Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bad News and Good News

The Mad Ants office staff had the pleasure of going down to Game 4 of the WNBA Finals in Indianapolis. The Indiana Fever had a chance to win the championship as they were up 2-1. Apparently the Mad Ants are bad luck as the Fever lost the game. They really struggled in the fourth quarter and had the same problem as Scott Norwood and just could not make a field goal.
This was the first WNBA game I have ever attended and I really enjoyed it. Great atmosphere and it was a packed house, probably more fans than I have seen at some Pacer games. Thank you to our favorite Indiana Pacer/Fever AE Lindsey Clifford for getting us some great seats. More importantly thank you to Jeff Potter for buying said seats. I also now have a favorite WNBA player in Tully Bevilaqua. She made some great steals and was fun to watch.

Besides the Fever losing, more bad news came out of last night. I have heard that Mr. Mad Ant Ron Howard has been cut from the Knicks roster. This is a real shame as he did not get a chance to play in a preseason game to show what he could do. In the NBA, it is really a numbers games (especially these days) and it is not due to a lack of effort (or certainly character) on Ron's end. I will let you know where Ron ends up, but I am sure he knows he has always has a home with the Mad Ants. The good news is Chris Hunter is still with the Knicks and I am hoping he gets some action in the next pre-season game tomorrow (Oct. 9th).

More good news is that the Mad Ants Coaches have arrived in Fort Wayne. I am not sure if we have officially announced our recently hired assistant coach but it is Mike Sanders. Coach Sanders has 11 years of NBA experience and had a two year stint with the Indiana Pacers. He has also coached under Joey Meyer before in the D-League. They are busy getting prepared for Open Tryouts this weekend at Concorida Seminary. We have close to 60 players already signed up and in the past there has been quite a bit of walk-up registration. So we could have close to 100 guys vying for a spot with the Mad Ants. Open try-outs in the last two years have produced Mad Ants players such as Ron Howard, Chris Hunter, Dewitt Scott, Nate Gerwig, and Eric Smith. So this is a real opportunity for these guys to make the Mad Ants roster.

Every one is welcome to come check out Open Tryouts. It will be from 11am-5pm on both Saturday (Oct 10) and Sunday (Oct 11). It is held at the Wambsganss Gymnasium on the Concorida Seminary Campus (6600 N. Clinton St).

More good news is that Monday is my birthday. Please send all cards to 1910 St. Joe Center Rd Suite 61, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 to my attention.

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