Those of you who know me either in the real world or through this blog are probably aware of the fact that I'm a big Celtics fan. I cheer for all of the Boston pro teams, but the Celtics are my absoulte favorite and always have been. So, yes, I was thrilled when they signed Ray Allen and KG in the off-season. I wanted to make sure I had tickets to a few good games, so I decided to buy a 12 game pack of tickets. Since that purchase didn't really fit within the constraints of my grad student stipend, I had to find someone to split the pack with me, which led to several conversations and email exchanges that went like this:
Me: Do you like the Celtics?
Other person: Yeah!
Me: I'm planning to buy a 12 game pack....want to split it with me? We'd each get two tickets to 6 games.
Other person: Yes! Sounds great! I'm in!
Me: OK. Your half comes to $320 and I need the money next week.
Other person: Oh. Nevermind. I'm out. But, if you do end up buying them and ever need someone to go to a game with you, let me know.
Luckily, I remembered that my high school friend Dennis is also a big Celtics fan, and when he said that he wanted to go in on the 12 pack, he meant it.
Cut to last week...Celtics have the best record in the NBA and have clinched a playoff berth. People who purchased 12 packs are guaranteed playoff tickets, but there's a catch: You get tickets to one round of playoffs, and one round only. You had to fill out a form and rank the series (what the heck is the plural of series? I'm going with series.) in order of your preference. If you pick a later round, and the Celtics are eliminated, you get a refund, but you don't get to attend any playoff games.
The question: what series should we request as top priority? First round is a guarantee, but might be a boring series against a weak 8th seed. Second round could be better. Eastern Conference Finals would surely be a great series, and the Celtics do have a good chance of making it that far. But the NBA finals...holy cow...if we have tickets to that and they don't make it, that sucks. But if the Celtics do make the NBA finals and we have tickets, well, that would be like, the Most Awesome Thing Ever.
After a brief discussion, Dennis and I took the optimistic approach and ranked the NBA finals as our first priority. Today, I received the results: if the Celtics go to the NBA finals, so will we. So, keep your fingers crossed for the Celtics and for me.