I've heard many times over the years that Indy would never give heavy support to both the Colts and Pacers at the times. We're seeing that isn't the case. The Colts are still insanely popular and will always dominate the local discussion, but the Pacers have made massive strides over the last two years and are once again firmly implanted in the local scene. It's great to see both of them succeeding at the same time.
I'll be interested to see if these numbers hold when the Pacers record is 24-8 (or whatever, point being when the newness of a great start wears off) and IU and Purdue, Butler start their conference schedules.
I wish they would publish the ratings after every game. Have to figure the game against the heat next week will get more than a 6.45
I'd like to see the full rankings of local ratings. That would add a lot to the national broadcast debate.
Awesome! The more the merrier I say. I want my hometown to be passionate about it's sports teams. I know a lot of people switch of during the bad years, but good years bring in new fans, and like throwing mud at a wall, some of them will stick next time things go south!
Hmmm, just noticed my posts are oddly upbeat for me today.
The more the merrier, especially if the Pacers can reach the kids, like how they caught me 20 years ago with that first ECF run.
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I'm with rabid. More Pacer fans in the stands means less room for Bulls and Heat bandwagoners. It looks like BLF may finally belong to the Pacers again when we play the top teams in the league.
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when I was a wee little one, the 1970 ABA championship got me on the bandwagon.
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I'd much rather the team not increase profits so that the owner doesn't allow us to exceed the cap next year, and so that the team eventually moves.
Sorry - bandwagoneers are completely necessary. Besides, most fans of sports teams start that way.
You are definitely in the minority. Not to say we don't love having you as a Pacers fan, but in that day in age it was just pass the Bird/Magic era. People were hopping around from Isiah and to eventually MJ. I don't think too many people really watched the Pacers just for Reggie. Of course my perception could be skewed since I lived in the suburbs with my folks at the time.
The Pacers went from a team of thug wannabe to having Dunleavy and Murphy being the cornerstones of the franchise. Both of whom were very unpopular to the IU/Perdue fans who followed the Pacers thru their dark years. Granger and Foster were the only bright lights in this entire era, IMO. Bird, then Vogel along with Hibbs, Pg, and Hans with their fire and hustle starting growing a small following of folks(like me) who only watched a Pacers game once in a blue moon. The only reason I stayed on the wagon through the JOB era was because I was a Granger fan from his college days. IMHO, most NBA team fans become fans from following a particular player coming out of college, or being lead there by parents or friends. Personally, in the many years I've been a fan, my favorite team has almost always been about a particular player. If Paul George and Hibbert and company can bring in a ton of new "bandwagon fans" to fill the coffers and build the name back up, I say "Welcome aboard!"
Diehard fans start as bandwagon fans.
"We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.
Nothing wrong with a little fan-snobbery. Sure, we all jumped on the wagon at some point. If people are allowed to snob out on other things(food, movies, beer,) why is it so bad to do so with fandom?