Sports columnist Andy Kehe of the Bakersfield Californian had some comments about the soon-to-be D-League basketball team coming to Fort Wayne:
The D-League is adding four teams next season, including Fort Wayne, Ind. Like fans were here, fans in Fort Wayne are currently being asked to choose a team name among four choices. One of the choices is Mad Ants -- no picnic, for sure, to market. But if the good folks of Fort Wayne have a sense of humor, they'll go with it. Mad Ants represents a salute to eccentric Revolutionary War Brigadier General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, after whom Fort Wayne is named even though old Mad Anthony really had no firm ties to the area.
Should the Mad Ants come to Bakersfield, might I suggest they be welcomed in on "Magnifying Glass Night."
By the way, the Name the Team contest runs through June 6. You can click here to cast your ballot.
Your possible choices are described this way:
- Fire (Our players will shoot so well, they will be on Fire!)
- Lightning (Our players will be as quick as Lightning and rain down thunderous dunks!)
- Coyotes (Our players will be aggressive and hungry like wily Coyotes!)
- Mad Ants (A salute to General “Mad” Anthony Wayne!)
No write-ins are allowed. So don't even think about a salute to a former Fort Wayne mayor.
You know ... like the Fort Wayne Wins.