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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Offered (Almost) Without Comment

I hadn't been aware that there's a new American Basketball Association ready to start up in the fall. Like the old ABA, they're using a red, white, and blue basketball. By my count at the Website, there are 58 teams in the league, with another ten set to join in 2007. Although they seem to be playing on the tradition of the league from the '60s, the name might be a bit of a misnomer, as there are teams in China, Mexico, and Canada.

Although the ABA is gearing up to start its first season later this year, not all the details have been set yet (for instance, there's not an actual schedule posted on the Website yet). And not every team has a name yet. Which brings us to the real subject of this post. One of the teams without a name is the one set for Quebec City. Quebec City, of course, is the capital of the only French-speaking province or state in North America. Surely there's a lot of history and local color to draw upon in coming up with an appropriate name. But team owner RĂ©al Bourassa has apparently decided to go another way. Trusting his own sense of humor and lack of desire to be politically correct, Bourassa has put two names up for a vote: the Quebec Kebekwa or the Quebec Jumping Frogs. Logos for each of the names have already been drafted, and they both include frogs. The voting is still open. Go take a look and make your choice.


At 9:30 PM, August 13, 2006, Anonymous stevie t said...

I like the Kebekwa name and logo better. Where can I vote?

At 4:19 AM, August 14, 2006, Anonymous Doug said...

It's right there on the page where you saw the logos. The instructions are in French, but they're pretty self-explanatory. Click on your choice. When you do, you have to fill out some information (name, etc.). They ask for a telephone number, so I don't know if giving a US number (or not giving a number at all) will cause your vote to be thrown out, but it's worth a shot.

It's ironic, but the Kebekwa logo is the one in which the frog is actually jumping. The Jumping Frogs logo has the frog spinning the ball on his finger (which I'd guess is actually infinitely more difficult for a real frog to pull off).


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