It's a down time, and we're hungry to hear any news we can. If you go through the archives, every topic seems to have been covered: all-time line-ups, greatest teams, greatest game, etc. etc. etc.
Reading the party thread has led me to think about the people behind the screen names. This isn't as much about the Pacers as it is about YOU. So I have to ask: What has been your greatest day as a Pacers fan?
I'll go first:
My greatest day as a Pacers Fan seems on the surface to be boring and nondescript. I don't remember the game, I don't remember who we were playing, and I don't remember who won. I didn't even WATCH the game on TV.
It was spring of 98, and I was living in Bloomington. My long-time friend and fellow fan (all of our other friends were musician/arty types that didn't like sports) came over to listen to WIBC. We were completely broke, and I didn't even have a TV. He scrounged up a handful of change before he came over, and I knew of a certain ATM in town that would give out as little as five dollars. That was perfect becuase I had 7 dollars in the bank. Subtract the withdraw fees and I could still make the cut. We spent our 8 bucks or so on a case of cheap beer and went back to my house.
For hours, we listened to the game together, played darts in the living room, and talked about everything under the sun, but mostly talked about the Pacers. We felt this was our year. This was our big chance to beat the Hated Bulls. We could FEEL it. The night continued as we shared every pacers story we knew and debated all sorts of useless stats.
We were two guys talking sports without a TV, cheering and shouting at a cheap radio and I had a blast.
Three days later, I received a call. My friend had died the night before and his body had just been discovered.
As the years go by, I think of our last day together, and when I think of that day, I think of the team that bonded our friendship before it was tragically cut short. Somehow, I think of my continued loyalty to the Pacers as some form of homage to my friend and fellow fan and our last, perfect night as fans.