Thursday, December 2 2021

Sometimes, being knowledgeable about the Boston Celtics can pay international dividends, such as the case of Jalopnik writer David Tracy when he found himself stuck in a web of bureaucracy at the Bulgarian border on a cross-Europe road trip.

Already having lost one of his credit cards in Istanbul, Turkey, the author found himself without enough money to pass the toll on the way out of the country in cash and his sole remaining payment option necessitating a PIN the credit card did not in fact have to be given. Stuck between a proverbial rock and a hard place, Tracy was stuck with no clear option to move forward on his trip and had to call his bank.

As goes all such calls, he was on hold for some time in the hot summer sun.

Trying to make the situation less awkward, the guard attending the post attempted to make conversation. “So did you watch the finals last night?” he asked Tracy. “Yo, that Giannis block was absurd wasn’t it?,” he responded. The two got lost for a moment in the goings-on of the NBA Finals — an hour in fact, the Jalopnik author still yet to resolve his situation leaving him stranded at a near-border toll post.

The conversation ran the gamut of recent league history, even drifting back in time to talk about the Banner 17 Boston Celtics of 2008. “I used to live in Boston back in 2008. I worked for a swimming pool company over there,” explained the Bulgarian border guard.

“That’s the Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo years!” exclaimed Tracy. “Don’t forget Ray Allen!” noted the guard, who then launched into a tale of how Celtics guard Sam Cassell and several other Cs players were staying in his apartment building, given it was very close to the team’s practice facilities.

At one point, the guard related that a member of Cassell’s entourage even held the door for him when he was lugging in a mountain of groceries. At some point in the middle of a conversation about Boston’s victory parade after they won the title, Tracy remembered he had been on hold with his bank, and paused the conversation briefly to see if they might have picked up while he was engrossed in discussing Boston’s last title squad.

Still on hold, the guard granted the writer a reprieve. “Just go,” he told Tracy. “I can’t keep you here all day. But I also can’t promise that you won’t have to pay a fine when you return to Bulgaria, but just go. Have a good trip.” One wonders how this story might have ended if he were fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!



Source: Yahoo Sports


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