When we were leaving the Oakland A's game, there was another game getting ready to start right next door at Oracle Arena. It was game 7 of the Western Conference NBA Championship between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder. We walked through the official tailgate on the way to our car when we were leaving.
So. We aren't really big basketball fans around here. Hold on, let me rephrase. I'm not big into basketball.
Kevin and the boys are always up for NCAA March Madness, and Kevin has always been a Cleveland Cavs fan (not that's he's ever had much reason to celebrate, or even watch...the sadness of being from Cleveland). And honestly, I'll go along with all the basketball they like, because any reason to go to BW3s and watch a game is a valid reason. Because wings. And chili con queso.
But I did know that the Oklahoma City Thunder were doing really well in the playoffs, because suddenly there was an Oklahoma City Thunder playoffs merchandise section in our local Target store in Amarillo right when you walked in.
My point? Oh, well...as we were leaving the baseball game, the boys were all very interested in the outcome of this next game. We didn't have tickets, so we went back to our hotel and watched part of it on TV before going to dinner. When we discovered that the first game of the finals would be held in California while we were still there if Golden State won, and that it would be against the Cleveland Cavs, we promised Connor (and Kevin) that if the Golden State Warriors did win, we would try to get tickets to that next game.
And of course, the Warriors won. So then we found out about tickets, and we bought some. We also bought some appropriate NBA shirts. Kevin actually found a LeBron James shirt in California, but we couldn't find one in Lex's size. Connor wanted a Steph Curry jersey, and that was super easy to find. Lex and I ended up with some t-shirts from the local San Francisco Target.
And so, we went to Game 1 of the NBA Finals. We got the best seats we could, and we weren't actually in the last row, although it was close. Just getting the tickets was hard, and we were glad to actually be inside the arena.
When we first got there, there was a t-shirt and a light up wrist band for each of us on our chairs.
John Legend sang the National Anthem. I was pretty pumped about that.
It was probably for the best that only one of us was wearing a Cavs shirt. Kevin got hassled a bit, and so did Lex when people noticed that he was cheering for LeBron, even though he was wearing a Golden State shirt. Some guy called Kevin "Princess James" and asked if he was going to go home and cry, and I actually had to hold Lex back. He was ready for a fight, like 6 year olds are. In general, though, the Warriors fans were much nicer to him than say, Ohio State fans are to those @ssholes from up north.
Being at the game was very entertaining. Every time the broadcast would go to commercial, there was a little show for us. There were singers, dancers and drummers, all different, all through the game.
I took a panoramic photo as we were leaving. Click on it (below) for the full view. Don't worry - Kevin's head really doesn't look like that in real life. Panoramic photos can be tricksy.
Spoiler Alert! (Not really. Everyone knows by now, I'm sure.) The Warriors won game 1. There was a fireworks show to celebrate after the game.
Another Spoiler Alert! In the end, the Cleveland Cavs forced game 7 in the series, and they won!!