Boston Celtics Twitter is a loopy place.
It’s a spot the place individuals go to get evaluation from media members, work together with fellow followers, get the newest information, and even have some enjoyable with “Bizarre Celtics Twitter.” The very last thing somebody would look forward to finding on there’s love. However I suppose there’s a primary time for every part.
One 12 months in the past at the moment, I met my girlfriend on Celtics Twitter. Whereas which will sound just like the terrible begin to an episode of Catfish, I promise Nev Schulman didn’t need to become involved. Trying again, possibly I used to be fortunate in that regard.
Technically talking, it didn’t all begin on Twitter. The interplay truly started on Spotify Locker Room (now often called Spotify Greenroom).
I used to be hanging out in a room with fellow CelticsBlog author Adam Taylor with a bunch of different Celtics followers. To be sincere, the subject of the room escapes me, however it was someday close to the beginning of February in 2021.
Whereas looking by way of the opposite individuals additionally in attendance, I stumbled upon a profile image of a woman donning a Jayson Tatum jersey. Only a few weeks earlier when speaking to my associates, I informed them that every one I needed was somebody who would watch Celtics video games with me. Seeing a woman in a Tatum jersey simply appeared too good to be true.
Being the awkward individual that I’m, I merely adopted her on Twitter. She adopted me again. Too nervous to make any additional strikes, I let it’s, taking the small victory of a observe again for what it was – a bit digital connection through the pandemic.
(Aspect word, after telling my associates the story, they started to consult with her as “Celtics Woman,” a humorous, but becoming nickname contemplating the circumstances.)
The very last thing I needed to do was come throughout as bizarre. I favored a number of of her tweets and even replied with some witty remarks (or at the very least, I hope they have been witty). However then Valentine’s Day got here round, and the Celtics had a recreation towards the Washington Wizards.
Most C’s followers will do not forget that recreation – however for all of the incorrect causes. Boston received completely stomped. Bradley Beal scored 35 factors, and outdoors of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s 25 apiece, nobody else on the C’s cracked double-digits.
It was an unpleasant loss in what would find yourself being an unpleasant season for the Celtics. However wanting again, the truth that the Celtics misplaced that recreation was a blessing in disguise, as a result of it prompted me to tweet this:
On the lookout for a Valentine because the Celtics clearly stated NO:
– Should love Marcus Good
– Should love the Celtics
– Should not panic over nothing when the C’s lose
That’s all pic.twitter.com/LvSzt2QHjX
— Jack Simone (@JackSimoneNBA) February 14, 2021
Now, remember, I knew precisely what I used to be doing with this tweet. As talked about, I used to be approach too afraid to DM Celtics Woman out of concern that I’d be seen as a weirdo. So, I did what any rational individual would do… tried to get her to achieve out to me as a substitute.
After which out of nowhere, she favored the tweet.
Like a center schooler, I texted my associates saying that she favored it. So clearly, I simply messaged her at that time, proper? Properly, no.
Once more, I did what any sane human would do in that state of affairs: I quote tweeted my very own tweet.
Sure, I used to be being a scaredy cat. I’ll be the primary one to confess it. Nerves have been getting the most effective of me as they typically do, and I didn’t wish to be the one to make the primary transfer.
However then she favored that tweet, too. And following that like, I received a message.
Sorry for leaking our DM’s, Zoe, however I needed to for the sake of the story. (Oh, and Celtics Woman’s title is Zoe, by the best way.)
Should you assume I acted like a middle-schooler when she favored my tweet, think about my response when she messaged me. “Giddy” doesn’t start to explain it.
From there, we talked for some time, finally exchanged numbers, and continued to speak Celtics. After texting and Facetiming for a month or so, I needed to lastly go and meet her.
Now, you could be considering, “You talked for a month and didn’t go see her, what’s incorrect with you?” Sure, that sounds wild, however there was one small situation with that plan.
She lived six hours away.
Sure. She was a Celtics fan residing in New York, of all locations. That meant I must drive six hours if I needed to fulfill her. And if 90-Day Fiancé and Catfish have taught us something about assembly individuals in one who you met initially on the Web, it’s that it doesn’t at all times find yourself being what it appears.
However at that time, I didn’t care.
I drove six hours all the best way to upstate New York simply to fulfill her. Two stops for gasoline and some incorrect turns later, I discovered that she was not, the truth is, a catfish. (Though I had a fairly good thought of that already. Thank goodness for Facetime.) And I suppose the remainder is historical past from there.
Once I first walked into her condo, I noticed an indication that stated “TD Backyard, 333.5 Miles” hanging on her wall. There’s a map of the T, a framed photograph of Tatum’s poster over LeBron James from the 2018 Playoffs, and an image of TD Backyard. She actually is only a Bostonian caught in New York state.
Zoe is as massive a Celtics fan as I’m. She will get a brand new Tatum jersey yearly in no matter type the C’s put out, however her favourite participant is Robert Williams. Or, as she calls him, “Lobert Williams.” (Which is such a great nickname, proper!?) She at all times tells me that “Lobert” or “Lob Williams” ought to be his nickname as a substitute of Timelord, which I’ve come to agree with.
We’ve watched numerous video games, seen Brad Stevens exchange Danny Ainge, gotten hyped when Boston traded for Al Horford, and sadly, seen the C’s get bounced in 5 by the Brooklyn Nets final 12 months collectively.
Additionally, Zoe is by far the most important Deuce Tatum fan I’ve ever met. Every time we tune in to a recreation, one of many first issues she factors out is whether or not or not Deuce is on the sidelines cheering on his dad. It was particularly enjoyable when he stood up to protect Jayson towards Nikola Jokic the opposite evening. We each received a kick out of that.
And for these questioning, we’ve already been to 4 Celtics video games collectively, one in every of which was the sport the place an inaccurate emergency alarm went off at TD Backyard. Speak about a narrative.
One 12 months and numerous journeys to New York later, it was enjoyable to look again on how it began. We’ve been relationship ever since, and per her request, deal with Valentine’s Day as our anniversary. The truth that it’s already been a 12 months is totally insane.
Glad Valentine’s Day, Zoe! And an enormous thanks to Celtics Twitter. I actually can’t thanks (and Marcus Good) sufficient.