October 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks in the first half of the game against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. Clippers won 96-94. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Cheerleaders! An NHL Fan's Unthinkable Action.

With Baseball season near its end, and the NFL only taking up 3 of the 7 days of the week, I need something to fill my daily void of sports.  So last night I was talking with Mrs. Boomer and uttered words I thought I never would: “Hey, maybe we should get NBA League Pass.”

Basketball fans and hockey fans have always found it tough to live together.  Both sports are played during the winter season, so rare is the person who loves both equally.  Mrs. Boomer grew up in the Chicago area in the Michael Jordan era, so when her and I became romantically involved I began the decade-long process of converting her to a hockey fan.  Worth it, but it took some time.  Here we sit now, on the precipice of another NBA season starting, and I’m thinking about taking a temporary leave-of-absence from my NHL fandom to watch the NBA.


October 23, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors dancer performs during the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at ORACLE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Oct 16, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Laker girls cheerleaders perform during the game against the Utah Jazz at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Apr 26, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves cheerleaders entertain fans during the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Target Center. Nuggets won 131-102. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Now, there are plenty of other non-NHL hockey related alternatives out there.  The Fearless In The Fog blog covers the San Francisco Bulls.  I took one of the Junior Boomers to the franchise opener at the Cow Palace and it was fantastic.  I took that same Junior Boomer to a Stockton Thunder game last season with a pal of his and it was equally awesome.  Problem is that I, like most people, want to see the absolute best.  I NEED to see the best if I’m going to be constantly engaged.  As entertaining and great as those experiences were, I wasn’t watching the best hockey players in the world.

The San Francisco Giants will fill that need for another week or so.  The NFL fills that need 3 days a week.  I will look to spend my sports dollars on the NBA soon enough if this lockout drags on much longer.  The only problem with the NBA is that it’s not the NHL.


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