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Pictures From The Celtics @ Hornets And Some Optimism


The outside of the Hive.

That was a rough one to sit through. The Hive was LOUD. Unfortunately, there was far too much Celtic green and cheering. I will freely admit I hate Boston. My family is from Los Angeles and are all huge Laker fans. Red Sox fans annoy me, and whenever I’ve been in Boston it’s around -15 degrees. I’ve lived in Los Angeles and New Orleans all my life, the cold doesn’t work for me.

I went down early with my friends to check out the pre-game Buzz Fest. Buzz Fest happens outside the arena before every game barring rain. There is $1 beer, a live band and lots of games for kids to play. It’s a very family friendly event and was especially packed today given the weather was perfect.

Looking down at Buzz Fest

The first thing we noticed was that there were a TON of Celtics fans coming to the game. Two of my friends were also clad in Boston gear, so I will admit I was part of the problem tonight. I’m sorry everyone.

If you look in the bottom right of this picture you can see two of the Bee-Zanies: Super Hornet and the Purple Hornet. I didn’t get a picture of them inside the Hive, but this is what the Bee-Zanies are. They stand and are loud for the entire game. It’s awesome.

Want to see more pictures of Buzz Fest? Of the inside of the Hive? An awesome mullet? More after the jump. Let’s do this…

The infamous Beer Garden

This is the Season Ticket Holder Beer Garden. Before every home game this is where you can find me. As far as I’m aware the Hornets are the only team in the league which gives free beer to every season ticket holder. You walk up, have your ticket scanned and are given a wristband. Each wristband has two beer tickets attached to it. But people who don’t use them are very willing to give them away. I have a stockpile of tickets. There is also iced tea, popcorn and this tasty cajun chex-mix.

As you can see, it was crowded for the pre-game

Optimistic Note #1: Ray Allen and Paul Pierce had me terrified. I know the Celtics are in the bottom of the NBA when it comes to three-pointers made and attempted but with the Hornets struggles recently I was worried. In the beginning Marco Belinelli was all over Allen and I was encouraged to see the the Celtics only go 3-10 from deep.

What an awesome hairstyle

I saw this from a distance and just had to share it with all of you. The photo doesn’t even do it justice. He has a striking resemblance to Danny McBride. I think this man was working as security for the arena. His hair at the bottom was so curly and flowing that he had to keep combing his hands through it to make sure it was perfect. Don’t worry, man, a hairstyle like that is always perfect.

David West being introduced

Here is a view from my seats. I sit up in the balcony but eventually will be moving down to the lower bowl. The Hornets had a promotion where two ladies were introduced like they were part of the team and had their names announced and put on the big screen. I know I would love to do that. There is also a lot of pyrotechnics and fog machines. Chris Paul receives the loudest ovation from the crowd. Marcus Thornton, when he was still with the team, used to get a similar reaction when he would come into the game off the bench.

Optimistic Note #2: Emeka Okafor was a monster on defense in this game. He had two blocks but was a brick wall if anyone tried to post him up in the paint. I wish we could find out the amount of shots he altered throughout the game. The Hornets outscored the Celtics in the paint 34-28 tonight. Very encouraging as we head towards the playoffs.

Getting ready for tip-off

Three empty seats directly in front of us were filled with a 8 year-old boy wearing a Kevin Garnett shirt and his mom and dad both dressed in green. Two of my friends were excited as that pretty much made my section full of Celtics fans (disgusting). My girlfriend and I had made it a point to be very loud. While Belinelli went off in the first quarter I was screaming as loud as I could. The whole time the Celtic mom in front of us kept giving me dirty looks with her dagger eyes. I was keeping everything PG for her son but even screaming DEFENSE! would elicit an I’m-going-to-kill-you look. Even telling my traitorous friends that the Celtics offensive movement looked good got the mom to turn around and try and eye-melt me down. About midway through the second quarter a guy and his ladyfriend came over to the Celtics family and told them they were in his seats. Turns out the family who kept judging me for being loud were stealing seats. The guy and his lady were decked out in Hornets gear. The Celtics family slunk away. What a great reversal. JUSTICE.

Optimistic Note #3: Rohan over on atthehive.com pointed out this great stat in their postgame thread. The Hornets had an offensive rating of 108 tonight. The Celtics have a defensive rating of 100 for the entire season, good for 2nd in the league. The final result may not have shown it, but the Hornets played well on offense tonight and have been playing well offensively in their last couple of games. And don’t forget that Paul went 0-9 from the field tonight.

If you haven’t yet, head over to At The Hive and check out Andrew’s awesome ideas on how to improve the Hornets.

42 from hornets247.com has a very insightful post about Monty Williams’ postgame press conference from last night.

I will be attending the Hornets Taste of New Orleans event Tuesday night at Harrah’s casino. Supposedly everyone there will “be served and entertained by the Hornets players and coaches.” If you’re attending let me know! I’d love to meet everyone. Check back here Wednesday night to see how it went.

Follow me on twitter @nolajake.

Finally, I am going to leave you with the Hornets intro video they play before introducing the players.

Tags: Chris Paul David West Emeka Okafor Kevin Garnett Marco Belinelli Marcus Thornton Paul Pierce Ray Allen

  • http://swarmandsting.com James Grayson

    Great work Jake, Yea the fans were pissing me off too. I know the Hornets don’t have the most established history in New Orleans, but that’s the cities team. No wonder people talk about relocation…

    Otherwise some great pictures!

  • Jake Madison

    It is what it is. Happened during the Laker games, the Heat game and the Bulls game. Those teams are so popular and have such a huge reach outside of their home markets. I’d bet this is common for maybe half the teams in the league.

  • Jordan

    I’d like to know more about the “taste of new orleans event you mentioned but can’t seem to find any info on it. Could you help me out?

  • thepurplehornet

    Hey Jake, ran across this article while searching for the Hornets event tomorrow night at Harrah’s and noticed a BeeZanies shoutout! Next time you see us around, come hang out with us.

    Agreed about the crowd, pathetic showing. The Zanies kept a cool head in the end, as we were the butt of the Celtic fans jokes as they left the Arena.

    http://www.facebook.com/thepurplehornet
    and search Bee Zanies on facebook to “Like” us :)

    Never knew this site existed, always looking for good Hornets blog sites. Bookmarked and looking forward to reading in the future.

    • http://swarmandsting.com James Grayson

      Thanks Purple Hornet, I’m the other Hornets dude. Spread the word we’d love to get more people following our stuff here!

      The Bee Zanies are great and it sounds like they pump up the crowd.

  • Jake Madison

    Jordan, the only info I have on it was the invite which I was mailed. I took a quick look around for you and couldn’t find anything.

    Purple Hornet, that’s awesome you came and checked out the blog! I will keep an eye out for you and all the Bee Zanies next game. I liked you and the Zanies on facebook. You are all awesome at the games. Follow me on twitter @nolajake and keep checking back here!