Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spectating at the Lakers Game

Warning: this is going to be the most trivial and inane Lakers post ever written, so if you want an actual factual account of the game, you can go here. If you want pictures of celebs and stupid Laker girl outfits, then by all means proceed.


We had some guests in from out of town, so Mr. Insom scored some Lakers playoff tickets. Yay!


Example of my basketball ignorance...

Me: Who's that idiot on the ticket?
Mr. Insomniac: An obscure player. You might have heard of him - Magic Johnson.
Me: Oh... right.

Weezermonkey helpfully provided a recommendation to Corkbar for a pre-Lakers meal which looked awesome, but we got there too late (surprise, surprise) and had to settle for The Farm of Beverly Hills at the closer LA Live. I enjoyed my burger, though.

This was only my third Laker game, and my second one at the Staples Center, so that was cool.

I'm not a fan of basketball. It moves so fast, I can't tell what's going on. People are jumping around, they run here, they run there... I lose interest. It's the oddest thing. Meanwhile, people are totally in it. They're yelling at the refs, waving around rally towels, standing up... I honestly couldn't care at all. I had a complete disinterest. It was so strange - the more people got excited, the less excited I got.


What I am into though, is sending bragging texts to my family members. The one to my dad went something like "I'm at the Lakers sucka!!!!!!!!!!" That was pretty sweet. I told Mr. Insom that he needn't give me any more Lakers tickets, as they are totally wasted on me. He agreed. lol

So what do I when other people are watching the game?

I chatted with our friends and waited for those candid shots of people dancing wearing Laker gear on the jumbo-tron and watched the Kissing Cam. I love the kissing cam. Very entertaining.

My other past time is locating and photographing celebs, paparazzi style. It's like birdwatching, but with people. lol

First we looked for the easy target. There he was, Jack Nicholson.


Then things got more challenging - the next one we found was Julia Louis-Dryfus.


We saw Charlize Theron who I apparently see all around town.


We found that 90210 girl during halftime.


And I saw Common as well. He's cute.


Kid rock was across from us under the basket wearing a black ski hat because it's super cold in the Staples Center. He got put on the jumbo-tron.


Adam Levine of Maroon 5 was in the corner.


And somewhere were David Beckham (dang), Andy Garcia, and David Spade, but we missed them.

The game was pretty tight all the way through. Very suspenseful for people that weren't me. I practiced my sports photography. Obviously, I need more work.




Everytime I see Ron Artest I think of his fight with Ben Wallace and Detroit fans. People in Michigan talked about that for weeks. lol


When Kobe was at the free throw line, everyone would chant "MVP! MVP!"




Until he missed a shot. lol





The Laker Girls started off wearing these traditional outfits. Cute.


Then at some point during the first half they changed into these monstrosities. Poor girls.



Their socks and shoes were really white. They kinda looked like those scrunch slouch socks the Hooters Girls wear. Then they put on sparking purple outfits that are still on my SD card at home. Oops. I'll add them later.

But the most exciting moment by far was the halftime. Craig Calloway fricking nailed a half court shot to the tune of $235,000. The entire audience leapt to their feet and cheered their hearts out. It was amazing.

The Lakers won and pretty streamers shot out.



After I snapped this picture, these two idiots chastized me for taking a picture of someone who was drunk or something. They said, "you shouldn't take a picture of that." I said that I didn't know what they were talking about. Then they wanted me to take a picture of them. I said sure. You see how stupid they look? They were even stupider in real life.


And that's how I totally squandered my last Laker game. :)


amber said...

We were there, too! I'm a big fan though, so I'm one of the ones cheering and yelling throughout the game. Heh.

* That guy that hit the half-court shot is freaking awesome! Agreed that it was the highlight of the game.

* The "sponsored" Lakers girls outfits get more and more tragic every season. That star is in such an unfortunate spot. :/

* Artest still scares the crap out of me. H and I were both scurred when he kept high-fiving folks sitting on the sideline. That is just one step away from being able to punch a fan. Eeek!

I wish I would have known you were there - we could have met up at the half!

Insomniac said...

Oh man! I would have loved to meet up with you! If I had had my iphone with me I would have seen any tweets you made during the game. Bummer!

kenpen said...

I love this post. It cracks me up. I would have a similar experience if I went to a Lakers game. We sometimes go to the UWyo bball games, but mainly so I can enjoy the nachos.

weezermonkey said...

You would've seen my tweets, too! And I knew Amber was there because of Facebook!

Silly, insom.

This was such an epic game. They replayed the half-court shot on TV, and we were cheering like crazy at home...and I tweeted about it. Hahahahahaha.

Your pictures are great even if you hate basketball.

I love basketball. NBA action. It's fantastic.

Insomniac said...

Et tu weemo? Oh man! It's totally the humidifer's fault.

Ann Marie said...

Those crotch stars kill me every time.

Anonymous said...

This post had me laughing my ass off at 6:30am! I'm so excited for that half court guy.

Liz said...

Five Stars!

Swank said...

I didn't even know there was a team in the NBA called Thunder. Who's idea was that?

Also, I think that 90210 girl was with that Twilight boy. I love gazing at his yummy neck in your photo.

{grace} said...

I went to a playoff game a few years ago and felt the same as you did. You got some good pics though. Very nice!

wan said...

ifi didn't love you so, i'd want to smack you for wasting what looks like a FANTASTIC seat at a PLAYOFF game!

yeah, i love me some lakers. super awesome shots, yo.

and, that brawl is ALL i think of when i see ron artest. i can't stand the guy and the fact that he wears a laker jersey. UGH.

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HaveShoesWillTravel said...

You're such a creepy stalker Insom. Although I can't say I wouldn't be doing the same thing while my husband yelled at me to pay attention to the game.

10yearstogether said...

- You had me at Magic Johnson
- I hate the Lakers
- Pull out this blog post whenever there is a HCOL vs LCOL debate on MM.
- Those stars on the crotch, wtf?
- The 90210 girl is the McCord chick! Who I only know of bc she is dating Emmet from Twilight, derr.
- You rock.

dapotato said...

i also missed a dinner at corkbar recently. wah.

that's all i've got. have had no contact with the real world for too long.

Anonymous said...


Erin said...

I can't stand basketball either. It's a snoozer, plus all of the squeaking shoes gives me an aneurysm. How on EARTH did you spy all of those people?

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lady tee said...

i heart common

Dvlish said...

LMAO...your feel for the game of basketball is about the same as mine. I would have been celebwatching the whole time too. Thanks for the post!