When I signed up for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, I expected, and the itinerary promised so, five days of non-stop basketball-related activities.
All I have seen in the first two days here is snow. Snow caked on the rooftops, snow caked on the road, snow caked on the trees, snow caked on parked cars and even snow caked on moving cars!
The picture is as perfect as it looks in postcards. But not when you are into the postcard, inadequately dressed (a Mumbaiites idea of warm clothes) to tackle it. We were forewarned of a snowstorm at our first stop into the country, Newark, and hence were prepared to grit it out and the subsequent delay in plans as all flights out of the northeastern part of USA were cancelled.
But the prospect looked brighter when we were finally able to get on the flight to Dallas, Texas. The sunny state of cowboys, corn farms, George Bush and Lance Armstrong.
One step out of the airport and the cowboy dream was swept away by another brewing snowstorm. Brrrrrrrrr. So this is how it feels to be on the wrong side of zero degrees! To my horror, the driver, after we had made our way into the car squishing on the slippery snow, assured that it was not yet sub-zero. "But it is expected to be tomorrow night." Thanks. Really. Dallas is the second biggest city in the state and the football (American, that is; the Dallas Cowboys) and basketball (the Dallas Mavericks) teams are two of their prime possessions.
And you could understand the excitement that surrounded the confluence of these two. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be held in the brand new Dallas Cowboys stadium, where the football team moved in only this season. It holds a capacity of 90,000 and every seat is likely to be taken for Sunday’s game.
Through the blowing snow, one could still spot the hazy posters announcing the NBA All-Star Game. Newspapers were debating will-he-won't-he over an injured Kobe Bryant's participation. At the hotel, an NBA poster dropped massively from the 15th floor. The city could be all ready for the entertaining weekend only if the schedule was not thrown out of gear due to the weather.
For the moment, the NBA would be hoping that along with lots of love and money, St. Valentine would also bless us with some sunshine on Sunday.