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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Boston Celtics 2007 Home Opener

Holy freaking smokes, the Boston Celtics are finally back! Realizing that we're only one game into the regular season, it's nice to see the Boston Three Party aka the Big Three aka the New Big Three aka the Troika aka the GAP Band aka GPA 3.0 aka the PGA Tour aka Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce doing well so far.

That said, I'd like to talk a little bit about the media spectacle and experience that was the Boston Celtics 2007 Home Opener which included:

  • a four-hour pre-game block party;
  • rally towels sponsored by Aquafina and Rite Aid;
  • officially naming the famous Celtics court the Red Auerbach Parquet Floor;
  • at least four costume changes for the Boston Celtics Dancers;
  • a video montage of the World Championship run of the Boston Red Sox;
  • a surprise visit by Sox owner John Henry, Sox President Larry Lucchino, Sox players Clay Buchholz, Manny DelCarmen, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tim Wakefield, and the World Series trophy;
  • frequent jumbotron views of New England Patriots Laurence Maroney, Lonie Paxton, Junior Seau, Adalius Thomas, Wes Welker, Vince Wilfork, and team owner Bob Kraft;
  • constant booing of Gilbert Arenas (see really ill-advised blog entry by Gilbert Arenas;
  • national coverage on ESPN;
  • a Blue Man Group half-time show;
  • the familiar American Band Stand video montage starring "Gino"; and
  • most importantly a high-energy sellout crowd of 18,600+ Kool Aid-drunk Celtics fans (me included).

IT... WAS... AWESOME! We won and won big. I would've been elated had the Celtics just beaten the Wizards after Arenas' "guaranteed win" comments. However, I was beyond bliss because the whole experience was so amazing. Heck, the basketball game itself was probably only 60% of the experience. And while it should all really just be about the basketball, I suppose I should thank the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls for pushing us in a direction where attending a professional sporting event includes so much more entertainment.

Topics: Boston Celtics, dancers, dance team, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, opening night, Red Sox, World Series, trophy, New England Patriots, and NBA.

posted by silinx | 10:16:00 AM


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