Saturday, February 21, 2009
BATHURST HIGH SCHOOL PHANTOMS BASKETBALL TEAM WINS PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A LANDSLIDE OF 82-50!!!
I bet the boys were cheering for their team from Heaven!!!
I was debating if I should go at the game? At the last minute, I decided to give it a shot!!!
I had some business to take care at Future Shop. I got lucky and got a ride at the store.
I began my walk to the Aitken Centre.
Once at the Aitken Centre, I asked the guy who were taking the tickets if I could go inside to take a few pictures?
In a polite way, he told me to go at the Head office.
Once there, I was approached by a nice lady and asked her if I could have access to a pass so I could take a few pictures for my blog?
I explained that I was a Blogger but the poor girl didn't know what was a Blogger but she give me a pass with the promise that I return the pass to the head office.
I told her that there would be no problem.
I walked inside and noticed Irving photographer James West walking ahead of me.
I shouted- We media people are suppose to stick together!!!..lol...but little did we know? This wouldn't happen!!!
Trouble was waiting for me right around the corner!!!
The media proceeded behind a barricade to take closer shots of the players.
I was going to follow but was confronted by this guy. Who is he anyway????
Now he wasn't friendly at all!!! He had a mean look on his face.
He quickly stopped me in my track and told me that Legitimate media was only allowed behind the benches.
I told the guy that I was a Blogger!!!
I wasn't going to cause a scene so I went across the court. All the main stream media were all there anyway.
I would say there was around 2,000 people present at the game.
I don't have a fancy camera so some pictures are shaky!!
It was an emotional game. You could tell by the cheering of the fans!!!
....and the game began!!!
I'm not a basketball fan but it was a fun game to watch.
The fans from Bathurst were loud!!!
The other team also had their fans.
The game would soon turn into a landslide!!!
One action that happened was this one. During the game this kid quickly ran from the back and stood in the back court.
I don't know what was the big deal on this one? Of course in the late 70s and 80s. He wouldn't have nothing on.
Remember this one -
Hello, everyone, this is your action news reporter with all the news
that is news across the nation, on the scene at the supermarket. There
seems to have been some disturbance here. Pardon me, sir, did you see
Yeah, I did. I's standin' overe there by the tomaters, and here he
come, running through the pole beans, through the fruits and vegetables,
nekkid as a jay bird. And I hollered over t' Ethel, I said, "Don't
look, Ethel!" But it's too late, she'd already been incensed.
Here he comes, look at that, look at that
There he goes, look at that, look at that
And he ain't wearin' no clothes
Oh, yes, they call him the Streak
Look at that, look at that
Fastest thing on two feet
Look at that, look at that
He's just as proud as he can be
Of his anatomy
He goin' give us a peek
Maybe the guy just wanted a date????...lol...
The mean jerk who is taking care of security should have been watching that guy and not the blogger!!!
I decided to go outside for a smoke. I guess the Aitken Centre hires around 20 to 30 people.
This one is a Chemical student.
The staff were very friendly.
Then when I went back on the floor, I was once again approach by the mean Jerk!!!
He was angry and stern. This little episode happened right in the middle of the arena. Behind the main court.
I almost took my camera and put it in video but decided not to record the confrontation.
He demanded to know who gave me the pass???
I answered- A girl from the head office.
WHICH GIRL??? WHAT'S HER NAME????
I told the jerk that I didn't know her name.
He once again told me that only legitimate media are suppose to get that pass such as the Daily Gleaner and the Telegraph Journal.
I reminded the jerk < What's his name anyway > that I was in court in Saint John and the issue was Blogging. < To a point >
Since the Irvings has a GIANT Monopoly of the media here in New Brunswick? It's nice to have Bloggers around.
This guy wouldn't hear nothing from my story and demanded that I handed him the media pass.
I told the Jerk that I promised the girl at the office that I would return the pass.
NOPE!!!! He demanded that I give the media pass RIGHT NOW!!!
Mind you, this was done in front of a crowd of 2,000 and it's not my style to feel degraded but I didn't wish to cause a scene so I gave in to the jerk.
He could have waited till the game was over and follow me from a distance but NOOOOOO that would have been too easy!
I had one last word for the jerk- Don't give the poor girl a hard time. She didn't even know what a Blogger was?
I reminded the guy- What's the big deal anyway? All the media is here because of the fantastic comeback of the Bathurst Basketball Team.
He reminded me that the media are always here every year for the Championship such as Rogers!!!
I made a little youtube of the guy from Rogers. Click below -
lol......I don't believe the National Media would be here for a final Basketball game if it wasn't for the tragedy in Bathurst.
I was surprised the jerk never tried to escort me from the ground of the Aitken Centre.
There was one more quarter left and I told my fellow media of the confrontation.
I explained that I truly understand that not everyone would be given a media pass if they just come to the gate and say- I'M A BLOGGER!!!!!
To be a legitimate Blogger? You must -
1-To give out your real name
2-you have to be assaulted on a couple of occasions...lol
3-You need to be charge and go through a trial.
4- Have over 1,000 enemies.
Now? You have these? YOU'RE A BLOGGER!!!
I was surprised the jerk never showed up with a couple of Liberal bouncers to escort me outside.
I stayed close to the media just in case something would happened? Stayed right close to my pals of the CBC!!!!...lol
I decided to film a youtube of a reporter interviewing one of the fans.
Click below -
One media individual told me that the fans of the Campobello Vikings were upset that the media were asking questions about the tragedy that happened in Bathurst?
They demanded the media talk about BASKETBALL!!!!
You know the finals!!!!
Well.....I don't believe this was going to happen.
I notice the Irving photographer James West was trying to get the perfect picture!!
I did run into a problem. There was one minute left in the game.
What should I do? Take pictures or do a video?
I decided to do a video.
I didn't know what was going to happen? Should I go on the court?
I noticed the main stream media quickly ran on the court so I decided to follow.
I was confronted by a security girl telling me to go outside < I noticed the Jerk was watching me very closely. >
This guy Brad Arseneau wore Nathan's number 7 on his jersey to honour him, he survived the Bathurst crash and scored 25 points and won MVP!!!
Click below for the final minute of the game!!!!
The winning team gathered for a team picture so I decided to go into the media scrum and take a few pictures because I knew in the future, the mean jerk would make certain that this Blogger will not pass the main entrance. < especially after this blog! >...lol
I decided to go home. The Boys were happy and I didn't wish the Jerk to ruined the celebration. I do have a temper and will only take so much.
Yes, this could end up of being Canada's top sport achievement of the year!!!
To make such a comeback is fantastic!!!!
There's no doubt about it!!!
The Boys who died in that tragic accident in Bathurst were behind this win!!!
It's a very happy but emotional story and I was glad that I was there to witnessed this one!!!
Darn shame the jerk had to ruined my blog by adding a me me me story.
The battle for freedom will continue because some people truly believe that only Irving employees should be allowed at different events in New Brunswick.
One thing is certain!!!! I don't believe the media will be in full force next year covering the New Brunswick Provincial Basketball Finals.
But as the mean old Jerk told me - The media are always here in these finals.
Maybe I'll apply for a media pass next year???
Update- Irving Blogger wrote her views on the game -
Click below for her blog -