October 31st is always Halloween and this year it was also the date of the Chicago Bulls home opener against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The sold out crowd was electric the entire night. Whether it was cheering for a play to happen or for a play that just happened, the twenty-three thousand plus fans exploded in clapping and shouting at every chance. Midway through the game though, the fans weren’t cheering for the action on the court, but for the image on the Jumbotron.
Scottie Pippen is a legend in Chicago. Owner of six NBA championships with Michael Jordan in the 90’s, he is a Hall of Famer and one of the fifty best players in NBA history. Being Scottie Pippen isn’t like being anybody else. When an average person finds themselves on the big screen at a sporting event, they just as often don’t notice as they do jump out of their seat. The way it worked for Scottie Pippen on Halloween night was different though. The cameras turned to Scottie while he was in his seat watching the action and his image was displayed on the Jumbotron. The United Center went nuts for the Chicago hero, the fans clapping and cheering their hearts out. If Chicago Bulls fans starting cheering their heads off, most people would look at the court to see why. When that failed, they would look at the Jumbotron to see what everyone else was cheering about. They wouldn’t look at the Jumbotron expecting to see their face as the reason for the cheering. But none of us are Scottie Pippen. Except Scottie Pippen. So when he looked up at the Jumbotron to see what was the cheering for, he half-expected to see himself. When he realized he was right, he smiled and waved to the fans. They’ve shown video of a guy eating an entire meal on a Jumbotron, completely oblivious the whole time that he’s on the big screen. It must be a very unique thing to be famous. While the rest of us are looking to find the action, the famous know that more often than not, they’re the reason for the cheering and the screams. Mr. Hot Dog, keeps his eye on his food, and Scottie Pippin just looks up, smiles and waves. What a different way of seeing the world fame must bring.