I think I'm very careful not to judge fans on how often they go to games. I'm just going to say it, many of you who post in here don't go to many games because of the money and or other family or work commitments, and I would never question your fandom (as I've tried to make clear). For example I don't buy a lot of Pacers gear, in fact I've probably spent less than $80 in my lifetime on jerseys, T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, I just don't really care that much about wearing Pacers gear, some could argue that makes me less of a fan, well no it doesn't obviously. Many of you spend a lot more on Pacers gear than I do.
There are many people in this forum who are probably bigger fans than I am who go to one game per year.
None of that is the point I'm trying to make.
What I'm saying is probably 90% of those people who are calling the radio talk shows to criticize the Pacers and say they will never go to a Pacers game again, rarely if ever went to games in the first place. I know that to be true about the 15-20 people who I've spoken with personally, they aren't die-hard Pacers fans, they aren't casual Pacers fans, in some cases they hate the Pacers. They don't like the Pacers at all, but they are using this incident to criticize the Pacers because it is politically correct right now.
I'm not a Nascar, or Indy Racing league fan, I just don't like it, I know it's good for the city and I want those events to stay here even though I don't go. But if some big story broke about how how the most popular drivers are criminals and on drugs or whatever, and then I call the local radio shows, e-mail the Star, e-mail the local sports guys and said this is horrible I'm never going to another racing event in my life. And those media people go on the air and say they are getting thousands of E-mails from racing fans and they are very upset, that would be false because I'm not a racing fan. That leaves the false impression that die-hard fans are leaving in droves. I just think non-Pacers fans who are being critical of the Pacers are misrepresenting themselves as an excuse to be critical and the media is buying it.
Peck, and everyone else, please don't misinterpret what I'm saying, I know Pacers fans aren't happy and rightfully so