Jan 25, 2014; Denver, CO Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Recollections from a Night at Pepsi Center

Jan 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Denver Nuggets played the Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers at Pepsi Center on Saturday Night in a sprited game won by the Powder Blue Crew 109-96.  It was a grand night at “The Can” for Nuggets fans and I have a few recollections of the evening to share.  I took my significant other to the game on this night for her first ever live NBA Basketball Game.  Her expectations were fairly low about the entertainment value of such an event but SHE got the tickets!  We arrived at the game early as we intended to meet up with the Nuggets On-court Statistician, who is a friend of mine that I play Men’s Baseball with.  He was busy getting ready for his game-time duties so Megan and I were able to sit in our seats in Section 144 and take in the sights, sounds and planned chaos that is the NBA Pre-Game experience.  We marveled at the size of the new scoreboard and “Jumbotron” that hangs over the court like an alien spaceship.  We enjoyed watching the diversity of the patrons who paid to come and watch this athletic endeavor take place.  We indulged in the finer things the concessionaires have to offer, a couple of delicious taco wraps, and of course, adult beverages.  And we observed as “Super Mascot Rocky” did his thing  before the game.  As the game was getting closer to tip-off, I was explaining the finer points of basketball to Megan and waxing poetic on Nuggets history, when a face appeared on the massive screen above and it was none other than the man who saved professional basketball in the city of Denver, Carl Scheer.  The video tribute shown on the screen did justice to this man’s legacy and how he brought professional basketball in Denver back from depths of mediocrity to the “Event” we have today.    After the tribute to Mr. Scheer, we stood for the National Anthem that was sung by a group of Elementary School students from Douglas County.  A wonderful rendition of our country’s anthem that effectively got the crowd ready for NBA basketball.  Then…. The Feature Presentation.  The game began with the Nuggets busting out to a 9-0 lead and the crowd was in a frenzied state from the fine play of the hometown heroes.  As the game progressed Megan became more enthralled with the game, and “The Event” that is an NBA Basketball game played at the highest level.  The Nuggets Played with a fire, energy and cohesion that has been absent at times this year.  But even when the Pacers made the game close, it seemed the Nuggs would stem the tide with defense, energy and timely shooting.  The only dissappointment for the gathered masses was that the Nuggets held onto the ball for the last 16 seconds and did not score “The Taco Basket” and get to 110 points which results in cheap tacos from a fast-food restaurant.  As the final horn sounded, it was Nuggets 109, Pacers 96, and the crowd was filing out of the building happy on a night that showcased why the NBA experience is so much fun.  On our way to the car, Megan said to me, “We need to get those same seats for another game this season”.  Of course I agreed and knew that we had ourselves another fan of the Denver Nuggets and an NBA fan that enjoyed and understood that it is not just about the game, but the NBA/Nuggets experience.  Follow your Denver Nuggets on Twitter at @Nugg_Love.

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