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I posted some time back that I was disappointed that Google did not have a "random" button. But finally, some relief has entered this meagre life of mine. Wikipedia, the font of all common knowledge (and therefore very very accurate, don'tyaknow) has come to the rescue. They have a "Random Article" link. (Let's not discuss whether it's really random, as defined by random.org.) For me, inspiration was now only a click away.

Or not...

Before pressing the button, I decided I needed a policy. There's no real point in just pressing and pressing and pressing, over and over, looking for inspiration. If you don't feel inspired in the first place, you are unlikely to find it. The trick is not to find inspiration, but to force it. Beauty and art CAN be made to happen, forcing a multi-facetted and complex peg into the square hole of 20 minutes down time at work. Thus the rule...

  • If I decide that Wikipedia is going to determine my topic for the week, I click the button once, and that's it. That's the topic.

I'm not much of a sports fan. At least, not in the conventional sense of the word. I guess that's why I had never even heard of the American Basketball Association. Or the Contintental Basketball Association. Or the Pittsburgh Xplosion, which was the topic I got. I avoid watching NBA basketball. I was unaware that there were other leagues of basketball I should be avoiding.

Reading through the blessedly short article, one thing struck me above all. The precursor team to the Xplosion (the first precursor, not the second precursor) was the Pittsburgh Hardhats, folding even before their first season began. Wikipedia said this about the owner, Joseph Dydek:

  • 'To his surprise, the "Hardhats" were not very financially stable.'
I always assumed that if you started a professional sports team in any league, you had scads and scads of money. I mean, NO business expects to make money the first year. I'm not a business analyst, and have never studied economics, but even I know that any startup is a risk. So, I wondered, why did Joseph Dydek think this? What was his rationale? What was his side of this all too short story? The Xplosion article hand no linking article to Mr. Dydek. That didn't bode well. Ok, from Wikipedia to Google. A search revealed a list of reunion and search sites offering to find Mr. Dydek for me, for a price. As I've never met the man, I'm not investing any money in tracking him down. So, twelve and a half seconds later, end of research.

So what's the moral of this story?

You don't have to be particularly rich, smart or famous to start up a professional sports team. And you can get your mention in a Wikipedia article for utterly failing.

Watch out for the Dunnville Dynamoes, a professional frisbee team made up entirely of out-of-work electrical engineers. Coming soon, if not to a stadium, then at least to a Wikipedia article near you...

26 January 2011

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