We need you to step up. Starting now. Converse has reached out to CelticsHub and Forum Blue & Gold, the Lakers-themed blog in the TrueHoop Network, and asked us to engage our readers in a contest with Laker fans.
The rules are simple: We want you to share (in the comment section of this post) personal anecdotes about the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. There are no strict rules or word limits, though your editor-judges will appreciate your keeping the anecdotes as short as possible while still conveying the emotion/humor/hatred. (Note: That doesn’t mean one or two lines is going to do it. Feel free to approach 500 words or longer—get a bit literary and descriptive, if you’d like). Also, though some PG-13 language is expected, please try to stay away from the really inappropriate stuff.
The prize: Five winners will get a pair of free Converse basketball shoes, with a slick black-and-green look designed to invoke the greatest franchise in the history of the NBA. Check out a nice big photo of them at the Converse Web site. (Laker fan winners will get this much uglier version).
As for the anecdotes, they could be anything. Was the first time you saw your father cry the night Magic Johnson hit his buzzer-beating hook in the 1987 Finals? Were you at the Staples Center during the Greatest NBA Finals Comeback ever—Game 4 in 2008? Better yet, did you taunt weeping Laker fans on your way out of the stadium? Did you mimic the McHale-Rambis clothesline on a Laker fan during a pick-up game? Is your spouse a fan of the enemy?
It could be anything, as long as it invokes the true nature of the greatest rivalry in hoops.
The five best entries get the free kicks. Also: The Converse folks have floated the possibility of giving more free shoes to whichever site draws more entries. Forum Blue & Gold has been around a lot longer than us and has a really, really, really active commenting community. They regularly get 100-plus comments on posts, many of which are well thought out considering that the commenters are, you know, Lakers fans.
So we need you. Get out your best anecdotes and post them here. If this post gets too far down toward the bottom of our home page, we’ll move it back up or re-post a reminder.
Check here for what’s going on over at Forum B&G, where their readers are reveling in the Magic Johnson Baby Hook and the time Lamar Odom slapped Kevin Garnett’s backside.
Also: Lakers suck. That is all.