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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Photo Blog: I am a Witness

I am a witness...at least last night I was.


And as much as I hate that a such a big deal has been made of the pre-game ritual of throwing the rosin chalk in the air. It is at it's basic origin, unoriginal. Lebron basically did a slight a twist on what Michael Jordan did occasionally in Chicago and Kevin Garnett has done since he came into the leading with clapping their hands fulls chalk up in the air.

Still, the huge ad right across from Quicken Loans Arena aka the "Q" where Lebron James goes to work every night.

I was a witness because last night I was fortunate to see the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Phoenix Suns from Cleveland, Ohio. This now marks the 2nd pro sports team I have gone to on my visits to Cleveland (I saw the Cleveland Indians last May.) and part of an undocumented goal of seeing MLB Baseball games and NBA Basketball games in all their stadiums.

As with every stadium, I find a few interesting differences from other stadiums. The Quicken Loans atmosphere was very fun, filled with lots of giveaways, fan participation, and complete with a live "emcee" that facilitated all the non-basketball event.

The game was pretty entertaining as well, watching newly appointed All-Star Mo Williams go for 40+ points on the way to a Cleveland victory. I was disappointed that Steve Nash did not play, to get some rest -- seems crazy given he's getting a week off for the All-Star break, but who am I to complain?

Here are some photos and commentary from the game...

We headed to the 4th Street Bar and Grill to play a little pool before the game. We headed to the 4th Street Bar and Grill to play a little pool before the game. Not to mention $1 draft beers, you will not find anything like that near Staples Center! Amazingly, I went 6-0 in team 8-ball play and executed a perfect jump shot -- unusual given I rarely play.

Snapped a quick photo outside the Q with the Lebron James We Are All Witnesses Nike Ad. Snapped a quick photo outside the "Q" with the Lebron James "We Are All Witnesses" Nike Ad.

Pre-game time -- our seats were a few rows higher than we anticipated. Still, they were in the lower section and provided some decent viewing. The game lineups announcements for the Cavs included great bursts of fire and flames. At our seats in row 30, we could definitely feel the heat as each player was introduced. Pre-game time -- our seats were a few rows higher than we anticipated. Still, they were in the lower section and provided some decent viewing. The game lineups announcements for the Cavs included great bursts of fire and flames. At our seats in row 30, we could definitely feel the heat as each player was introduced. Also interesting was the presence of just two "conference" title banners. Such a drastic comparison from Los Angeles where there is no room for Conference Banners, only NBA Championships. No wonder Cleveland fans are so enthralled with Lebron.

Ok, this was a first for me. I have never seen a a point differential element on the scoreboard Ok, this was a first for me. I have never seen a a point differential element on the scoreboard. There it is right between the "71" and "65" with a +6 since the Cavs are winning. Is it really hard to figure out that the difference between 71-65 is 6?

Above is my trip path (both foot and car) through downtown Cleveland and around the arena. More on the This was also my first trip that I have officially geotagged. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, this is a new learning experience and I was able to make it happen and tag all of my photos with their latitude and longitude. Above is my trip path (both foot and car) through downtown Cleveland and around the arena. More on the "how" over the next few days.

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