Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Madness Continues

This season I am blessed to travel with Abe to most of his basketball games on the road. I love it because the weekends don't feel so empty anymore since we don't have to be apart for days at a time. I also love that I get to visit parts of Japan that I might have never gone to on my own.
With the excitement of traveling, I also get to witness a part of basketball revival here in Japan...Tabuse-mania. Since his joining the team, I have seen crowds of people (aged 6 months to 80!) in malls, parking lots and arenas, patiently waiting just to get a glimpse of the ex-NBA player. Last weekend's game in Shizuoka was no exception. Unfortunately, the Brex lost their game, but that didn't seem to affect the fans' appreciation of the team, and of course #0. Here are some highlights of the trip:

Another sold-out crowd:



The team (and Abe) getting ready to start the game:


Here is a quick snapshot from the team bus of the fans starting to gather outside to see the team:


And finally, my favorite. This sneaky dude got the best view of all. I almost didn't see him...can you spot him? :)


I really hope things pick up for the team. Since they are new to the league, they are not expected to the strongest team this season. However, it would be nice to get some wins...we'll see what happens!


junko said...

Wow! This is the guy that you told about yesterday!!!hahaha(^0^)

DaniJ said...

WOW they are even in the trees!!!!! thats crazy.. Lets pray for a win now:)

Julie Ann said...

haha...yes, he there are some pretty hardcore fans out there. looks like it's going to be an interesting season! :)