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I support Mark's position.
Blake you might need more bandwith soon ;-)
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I don't think a stadium downtown will do much for downtown. Baseball is not a year long sport. Memorial Stadium is a perfectly fine stadium, there is no reason to move the Wizard's downtown. There is no parking downtown, what would we do for parking spaces? Fans aren't going to walk 10 blocks to watch the Wizard's play, the way they do for the Cub's. Also, without the funding the Wizard's have Memorial Stadium will become an eye sore also. Just my opinion.
Sorry thought the first one was the one Mark was talking about.
Thanks for posting that Blake...
I've been watching the papers for the last week or so...
I still feel the same way today as I did 2 weeks ago..the Coach deserves alot of credit.
They have come a long way. He does deserve alot of credit no matter what your opinion of him is. Plain and simple. Rough start, change players around, team improves. The coach has a big part in molding what he has to work with. Great job.
Scott Hollis just signed with Muskegon, Another tough guy and big time scorer. Wow how do they do it????
Mark you did a nice job of pointing out something that I think a lot of fans have chosen to ignore. How many teams in this league, besides Muskegon or Rockford, would have pulled out of this slump? That goes to show a veteran coach who never really panicked and believes in his system and how to do things. He is a winner! He may not be as "flashy" as people may want behind the bench, but you can bet he lets his "feelings" be known in the appropriate way behind closed doors of the locker room. If his players really did not like him or did not want to play for him I am sure they would have either not have came back or would have quit a long time ago. I have a lot of respect for Chief and the players because when things were going bad you did not see anyone pointing fingers at each other, not even the coach. He did not single out one particular player, he showed class and belief in who he had. These players, I believe, represent this organization and Fort Wayne in a first class manner and to me that is proof of a quality coach and management. It would have been an easy decision at the beginning of the year for Franke to make a change with the coach, but he to showed belief in what he had behind the bench. Sure he made some changes, but that was his way of trying to improve his club. All and all this organization is first class all the way and the players are giving their all to uphold the K's tradition and are doing it the right way with hard work and belief in each other and in Chief.
Great question Smitty! How the heck does Muskegon continue to sign guys like Hollis and get away with it? Do these guys play for just their meal tickets? I didn't notice the city being all that great when I was there last year during the playoffs. It actually was pretty dumpy. What is the attraction to that team, and how do they continue to cheat the league and get away with it? When the heck are we going to sign a bigtime scorer to put us into that next level? That one big scorer is what the difference between us just being in the playoffs or contending for the cup.
I don't think the quality of the city has much to do with it. If it did, Roanoke or Missouri should be doing much better. Muskegon and Flint are both horrible cities. Flint has one of the highest crime and murder rates in the country. Both cities have been hit hard by the slumping auto industry in the last 20 years. Saginaw suffered the same fate as well. Fort Wayne is very lucky to have a diverse industry sector. I know some plants have closed in the last few years but I see lots of building too. I can't wait to see what the old Southtown Mall area looks like when it is finished.
Oh and before our friends at the Flint Urinal ERRRRRR Journal say that the blogs are attacking them again.... here is the proof
As I understand it, the only reason Hollis was signed in Muskegon is because they had some call ups to the AHL and were under the max on their roster. He only signed a 14 day PTO. Muskegon does have a vet spot open though so I would imagine them to fill that before playoff time with someone like Brant Blackned coming back from the Quebec league.
Tony E, WOW! I thought Gary, IN was bad...I used to have to go there for business trips a few years ago. But those stats for Flint are scary! (And I used to be in Law Enforcement and Security Industry)