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IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

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  • #76
    Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

    edit: let me clean this up a tad

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    • #77
      Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

      Do you think that everyone from the Big Ten tournament is from Indy? Of course not. Indy should host the Big Ten tournament not because it's a great sports town (I used to believe it was, but I've changed my mind), but because it has a perfect set-up:

      a). Central Location in the Midwest
      Code:
      Driving Distance from Indianapolis
      Ann Arbor	4 1/3 hrs.
      Bloomington	1 1/4 hrs.
      Champaign	2 hrs.
      Columbus	3 hrs.
      East Lansing	4 hrs.
      Evanston	3 1/2 hrs.
      Iowa City	6 hrs.
      Madison		5 1/2 hrs.
      Minneapolis	9 3/4 hrs.
      State College	8 1/2 hrs.
      West Lafayette	1 1/3 hrs.
      b). The best basketball arena in the country.
      c). The best basketball arena in the country located DOWNTOWN. Although Chicago's downtown is 100x better than Indy's, the United Center is not located in the middle of the city.
      d). Headquarters of the NCAA (an obvious factor)
      e). A compact downtown with plenty of hotels, bars, and restaurants (and unfortunately, abundance of chain restaurants which offer safe dining options), and a full scale mall. On a free day, you could walk from your hotel to plenty of monuments/memorials, visit the NCAA Hall of Champions, walk the Canal, and eat on Mass Ave.
      f). A mall, convention center, and hotels connected via a Skywalk system incase it's too chilly outside.


      That's why we're hosting the Big 10 tournament, not because we're a great sports town.

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      • #78
        Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

        Originally posted by Roaming Gnome View Post
        Before anyone starts running around blathering about the Trail Blazers...Remember, luck played a major factor into their rebuild.

        One of the wealthiest men on earth as an owner. His ability and desire to get rid of certain players expediated a crummy situation.

        Major league luck in the draft with BOTH Oden and Aldridge. Remember, Portland by probability were suppose to draft 6th, not first.
        Just for the record:

        The Blazers didn't get "lucky" in the 2006 draft to get Aldridge. In fact, they were UNLUCKY. They had the worst record in the league and wound up with the #4 pick in the draft, the worst possible lottery scenario. Nobody cried for them when this happened.

        They moved up to #2 in a trade with Chicago. Call them lucky for John Paxson being a moron.

        Then they traded Sebastian Telfair and took on an extra year of Raef Lafrentz's contract (and traded away Theo Ratliff who expiries a year earlier) to get Brandon Roy. Definitely took the owner's wallet to do that, but took some good GMing as well.

        They also drafted Travis Outlaw, a relatively unknown highschooler in 2003, with a pick in the 20's.

        The Blazers still have not cut Darius Miles. He's still on their roster and they haven't bought him out. The guys they've bought out have been Shawn Kemp and Steve Francis (who had a shorter deal than Zach Randolph).

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        • #79
          Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

          Originally posted by d_c View Post
          Detroit had the brawl happen right in there very own stands and they have the best attendance in the league. That was the worst incident to ever happen in the league right in their own building but it obviously hasn't prevented their fans from coming back.
          Umm - because the league and the media all perceive Detroit pretty much as blameless? Because many Detroit fans deep down actually LIKE the idea that a fight of that proportion occurred (and I've had direct conversations with specific Detroit fans fitting this mold)?
          BillS

          A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
          Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...

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          • #80
            Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

            Originally posted by Kemo View Post
            I can guarantee they would win more games, even with the injuries that have befallen this team..

            No you can't. You can't even guarantee that you'll be alive tomorrow. None of us can guarantee anything.


            Originally posted by Kemo
            If you were a player , you would get pumped, and play not only with more enthusiasm, but with all your heart
            Rather than surmising about a hypothetical "you," let's talk about the real Pacers. David Harrison -- who as of today is on the Pacers roster -- regularly gets stoned on illegal drugs. He isn't even willing to stay clean -- what chance is there of his ever playing with all his heart? I think he stated pretty clearly during his interview after the suspension that he prefers NBA journeymanship+marijuana to self-discipline+potential stardom.

            Kemo, your point is well taken, and I think most of us who who criticize the bad guys on the Pacers team yearn for the day when Foster, Granger, Dunleavy, Diener, Rush, Murphy, Owens, Graham and a few other good guys are the face of the Pacers. But that day has not arrived yet.
            Last edited by Putnam; 03-11-2008, 06:25 PM.
            And I won't be here to see the day
            It all dries up and blows away
            I'd hang around just to see
            But they never had much use for me
            In Levelland. (James McMurtry)

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            • #81
              Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

              Originally posted by Unclebuck View Post
              I usually hate whenever anyone uses the race card - but if you don't think race is an issue in the way people feel about the NBA in this city - then you haven't lived here very long. Indianapolis has never been an NBA city, sure they were a pacers city for a few years, but this city has never "bought into" the NBA - and yes race is an issue in that.
              Why the heck did Indy support those ABA teams? Why have Indy fans supported the NBA Pacers all these years? It is an issue but that is a smoke screen for what is really wrong with
              the Pacers currently. Plus this town is really only able to handle WELL one professional team.
              Two teams really put the strain on what fans are willing to spend. Throw in all the other factors at play as Geez said and you have what you have.
              {o,o}
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              • #82
                Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                Originally posted by BillS View Post
                Umm - because the league and the media all perceive Detroit pretty much as blameless? Because many Detroit fans deep down actually LIKE the idea that a fight of that proportion occurred (and I've had direct conversations with specific Detroit fans fitting this mold)?
                So the reason Detroit fans go to their games is because of the way the media makes them feel about the brawl and that a lot of their fans inherently like what happened?

                I'm not going any further on that.

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                • #83
                  Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                  Originally posted by d_c View Post
                  Just for the record:

                  The Blazers didn't get "lucky" in the 2006 draft to get Aldridge. In fact, they were UNLUCKY. They had the worst record in the league and wound up with the #4 pick in the draft, the worst possible lottery scenario. Nobody cried for them when this happened.

                  They moved up to #2 in a trade with Chicago. Call them lucky for John Paxson being a moron. As I said, Aldridge and Oden...Luck, indeed!!!

                  Then they traded Sebastian Telfair and took on an extra year of Raef Lafrentz's contract (and traded away Theo Ratliff who expiries a year earlier) to get Brandon Roy. Definitely took the owner's wallet to do that, but took some good GMing as well.

                  They also drafted Travis Outlaw, a relatively unknown highschooler in 2003, with a pick in the 20's.

                  The Blazers still have not cut Darius Miles. He's still on their roster and they haven't bought him out. The guys they've bought out have been Shawn Kemp and Steve Francis (who had a shorter deal than Zach Randolph).
                  I agree that the Blazers had some very good GM'ing happen, but when you have an owner that isn't willing to be hamstrung by the luxary tax to fix the team... Being a great GM is a little easier (unless your name is Isiah Thomas). That is just bad GM'ing with a wealthy owner.

                  My thought was, even if K. P. was our GM, I don't know if we would get the same results because of where the owner is with spending more money when we are this far away. I know the Simons spent when we were close and before the Luxary Tax, but we are far away and now there is the Tax.
                  ...Still "flying casual"
                  @roaminggnome74

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                  • #84
                    Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                    Originally posted by Roaming Gnome View Post
                    I agree that the Blazers had some very good GM'ing happen, but when you have an owner that isn't willing to be hamstrung by the luxary tax to fix the team... Being a great GM is a little easier (unless your name is Isiah Thomas). That is just bad GM'ing with a wealthy owner.
                    A GM making trades with other teams isn't simply luck. It's finding a trade that another team is willing to do, which is a skill. When they traded up to get Aldridge, John Paxson was a smart guy and Chicago knew what they were doing and knew who they wanted.

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                    • #85
                      Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                      Originally posted by Kemo View Post
                      Ya know?? MAYBE... JUST MAYBE if our Indiana Pacers had a packed Conseco Fieldhouse , or at LEAST a good attendance cheering them on... MAYBE they WOULD WIN ALOT MORE GAMES .. Matter of fact.. I can guarantee they would win more games, even with the injuries that have befallen this team..

                      DID ANYONE OF YOU EVER STOP TO CONSIDER THAT?!?!

                      I mean seriously think about this from a player's perspective for a minute..
                      If you were a player , you would get pumped, and play not only with more enthusiasm, but with all your heart , if you had 10,000 screaming fans helping you through these tough times (with the injuries) at our own damn homecourt..
                      As it is right now we HAVE NO HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE... zero , zilch , zip.. (ok well , maybe being used to their own basketball rims) but that is it!!..

                      Once I get back to working in the next week or so , I am gonna try my damndest to at the very least to go to a few games... and support MY hometeam.. Granted there are a few players I really don't like all that much , and one player ( Tinsley ) that I can't stand seeing stinking it up on the court like he tends to do 65% of the time.. But I love watching Dunleavy , Granger , Foster , Diener and Rush play.. If I could afford it I would have at least some partial season tickets.. But since I can't right now, I am still gonna stick up for the guys that ARE TRYING, and support OUR TEAM... through thick and thin... I would be heartbroken if the Pacer's left Indy because of the fair-weather fans , who have the audacity to call themselves Indiana Pacer's fans... turning their back on these guys who don't get no hometown love, when the chips are down... Then these same "fans" will cry cause we no longer have an NBA team anymore.. wondering why
                      Now, that's the spirit! One down, 4,999 to go.

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                      • #86
                        Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                        OK this is how I see it. And I had 4 season tix 4 rows from the floor at the 3 pt line during the 80's....the 80's for Pete's sake, There are a ton of reasons the fans fail to show up to the games now...but as sated earlier, that doesn't mean they aren't watching. I can watch from the compfort of my Barkolounger and not have to shell out $300/game (if I take the family, which they don't even watch at home so why take em?) that doesn't mean I'm not interested, only pragmatic.

                        But here's the problem...and I am prolly more dogmatic that most about the P's...

                        If the Pacers left Indy today, I would never watch another NBA game. at least not until another team moved here...and that wouldn't be long IMO. I'm a Pacer fan...NOT an NBA fan and I'm 100% convinced that is true of most "fans" in Indy.
                        Ever notice how friendly folks are at a shootin' range??.

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                        • #87
                          Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                          Originally posted by d_c View Post
                          So the reason Detroit fans go to their games is because of the way the media makes them feel about the brawl and that a lot of their fans inherently like what happened?
                          No, it's the reason they haven't stopped going.

                          Can we move on to a different straw man?
                          BillS

                          A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
                          Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...

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                          • #88
                            Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                            You know what? This whole subject is really starting to me off!

                            If I decide I don't want to pay to watch a team play that's my prerogative. It doesn't mean I'm not a real sports fan.

                            I quit getting Pacers season tickets because Reggie retired and the team was raising the price my ticket to a level I didn't think was worth paying in relation to the enjoyment I was getting out of going to the games. (And that was when the team was good.)

                            Originally posted by Benner
                            But a real pro sports town wouldn't give up on them like Indy has. If nothing else, fans would show up just to boo 'em.
                            What kind of BS is that?!

                            As I recall when Stephen Jackson was here and he was getting booed people were raising a big stink about it. Now we're supposed to go to games and boo? I don't know about anyone else but I'm not spending $3.45/gallon on gas plus the price of a ticket just so I can go boo at a team. Not when I can stay at home and watch IUPUI and Butler play in their tournament final games. Heck, these days I'd rather go watch a high school team play than watch an NBA team.

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                            • #89
                              Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                              It seems a few of you don't understand what Benner meant when he said what he did about race. Though it's a lot deeper to me than I care to explain (UB already touched on it a bit), I'll say this much.

                              I hate the word "thug" and the way its used to describe black NBA players that find themselves in a bad position with the law. I call Rae Carruth a thug. That's because he actually did something that the true definition of a thug does. He killed.

                              Thug: 1. a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.

                              Yet I only hear the word referenced to black players, and recently black people. I take offense to it because it's being used like it's the new 'N' word, not for it's true meaning. Ron Artest, Jamaal Tinsley, Stephen Jackson, Marquis Daniels, and recently Shawne Williams have all been called thugs. Going by the words definition I don't see them as thugs. Lacking judgement, hard headed, troublesome, idiot, etc. ok, that's a good definition of them. But thug is definitely not.

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                              • #90
                                Re: IBJ: A "real" sports town wouldn't abandon the Pacers

                                Originally posted by Wu-Gambino View Post
                                Do you think that everyone from the Big Ten tournament is from Indy? Of course not. Indy should host the Big Ten tournament not because it's a great sports town (I used to believe it was, but I've changed my mind), but because it has a perfect set-up:

                                a). Central Location in the Midwest
                                Code:
                                Driving Distance from Indianapolis
                                Ann Arbor    4 1/3 hrs.
                                Bloomington    1 1/4 hrs.
                                Champaign    2 hrs.
                                Columbus    3 hrs.
                                East Lansing    4 hrs.
                                Evanston    3 1/2 hrs.
                                Iowa City    6 hrs.
                                Madison        5 1/2 hrs.
                                Minneapolis    9 3/4 hrs.
                                State College    8 1/2 hrs.
                                West Lafayette    1 1/3 hrs.
                                b). The best basketball arena in the country.
                                c). The best basketball arena in the country located DOWNTOWN. Although Chicago's downtown is 100x better than Indy's, the United Center is not located in the middle of the city.
                                d). Headquarters of the NCAA (an obvious factor)
                                e). A compact downtown with plenty of hotels, bars, and restaurants (and unfortunately, abundance of chain restaurants which offer safe dining options), and a full scale mall. On a free day, you could walk from your hotel to plenty of monuments/memorials, visit the NCAA Hall of Champions, walk the Canal, and eat on Mass Ave.
                                f). A mall, convention center, and hotels connected via a Skywalk system incase it's too chilly outside.


                                That's why we're hosting the Big 10 tournament, not because we're a great sports town.
                                It seems to me these things help make the case FOR Indianapolis being a good sports town.

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