Which is not at all a surprise, of course. National player of the year Jimmer Fredette is a hero to his hometown denizens in Glens Falls, N.Y., and when he returned to play in front of the hometown fans in December, he was greeted with a hero's welcome. Not to mention a nice boost to the local economy.
But in case you were wondering -- and you probably weren't, but hey, maybe! -- if Jimmer Mania was going to die down in Glens Falls, well, wonder no more. It will not.
How do I know? I'd say the "Jimmer Jam" -- a party and skills competition scheduled for June 23, the night Fredette is expected to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft -- is a pretty good indicator that interest in Fredette remains high. Via The Post-Star comes an itinerary for the event, which is being put on by the Glens Falls tourism board at the local civic center and an adjacent park:
The skills competition is open to anyone from preschool age through senior citizens. [...] Other activities will include projection of television coverage of the National Basketball Association draft on large screens on the arena's main floor, interspersed with highlight videos of Fredette's college basketball games.
I would totally attend that party. Not for the draft coverage -- I can get that anywhere. No, I want to see the senior citizens of Glens Falls participate in a skills competition. Has some 65-year-old retiree mastered Jimmer's double-crossover? There's only one way to find out.