Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Game #1: Bulls Win Their First Regular Season Game 108-95! Plus, Ways to Watch Games on Your Computer For Free and For a Subscription Price!

By Sean Mackey

The Bulls came out on top last night against the Bucks, 108-95. Derrick Rose had a decent game with 11 points, 9 assists and 3 steals. Luol Deng lead the way with 21 points, Ben Gordon chipped in 18 including a couple of big 3's late in the 4th quarter. Tyrus Thomas had yet another great outing coming out with his first double double of the regular season, 15 points, 10 rebounds.

I must admit I was a little disappointed at the speed of the game. Scott Skiles' crew continued to foul the hell out of Chicago the whole game. It made for a painfully boring first half. The Bulls did however start to take over during the 3rd and started taking smarter shots and looking more like a real team. This kind of unselfishness is what they're going to have to do every night if they want to start winning games night in and night out. I was a little angry that A-Gray wasn't played at all during the game. I'm sure he'll be getting some quality minutes though as the season goes by.

Either way, this was a game they NEEDED to win. Going into the Celtics domain on Friday is going to be tough so hopefully some confidence can be built upon. Rondo vs. Rose is going to be epic and Alex is already predicting that T-Time and rookie Bill Walker aren't going to get along. As many wins are needed before the dreaded circus trip as possible. I hope the Bulls don't get blown out on Friday, they need to show the league they're back and they mean business.

Highlights from last nights game!

Also, I probably will not be posting links for games anymore. It took a long time to actually find a working link last night and thats why one wasn't posted. Luckily, there are some solutions for you out of town guys like us that don't get to watch many Bulls games. We'll try to point you in the right direction. Your options:

1. My P2P - This is the FREE alternative to buying League Pass. The guys who run this site are very dedicated to bringing you all out of area sporting events straight to your computer. The downside is that you'll have to download some seedy software to watch these games. They have a great set up in which they have a game schedule and a link to the software it can be played on. The quality isn't terrible either. I watched the whole first Bulls game through a program called Sopcast (one of the least seediest of the bunch). One of the other problems I've ran into is that a lot of links don't work. It's kind of stressful trying to wade through some shoddy links 5 minutes before game time when only 2 out of the 8 work correctly. I've also noticed this site is kind of biased and a lot of the admins are more interested in streaming Celtics games than anything else. The Celtics will be broadcasted nationally more than any other team and they're wasting bandwidth to stream a game that like 80% of the world can watch at home. Anyways, here's the link, once again, a free way to watch NBA games streamed straight to your computer.

2. NBA League Pass Broadband - Previously, this was only available with a League Pass TV subscription through Direct TV, Time Warner or In Demand as a bonus feature. This year the NBA wised up and decided to offer it as a seperate subscription for $99.99 a year. This isn't bad at all considering you're getting cable quality transmissions streamed straight to your computer. You'll have access to over 900 games this season (excluding the ones broadcasted nationally on ESPN, TNT & ABC). This is the best way to go if you've got a few extra bucks to spend (which I plan to do today). You'll be able to access games from any computer which is pretty amazing. The quality will depend on your bandwidth speed though so you'll have to make sure you have a decent cable or DSL connection for this to be worth you while. NBA League Pass Broadband is currently available through a FREE PREVIEW until November 11th! You'll be able to watch all out of area games that aren't broadcasted on major networks until then. They also have a special offer going right now, if you decide to subscribe before the 11th, it's only $84.99! Click on the link below to sign up for you free preview of NBA League Pass Broadband!