A marathon post

January 18, 2007 at 11:13 pm (basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, nonsensical ramblings)

Another entry where I feel the need to apologize on the front-end for not having kept this thing up. I had such lofty goals for it in the beginning.

Okay, I will say that my ability to attend games lately has been really bad. Other than going to Pau’s first game back, have I been to any games? I don’t think so. I don’t think I have been to any games with Barone as coach. I’ve tried a few times but nothing will work out for me!

Things are so weird with the team right now! I’m so naive about basketball that I didn’t realize how much the coach could control the pace of the game. I mean, I’ve been told by my more knowledgable friends that Coach Fratello kept the game really slow, which was a bore to both the players and the fans. I didn’t know coaches had anything to do with fast breaks! I just thought that was something that happened once in awhile. In fact, before Tony Barone was moved up to coach, I really don’t recall seeing many fast breaks from the Grizzlies. I truly hope that the staff changes and the change in playing style will help Memphians come out and support the team more.

Would you believe that one of my biggest heartbreaks lately about the Grizzlies was not that they lost a game, it’s that I wasn’t at the Lakers game! Even my friends who aren’t huge basketball fans were there. I had to be at church that night and, honestly, would have skipped if I had known everyone I know was going to the game. I wasn’t able to watch the game until nearly the end of the third and onward. I was so shocked when I switched the game on and the Grizzlies were ahead! It’s not that I don’t have faith in the team, it’s just, you know, things have been so hard for the team this season! So, my friends were at the game just said it was CRAZY! Kobe wasn’t even playing by the time I switched on but I apparently missed him being in fine form – whenever he was ticked off about something, that is. Man, what a game to have missed.

I watched the Bulls game on TV last week. Oh my gosh. It was horrid! I could barely watch. I wanted to switch off so badly but I knew that was not being a good fan. Or maybe I’m a glutten for punishment? 66 to 111. Dear Lord! I don’t know when I’ve witnessed a Grizz game with that low of a score on our part. At least none that I can think of.

I saw the game against the Suns, too. Boo! If they hadn’t been sold out of the $5 seats, I would have been there for sure (I was at last year’s MLK, Jr. game.) It was interesting though, to see a good example of how a fast-tempo game can work well (for Phoenix, anyway.) I think Memphis did not a bad job of holding their own though, especially since Phoenix is suppose to be so awesome. I didn’t think it was cool that Charles Barkley was saying, basically, that when he was playing, if he played against a team as bad as Memphis and as clueless about what they’re doing as Memphis, he’d expect to hold them to a lower score. Now, was that a slight against the Suns, saying that they should do better against such a crappy team? Or was it a compliment to the Grizzlies that they’re not considered a good team but they were giving the Suns a run for their money. Either way, I really don’t think Memphis is a bad team! I think they’ve been having a tough time for a number of reasons. Okay, I’ll stop with that now. Phoenix played well. We lost. Steve Nash is cute.

I listened to the second half of last night’s game on the radio. It’s somewhat difficult to get “into” a game on the radio (hey, I’m a visual person) but I thought it sounded like a darn good one, if I’d been able to go. And, hey, we’ll take a win, won’t we? Miller with 30 points. Gay with 23. Super sweet.

Too bad there aren’t any home games for about another week. I’m ready to get down to the Forum again!

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A win?

December 7, 2006 at 8:47 pm (basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, nonsensical ramblings)

Oh yes!

 Memphis 98, Boston 96

I wasn’t able to see this game on television. But, nevertheless, I’m glad to have news of the win.

I’m not too happy about hearing that the team lost a 17-point lead in the last quarter, truthfully, but I really think getting a few wins will be good for the team’s confidence.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to watch at least one of the games this weekend (oh, what I wouldn’t give to be at the Forum Saturday night!)

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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat

December 4, 2006 at 9:12 am (basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, nonsensical ramblings)

Memphis 97, Miami 98

I don’t have a lot to say about this game, except that Grizzmanda’s wittle heart is now broken.

Thing were really looking up. The team rallied back from a sizeable deficit. We got a couple of good three-pointers towards the end. It looked as if we had it.

Then, there was the buzzer beating three-pointer. That’s where you can pinpoint the exact moment when my heart was shattered into a million pieces.

For what it’s worth, I’m really liking Rudy Gay at this point. I hope Pau’s healthy enough to come back in the next month though.

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Where HAS the time gone?

December 2, 2006 at 7:50 pm (basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, nonsensical ramblings)

Well, as you can plainly see, I have not been the best superfan during this, the first month of the NBA season. In my defense though, I quit my job and went to England and was tied up with that for the whole of November.

No matter though, it was the first week of December, I believe, last year when I attended my first Grizzlies game. So, there’s plenty of time for me to get back on track.

Apparently, during my time away from the game, the Grizzlies have had a pretty abysmal season. The worst in the league, I’m told? Yikes. It’s not okay, but I have faith in the team and believe that they can bring themselves out of their losing streak. During tonight’s game with the Miami Heat? I don’t know. But it’s bound to happen.

I’m very pleased to hear that Pau was able to return to some light practice yesterday. It was good to see him speaking on the local news last night.

There’s this other, off-court issue about the potential sale of a large stake in team ownership. I will have to do some research into whether this is good for the team or not. You never know about this sort of thing.

 I’m watching the game against Miami at the moment, so nothing to report about an actual game at this point. I can’t wait to get back to the Forum. I find it a bit difficult to watch the game on TV sometimes, because I tend to multi-task and only half way pay attention to the game.

(it was a boring entry, but I need to get back into the swing of things!)

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Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks

November 3, 2006 at 6:02 pm (basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, nonsensical ramblings)

How exciting was it to be at the opening game for the 2006-2007 season? Very exciting, if you’re me, Grizz Marie (that’s my niece) and my sister Melissa. Since they were also converted to super fans during the last season, it was a big deal for us to be able to attend the season opener (considering that, this time last year, none of us gave a rat’s rump about our hometown’s NBA team.)

 One of my favorite parts of any game is the opening ceremony (for lack of the actual term – I’ll try to find out what it’s called.) I love the drama of it all. By the time the National Anthem is performed, I am stoked beyond all measure. I think it’s so fun to be in a darkened arena with thousands of other fans, everyone focused on what’s happening on the floor. Oh, and I LOVE when the starting line-up for our team is announced and the starters come out of the corridor (I love when they jump and bump chests – I think it’s a sign of solidarity.)

For this game, there was even more drama during the opening ceremony because it was the season opener. Melissa and I got so excited when she noticed there were members of a marching band waiting to go onto the court. It was the Tennessee State University band and their performance was a great addition to the cermony. There was also some very dramatic Asian drum playing (I have no idea what exactly it was) at the beginning. DRAMA!

Seeing Pau in a [very nice] suit rather than his uniform was sad (mostly because I know he would have loved to have been playing) but I thought he looked nice and was glad that he spoke to the crowd. I can’t wait until he’s healthy enough to play again. It’s a real joy for me to see Pau play.

 I guess I won’t have too much to say for the game itself, since it’s a bit difficult to pay close attention to the floor when there’s a five year old bouncing around. In fact, I will admit that I wasn’t paying close attention until the very end (well, we WERE in the gift shop for all of half-time and most of the third quarter.) But once I got a grip on the game action,  it had us out of our seats.  I was really happy that, towards the end of the game, the fans were out of their seats  and behind the team (more on Memphis fans another time.)

 Overtime.  Double Overtime. TRIPLE Overtime?! Honestly, we did have to head toward the lobby during double overtime, which we finished watching there on the TV monitors. Once it was clear that there would be another overtime, we had no choice but to start towards the car (hey, a four block walk at 10:30 at night, with a five year old in tow and a forty-five minute drive ahead of us – we had to get a move on.)

 By the time we got back to the car and turned on the radio with the game playing (this is after Grizz Marie tripped in a crosswalk and had to be tended to for a scraped knee), the third overtime was nearly over. We turned on the radio basically just in time to hear the final buzzer sound and the radio announcer say the final score – Grizzlies 117, Knicks 118.

It was a sad ending for the Grizz fans – but it really was an exciting game overall and I’m glad we went.

I forgot to say earlier, but it was nice to see Stoudamire back out there. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about some of the newer players, but I like Rudy Gay, so far. There’s one player I hadn’t really thought about all summer for some reason and I was sort of disappointed to see him back (I don’t want to name names, but his initials are Chucky Atkins. I liked him at first, when he came on board last season, but now I think he has a bad attitude and I’m not sure I like that at all.)

I know the team had some trouble at the free-throw line Wednesday night, but hopefully they’ll get working on that and it won’t be such a negative determining factor in the future.

 Okay, that’s about it for now. Next time I watch a game (live or on TV), I’ll try to write more about the game itself. I’m really looking forward to this season, though I’m going to definitely miss several games when I go out of the country in a few weeks. I’ll have to check the scores online though. Thank God for the internet!

 -Grizzmanda

P.S. One thing I failed to mention in my introductory blog entry. I have always hated mascots. Not the ones represented graphically but the mascots that are people dressed up in suits and generally annoy the stew out of me. However, I think Grizz is the greatest. He (she?) adds lots of non-annoying energy to the game. In fact, I want to BE Grizz when I grow up. I’m sure the position has to become available at SOME point. Now, all I have to do is to perfect my back-flips…

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My life in the $5 section

November 2, 2006 at 8:49 am (basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, nonsensical ramblings)

Here’s the deal.
I am creating a new blog for myself, primarily because I don’t want to bore anyone who happens to read my other online journal (which I definitely wouldn’t categorize as a blog.)

You see, last December, some friends of mine took me to my first Memphis Grizzlies game, sort of pointed in the direction of Pau Gasol as someone I could pick to root for, and I was a super fan by the end of the game.

Now, by “super fan”, I don’t mean that I’m knowledgable about the game. On the contrary, most of my first games were spent bugging my friend Kelly about what was going on. I had very little experience (and still do) with the game of basketball (I keep meaning/threatening to read Basketball for Dummies or some such.) I’m just mean that I’m very passionate about watching this team play and scream up in the nosebleeds with the best of ‘em.

I won’t be posting much about what was going on in the game, just about my experiences when I attend or watch Grizzlies games. I won’t be able to tell you how bad a call one of the refs made, most likely, just about how a superfan in the $5 seats perceived the game (along with details about what fun I had with my fellow attendees.)

I’d be horrified if I had an actual audience because I do tend to make some truly embarassing basketball entries after games (such as how cute so-and-so looked that night)- and I’ll do just that about last night’s season opener against the New York Knickerbockers (as the automated voice on Ticketmaster’s phone line called them) a little later. I’ll even try to spruce up the place with Beale Street Blue, Memphis Midnight and other such endearingly named Grizz colors.

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