Albany Patroons win season opener; Times Union makes fun of them

Last night, the Albany Patroons defeated the Rochester Razorsharks 110-92 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.  This is the Patroons’ first win in the new North American Professional Basketball League.  Edwin Ubiles led all Pats in scoring with 24 points, followed by 21 from Torren Jones and 20 from Lloyd Johnson.

Too bad the Albany Times Union didn’t even bother to cover the team’s season opener.  Or even put a score in the paper.

Wow.  The more things change, the more they stay the same, eh big Hearst?

Because instead of covering the game … or even putting a box score in today’s paper … or even acknowledging on their online portal that a game was being played … Times Union sports beat writer and self-proclaimed funnyman Tim Wilkin decided instead to crack jokes about the Patroons in a barely satirical “Crystal Ball 2018” blog post.

Same old cheap shots about the team that he’s used in the past.  Here’s one of his bon mots

“The Albany Patroons, off to a 12-1 record in the North American Premier Basketball League, call a news conference to announce they are leaving Washington Avenue Armory because the furnace conked out in the old barn. Pats want to stay in Albany and a decision is made to play their remaining home games at Washington Park. Coach Derrick Rowland buys a green and gold snow blower and crosses his fingers, hoping the rest of the winter is a mild one.”

Just remember, kids … newspapers can print satire so long as it’s penned by a staff writer, eh Rex Smith?   #bighearstdontcare

Now granted, two days ago Wilkin did write a reasonably positive post about the Patroons’ season opener and a profile of some of the players, including former NBA star Smush Parker, but when I went to check the scores from the Times Union’s online portal … no word of an Albany-Rochester game at Blue Cross Arena.

No.  I had to go to the NAPBasketball.com site just to get a report.

That being said, Albany’s home opener – again against Rochester – will be this Saturday evening at the Washington Avenue Armory.  I’m definitely going.  Heck, it’s the gold and kelly green, they’re back for another run in a brand new league.  I have to support.

And hopefully Albany will notch another win in front of a jam-packed  crowd at the Washington and Lark castle.

I surely hope so.

Because going to the game itself might be the only way we’ll know if the Patroons can start 2-0 on this young season.