INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 08: Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers reacts to a late fourth quarter basket by Leandro Barbosa #28 while playing the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Congratulations to all of the fans who earned entrée into Area 55 for the upcoming season. Also, congrats to Roy Hibbert and the Pacers for making the whole season three selection process an event worth following.
I realize it is easy to feel some Roy-is-freakin'-awesome fatigue, but how can you not see how he's handled every part of the process and not think -- Roy is freakin' awesome!
That holds true down to the final day when he personally called all 55 winners to notify them that hey had won season tickets to get nuts in the club level at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Pacers.com has a few videos capturing Hibbert reaching out to fans to let them know they won a golden ticket and, again...freakin' awesome.
Hibbert hits Northwood Elementary to let one fan know, calls several other fans and then has George Hill prank one of two brothers who made it, initially telling the brother on the phone that he didn't make it. The reaction audibly represents a person slumping into a pile of disappointment. Hilarious!
Here are all of the winners. Nice work, Roy.