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.