Friday, April 20, 2012
Day 4: Scoop's Odyssey: Rough day
By Scoop Jackson
It was not a good day for Chicago sports Thursday.
ESPNChicago.com writer Scoop Jackson is spending this week trying to prove that when it comes to sports, there is no city like Chicago.
Day 4: ThursdayA Night In Real Time.
5:54 p.m.: Tribune reporter KC Johnson tweets Luol Deng will play.
5:58 p.m.: ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell announces Derrick Rose is out.
6:00 p.m.: I pull up to Nike's new L210 Chicago Lounge.
6:25 p.m.: The Blackhawks take the ice.
6:27 p.m.: Jabari Parker and the Simeon High School basketball team enter L210.
6:30-7:00 p.m.: Nike in a private event honors Simeon for winning their third straight state championship. Exclusive three-peat championship jackets, music, food, NBA2K12 on one flatscreen, Bulls/Heat on another, special video presentation of their championship run, etc. I give an impromptu speech to the team.
On a day when four Chicago teams lost, it was nice to honor a city champion.
7:12 p.m.: I walk into Union Park Bar. With the Hawks and Bulls both playing at the exact same time, this is the best place in the city to watch two big games simultaneously.
7:20 p.m.: Hawks' Brandon Bollig and Coyotes' Paul Bissonnette get into a fight. Both get five-minute major penalties. Bissonnette gets game misconduct for not having jersey strapped.
7:56 p.m.: Omer Asik misses two free throws but the Bulls get the offensive rebound. Sums up their entire season.
8:00 p.m.: Miami Heat forward James Jones puts a forearm into Joakim Noah's neck. Flagrant Foul. Penalty 2. Ejected.
8:15 p.m.: Bartender recognizes me. Gives love. The guy next to me, not so much. "You work for ESPN. I've read the (stuff) you write."
8:17 p.m.: Phoenix's goalie Mike Smith stops Andrew Brunette on breakaway.
8:18 p.m.:Dwyane Wade makes a sick reverse lay-up. Heat take 41-40 lead.
8:26 p.m.:Jonathan Toews' "One Goal" commercial airs to the response of "Wish he'd (expletive) score one!"
8:27 p.m.: Smith stops one again.
8:28 p.m.: ... and again (and 30 seconds later another.)
8:40 p.m.: First play of the second half, LeBron left hand layup in the lane.
8:41 p.m.:Regina Taylor takes celebrity shot from center ice between second and third period.
8:46 p.m.: D-Wade gives Rip Hamilton a shot in the ribs. Rip and Wade get into an argument.
8:52 p.m.: Taj Gibson enters the game. (Someone screams, "Here he comes to save the day!")
9:01 p.m.: LBJ lays John Lucas III out with a pick.
9:02 p.m.: Shane Doan scores: PHX 1, CHI 0
9:06 p.m.: Taylor Pyatt scores: PHX 2, CHI 0
9:06 p.m.: Taj Gibson 3-point play. Here he comes...
9:07 p.m.: LeBron. Another left hand lay-up in the lane.
9:08 p.m.: The guy next to me in the Toews jersey says to no one in particular, "It's over."
9:10 p.m.:Brendan Morrison powers one from 40 feet out. Scores. PHX 2, CHI 1.
9:19 p.m.:Patrick Sharp goes out for tripping (2 minutes).
9:19:25 p.m.: Third quarter ends: Miami 66, Bulls 61
9:25 p.m.: Michael Frolik scores!!!!!! PHX 2, CHI 2 (The bar erupts!)
9:27 p.m.: Taj Gibson hits another jump shot. Miami 68 Bulls 65. (Here he comes...)
9:29 p.m.: OT for the fourth straight game in the series.
9:41 p.m.: Heat go up by 10. Tom Thibodeau looks confused, lost. They turn on the lights in Union Park.
9:44 p.m.: OT starts.
9:47 p.m.: OT ends. Series: Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 1.
9:49 p.m.: Thibs has the same look on his face.
9:52 p.m.:Mario Chalmers puts a nail in the Bulls' coffin with a 3.
10:01: Samuel Jackson is on all TVs talking to Siri.