Milwaukee Bucks lifelong fan Paul Henning might just see his dream come to fruition in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in the Fiserv Forum on Tuesday. Henning, who goes by @BrewCityPaul on Twitter, is the epitome of a die-hard Bucks fan and has been for quite some time now. And, with ticket prices going through the roof for the series’ last game in Milwaukee, the community knew that Henning had to be in attendance as the Bucks are poised to raise their first title in fifty years as they sit on a precarious 3-2 lead over the Phoenix Suns.
Thanks to Henning’s friend of 30 years Eddi Sauer, a crowdfunding campaign was started to make sure Paul was going to be in the building when the Bucks host the Suns for the last time this season.
“He’s stuck with this team through thick and thin, for years and years, ever since he was a kid,” said Sauer (via jsonline.com), “When the Bucks literally did not deserve to be discussed in conversation, he was bringing them up at any point he could, hoping for the best.”
The support was overwhelming and the campaign spread like wildfire. And, in a matter of hours, the goal to get $2,000 to make sure Hennings will be in the building on Tuesday, was achieved. He made things official on his Twitter account on Sunday, thanking the entire Bucks fanbase for this incredible gesture:
If there’s anyone who deserves to be in attendance for Game 6, it’s this guy.
Henning has been one of the biggest Bucks advocates ever since he watched his first-ever Bucks game back in the 1970s while he was still in his diapers. And, his fandom was locked in the 2000-2001 NBA season when Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, and Glenn Robinson led the Bucks all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.
As a loyal follower of a team whose playoff success has been few and far between, Hennings’ support for the organization never ceased. Back in 2018, Hennings and fellow Bucks faithful even started a grassroots campaign called ‘Save Our Bucks’ that ultimately helped the Bucks stay in Milwaukee amid talks of potentially taking the franchise outside the city.
Yes, he’s that kind of a fan.
“Even when we were bad, there always seemed to be something that gave us that bit of hope,” Henning said. “It was either Andrew Bogut or Brandon Jennings or Jabari Parker. There always seemed to be something to give us reason to keep hanging on. It’s always been special for me to be a Bucks fan and stick with it through all these years.”
Prior to COVID-19, Henning would usually be in attendance to 15-20 Bucks games. This season, he’s only been present in four so far – including one in the second round of the playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets and one against the Atlanta Hawks in the ECF. Paul was also in the Fiserv Forum when the Bucks own a pivotal Game 3 against the Suns.
Now, he’s actually on his way to his fifth which can potentially be one of the most historic games in his life.
“I’ve loved Milwaukee and the Bucks for so long,” Henning added. “Today, I kind of felt like Milwaukee loved me back. I just feel really special and lucky … It could be one of the biggest sports nights in Milwaukee history.”