What a blast. Once the Magic saw our tickets we got an escort (Hot woman) through the Mercedes Lounge where we ate, and then to our seats (hotter woman). It was exactly like I thought it would be. We could see everything perfectly.
The pregame ceremonys are really good from the floor. The loud speakers are much better, and you can here the live stuff like drummers so much better. My favorite was the Magic Dancers. You can see how hard they are working to get their routine right, and they REALLY look good doing it up close.
And the halftime electric spinning wheelchair soccer game was awesome. Paralized drivers were actually playing soccer with a huge ball, controlling their wheelchairs with hand controls, and spinning the wheelchair to hit the ball. It was so good to see the players faces as they participated in the biggest event of their entire lives in front of an appreciative crowd. .
It is so different from the side,and when we were seated we actually looked up to see the ball. You could see the rough housing on the court. It looked like the refs could have called fouls on every single play.
The fact that we got behind something like 16 -2 was a little worrysome, but it was fun when we made our runs. The rookies made rookie mistakes, and really seemed nervous when they had the ball. That is part of their learning, but it is sure ugly to watch. I believe it is very much a confidence thing. They seem to be worried about getting their shots blocked, and being tentative, thus allowing it to happen or forcing up a weak shot.
The awfulness of Big Baby's game last night could really be appreciated from the ground.
I think teams are starting to understand that they can stop the Magic by stopping JJ. He had someone in his pocket all night, and only had a couple of good looks. You really do see things differently in the good seats.
Back to the fun stuff. Everything was free except for mixed drinks. That was fantastic food, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas. There were hot chicks all around me, including, of course, my wife. In the second half I got more comfortable with yelling at the refs and taunting the Hawks. I yelled just as much as I do from my normal seats. But they could hear me down there.
After a furious rally we lost. But the fun continued for us. We got caught in the traffic jam on court while Kyle Korver was giving his post game. Then when we got home we watched the game on TV, and there we were, in almost every shot. We were at the bottom of the screen near where they show the score. We recorded the game, so we have a nice memory of the night.
If you ever get the chance, do it. I will never forget it.
H Troop, 10th Air Cavalry.
Been There, Done That, Can't Remember. Thank God.