Spurs at Atlanta Hawks: Win and They Are In (Game is at 8)

So the Hawks can clinch a playoff berth with a victory against the Spurs tonight. Before you say “So what?” remember from whence the Hawks came.

“It wasn’t even pro basketball,” J.J. said of his early days with the Hawks.

Clearly the Hawks have higher aspirations than just making the playoffs. Still, making it official means something.

“It definitely does,” Josh Smith said. “When you go from the bottom up you appreciate the moments of winning.”

“That’s what makes it so special,” J.J. said, “knowing what you had to go through to get to this point.”

“It would be fantastic,” Woody said of clinching tonight. “It’s what we all push for. The first three years we wasn’t playing for nothing. Well, I can’t say that third year–we had a legit shot to make it but we had a lot of injuries. We finally made it in the fourth year, and now here we are.”

Then there is Jamal Crawford, whose losing goes back even further than the Hawks. Jamal asked Bibby how long he was in the league before he made the playoffs.

“Three,” Bibby said.

“Imagine 10,” Jamal said.

Jamal said he “always had faith” he’d make the postseason one day, if only because each season is a fresh start. He thought he had a chance in 2004-05 with the Knicks but they faltered in the final three months of the season and Crawford struggled with injuries. He also thought it might happen in 2006-07 but the Knicks were eliminated in the final week of the season.

Now (unless he’s really cursed or something) Jamal will finally make it.

“I’m going to reflect but not celebrate,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

I took a look at East teams Nos. 5 through 8 for my Sunday notes and briefly examined why the Hawks may or may not want to face each opponent.

Smoove said he’s not doing the same because those teams are closely bunched in the standings. If the Hawks remain fourth behind Boston (which would get the tiebreak over the Hawks due to winning the Atlantic Division) it’s looking like they’d get Milwaukee in the first round. If they finish third and the Bucks stay hot, it could be Miami, Charlotte or Toronto.

“It’s so crazy down at five through eight, you don’t know who you are going to play,” he said. “So we’ll just see how it plays out. Everybody is right behind each other.”

– I also wrote a story about the Hawks raising premium season ticket prices by nearly 50 percent next year. Today I got the following email and it made me think back to this post from hawksdawgs at Peachtree Hoops.

Interesting article on the Hawks attendance. I want to tell you why I think they can’t draw with a decent team. First many people, like me, who can afford to go live north of the city and I went to a recent Hawks game with Cleveland and it took me over an hour to drive from Johns Creek. Traffic was horrible that time of day. Marta is no better. The trains don’t run often enough, you have to change trains and they are always dirty and crowded. And to top it all off , I went to a basketball game and a Rap concert broke out. Every time out, half time and in between all I heard was rap. And they even introduced all the Atl Rappers sitting in their prime seats during one timeout. Never Again. Horrible traffic and they cater to the Rap crowd. They can have it.

I won’t respond to the bulk of his comments, but I feel I must defend Marta. I ride it all the time because I hate driving and I’ve found it to be safe, reliable and clean. I’m still trying to figure out why some people in the city hate on it so much.

– Remember, the game is at 8 tonight. Apparently some fans missed the numerous notices from the Hawks about the time change for the Feb. 26 game vs. Dallas.

MC

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doggy

March 21st, 2010
3:35 pm

EW

March 21st, 2010
3:35 pm

I wonder if the gentlemen that complained about getting downtown for a hawks game is equally as inconvenienced about getting to Turner Field. I’m no rap fan, but I generally go to the hawks games for the actual game.

Hawk Str8Talk

March 21st, 2010
3:36 pm

In defense of MARTA and the Hawks games – that’s really a horribly inaccurate assessment of the Hawks game experience. Now, if it takes you an hour to drive to the game, that’s on you and your decision to live far away. As for the game experience and mass transit, as a person who has been to at least 25 games a year for the past 10 years – that’s just wholly inaccurate. MARTA is one of the cleanest, safest rides you can find in mass transit – now, it doesn’t get a lot of places, so I can certainly understand how you can use access as a reason to complain about MARTA, but not once you get to the station.

As for the game, about the only music they don’t play is country. Pop, Rock, R&B, and Hip Hop are all played at those games. Now, it depends on what game you come to that determines what you’ll hear, but to say it’s catered would be an exaggeration – if it’s not someone’s speed, ok, but my mom doesn’t like rap and it’s not keeping her from going to the HAWKS game. Now, that said (and I’ll let other NBA beat writers chime in), but if you’ve been to any NBA game in ANY city – hip hop is played. It was in the games I’ve attended in Utah, Minnesota, etc and that doesn’t keep those gyms from being full. Same for college games in some of the most remote towns (read: not urban) and they aren’t not showing up. So, that’s not a reason people don’t come to games. No reason to make up reasons – bottom line, the economy, the fact that Atlanta is a city of transplants from cities with strong NBA roots, and years of losing have way more to do with things than MARTA and hip hop.

doggy

March 21st, 2010
3:37 pm

Love the Hawks but Coach has to go… he will not take us to that next level.

yourewrong

March 21st, 2010
3:51 pm

Hey all you Woodson haters stop taking shots at him the guy deserves a new contract and i’ll tell you why: year 1 we didnt win even 20 games and look at what he has brought us almost 50 wins 4 years later. Its not easy to get to 40 wins in this league for 2 consecutive years and he has made the hawks from sucky to a good contender today. And by the way what good coaches are there in the market next year that you think will make the hawks better? Cause Phil Jackson is gonna retire next year and most non elite nba coaches suck and all the elite teams have their coaches locked in long term.

clarkekent

March 21st, 2010
3:59 pm

MC- sounds like that fan hates rap music and the crowd it plays too. Secondly, why move 40 miles from the city then complain about commuting to the city? And tell me what city transit is spotless. Its ok, I’ll wait. (katt williams)

As far as the hawks, this team will struggle with the spurs tonight. They have 2 penetrating guards… can’t hide bibby. Teague should play more this game. His speed should help the switching “D” woodson likes to play. Hopefully woodson coaches the flow of the game not the players he wants to play. if the bench is playing well they let them play.(ride that horse)

As far as playoffs, unless woodson changes his coaching method ORL is not the team we want to play. Bos or Cle is the better match up

VenomSpitter

March 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

So “yourewrong” u think that the increase in wins over the years is all becuz of Woody and has nothing to the natural progression and the growing experience of the team?

chem

March 21st, 2010
4:02 pm

Uh, MARTA sucks and it’s nearly the worst public transit of any major city. You can go north-south and east-west on TWO FRICKIN RAILS. If your destination and start point don’t lie on a station, good luck playing frogger to get to your destination. Atlanta leaders don’t care because the city is built around the automobile. Apparently, having some of the longest commutes and worst air quality in the country aren’t motivation enough to improve the public transit. City council needs to wake up.

SWAT Native

March 21st, 2010
4:04 pm

I wonder if folks realize that if the Hawks fire Woody after all these years of steady improvement and bringing them to the upper bracket of the playoffs that few top level coaches would want the job because they would think that it’s a bad situation? The best that you would get would be another Woody (a hot assistant looking to be a head coach) or a retread. At least let the guy fail first.

One day I’m going to check a Lakers board to see if people criticize Phil Jackson.

chem

March 21st, 2010
4:06 pm

Michael, have you ever ridden public transit in other major US cities? Better yet, have you ever ridden public transit in any major European city? You can get almost anywhere in Europe without a car. MARTA is an underfunded joke and an embarrassment that was exposed to the world during the ‘96 olympics.

SWAT Native

March 21st, 2010
4:14 pm

As for MARTA, it used to be one of the best transit systems but has suffered because of a lack of support from the surrounding counties and the state. If the surrounding counties had joined it rather than creating their own bus services the whole region would be better off.

chem

March 21st, 2010
4:17 pm

With one north-south and one east-west line, MARTA was never one of the best. I don’t understand how anyone that’s ever been outside of Atlanta could defend MARTA.

showboat

March 21st, 2010
4:22 pm

MARTA has a station called GWCC/Philips Arena once you get out of the station take about 25 steps and you’re at the door of Philips Arena. MARTA may not go alot of places but it does get to Philips Arena.

SWAT Native

March 21st, 2010
4:27 pm

It used to be an award winning transit system. And as far as only going east west and north south, remember that is more than just a rail system, it’s also a bus system. The idea is that the ra takes you to the part of town you want to go to and the bus feeds you put to the surrounding neighborhoods.

"jgsbrids

March 21st, 2010
4:27 pm

I don’t agree with the fact that “music played at the game” is keeping me away from attending a Hawks game. I do live in Chattanooga, Tennessee and would love to come to every home game. I generally can only make it to a couple each year. The main reason is ticket prices. True I can pay around ten bucks in sit in the upper bowl–but I’ll be honest I would rather stay at home and watch on directv than do that. So one or two times a year I can afford the trip. But 80 bucks a seat for a family of 5 is 400 bucks not counting concessions, gas and any form of gifts. It’s just too much!!!

Still watch every game though and love the team…thanks for a great season–keep it up Hawks.

gwite

March 21st, 2010
4:32 pm

People keep saying Woodson will not get the Hawks to the “next level”; but every year, every year, he has done just that!

Chris D'

March 21st, 2010
4:34 pm

2 out of 13 metropolitan counties pay for “Atlanta’s” public transportation system and it is the largest system in the country without state funding. If you want a better public transportation system pay for it or shut the F up.

As far as MARTA not going everywhere that is a bit irrelevant with a Hawks game when the elevator pretty much runs right into the arena. No public transportation system in the world is uncrowded when leaving or arriving to a major sporting event.

gwite

March 21st, 2010
4:42 pm

“…I won’t respond to the bulk of his comments, but I feel I must defend Marta. I ride it all the time because I hate driving and I’ve found it to be safe, reliable and clean. I’m still trying to figure out why some people in the city hate on it so much…”

MC, you know what it is, but of course you can’t print it. The same “vocal minority” that insist on firing Woodson, for “no GOOD reason”.

Michael Cunningham

March 21st, 2010
4:53 pm

@chem “Michael, have you ever ridden public transit in other major US cities? Better yet, have you ever ridden public transit in any major European city? You can get almost anywhere in Europe without a car. MARTA is an underfunded joke and an embarrassment that was exposed to the world during the ‘96 olympics.”

yes, too many U.S. cities to name and yes, a couple European cities (plus two Asian cities). but read carefully. this guy didn’t say “Marta doesn’t go anywhere,” in which case i’d say “true, and that’s why i live in Inman Park but i understand why families choose to stay in the ‘burbs.” he said it’s unreliable, dirty and crowded. that hasn’t matched my experience at all. my guess is he doesn’t like all the “rap fans” he sees on Marta.

plus, from what some locals tell me, haven’t some ‘burbs resisted an expansion of Marta into their ‘hoods?

northcyde

March 21st, 2010
4:57 pm

As I’ve ranted in both Bradley’s and Schultz’s blogs about attendance . . . NO EXCUSES FOR YOU LIVING IN ATL.

I live right on the TN/KY border . . . and I drive 300 miles JUST to see the Hawks about 5 – 10 times a year.

People simply have to stop making excuses about why they don’t see the Hawks . . and just admit that the Hawks are NOT AN ENTERTAINMENT PRIORITY for some of you fans. Because THAT’S is what will determine what you’ll do to see this team. And I’m just going to say this. A lot of the other things are simply due to racial prejudices by some of the surburbanites.

Those of us who go to the games know that we may have to sit in traffic for a while or save up a little money to see them. That is a freakin FACT OF LIFE of being a fan.

Just stop with the dang excuses. You’re either not going to Hawk games because 1) you’re not really a fan of the team . . . 2) you’re not willing to make the Hawks an entertainment priority for you and/or your family . . . or 3) your racial prejudices keep you from going.

That’s all it is.

All of that other stuff is just pure crap. Philips will be PACKED when Kobe comes to town . . and the folks will be ON TIME too.

other side of the coin

March 21st, 2010
5:04 pm

ever heard the music played at Turner Field when they ask for the crowd to vote by applause? pretty much a reflection of the listening audienece. Then again, who cares. I’ve got my own music playing on the way to the game. dude, your undertones are hurting my ears.

northcyde

March 21st, 2010
5:12 pm

jgsbirds . . . what someone in your situation needs to do, is call the Hawks ticket reps. They WILL work with someone like you, who is bringing in a family from out of town. If you’re not willing to spend $400 on $80 seats . . . see what they’ll do for you, if you’re willing to spend $200 or $250. I personally sit in the 200 level seats ( normally 201 or 207 ), and those seats are great for the price they have them at ( $52 for most games ). The seats in the upper deck, especially in the 310 – 311 sections, are good seats as well ( as long as you’re not too high up ). That’s basically a TV type view of the game.

LOL . . but I bet you and your family have been to more Hawk games coming from Chatt, than some of these so-called Hawk fans who live 20 – 25 miles from the arena.

In the end, it’s all about people making the Hawks an ENTERTAINMENT PRIORITY. If folks aren’t willing to do that, they’ll always be able to come up with excuses for not attending games.

northcyde

March 21st, 2010
5:18 pm

No excuses folks. If you want to see what a particular seat looks like, click on the Hawks 3D seat viewing link

http://www.seats3d.com/nba/atlanta_hawks/

Grandad

March 21st, 2010
5:25 pm

Michael:

Ahem – I’ve ridden on transit systems in DC and Chicago among others
and really I don’t remember much difference.
Marta’s biggest problem is, for the life of me, why, in 45 yrs. have they not figured out how to run it to the Braves games?

NOW! I am able to afford to live south of the city. This elitist fella
talking about affording to live “wherever”, what about us folk that live in the south, west, or east. ‘OR’ are we untouchables, not worthy of being a true Hawks fan.
I am of European descent, [so is Boris Diaw, not that I'm French] and I like country music, but what has that got to do with anything.
I’ll bet the Predators [Nashville] intro country music stars, so what.
UGA alums have zero trouble getting to Dawgs games no matter where they are. Starkville, Mississippi for crying out loud!

I came on here to talk about the tournament. Will do so later.
But this Hwksdwgs fella pissed me off.
I sincerely apologize for my rude language.

Section 303

March 21st, 2010
5:25 pm

MARTA sucks. Until it actually takes people where they want to go, I don’t want to hear anyone defending it. The worst public transit in any city.

GO SPARTANS!!! Hope you all saw Korie Lucious send the boys onto St. Louis!! GO GREEN!!!

Go Hawks tonight, too. My folks are in Vegas this weekend. I made my first ever bet, through them. Bet $50 on the Hawks, as a 3 pt favorite. Always said I would never bet, but what the h#ll, right? Give it a try just this once.

O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
5:30 pm

From the previous blog,

cp,

After watching Law at Texas A & M, I was very impressed. As a senior, he won the Bob Cousy award for the best PG in college. He made big shots against big time programs (Texas, Kansas etc), so I was glad to see him get drafted by the Hawks.

He was named MVP of the pre-season or summer review, and there were some games where he looked good, and some games he looked bad. But his biggest issue was after he got injured, he just never seemed the same.

I hope he is able to turn his game around and play well when the opportunity arises, wherever that might be.

Ken S,

What I would like to see is Sund to resign Chills, and for Woody to have an open competition in camp (like they do for QBs in the NFL). If Chills outplays Marvin, then make him the starter, and Marvin the backup (or trade Marvin). If Marvin outplays Chills, then keep Chills as our backup (or trade him).

If Sund does not want Chills, or if Chills does not want to play for the Hawks, then use him in a sign and trade and bring a player in here that will contribute next season.

Our bench has played well the last 2 or 3 games, so I hope Woody will continue to play them, and I I hope they will continue to perform well. For tonight’s game, I am looking forward to seeing our offense and ball movement.

As for the playoffs, I dont want to play Charlotte or Miami. Charlotte is tough, and you know DWade will get his calls in the playoffs. Give me Milwaukee or Toronto.

NDiiBaBii

March 21st, 2010
5:42 pm

Well I live in Alpharetta/Johns Creek as well and I’m a season ticket holder, honestly the traffic isn’t that bad, that’s why I hate when ppl say that. I go to ever home game takes 35mins to get to Philips Arena and the same to get back. Ppl are sooo dramatic! If you like the Hawks the music doesn’t matter, support the team! Fake fans, so tired of em!

Pryncess

March 21st, 2010
5:44 pm

Obviously this guy hasn’t been to many games because most of the music is now played on a keyboard…NO LYRICS, NO DRUMS, just pure MUSIC!…Besides, no one told him to move all the way to John’s Creek…part of the same area that wants their own county now, and wanting a nice location is not an excuse. I live in Sandy Springs inside the perimeter in a nice community and have no problems (other than the usual traffic) to get to the games. Maybe you should rethink your location if you want to be more involved in the city’s activities??

A.T.

March 21st, 2010
5:51 pm

WOW! So the suburbanites are moaning about MARTA sucking and not going everywhere? Uh. hey idiots, the only reason MARTA can’t expand is because it’s of you guys! The COBB, GWINNETT and FORSYTH’s of the world that don’t want black people in their counties have refused to let public transit anywhere near their counties for decades. So please don’t even try to blame the city of Atlanta! MARTA works just fine, especially considering it’s the largest train system in the country that is not state funded!

newkid

March 21st, 2010
5:54 pm

From someone who regularly takes MARTA to Hawks and Falcons games, I’ve not had unpleasant experiences with either cleanliness or timeliness. In fact we’re en route (via MARTA) to tonight’s game just after dinner. Hope you’ll join us there.

By the way, take a look at the expanse of the urban mass transit system at the link below (ALL BUILT IN LESS THAN 15 YEARS). We’ve sent the better part of the past more than 40 years here in the region spitting (via the venom of speech) at each other about where to lay tracks and how best to finance and operate the system, while in many other places in the world the venomous speech is absent and the REAL work has far outstripped ours. Of course our forte is far too often venomous speech and little action, isn’t it?

http://www.urban.net/as/shan/shanghai.htm

chocochip

March 21st, 2010
5:57 pm

we don’t want anything to do with milwaukee

newkid

March 21st, 2010
5:59 pm

KevinA

March 21st, 2010
6:01 pm

A 52″ in HD is a better experience unless you have good seats. At home the bathroom is closer, the food is better and I don’t have to wait in line to pee or eat . If the Hawks need money for a new PG or an improved bench, host a few raffles – I would buy tickets. A million $5 tickets for a donated BBQ grill would work. Besides don’t the Hawks make revenue off of TV contracts.

KevinA

March 21st, 2010
6:04 pm

We want to win tonight but we also get to see Duncan in his last years. One of the best to have ever played.

gwite

March 21st, 2010
6:06 pm

^^Any fan anywhere in the world could make those excuses.

Again, excuses. Not good reasons.

gwite

March 21st, 2010
6:09 pm

San Antonio is just another of those teams that Atlanta has a mental block(inferiority complex) about.

Hopefully they can get over that tonight.

my wife has some bigguns

March 21st, 2010
6:11 pm

The Hawks are great..My wife looks great too..If anyone wants some pics of her email me at georgiagal1972@hotmail.com

o.O-Mac-Town -Macon, Georgia- Westsider-O.o

March 21st, 2010
6:12 pm

chocochip

March 21st, 2010
5:57 pm

we don’t want anything to do with milwaukee

…………………………

I think regardless if its MIL, CHA, or MIA…we’re in for a tough series…..but one we still should win…..I’m still more scared of CHA than the others

SWAT Native

March 21st, 2010
6:12 pm

I’m sorry the blog got sidetracked onto urban transit policy. The real story is the Hawks are in a position to clinch a playoff berth tonight and the fact that folks are excited shows how far the franchise has come. I hope that the Hawks can keep Tony Parker for going off for 40 like he did last time. If he goes off on them again, I hope they try putting him on his back this time.

o.O-Mac-Town -Macon, Georgia- Westsider-O.o

March 21st, 2010
6:12 pm

We owe Spurs a butt kickin….they embarrassed us last time.

Sautee

March 21st, 2010
6:18 pm

northcyde,

about this:

“Just stop with the dang excuses. You’re either not going to Hawk games because 1) you’re not really a fan of the team . . . 2) you’re not willing to make the Hawks an entertainment priority for you and/or your family . . . or 3) your racial prejudices keep you from going.”

“That’s all it is.”

“All of that other stuff is just pure crap.”

northcyde, you must be a lucky man. Not all of us can afford what you so blithely think of as commonplace.

doc offered me his tickets for the game Friday. I had to turn him down, even with free tickets, because from the mountains, it’s about $35-40 in gas, usually $10 for parking, and supper for two, even at the Food Court would be another $10-15. A beer and a water for another $10.

$65-75 and that’s with free tickets. And my current situation is such that I had to turn it down. But it totally PI$SES ME OFF that you would tell me that either I’m not a Hawks fan, or that I’m not making the game an ENTERTAINMENT PRIORITY while I have to turn down free tickets..

How dare you to tell ANYBODY how to spend their money? Or else they’re not a Hawks fan.

Speaking of no excuses, there is NO EXCUSE for that attitude.

BigDex

March 21st, 2010
6:28 pm

I’m actually a Magic fan! But I have season tickets for the Hawks! I stay on the west of Atlanta and always catches MARTA to get to games. I used to hear the horror stories about MARTA but they are not all true. If, I’m not traveling through the city; I ride MARTA to get to places in the city! It’s the best option for me and my family! Hawks games are a very exciting place to be at; The are my second best team now! I love the atmosphere at these games especially during playoff times.

Big Ray

March 21st, 2010
6:42 pm

1) Not showing up to the games as much as the “next guy” doesn’t mean you’re not a fan, or a “bad fan.” You can watch them on tv all you want and still be a serious fan, even a rabid one. Ask Vava74 , who lives in Portugal and can’t be flying over here to be a “real fan.”

2) It is up to each individual person or family where they place their priorities on entertainment, especially when relating to what they have to spend. It’s flat out wrong to judge people on such personal decisions, period. Why? Because this is ENTERTAINMENT. Not politics, not civil/public service, not something important that heavily affects every day life, 365 days a year.

3) I have nothing to say about MARTA. When I travel 3+ hours to get to a Hawks game, I’m in my personal vehicle. Driving to and through downtown Atlanta is not a joke, but I know how to drive. I drive back home after the game, too. No whining, I know what the deal is before I leave, and plan accordingly.

4) Job and family time might just come first. If you don’t have the time or your family just doesn’t enjoy it as much as you do, then it’s ok to put them first. These aren’t excuses. They are REASONS.

Just my simple-minded opinion. If you like the Hawks, then you’re a fan. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. It’s freakin’ entertainment, people. Holy crap….

chem

March 21st, 2010
6:43 pm

Well, Michael, that answers your question as to “why people in the city hate on it so much.” The reason is: It’s awful because for $4 you can’t get anywhere. Once people step up and stop defending Atlanta and Georgia government’s shortsighted policies, things may change.

Big Ray

March 21st, 2010
6:49 pm

Anyway, speaking of the Hawks, all I can think of is Tony Parker spanking us for 42 points, with no Tim Duncan in sight.

I hope the Hawks have a chip on their shoulder, take some pride and defend homecourt.

A note on Teague:

This is a bit of a quandary. He could get some very valuable experience in this game, but I don’t know that I’d look for him to get more than 7-10 minutes of playing time. The reason being, guard play will be pivotal in this game, and the Spurs have some very smart, savvy-strong guards. Bibby will have to bring his A game, as will Jamal. JJ will be JJ, I’m not worried about that.

Teague could learn a lot, but it might be a painful experience. He has the physical tools and the basic knowledge, but defending against guys like Parker, Ginobilli, etc….requires an experienced mind. We’ll see what happens.

Atlive

March 21st, 2010
6:51 pm

Stop complaining about Marta. At least we have a public transportation system option. I ride Marta daily and I’m thankful to have it.

Go Hawks, can’t wait to watch them beat the Spurs!

O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
7:00 pm

Ray,

Woody also needs to play close attention to the effectiveness of the switching defense.

And if Horford is struggling against Duncan like he did in San Antonio, then I hope Woody makes some adjustments. Didn’t Duncan go for 20 and 20 against us (and they played without TP for most of the game).

Big Ray

March 21st, 2010
7:04 pm

O’brien ,

Good points. Very good points. Playing against the Spurs is always a matchup of wits all the way around.

Clyde

March 21st, 2010
7:13 pm

Thank the Lord for MARTA. Clayton county won’t have anything at the end of the month.

FIRE WOODY

Christy Salter

March 21st, 2010
7:20 pm

I can’t change anyone else’s opinion but I disagree w/most of his view. When I lived in Alpharetta, we took MARTA fr Northsprings and it was GREAT way to get to game. I was a single Mom w/ my son in tow. Now we live in B’ham and we still drive over for a few games each year and the playoffs. It takes us 2 1/2 hours and we LOSE an hour going over but again our Hawks are WORTH IT. The crowd is very diverse and I love that. He sounds too uptight for basketball. GO HAWKS!!!