PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – From Los Angeles to New York City and every city in between; there were a couple of Dallas Mavericks fans who were there for the team this year – literally, every step of the way.
A Plano couple celebrated their 30th anniversary by seeing the Mavericks play in all 30 NBA arenas. CBS 11 News talked with them about the amazing finish to their season-long celebration.
Walk the halls of Mark and Lynda Thompson’s security business and you figure out fast that they like basketball.
So neither needed a lot of convincing last summer to commemorate 30 years of marriage, by seeing all 30 NBA teams play-in just one season.
“My husband would get the tickets, then hotel reservation, [and] the car rental. We had a checklist,” explained Mavs fan Lynda Thompson.
The adventure started in November with a trip to see the Clippers play in Los Angeles. The seventh arena they visited was in ‘enemy territory’ in San Antonio. The 10th trip was a foreshadow to the finals, in Miami.
But the couple admits there were times, especially around the holidays, when it was all a little overwhelming. “It made everything a little tight. It was a little stressful. But then, you get to 18, 19, [and you’re thinking] we can do this. We’re gonna do this,” Lynda remembered.
The couple kept a website going to document the trip and posted some of the more than 8,000 pictures they took on the road.
During the celebration of their relationship, they built a relationship with the Mavs that few other fans have. “So many memories. They’re like my little boys,” Lynda said of the team.
And after five months and 29 road games, the Thompsons finished their tour where it started — at a Lakers-Mavs game in Los Angeles.
And then Sunday, they made last minute plans, for one last game on the road. They headed out to see what would be the Mavericks winning the NBA title in Miami.
“We chartered a plane and we went. I’m glad we did ‘cause I would have been so mad at him [her husband Mark]. We might not have made it to our anniversary if we missed that game,” Lynda said laughing.
Last year the Thompsons bought season tickets for the first time to see the Texas Rangers. It was great timing, they ended up getting to see the Ranger in the World Series.