NBA All-Star Game Swag: Eh, We've Seen Better

This is the sort of thing ordinary folks get mad about us Media Elites saying, but covering any event -- even a basketball game where the league's biggest stars take turns not playing defense -- is a lot like any other day on the job. There is one exception, and that's the free stuff they shower upon us at these big time events.

Well, maybe we should say the free stuff they used to shower upon us. Maybe it's the economy,but when we got our credentials and hiked to a downtown hotel to snag our "gift bag," we were pretty disappointed. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but the NBA's offering was pretty chintzy, in our opinion.

The bag itself was one of those recycled plasticy-canvasy things you pay 99 cents for at the grocery store and was stuffed with a white T-shirt and a high-end Adidas warm up top (size large).  That's it, folks. Certainly not on par with the bounty you'll find at the Super Bowl.

Now, before anyone gets their panties in a twist, we're not keeping this stuff anyway. Mostly because it's not our size (the NFL and the other big timers ask for shirt size) -- but also because we're journalists, and that's not what we do.

Really, these things are for the traveling media anyway. It's amazing how well an Adidas warm-up helps Peter King explain away missing his daughter's softball game... Kidding! Peter King never misses his daughter's softball games. What else would he fill the last 100 words of his column on?

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Martin Cizmar
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