Sublime Sunday with the Chicago Bulls at the United Center

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My husband was born and raised in Chicago, IL so he's a true lifelong Chicago Bulls fan. I've been a basketball fan in general since both my sons played basketball in school and Ryan played four years of college basketball. But I'd never had much interest in professional basketball until @crypt-skip came into my life. Now we both are avid watchers throughout the season. A treat is when we actually get to attend a game in person. Sunday was such an event - Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks.

We went early to be there when the doors open. Tonight was Joakim Noah Bobblehead night, where a free collectible was given to the first 10,000 fans. I'm a HUGE fan of Joakim Noah, who played center for the Bulls from 2007 - 2016. He was traded back to the Bulls this year so he could retire as a Bull. He's now an official ambassador for the Bulls and he's well known in Chicago for his Noah's Arc Foundation. From Wikipedia:

In 2010, with his mother, an artist, Noah founded the Noah's Arc Foundation to help engage children with positive self-expression through arts and sports.The foundation has a special focus on at-risk youth in Chicago.

We actually also attended the game on November 21, which was a tribute to Joakim.


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The bobbleheads were supposed to be given out that night, but some kind of shipping snafu happened and they didn't arrive. I'm happy that they showed up for tonight's game and I was able to snag one.

One of the best things about coming early is getting to watch the teams warm-up before the game starts. Watching a game on TV usually subjects you to tons of commercials instead of the live action on the floor.warm_up.jpg

When the game is ready to start the first thing is the beautiful and stirring sequence featuring the "Run With Us" theme and the charging Bulls and then the introduction of the team. Next, they always have some version of the National Anthem. Today's version was a saxophone rendition with team players and fans alike standing and paying homage to our flag and our country.

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Of course, there are always the professional dancers for the teams and ours is called the Luvabulls. They perform during time-outs and at halftime.

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There are fantastic colorful graphics up on the jumbotron and accompanying music by the in-house DJ. This high-energy mood enhancer helps to keep the crowd engaged and cheering for their team.

Last month in November when we were here at the United Center the Bulls also played the Knicks. In that game, we lost by 3 points at the very last seconds of the game when a 3-point shot was missed by our scoring machine DeMar Derozan. Tonight was sweet payback because we were able to win the game 109-103 to take the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

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After the game we took some time to just chill in our seats because the mass exodus is like a stampede! While we were waiting for the crowd to clear we asked a kind usher to snap our picture to commemorate the fun occasion.

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We had a GREAT time at the game, and even better, we're coming back tomorrow night to watch the Bulls vs Pacer game. While we live 300 miles away, we are staying in Chicago through Friday in order to attend Thanksgiving dinner with family in Chicago.


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Welcome back to Chicago. If you ever want to try out some good pizza I recommend Bar Cargo Roman Pizza in the loop area. Or you could always just spring for some Giordanos deep dish its a chain that should be easy to find/get into. I haven't been to a bulls or bears game in ages seems only the blackhawks are the winning sport as of late.

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Thanks for the recommendation! Actually (for a change) the Bulls are doing well, leading the Eastern conference and in the top 5 in the entire league. It's been a rough decade or so though to be a Bulls fan, lol.

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Hey, you two lovebirds! Chicago is lots of fun! I haven't been there in over a year! But, I do love me some basketball! I lived in San Antonio for a while and we would go to the Spurs games down at the Alamodome. The boy scout troop that my son belonged to did a snack bar there. (Oh, talk about profitable!)

Back when The Admiral ( David Robinson) and the Little General (Avery Johnson) were on the team, Robinson was an ordained minister and would allow the audience to come down and pray with them. Actually, the only ones left in the building were the boy scouts and a few other snack vendors.

What an amazing time that was! To this day, I cannot say enough about the Spurs! I loved them and it wouldn't be the same without Pop!

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Yes, we're having a great time. And we were just talking about going to see a Bulls vs Spurs game in San Antonio while we are in Galveston this winter.

My son's favorite team when he was growing up was the Spurs and I have a Steve Nash jersey hanging in the back closet right now. Of course, it would never fit my son these days but he'll never get rid of it.

That's cool that you got to meet The Admiral up close and personal!

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Nicest 7 foot giant I ever met. I think I came to his kneecaps.

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That was a great time! And a very good game. Too bad our game tonight didnt go better lol

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Yes, the game tonight was a disgrace. A dismantlement. A supreme debacle. If they would have had today's game last night, I never would have written a post about it lol. But at least you got to meet Stacey King and get your picture taken with him, so it wasn't a total waste.

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