I suppose it’s not so much their record that makes the Louisville Shooters top the list. It might be the general apathy associated with them.Comparatively speaking, the Louisville Thunder indoor soccer team won on the field and had decent crowds in the Broadbent Arena stands.The same could be said of attendance for IceHawk and RiverFrog games in that venue.The Panthers were briefly in the AHL, and played in a mostly empty Freedom Hall. Meanwhile, the Louisville Fire led the Af2 in attendance a few seasons, so our arena football team was fairly successful. The Kentucky Bourbons even won a professional softball title. Obviously, the Redbirds/Riverbats/Bats trump them all.
But you’d think a basketball town would like a pro basketball team even if it’s not the NBA. Well, think again. The Catbirds (a name given to appease both U of L and UK fans) left Louisville for Lacrosse, Wisc. At least that was the CBA, which at the time basically was the NBA’s Triple A.
The Louisville Shooters, however, were in the Global Basketball Association.They didn’t even get much media coverage despite having former U of L player Jerome Harmon and a winning record in their only full season. They made the playoffs only to forfeit the series, and they only made it three games into the next season before folding. That pretty much sums it up right there.
A close second to the Shooters was the revived Kentucky Colonels of the ABA 2000. Much like last summer’s film The Land of the Lost, just because you share a name with a previous incarnation doesn’t mean you share its success