Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 20th, 2008
I got an email from Ian McCarthy the other day. He wrote:
I am an avid reader of Cryptomundo.com and listened to you at a Maine Crypo expo at Bates College 2 years ago.
I am also the General Manager of the Manchester Millrats, a minor league basketball team in Manchester, New Hampshire. I thought you and others on Cryptomundo.com might get a kick out of a new team in our league – the Montreal Sasquatch. They have a great logo. ~ Ian McCarthy.
Yes, they do. Here it is. I find it an intriguing mix of the imagined “whiteness” of a Yeti and the Bigfoot-nature of a Canadian Sasquatch. I wonder if there are any mascot figurines yet?
Meanwhile, I went back to GM McCarthy to ask him about the Millrats, reminding him that MonsterQuest had an episode this year on “SuperRats.” I wondered if his team might actually be cryptid-based too, without him even realizing it.
He wrote back:
Funny you mention those Millrats…here is our description for what they represent:
“Anyone growing up in Manchester, New Hampshire knows about the Millrats. The nefarious inhabitants of the Queen City’s riverside old mill buildings.
Today the old mill buildings are being transformed into beautifully renovated office space, retail stores, and pubs or restaurants. This transformation has paralleled Manchester’s ascension as a city. In 2005, the city was named the 7th ‘Best Small City for Doing Business’ by Inc. Magazine.
Known for their extraordinary size and cunning, the Millrats still occupy the unrefurbished buildings, and the wilderness areas along the river. Their speed and sneaky methods parallel a fast paced, aggressive style of basketball that we employ.
But the word has a second meaning; a Millrat was someone who worked extremely hard and long shifts in the mills. A tireless worker who put the needs of others above himself and sacrificed to provide for his family. In that sense our players are Millrats, or otherwise known as ‘Gym Rats’ – we recruit players who are willing to outwork the competition. By working hard on their games, their skills, and their conditioning – they are putting themselves in the best position to be successful.”
Feel free to include Millrats as cryptid#2 featured as a logo in the new Premier Basketball League! That would be cool.
The person who gave us the idea for the name was Mark Ferdinando, of Ferdinando Insurance, who is a local HS basketball coach and grew up in Manchester. He told us that every kid raised there knows about the unusually large and vicious ‘Rats that inhabited the then abandoned Mill buildings! So that was the start of our idea to us the name “Millrats.”
Here’s the Millrats’ logo.
However, for those that feel the Millrats have only an ugly rodent as the face of their team, I present historical exhibit number two, below. There have obviously been other marketing ideas for those cold New Hampshire evenings when you might wish to go to a hot basketball game in Manchester.
Ah, just discovered photographs from 2008: