Rochester vs. Battle Creek: Live Blog of the PBL Finals

Some formatting made me lose the whole post, so I am live blogging starting at 8:19

8:19:  Sammy Monroe of the Razor Sharks breaks the backboard on a breakaway dunk.  Same thing happend last year and it took 40 minutes to clean up.  What is up with the rims in Rochester?  The announcers have been total homers all night, calling the Rochester players by their nicknames (“Oh no, watch out!  Here comes Slamming Sammy!”)

8:26  They cut to a commercial after the break… but now they’re just running a graphic with no sound for the last six minutes.  Fantastic webcast!

8:30 Still on an empty graphic with no audio.  People are coming online trying to watch the game and are very confused since the graphic has no explanation.

8:31 The folks on the live chat are now tossing around conspiracy theories.  I don’t think I buy it, but Monroe looked DESPERATE to get to the rim with a dunk.  He got fouled on one attempt earlier and got blocked right afterwards.  It seems fishy but I am not crazy enough to suggest that this was a set up.

8:35 GOLF?!  They JUST cut to golf!   No explanation.  Great production values, PBL.  Professional!

8:38  It appears to be amateur golf players who had their buddy tape them on a hand held digital recorder… they’re terrible.

8:40 Still golf.  So bad.  At least at this rate I won’t have to choose between the PBL finals and Gossip Girl.

8:41  The show is called “Real Guys, Real Golf” which would explain why one of the dudes attempted a 60 foot put from the rough and the loudest guy is fatter than Xavier Morton.

8:44  According to someone on the live chat they’re gluing the new back board in place… by which I assume they’re collecting the shards of the shattered backboard and reassembaling it piece by piece.  That would explain the delay.

8:57 The rim broke 38 minutes ago and the webcast still has no explanation for what’s going on.  I am currently watching 6 middle aged men eat lunch after a round of golf.  They’re not kidding when they call this “real guys, real golf.”  It’s just too real for me.

8:59  40 minues… no word on the webcast.  But the PBL sure got a picture on its website in a hurry!

9:03  I think some awful MMA action is now on… but so is Gossip Girl!  Line of the night: After it’s suggested to Blair that she attend NYU: “Just because I lost out on Yale does not mean that I am settling for some non-Ivy reading Beloved six times and experimenting with lesbianism.”  It’s no “Princeton is a trade school, there is only Yale” but it’s pretty awesome. Fuck the PBL, the real action is on the A-Channel right now.

9:07 I take it back, this is actually a decent fight.  Both guys have pretty good BJJ.

9:16  Chuck Liddell is corning one of the guys in this heavy weight fight… so strange!

9:26 I checked and this fight is from March, 2008… that is some impressive programming that At-sports TV has some real A-list programming.

10:09 Questionable charge call (guy was clearly still sliding to the side) on Battle Creek.  The reffing has been just terrible. 63-49 for Rochester.


9:28 AND WE’RE BACK!!!!! Showing highlights from last year!


9:31 Since Gossip Girl is still on I am only watching the game on with the sound on when the commercials are on.

9:33 17-9 for Rochester.  Battle Creek can’t get their defense going.

9:35 BC’s getting the turnover machines going.  Big steal by Johnson.

9:38 Whatever happend to Ron Rollerson?  He just disapeared from the Rochester roster with a few weeks left in the regular season but no mention was ever made on the transactions page…. hmmm….

9:41 a Rochester player is getting blood wiped off him… and it’s taking three minutes.  The rules are that he needs to be subbed out.  The officials would never be biased in Rochester would they?

9:46  Battle Creek narrowed the gap to six but Rochester are scoring inside whenever they want.

9:48 It’s the end of the first quarter and the Battle Creek Knights trail the Rochester Screw Jobs 35-26.

9:52 Morton and Reeves continue to dominate inside, lots of offensive rebounds.  Monroe threw down another dunk.  Unlike most guys he actually dunks in traffic and takes it hard to the rim.  It’s impressive.53-27 for the Screw Jobs.

9:58 Alan White got a techinical for no appearant reason… this is getting embarassing.  This is ABAish. 53-36.

10:03  Keith Friel mugs a Battle Creek player in the lane – he gets both arms on a shot attempt.  No call.  He’s the MVP.

10:15 This has been a chippy game, but you have to wonder if the fouls and injuries are going to add up in a hurry for the Knights.  The more fouls and the more physical the game is the better it is for the screw jobs.

10:19 It’s half time and it’s 71-55 for the Screw Jobs.

10:31 Interview with the owner of the PBL/Rochester… he claims that the PBL offered to buy the D-league… huh…

10:38  Rochester keep throwing a zone at the Knights, which is somehow giving them fits.  You’d think an undersized team would be better from the outside, but the Knights seem to rely on generating turnovers and just running on teams.

10:40 Another blown call.  Westby gets his fourth foul on what should have been a charge call.  It was hard to see at full speed so I won’t get too worked up about this one.

10:42  Keith Langhorne needs to heat up if Battle Creek are going to win this.

10:43  The announcers both have huge man crushes on Keith Friel. They’re drooling all over their microphones.

10:49 97-66… this is either going to be the greatest comeback ever, or a really terrible showcase for the PBL.

10:50  Battle Creek are now just out of gas.  Unless something crazy happens the Rochester Screw Jobs are just going to keep extending this lead.

10:58 How is this even fun for Rochester fans?  Your team gets a blow out win because of the screw job that the league laid on the other team.  Doesn’t that feel empty? How can you really enjoy watching this?

11:09 113-87 and Battle Creek are trying as hard as they can to get back in this.  They’re creating turnovers and playing hard.  I just don’t know if they have enough time or enough horses to make this come back.

11:13 Xavier Morton looks much better for Rochester than he ever did for Montreal.  I really think Halifax should have pursued him when Montreal went under.

11:17.  The refs are making sure that Rochester do not blow this win.  Rochester player steals the ball and slides seven feet across the floor on his back.  At the end of his long slide he calls a time out.  That should have been a travel.

11:27   God god, this game is not going to end before midnight.

11:34  30 seconds left, Rochester make a douchebag showboat dunk.  Game’s done.  What a disaster for the league.  This is just bad.


8 thoughts on “Rochester vs. Battle Creek: Live Blog of the PBL Finals

  1. The commentators, and the Battle Creek Enquirer, reported that the backboard delay was 45 minutes. So ignore your watch; this is the party line. Our friends in Europe and China will be spared the infomercial, because they won’t see it live, which means there was no urgency for a single-game format; they could have been sold a best-of-series program, like the way Brits view the NFL.

    I was not happy with the effort of “Hoopster” on the chat to ruin everyone else’s evening with his inside information. But when a skirmish near the sideline was ruled a held ball, I did wonder whether even the possession arrow could be relied on.

    Chat locked up on me (“access violation”) at the end of halftime. As you don’t mention it, it was evidently a result of my repeated restarts to try to get smooth video on an old PC. (I imagined league treachery in this too.) However, without camaraderie, there was no urgency to finish this spectacle. (I wish that restaurant in Battle Creek weren’t 900 miles away; that would have been the perfect place to watch, wear my Millrats colors, and commiserate.) I wonder how many PBL fans will feel the same lack of urgency as they know that every championship-series game in 2010 might essentially be an exhibition.

    Dr. Sev at halftime was amazing. It does not matter how his organization treats its colleagues and partners provided it is on-track with its Three-Year Business Model. He should work for a municipality and sign orders to bulldoze homes because Renaissance architecture is clearly specified in the Master Plan.

  2. I meant to mention the thing about the chat ceasing to work for me. It also went down at half time for me (and I am using firefox on a macbook, so it’s not PC related).

    The Dr. Sev thing was unreal. He’s like Robert Moses.
    The best part was that they didn’t mention during the halftime that he owned the Razorsharks, and then they didn’t mention after the game when he was accepting the trophy that he owns the PBL. This is a gong show

  3. Screw Jobs win the cup! The Rochester Screw Jobs win the cup! The crowds running onto the court! What a gaaaaaaaaaaammmmmeeeee!

    Geeh, the PBL was right, the Rochester webcast had great production values! They couldn’t have just brought cameras into Battle Creek and webcast the game from there!! No way!

    Seriously though, I think it’s becoming more and more clear why Dr. Sev and Tom Doyle used to be so tight with Joe Newman and his ABA.

  4. Someone noted in the chat that there was a separate chat room, optionally superimposed on the video, for people who had registered. I read a little of it (no way to go backwards, once it scrolls off the screen) and it seemed to be mostly Battle Creek fans with the same feeling of being robbed.

    Ian on sympathizes with fans but is more optimistic about the PBL process.

    I do like Rochester broadcasts a bit more than Halifax ones: They have a chiron with score (updated slowly), game clock, and shot clock; and their broadcasters, though homies, vary their cliches and keep their voices from breaking; though neither team’s commentators ask about player name pronunciation. Halifax’s guy pronounced “Salscheider” differently each time, and the Rochester boys turned “Anosike” into a Polack, “Ansosky” I think. (No opinion on Vermont or Manchester’s own webcasts as the medium demands the use of Windows Media Player.)

  5. Wow. I had no idea that Rochester’s owner also owns the PBL. Now your comments make sense. Does anyone else think that it was made a single game final rather than a series (like the rest of the playoffs were) for a particular reason? At least Newman had one degree of distance from his favourite team in the league who won 2 championships.

  6. I haven’t seen many of the former Sasquat’ch guys play since they left Montreal, but it’s hardly surprising that Morton is better than he ever was here…. there’s no question it’s easier to play when you’re getting paid, and when you’re treated as a player and not a supporting actor in the “all ‘White Chocolate’, all the time” show

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