Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bally Being Wally or Bally Strikes Back

Bally had a fun season at the Hart Center and a courtside seat to most of the action. It all started last summer with a suggestion from Holy Cross radio WCHC 88.1 FM play-by-play announcer and Crossports poster Ryan Holt to make Bally the HC and 'Sader Nation equivalent to Red Sox Nation's Wally the Green Monster.

From there, well, it just took off and a bit of both unfortunate and fortunate timing led to well, Bally's subtle revenge.

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Anyone who's seen more than a couple of a Red Sox games on NESN probably knows about Wally the Green Monster, his adirondack chair.

And if you know about Wally, you probably also know about the unique relationship between Wally and Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy. Sitting along side the RemDawg and Play-by-Play man Don Orsillo, Wally offers a prop to help break up the monotony of long season or a dull ball game.

Well, while on vaction last summer Bob came across an adirondack chair that was the perfect size for me. He and his kids made a few modifications to make it Holy Cross appropriate ...

... and I was ready to sit courtside with Chris, Ryan, and Dan.

I did sit court side most of the season, and all of the games were great, but one game stood out for couple of reasons. January 24, 2009. Worcester Massachusetts. From the Hart Recreation Center on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross. The Crusaders played what may have been their best game of the season against eventual Patriot League champion American University.

But it was more than that. The game was also broadcast on ESPN-U and was part of ESPN's Campus Connection Week. As a result, the WCHC broadcast was featured for about 10 minutes during the game. Now this would be great regardless of other circumstances, but it just happened to be about a week after my good friend and creator Kyle at the Mid-Majority wrote about the state of the economy and the Sports Bubble:

A few days later Kyle was relieved of his duties with the World Wide Leader in Sports

So while Kyle was notified on Tuesday January 20 that his contributions to ESPN were no longer needed, any Mid fan watching the U on Saturday afternoon recognized that four days later during that broadcast, through me, Kyle made a small silent contribution to the WWLIS!

If you'd rather not watch the full 15 minutes of video, I've noted the times on the video when you can see me, beside each clip. Just fast forward to those points in the video and catch my quiet contributions!

2:30, 3:15 & 4:14

1:06 & 2:31

1:19 (This clip shows me best!)

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