February 24, 2007

I Didn't Know This

Pittsburgh appears to have a professional basketball team of sorts.

Posted by Matt Weiner at February 24, 2007 08:54 AM

Naturally, the Xplosion trailed the Butte Daredevils. It was written in the stars.

Posted by: standpipe at February 24, 2007 08:43 PM

The Xplosion do seem to be a very bad team.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at February 24, 2007 09:16 PM

I think his point is that this result sounds like something that combines an episode of Jackass and the aftereffects of low-quality Mexican food.

Posted by: Ben at February 24, 2007 11:48 PM

I don't have the foggiest idea what you're talking about.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at February 25, 2007 08:19 AM

I just meant that calling their team the "Xplosion" doesn't inspire confidence in the management, and that kind of institutional sloppiness can trickle down and leave its mark on the team. Who wouldn't pick the "Daredevils" to win?

Posted by: standpipe at February 25, 2007 03:01 PM

What's truly amazing is that Butte has a team that would be in the same league as a team from a city the size of Pittsburgh.

Looking at the league stats, by the way, we see that the Xplosion, at 4-30, sucks beyond belief. 4-30.

Posted by: CharleyCarp at February 25, 2007 04:15 PM

Pittsburgh has kind of a weird history with pro basketball, which I'm only dimly aware of. But this is still pretty strange. The CBA also has a team in Minot -- which I had to look up to discover that it's the fourth-largest city in North Dakota. Still bigger than Butte.

I was going to say that the Xplosion might still be able to catch the Utah Eagles, who only have six wins, for seventh place in the league; but the Utah Eagles seem to have de-existed. OTOH it looks like the Xplosion have a chance to finish behind a nonexistent team.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at February 25, 2007 05:34 PM

At least we can be grateful that the Pittsburgh Xplosion are located in Pittsburgh, rather than being the Port Chicago Xplosion, or the Texas City Xplosion, or, God help us, the Oklahoma City Xplosion.

Forget the Condors; any discussion of professional basketball in Pittsburgh must first include the Pythons and this remarkable motion picture.

Posted by: Ben at February 26, 2007 01:52 AM

I think pro basketball in Pittsburgh, a compact city, has had a hard time competing with the university teams: Pitt and Duquesne.

Posted by: Matt's mom at February 26, 2007 10:09 AM

Albuquerque has a team in this league too. I think they're actually pretty good.

Posted by: teofilo at February 26, 2007 07:53 PM

The P-G may want to talk to their headline writer.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at March 1, 2007 08:02 AM