Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

At the end of anything great there is a celebration that takes place.  A great magic trick rouses great applause. Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum blowing up an alien mother ship to defeat evil extra-terrestrial invaders brings new meaning to Independence Day. For the Bulls and Coach Tom Thibodeau this celebration has become known as Scal-time.

On nights when the Bulls play their best basketball (with about a minute 30 left in regulation) number 24 pops up off the bench with so much energy you’d think it was a tied game.  Makes his way over to the scorer’s table, rubs powder on his hands like he isn’t used to it (because he isn’t used to it), and with a slight hop, strolls onto the floor.  The PA announcer says something that sounds like some sort of seafood pasta dish and the crowd roars.  They aren’t cheering for Luol Deng who is coming off the floor after scoring a game high 22 points and 10 rebounds.  They are cheering for a guy who averages 1 ppg and tries harder than any player I’ve ever seen when his team has a 25 point lead.

The one, the only Brian Scalabrine.  The phenomenon I’ve just described has become known as Scal-time. Any Bulls fan will tell you it is their favorite time of the night.  Scal-time means two things. First, it means the Bulls have just pulled ahead so far that they can bring in the replacements and cruise to victory. Second, it means after there is nothing left to play for the fans still have something to cheer for. It’s the game within the game. Will Scal score? When he touches the ball, the United Center rises in anticipation, fans yelling for Scal to put up a shot no matter where he is on the floor. When he passes it to a teammate the crowd settles back down in quiet disappointment.

There is no metaphor, no analogy comparable to Scal-time.  It is an event that stands alone.  Like the “Air Bud” movies we can’t understand why we love it, we just do.  But as with all great things, Scal-time will soon be no more. It could be next season or 4 years from now but eventually Scalabrine and his frizzy, red hair will leave us—leave us to file out of the stadium as time winds down and our team clutches a 30 point blowout victory.  Scal is truly a rare commodity in this world.  A man who brings fans more joy in 18 short appearances each season than most people bring to others in a lifetime.  First in our hearts, and first off the bench when the score gets out of hand—here’s to Brian Scalabrine, a cheerleader amongst men.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Peterson releases statement, no mention of the Vikings

Bulls general manager expects Derrick Rose back in 4-6 weeks

Ray Allen reportedly will not sign with Cavaliers if he returns

Shane Vereen squashes rumor he wants $5 million per season

Jon Gruden on Meyer: 'Greatest coaching job of all time'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Vince Young to work out at NFL Veteran Combine

Report: Mike Wallace unwilling to restructure contract

Report: Colts targeting Brandon Marshall

Rakeem Christmas leads Syracuse in exercise of futility

Report: Phil Jackson to be fined for comments on college player

Rondo 'extremely unlikely' to re-sign with Mavericks

Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner wearing team hat

WATCH: Dress debate threatens to derail Brooklyn Nets’ season

FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

WATCH: Charles Barkley rips analytics again

Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to step up

Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins feud comes to a head(lock)

MLS must get labor deal done before embarking on new TV era

NASCAR driver's car stolen from hotel parking lot

WATCH: Herm Edwards breaks down infamous llama video

Rex Ryan has truck with Buffalo Bills paint scheme

WATCH: Sidney Crosby catches teammate's stick in mid-air

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Judge rules against AP's suspension

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.