The Bulls are back at the United Center tonight to face the Utah Jazz, and they're surely thankful for that. A seemingly innocuous two-game road trip with visits to Indianapolis and San Antonio gave the Bulls a lot more worry about than just an 0-2 record.
As you have probably heard by now, the Bulls experienced some pretty scary engine trouble on the ride to Indianapolis on Saturday. I'll let radio color man and historic Canadian basketball figure Bill Wennington explain it:
"Apparently a compressor in engine No. 3 had some trouble, and it sounded like it exploded, but I guess it’s like a jet engine backfire, which is very loud. Sparks fly out of it. It happened actually right after … the captain thrusts the engines forward and it revs up and starts to go, about three seconds after that you hear a ‘Boom!’ ‘Oh, what was that, are we stopping?’ The plane keeps going down [the runway] and you’re thinking, ‘Oh no, why aren’t we stopping?’
"It was funny, because we’re in the back of the plane, and the engines are right by us, and we hear it. They can’t hear it [in the front of the plane]. And apparently they couldn’t feel anything. And so we take off fine, and about five minutes later, two more booms, ‘Boom!, Boom!,’ and a couple people saw flames and sparks and stuff flying out [while looking out of] the window. We’re all thinking, ‘Well, it’s been nice.’"
Bulls announcers recount frightening engine failure on plane ride to Indianapolis
Blog-A-Bull | Mar 8