Every time I go to a Spurs game, I have an entirely new experience. With each visit to the AT&T Center, I mix it up. For example, I opt for the Mr. Pibb instead of the Diet Coke. I sit in the Plaza level as opposed to the Balcony level. I wear my San Antonio Spurs logo T-shirt in favor of my DeJuan Blair jersey. Basically, I’m a rebel.
However, two things never change: 1) I cannot fathom spending $12 on a 3-foot-long margarita; 2) And this one’s of upmost importance: I want a Spurs win.
I got the latter Saturday night by way of a thrilling 124-121 overtime win over our I-10 corridor, Southwest-division rival Houston Rockets.
Wait, there’s more.
Prior to the pre-game warmups, a handful of newly-enlisted members of the United States Navy filed onto the court to recite their enlisted oath. The United States Navy ranking member, in charge of leading the oath, called upon veteran and active duty members of the military, seated in the stands, to rise in support of the Navy’s newest soldiers.
As I sat with my girlfriend, giddy over our oh-my-goodness-I-can-see-the-last-name-on-the-player’s-jersey-level-seats, while also attempting to wash down the taste of overpriced, less-than-stellar Rico’s Nachos, I must have seen more than 40-50 individuals rise in the audience. Keep in mind, with tip-off at least 30 minutes away, the stands were sparsely populated.
Thursday, November 11, is Veterans Day, the annual United States holiday that celebrates the military service of men and women, past and present. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Celebrate America’s Military (CAM), running November 1 through November 11. According to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce website, CAM is “the country’s longest and largest celebration of its kind."
In fact, if Spurs fans purchase tickets for Wednesday’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers online, using the “cam” promotional code, proceeds will go to David Robinson’s Carver Academy.
At it’s basketball core, my time at the AT&T Center on Saturday was optimal — the Spurs won. But, it went further. Saturday night’s pre-game festivities and celebration of our military population reinforced the Spurs organization’s commitment to its military community in appreciation of their selfless efforts.
You know, I could get behind buying one of our veterans a $12 3-foot-long margarita.