Some great things about the Boomers and this Forum
I thought I might write some things as a long-time lurker in this forum...
First. I think this is a great site. I assume Isaac is the one who runs it though he may have help but I just wanted to start with a general thanks to those who do post and start discussions. This is my first point of contact when I feel I need a fix of basketball news or when searching for a way to view an international game. So, yes, basically, I'd pay to come on here if there was a good way to do so, the ads are not obtrusive, and I've actually visited some of the ads out of interest because they're basketball related.
Second. I think there are a lot of great people on this site. I like the excitement building up to the game, the armchair analysis that is usually better than any commentary (I thought Heal and Casey were often just awful throughout this tournament for instance: How many times at the free-throw stripe is there some sort of inane comment like "He's a 60% career f/t so you'll expect him to make at least one of these." Groan.) Really they need to go back to the basics, Casey needs to work on his play-by-play someone who could actually do analysis and someone for colour. But back to this forum, there just seem to be a lot of nice people here who share an addiction that isn't easy to feed in Australia. Like the person who put the points/minutes etc together for all of the Boomers for the warmup games. I hope that sort of thing could be picked up by another blog (like downtown for instance- and while I'm plugging things their Downtown podcast is good- Liam and Tommy have a good rapport.) Nice is important, I don't know if people will agree but Australian basketballers have always seemed like nice guys who have to do a little more media to get noticed, have to travel a little more to form a career and are grateful and gracious...I think this is why we get involved with their success and hope that they can get the pay-day that is an NBA minimum contract. And we know how difficult it would be to join that club of 500 or so NBA athletes.
Third. Sometimes when something really big happens like the Angola tank, this forum makes for compelling reading... In those 300+ comments before, during and after that game ran threads of real thought, differing opinions and some madness and some of the usual comment-hell. Those comments really shaped my opinion on the matter... I'll write more on this if this is well-received/or actually works when I push post...