Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NBA Opening Day!

Bucks vs. Bulls

Scott Skiles back at the United Center against my Chicago Bulls! Except he's in the visitor's locker room.

That was some elaborate intro by the Bulls. Now if their long term play can match the intensity of that video.

Nothing like having the hometown hero play for the home team. Nice ovation for Derrick Rose. Unfortunately, he's the PG and he should learn to pass first.

In the first half, the team seemed better with Kirk Hinrich as the PG. Those were some sick passes by Hinrich to Luol Deng for a turn around jump hook and to Tyrus Thomas for a slam.

The referees kept calling fouls -- some real stupid at that -- and it kept the game from developing any sort of rhythm.

But with 2 minutes left in the 3rd Quarter, the Bulls down by 2 points found their groove and from there mowed down the Bucks who hardly showed any teamwork. A 105-98 win by the Bulls to get their season going and the first for Vinny del Negro as head coach. Hey, he has Del Harris for an assistant.

Trailblazers vs. Lakers
After spotting the Blazers a 20 point lead, by the third it was down to 8 points. Do the Lakers fold up again as they did versus Boston last year? But this is a young Blazers they're playing. So no, the Lakers don't fold. Phil Jackson refused to call time and the Lakers hike that lead up to 20.

There was hardly any movement on Portland's part and they took too many three point attempts. Poor teamwork. If they thought they could weather LA with their athleticism it was they who got swamped. And 96-76. What a butt-kicking.

As for Greg Oden? Well, let's hope that injury he sustained early in the game isn't serious.

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