Quick News Round Up

I just figured I’d post some quick news links that need to be posted but I have no time to comment on:

– Rob Sanders was PBL player of the week last week.

– There’s speculation that Levingston may be willing to let Crookshank back on the team.

– The Herald cut 24 jobs today.  No word on if Chad Lucas was amongst those let go, but here’s hoping he still has a job.

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The Bring Back KD Movement is Gaining Steam

So I just got a message in my in box and it came with a link to this website. It looks like people are really starting to rally around the goal of bringin Kadiri Richard back to Halifax.  I’ve had a big spike in hits this week and a lot more people finding the blog through googling KD’s name than normal.  It’s pretty hard to deny that he was one of the most popular Rainmen both on and off the court, and I think it’d be a waste to not see him back in a Rainmen jersey for a few reasons.  See those reasons after the jump.

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Rainmen Launch New Website

Check it out!

It’s been a long time coming but it looks really, really good.  The colours fit perfect with the template and it’s a big step up from an already decent website.  Still lots of broken links, but for Day 1 I am liking it.  The last two weeks has shown tons of promise things are really looking up for next season.

Ticket prices are up as well… which reminds me:  I still haven’t renewed the season tickets.  Someone should take over Duncan’s seat and join me in heckling.

Also:  Vitamin Water are on board as a sponsor next year.

Media Responds to Rainmen Move

Wow. The Rainmen have never gotten the kind of media coverage that leaving the league gave them over the last 36 hours.

I woke up this morning and read the Herald with breakfast. I was shocked to not find the Rainmen’s departure in the sports section… so I checked the rest of the paper and it was on the front page.  Chad Lucas’ blog on the Herald website also recieved 400+ hit on the post about the Rainmen leaving – most of his Rainmen posts get 100-200 hits.  This blog has gotten almost 1000 hits since the story broke, I usually get about 250 during the course of a given 36 hour period, even if there was a home game the night before.

The Metro ran it as the lead story on their website.

CBC ran the story on the radio and on their website. The Canadian Press also put the story on the wire, but I don’t know if it got picked up outside of Halifax. I know that the web edition of the Globe and Mail picked it up, but I don’t know if the print edition did.

The message boards are obviously having a field day with it. Mysterious ABA hating poster A1Sports is always inflammatory but often right, and he says that a ABA owners received an e-mail from Newman in which the ABA CEO claimed that the Rainmen would not have been welcomed back into the league because they were supposed to pay for flights for every single team to play in Halifax, and they didn’t. Unreal.

News 95.7 ran an article on their website and it appears to be the only one in which Joe Newman was actually quote. He suggests that this is good because now it opens up the opportunity for Moncton to have an ABA team. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would assume that having a Halifax 3 hours away to make for a built in rivalry, an easy travel distance, and an extra team for opponents to play on road trips would actually make Moncton a better candidate for a franchise?

By far the most scathing indictment of the ABA comes from Halifax sports curmudgeon, Alex J. Walling. He writes on the TSN website that he has “never seen such a sad, sickly, sordid, spectacle as this league called the A.B.A.” I have not always agreed with Walling, but on this he is definitely right. He also has a bit more reach than a lot of local reporters since his column appears on the website of Canada’s leading sports broadcaster.

This is probably the highest profile departure that the ABA has ever seen. If a terrible season wasn’t enough to kill the league then hopefully having national media attention (even if it’s just Canadian) might be enough to shut this thing down.

ABA Message Board

Joe (the first person to actually post comments on this blog) pointed me to an excellent ABA fan message board. There is a good thread on the Rainmen there, complete with plenty of pictures.  The board has lots of info on other teams as well as some owners posting on it.  The owner of the Corning Bulldogs, whom Halifax play two home games against in the new year, seems like a total jackass.

It’s also worth noting that the sentiment on the message board is that

a) Halifax seem to be one of the better run franchises already

b) That the league is a “circus,” that the ABA is a scam, and that it will be a surprise if it exists come the new year… I don’t know enough to judge these comments, but my fear isn’t that the team will screw fans over, but that the league will. A big part of me feels like that is still keeping some people away (Hell, my dad played college basketball and used to go see CBA games in Toronto during the 80s, but he didn’t bother buying tickets for the first game because the league is so sketchy).

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