Who'd ever thought that you'd need Kleenex for a NBA game? We bet the fans in the stands on Thursday night's Chicago Bulls game are seriously regretting not packing any tissues because the game against the San Antonio Spurs included an extra-special (read: tear-jerking) half-time show that our hearts were wholly underprepared for. A Chicago Bulls fan popped the question to his sweetie with a little help from his friends — i.e. the team's mascot Benny the Bull and the Chicago Luvabulls dance team — in what is being referred to the NBA's first in-game gay marriage proposal. (See video below.)
When Chicago's Jake Conrad knew he wanted to propose to boyfriend Michael Holtzman, he decided to try to incorporate his honey's favorite sports team into the big moment. According to a statement the NBA team made to Outsports, Conrad had bought tickets to the Bulls' December 8 game, planning to pop the question before tip-off. But when the Bulls got wind of it, they talked the to-be groom into a little change of plans and to propose during the game. (Somehow, we don't think this took too much convincing!)
When the big moment came, Benny the Bull pulled the unsuspecting Holtzman out of his seat for a little dance break while Conrad was whisked away to the other side of the court to surprise his sweetie. As the Chicago Luvabulls dancers finished their routine to The Contours' "Do You Love Me," the all-too-excited mascot finally turned Holtzman around, as Conrad began walking towards him, Ring Pop in hand and fighting back tears.
Getting down on one knee, Conrad then proposed as Holtzman wiped his eyes (much like what we're all doing now...) and gave him the yes he was waiting for! The crowd of course toasted the newly engaged duo with a round of applause. And in case you needed another reason to cheer, many media outlets are claiming that Holtzman and Conrad are the first gay couple to get engaged during an NBA game, marking a "potentially groundbreaking moment in sports," according to Tom Gatto of Sporting News.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Bulls won. So overall not a bad day for these two fans, amiright?