documenting it!|