Certainly, the best way the Bucks could show appreciation to their inconsistency-enduring fans would be to win their final two games of the regular season and go into the playoffs with some positive momentum and reason for optimism.
Postseason-bound Milwaukee hosts the moribund Orlando Magic tonight and plays at the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night with the opportunity to finish with the sixth, seventh or eighth seed in the congested Eastern Conference.
Still, a Fan Appreciation Night featuring a halftime performance by IshDARR and thousands of giveaways at the BMO Harris Bradley Center is pretty good, too.
The Bucks will thank their fans for their continued support throughout the 2017-18 season during Monday’s game against the Magic at 7 p.m. The contest is the final regular-season game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center before the team moves into its new world-class arena, the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, in September.
The home finale against Orlando will feature numerous prizes and giveaways to celebrate a season marked by ups and downs – the superstar ascendance of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the trade for Eric Bledsoe, the firing of head coach Jason Kidd, the healthy return of Jabari Parker, the inability to crack the upper half of the East, etc. – that generated both excitement and frustration from the fan base.
Among the thousands of items given out to fans will be Summerfest tickets, autographed game-worn jerseys, Bucks 50th Anniversary merchandise, extra giveaways from the 2017-18 campaign and plenty of gift cards.
It’s also the last Milwaukee Monday of the season, presented by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, with local rapper IshDARR performing at halftime and a Milwaukee Originals t-shirt designed by Too Much Metal available for purchase. For details about the Milwaukee Monday ticket package, click here.
According to the Bucks, limited tickets remain for the final regular-season home game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. For more information, click here.
Before the game, during stoppages, in the stands and throughout the concourses, Monday night’s game will be a fun, must-attend event; let’s hope that, on the court, the Bucks show their fans some well-deserved appreciation, as well.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like CBSSports.com, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.
Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.