Bulls ticket give away update

Okay presumably you've seen the Bulls ticket giveaway update.   I just wanted to respond in this space here.   So many of your stories have meant a lot to me personally, so many of you I've known or talked to for so long.   It's really impossible to choose, and before getting too far along, no, it's not too late to still sign up, just add your comment here. I've read all of your comments.  
Don't take the comments I replied to as meaning anything special in terms of winning/losing, or even in terms what your post meant to me personally. I've
decided that I have to give away the tickets at random, because
honestly too many of your stories mean a lot to me in
different ways.

I recently found out my work was closing their office back in October] and had a
termination date for my job.  I had to start hunting for jobs again
only to find out just how short in supply they were.   I did find
something, but I really sympathize with those of you still in the hunt because I was awfully fortunate to find something.

Those of you who are poor college students, I know it's not easy to afford and those of you in college about to enter this fray with a load of
debt and a scary job outlook.  In a lot of ways, I feel for you for not getting to have a taste of the good life we had when I graduated college [seriously, it was sweet back then].

My family has had a ton of health concerns recently, those who know me
personally know it's been a bumpy ride for a long time, so I really get
what those of you going through health problems are dealing with too.  
Sometimes you just want anything good to happen to you to brighten up
your day, and I know how much more it can mean when you're suffering.

I have two kids, and I took one of them to her first game this year [the other just to her second game].  I was a stay at home dad for seven years, so those of
you who just want to take their child to their first game connects with
me too, and those of you who want to thank a parent, well I've never
found a way to thank mine properly for everything they've done.

And die hard Bulls fans?   How could I not emphasize with you?   I've
got 30000+ posts on realgm, 100+ podcasts, and god knows how many blog
entries here.   If there is some kind of insanity barometer for how
much time you can spend following a team I've crossed it.   For those
of you who've sat there and watched streaming
summer league games, I've been there.

I want to give you all tickets, but I can't.   I have 11 pairs of tickets to give away.   Four to game A, five to game B, and two to game C.    I wish I could do more, but I'm one man just paying out of pocket for this stuff, so there's a limit on what I can do.

Anyway, I've decided to give the tickets away randomly.   Trying to decide who deserves them more and who I like more is virtually an impossible decision.    I will announce the winners on the day the Bulls clinch the playoffs [if they clinch the playoffs].   It will be some type of entirely random drawing.

If you haven't entered and want to enter, do not reply to this thread (if you want to discuss the contest further you can reply here, but entries go here).


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  • Doug,

    I think you should MAN-UP and give me some Bulls' tickets...haha.

    By the way, Toronto is blowing out Detroit.

    TRANSLATION: The Bulls better beat Boston tomorrow night.

  • All of you guys talking about playoff tickets and Toronto is on their way to beating an old foe. That's right the Pistons are laying down in a big way to Toronto in order to not give the Bulls any help. Lets not spend your money too quickly for something that hasn't been decided yet. Toronto will more than likely beat the Knicks back in Toronto on Wed. meaning the Bulls will have to beat Boston in Chicago tomorrow and then beat the Bobcats in Charlotte on Wed. Good luck Bulls cause these last two games will not be easy and I think both teams will be trying to beat the Bulls cause of the history between the two teams.

  • So does this mean You want our reasons or stories as submissions for the tickets? or are you closing your eyes and pointing to submissions

  • Doug, I am not asking to be included in your ticket lottery give away, as I live in Vegas. I just wanted to compliment you on such a generous act.

    I suppose to some it may not seem like a classic act of charity, but I think that it qualifies. It certainly speaks to your love of the Bulls, and dedication to your blog.

    I have always detected a certain kind of decency about you from reading your posts and responses to criticism, and this certainly confirms my sense.

    Sorry about your job, and congrats on the new one. I don't recall if you have ever mentioned what you do for a living, maybe you prefer not to. My guess was always that you were some kind of trader at one of Chicago's exchanges.

    Anyway, keep up the great work on both aspects of your life.

    Thank you.

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