Once upon a time in the spring......
In a year filled with dark tidings, light began to shine after the darkest hour had been reached, or so people thought.
It could easily have been written this way, I am sure it would make a great fairytale, a "pay it forward" kind of story, or if you will; a tearjerker.
A run-up: Season opening: injuries; the brawl, suspensions, more injuries, Reggie retiring.....
Dale returning, more injuries.........
Reggie retiring, it came as a shock in the end, and in all honesty; the way he is playing does in the eyes of most not justify the decision, but you know what?
Reggie has done it all on his terms, in his way, and he is putting in one more final effort to leave the legacy he wanted to leave when he started out so many years ago, in fact so many years that several of you weren't even born when Reggie was drafted amidst controversy in Indiana.
Upon hearing that news I had a few notions, a few ideas and a few wishes.
My first was as egotistical as it can be: Wanting to see the man one more time life, a first time in Indy, but then reality set in, I live in London UK, the tickets alone are out of my reach financially at this moment in time, so that idea went to bed.
The second was a simmer of hope that maybe someone could convince him to stay one more year, certainly now his old friend DD had returned, there should be more then a glimmer?
Oh how delusional old age can be
The final one was: What if......
What if we as in the Pacers Fans gathered on Pacers Digest dot com, were able to present the man who has given us 18 years of his sporting, classy best, a gift, something worthy of his statue, worthy of his ideas and at the same time, something that he himself might improve of.
Didn't I say that getting on in years makes you delusional?
What would be more fitting then a website, professionally designed and build, a legacy to Reggie Miller, with links to all his charities, with a lot more, with video, sound, pictures, stories and whatever we could/can come up with.
A moving image, a living archive, all about Reggie.
What better place to do that then on www.reggiemiller.com....
Yeah, fat chance he doesn't own that himself to protect his name!
But least you take a quick look to see if the domain is available, who knows weirder things have happened
Or if it isn't, find out who owns it, who knows, they might be willing to part.
ANd there was my break: "this domain is for sale".....
So since I am a certified lunatic anyway, I decided to just post the idea.
I wrote the owner, who asked a price, and an idea sparkled, I wrote again, with a different price, and the answer came, with a positive reply to my first offer, that meant my idea started to grow, so.....
I wrote a 100+ people a PM, asking them if they would be willing to pledge an amount in order to aquire the domain and upon receiving pledges within minutes, I did a last bid, which was accepted.
Then we, the 100+ started out on a quest, a quest to find $ 1,600.00 to pay for the domain and costs of transfer and a person in the USA who could help us funnel the money and pay for the domain.
Within a week we had more pledges then money needed, counting those who had given "range pledges" for the maximum, which we hope in the end to bring back to a more "balanced" amount, but that is something that is still going on
Within a week we had an offer from a member to do a professional design for the template we want to use, we have 5 more members willing to help build, donate pictures from their private collection, help build the site and what is more, we had the money!
Now we are left with a little more to do, we need to gather as much material as we can, as much information as we can, as much stories as we can, as much "rights" as we can and as much co-operation as we can.
We need someone with links to the front-office for a related plan, we need in essence all the help we can get.
Submitting stories, pictures or whatever does not mean it will be used, but the more choice we have, the better the end-result will be.
We are trying for a presentation on the final "regular season" night in CFH to present, but that also has some technical hurdles, besides the obvous "contact" hurdles. so no promises there, just know we are working on it
If you can offer us any help in what we are seeking, please PM me.
In the meantime I would like you all to stop for a moment and thank all those people that have contributed their hard-earned money, the last of their allowance, their complete allowance and such more, it makes me all "clogged up" to think about them.
Thank you, Thank you Thank YOU!
And yes, there are stories that end positive as you see!