Would you walk alone from Boston to New York City in less than a week to score second row seats at midcourt to three NBA Finals games in Boston?
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Seated in a booth with friends at a local sushi restaurant, the 27-year-old has been offered a challenge by his old college pals to see one of the greatest sports rivalries in person.
The bet: Walk all the way from TD Garden in Boston to New York City within a week.
The payoff: Three tickets — worth thousands of dollars — on the parquet floor in the second row at midcourt for Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 5.
“Basically, two of my buddies got three seats to all of the Celtics home games in the finals,” said McGill via cell phone on Wednesday. “All I had to do was ask, ‘What would it take to get me all of those tickets?”
“They said, ‘Walk from the Garden to New York City and we’ll get you to all the games.”
After a false start when lack of preparation was met by heavy rain eight miles into the journey from Boston, McGill is now at around the halfway mark of his trek.
“I can’t believe I’m doing this. I hate walking. I’m basically walking a marathon and a 10K everyday.”
The walk averages out to about 32 miles per day, but McGill’s friends won’t be with him to check up on the legitimacy of his trek.
Having been approached by many motorists asking him if he needs a ride, McGill said the temptation is there, but not an option.
“It was brutally hard to say no,” he said.
The nature of the bet is purely on the honor system, but McGill said he is required to send pictures from his cell phone to his friends every once in a while to update them on his travels.
With the media now slowly picking up the story, it appears that cheating soon won’t be an option as McGill nears his goal. He’s already starting to pick up roadside onlookers and the TV trucks - think Al Roker-types in tow - will likely descend as soon as tomorrow.
And how are the cops reacting to McGill’s Forrest Gump-esque endeavor?
”I got trapped in rain yesterday, and Ruth in Sherborn, (Mass.) let me take a nap inside the Town Hall,” said McGill. “The police were nice enough to give me a reflective vest to walk in, but made me promise to wear it to the first game I go to.”
Handy. Now Craig Sager won’t have to worry about wardrobe for Game 3.