The Dayton Bombers made it to the Kelly Cup finals- the ultimate underdogs. And, of course, the people at the Dayton Daily News have to go negative.
Let’s examine the “Kiss of Death”-moving up to the AHL isn’t exactly a kiss of death- both Hampton Roads and Peoria now are one step away from the AHL. Moving from Atlantic City to Stockton has been a goldmine for the team- something the Bombers should probably consider as an option- since the Dayton Daily News hasn’t given them near the coverage that has been given to the Dayton Dragons- or having to play in the Nutter Center which could win awards as the worst designed stadium in the world (for everything).
Kelly Cup the kiss of death?
The Dayton Bombers clinched a berth in the ECHL’s Kelly Cup championship series with Friday night’s 3-1 victory over the Florida Everblades in Game 7 of the American Conference Finals. Problem is, teams seem to win the Kelly Cup (named after Patrick J. Kelly, the league’s first commissioner) at their own peril. Five winners over the past decade have either moved, taken a hiatus or eventually gone out of business for one reason or another.
Year â€” Kelly Cup champion â€” Fate
1998 â€” Hampton Roads (Va.) Admirals â€” Replaced by AHL franchise (2000)
1999 â€” Mississippi Sea Wolves â€” On Hurricane Katrina hiatus
2000 â€” Peoria (Ill.) Rivermen â€” Replaced by AHL franchise (2005)
2002 â€” Greenville (S.C.) Grrrowl â€” Folded in 2006
2003 â€” Atlantic City (N.J.) Boardwalk Bullies â€” Moved to Stockton, Calif.
Yes, I do work for the Dayton Bombers- so I’m a bit biased- and yes, I think watching the Bombers play this year is better than watching UD Basketball, WSU Basketball or the Dayton Dragons any day- esp. in the championship.
Here is the latest TV spot: