Get in Mavs Watching Spirit

Game broadcasts, crowds abound

by Bruce Felps

For most of us, the chances of catching a charter flight this afternoon to Miami and picking up courtside tickets at will-call are about nil. Maybe worse.

That’s OK, though. Miami sucks. OH! Yes I did.

So, anyway, what to do, where to be at 8 p.m. when Game 1 of NBA Finals between the home team Miami Heat and Your Dallas Mavericks tips off?

Sure, you can watch at home but where’s the fun in that? Join in a little, or a lot, of crowd noise.
Neighborhood bars better have the game on hi-def big screens if they want to attract more than about three people tonight. Far as I know, the Granada and Angelika theaters in East Dallas — and I’d think Lakewood Theater but I don’t see it on the calendar and they’re not answering the phone — will show the game for free on really big screens.

The most game-like action might be the quasi-official watching party at American Airlines Center sponsored by Budweiser. Ehn, good game, bad beer. The give and take of life.

East and north doors open at 7 p.m., parking’s available for $5 at lots E and F — $10 for Platinum parking, and two souvenir shops will be open, of course, for a near-game-in-the-house experience.

Oh, and the Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs, Street Team, Ali Dee, and Ro Parrish will shake and do their respective things to fire up the atmosphere.

Um, go Mavs, anyone?

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He watched the UEFA Champions League title match Saturday and he’ll likely watch all Stanley Cup Finals games, but, oddly, he probably won’t watch much if any of the one championship series in which he genuinely cares who wins.

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