Normally, I’m the last absolute last person to say something like this. I’m the polar opposite of the sports fans who believe in things along the lines of “If I listen to them on the radio they always do better than when I watch ‘em on television,” or “if I wear my jersey on gameday, they always play better.” Everyone knows these types of sports fans. I am NOT one of these types of sports fans.
But after Chicago Bulls All-Star Derrick Rose scored a career high 39 points Tuesday night, the second time he established a new career high in points while I was present, I quickly became one of “those guys.”
I’ve media creds for 7 Bulls games this season. In those 7 home games, the Bulls have gone 6-1 and Rose has averaged 27.7 ppg. On the season, Rose averaged 20.7, the Bulls finished 41-41, 24-17 at home. I haven’t purchased any Bulls tickets this season, so I have don’t have any more games to add to the sample size. But check it out here are the seven games I had a pass for in 2009-10 and how many points Rose scored:
11/3 Milwaukee (16), 12/2 Detroit (19), 12/15 Lakers (21), 1/16 Washington (37- career high), 2/16 New York (29), 2/26 Portland (33), and 4/12 Boston (39- career high). The Los Angeles game was the only loss. Rose has scored over 30 in 8 games this season, and I’ve witnessed three of them.
Clearly, in the interests of both Rose and Bulls fans everywhere, I need to apply for a Bulls season media pass next year. And I need to show the Bulls PR department these numbers so that they can approve it.
What did Rose have to say afterwards about his career night? “We’re just trying to get into the playoffs and do whatever it takes to get us there- play defense move the ball,” Rose said.
“We have a lot more confidence in each other. We’ve been playing good basketball.” Rose continued, failing to mention my presence as the x-factor.
(note: if you really think I’m dead serious about my showing up actually augmenting Rose’s game then…well, you probably consider “The Onion” to be a legitimate and serious news source and you’ve likely handed over thousands of dollars to princes in Burkina Faso that promised to share their multi-million dollar inheritances with you.)