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Sources confirm, it's about to get all crazy up in hurr.

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And finally, as a nod to the long-suffering jocks, who must constantly put up with our arty indie, alt-weekly-y, skinny-jeaned, Chuck Taylored hipster-quirk nonsense: your day has come.

Thursday night. The Halifax Rainmen. The Boston Blizzard. The Metro Centre. The American Basketball Association. Sources confirm, it's about to get all crazy up in hurr.

Even the non-jock crowd can find something to appreciate in the ABA, if only for the league's irrepressible, weird-as-fudge spirit.

No offence to the ABA, but there's no getting around it: as sports leagues go, you're delightfully odd. From your brief association with Sun Ming Ming, the 7' 9'' centre formerly of the Maryland Nighthawks (YouTube, for evidence), to your wacky team monikers (The Georgia Gwizzlies? The Vermont Frost Heaves?) and the fact that the league seems to be overhauled on an almost yearly basis (there are 22 expansion teams in the works for next year, and almost 60 defunct teams since the league's inception in 2000)...it's fascinating.

We'd like to wish the Rainmen the utmost success and wish them a long and glorious...reign. Defy the odds! Rise above! Ignore the failed teams of ABA yore, lying in smoking ruin, discarded like rinds from a basketball-shaped super-fruit. As a city, we pass you a proverbial alley-oop; we urge you to slam it through the rim of our cold, empty heart.

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