Monday, August 25, 2008

Let’s Go Sonics!

Basketball is a prominent sport here back home; if you are in college, you are very eager to follow the team standings for UAAP or NCAA (whichever applies to you) or to follow the PBA. People back here at home are also very eager fans of the NBA.

Our friend Mark treated us (me, Jasper, and Adrian) to a live basketball game between Dallas Mavericks and Seattle Supersonics. To be honest, I am not a fan of any sport, but I think this would be a great way to start my stay in the United States to be immersed in their culture and specifically in what I will call the 'basketball culture'.

Late in the afternoon after picking our badges at the WSTCC for the MVP Summit, we went to the Key Arena for the basketball game.

This game is important for those who reside in Seattle, because there were this rumors back then that this would be the last game that the Supersonics be playing under Seattle. Because of that, everyone flocked to Key Arena on that day. Here we see the almost empty arena:

After a few minutes, we see an arena jam-packed with people from all over the city and here we see the Flag of the United States of America being unfold for the singing of their national anthem – "The Star Spangled Banner"

Then we see cheering and players being introduced.

Now, let the games begin!

It is important to note that in an American basketball game, there are performances during breaks by different groups who support the home team as well as other gimmicks for fans.

A few minutes later, I am cheering with the crowd too (welcome to the United States, Chester), Seattle Supersonics is winning!

A few more minutes, Seattle Supersonics WON against Dallas Mavericks

There it was, my first live NBA Basketball game, I should say that it has been one great experience for me that I will never forget (being immersed in some aspects of the American culture). Thanks Mark!

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