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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Atlanta Hawks: My first game review

Hawks-Bulls! (From last year, but whatever.)
  • Hawks-Bulls! (From last year, but whatever.)

The good folks at the Atlanta Hawks invited me to see the team play the Chicago Bulls this past weekend. I obliged, because I'm a solid basketball fan and kind of a freebie whore. But I told them I must write a blog post about my experience in which I turn my trained investigative journalist's eye at the proceedings. In the jump, to prepare those of you going to tonight's game versus the Pacers at Philips Arena, you can read my notes from game night.

Because I don't have a car, I took MARTA from the Midtown Station to the arena. My first lesson: during high-traffic events, MARTA trains don't run on time. Good to know. But you exit right at the arena's front door. Two words: suh and weet.

The ticket I was given by the Hawks did not, in fact, suck. It was in the Georgia's Own section, which you access by going through a glass door that leads to a cool lobby of your own food and beverage options. Beautiful people were there. It basically was like this.

I have no idea if the crowd was late-arriving, because I was late to arrive. It was about a quarter Bulls fans, though, which I'd expected. I immediately dug the 85 or so folks in red seats in the upper deck who stand the whole game and smack their thundersticks. (Euphemism alert.) I'm told they get in free thought a sponsorship with Kia, and thus it's called the Kia Sixth Man section. I'm working on a better name.

On to important game notes:

Chicago Bull Kyle Korver looks like he should be high-fiving guys at Escorpion. So it gave me great giggles when the KSM section chanted "Ash-ton Kutch-er" as he shot free throws.

What is up with the Hawks dancers' unis, btw? They're all hot and such, but they were wearing what appeared to be the athletic version of pajama jeans.

IJS: Mark Cuban would never allow this sort of tasteful dancer coverage.

The fans are pretty Mavs-like, for what it's worth. Fairly tame, respectfully engaged when appropriate, nothing too intense. They were in to it, sure, but I've seen a few Top Chef-watching parties get more intense.

This just in, though: Hawks fans freaking love Zaza, don't they?

Basketball note 1: the next hard pick I see a Hawks player set besides Zaza will be the first.

Basketball note 2: Chicago's Omer Asik is the white Zaza Pachulia.

Basketball note 3: Dick Bavetta is the crypt keeper.

Basketball note 4: I think my double Makers rocks (I ordered a single, but what was I gonna do, say no?) was making me see things, because I could swear I saw the ghost of Jerry Stackhouse on Atlanta's bench.

Basketball note 5: Atlanta cruised, and Josh Smith had a decent game, but I still think this team will have to make a ballsy trade-deadline move to really compete this year. Further updates as events warrant.

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