The San Antonio Spurs have a record 68,323 fans at the Alamodome

The San Antonio Spurs have a record 68,323 fans at the Alamodome

The San Antonio Spurs have a record 68,323 fans at the Alamodome

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David Robinson and the San Antonio Spurs mascot announce rrecord attendance
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You know we’re approaching the NBA’s mid-season peak when teams resort to parlor tricks to attract fans and viewers. Case and point: The San Antonio Spurs hosted a game at the Alamodome Friday that broke the NBA attendance record.

Incredible scene in the Alamodome 😦

A total of 68,323 fans showed up to watch the home team get blasted, 144-113, by the Golden State Warriors. There’s no doubt in my mind that someone at the league office sent a note to Steve Kerr about handling the load with the nationally televised showcase.

At least those in attendance got to see the Splash Bros. in action. Yeah, they only played 23 minutes a play and neither scored more than 16 points, but that’s better than nothing.

Between the color of the court and the gimmick of the stadium, the stratagem emitted strong Jackie Moon /Semi-professional vibes. The only thing missing was Gregg Popovich battling a bear at halftime.

That said, they might be onto something. Not only did the stars and fans come out, but the TV partner got a little nugget for SportsCenter after the buzzer. Shit, should the NBA play every primetime game in a football stadium? Can the NBA play all prime time games in a football stadium?

If you want it, man, it’s not a dream

Let’s take a Portland Trail Blazers-Los Angeles Lakers game at Autzen Stadium. I’m serious. Whatever works for the The League Pass subscription I pay for is really useful. It’s depressing to activate what would be a great game only to see the reasons why you’re watching the game while also watching the game – only with better seats.

There was a fascinating column by yahoo Ben Rohrbach Friday on ticket costs and load management with some important numbers on missing stars at nationally televised matches that must have been tedious to keep track of, because you definitely won’t find them on Second Spectrum.

“By my calculations, of the 70 games broadcast on ABC, ESPN, or TNT this season, at least one front row player hasn’t played in 58 of them.

From the perspective of a sports blogger who watches so many sports that I really don’t consume any, I’d say that’s it. It’s a glaring weak spot in a league brimming with recognizable stars.

He continued on the planning quirk when teams travel to a city and play the team twice in a row. (Notwithstanding Los Angeles and New York.)

“Of the 28 instances where a road team has played back-to-back games in the same city, one or more star-level players have missed a game on 21 occasions.”

So basically, if I’m not doing the Friday show, don’t you bother going to the weekend matinee because they brought in the Broadway B-team? Damn candy.

Rohrback eventually came to the conclusion that the season should be shortened to help keep the players healthy and the fans, who paid half a month’s rent to see the stars in person. Of course, he admitted that it will never happen because of the money, and you have to at least acknowledge the truth.

We gon’ scream it till the end of the earth

When I lived in Miami for eight months during the Heatles run, I attended three games at the newly renamed Tthe arena, and Dwyane Wade was not suitable for any of them. That was almost a decade ago, and it’s probably getting worse simply because that’s what NBA writers were complaining about in mid-January after seeing Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram in street clothes for the umpteenth time.

The San Antonio Masquerade wasn’t the best look for the Association. (It was great for that fanbase though.)

“Hey, Adam Silver, what’s on Friday’s file?”

“We have a 31-point explosion at the Alamodomefollowed by Nuggets-Clippers without Nikola Jokic and Paul George.

That’s actually what happened in Game 2 of ESPN’s doubleheader. What, Steve Balmer couldn’t book Sofi?

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