November 17, 2007

Cavs vs Celtics, now with added JJ: I'm doing a very quick work trip to the US next week, but have managed to shoehorn a basketball game (my first ever!) into my hectic schedule on Tuesday 27th November in Cleveland. Who's coming?

posted by JJ to navel gazing at 05:55 AM - 9 comments

I have to fly to Wichita the next morning at 06:25, but in my experience the best way to deal with such an early start is to just push on through from the night before. Any advice as to how to behave also greatfully received. Is the crowd segregated? Do I need to tone down my Irish accent to avoid being ripped to pieces by the Cavs fans if I find myself in amongst them? Will there even be any Celtics fans there? It seems odd that having watched and followed American sports for so long, this is the first time I will ever have attended a game of any description. That said, I've been a Liverpool fan for years, but I've never been to a Premiership match (of theirs or anyone else's). [As part of my trip, I will also be in Philadelphia next Sunday night - 25th Nov - then Cleveland on the Monday and Tuesday night, Atlanta on the Wednesday night, and New York on the Thursday night. Although I'm not expecting to have a lot of time to kill in any of those places, any sports (or alcohol) related recommendations welcome.]

posted by JJ at 06:03 AM on November 17

JJ, When in Philly, catch a cab down to Front Street and go to Jim's and have a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich with wiz. Best. Ever. Sounds weird, but worth its weight in gold.

posted by hawkguy at 08:42 AM on November 17

Sounds like it will be a good game. Hope you have a great/safe trip to the States!

posted by jerseygirl at 09:03 AM on November 17

Aw, man, I'm gonna be in CLE for Christmas. Would've loved a meetup. Oh well. Anytime anyone from out of town comes to visit the Bay Area, give us a shout in the locker room.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:06 AM on November 17

WC - I was supposed to be coming to see some cocoa grinders in SF as part of this trip - which would have extended my trip and given me a weekend in California (at Pebble Beach I suspect!) - but the guys I was supposed to see have decided they don't want to participate in my study. Which is irksome.

posted by JJ at 11:50 AM on November 17

Any advice as to how to behave also greatfully received. Is the crowd segregated? Do I need to tone down my Irish accent to avoid being ripped to pieces by the Cavs fans if I find myself in amongst them? Will there even be any Celtics fans there? It seems odd that having watched and followed American sports for so long, this is the first time I will ever have attended a game of any description. That said, I've been a Liverpool fan for years, but I've never been to a Premiership match (of theirs or anyone else's). JJ -- with the exception of American football (and really only college football, at that), there is not much of a concept in American sports of a separate supporters section for traveling fans of the opposition. That's not to say that there won't be some Celtics fans in attendance at Cleveland -- depending on the opposition, there are typically fans of the opposing team in the home team's city and some opposition fans travel (although this is most common in American football and in cases where the teams' cities are close together). Even if you are supporting the Celtics in the midst of Cleveland fans, I doubt anyone would give you any grief about it. Should be a good match-up -- one of the league's best players against the best team thus far this year.

posted by holden at 03:14 PM on November 17

Do I need to tone down my Irish accent to avoid being ripped to pieces by the Cavs fans if I find myself in amongst them? If anyone starts giving you any shit...these words will get you free beer... ''Fuck John Elway.''

posted by tselson at 09:56 PM on November 17

JJ, you caught a very good game in Cleveland. I hope you enjoyed it. I watched most of it on TV, and was disappointed in the outcome. It looked like the Celtics got a bit tired at the end, tried to force some things, and just couldn't make the shots they had.

posted by Howard_T at 04:24 PM on November 28

Yeah, the Cs played poorly and still had a chance. If Pierce stops taking bad shots at the end of games, they'd be even better. Of course, if they played defense on Gooden, they would be better too.

posted by yerfatma at 05:53 PM on November 28

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