Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that Denver has A LOT of professional sports teams. Before our population growth these past few years, I am pretty sure about 1 in 10 residents in Denver were professional athletes (trust me, I took a lot of math in college). I can't claim to be the biggest sports fan, but fate has delivered me a house full of fans obsessed with our local teams. Add that to the fact that we get tickets through work and here I am at the Nuggets playoffs!
I guess the only thing better than so many professional teams, is having a playoff level team (or multiple as in our case). Playoff games bring out a new level of intensity from players and fans. I witnessed a respectable (not obviously drunk) older woman who bore a slight resemblance to my mother in law get out of her seat many times to SCREAM at the ref. I became convinced part way through she must be a player's mom. I wouldn't say her enthusiasm was contagious, but it did add to my enjoyment level of the game. On the other side, my husband had to deal with this hand waving in his face throughout the game paired with colorful comments. The pinky finger started to remind me of Harry Potter's forehead scar.
Last year, my kids attended a FREE UC Health Clinic with the Nuggets. You do not know which Nuggets players will be there when you sign up, but again, it's FREE. By the luck of the draw, we ended up with Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. I barely knew who they were at the time, and had no idea how far these two would go with the team. I did see how important they were to the community and appreciated the fact they were giving back to their smallest fans. Even as a casual fan at best, I would love to see these guys win their first NBA Championship...and Rocky hit that backwards half-court shot.