Last year, the Albany Patroons returned to operation from a decade-long slumber. They joined the newly-formed North American Premier Basketball League, an eight-team circuit that spanned from coast to coast.
As you know, I am a huge supporter of the Patroons, and hve been for many years. So I bought a ticket … put on one of my game-worn Patroons jerseys … and went to the Armory for opening night.
And it was fun. It was like the team had never left. It put a smile on my face that you couldn’t sandblast off.
Eventually, the team asked if I could step into the role of arena announcer, which I did. And I had a blast. Total blast.
I anticipated returning to the announcing role when the Patroons commenced their 2018-2019 campaign in the brand new TBL (The Basketball League). Ready to go, ready to do this.
Then I received a call from the Patroons management. They asked if I would be interested in moving up the ladder.
Well, I’m a bit past my prime as a small forward…
No. Because of my deep knowledge of Patroons history, they asked if I would be interested in joining the broadcast team.
In other words, they need a Fran Friscilla and I’m one telestrator away from that point.
When the Patroons return this January, I’ll join John Longton (he of the Two Buttons Deep website) as the two-man broadcast team for the Patroons’ online home broadcasts.
This will be great. I’m so looking forward to it. A new chapter in my life, a new opportunity, a new moment to scrape something off my life list.
This will be amazing.
Yeah, I’m even excited now, and the season opener’s just a few weeks away. 😀
So yeah … this will totally work.
Look, I’ve done everything else with the Patroons short of suiting up in a game… why not this?
Besides, if I can get away with doing this in a game…
Then I’m ready for any other challenge put in my path.
Come on, start the season already! 😀