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Tailing the Komets

Mid-summer Inside The Zone

WANE's Glenn Marini and I sat down yesterday for a chat and you can watch it here. There's two parts.

Posted in: Komets


The Boys Mom
Wed, 07/15/2009 - 1:45pm

Great video!!!

Wed, 07/15/2009 - 3:27pm

Good Job Blake. I think you have got to get a hat of somekind. Maybe a hair piece! Just kidding!!!! I enjoyed both video's very much.

Wed, 07/15/2009 - 5:50pm

I have 2 worries= #1 the signing of Mitch Woods, #2 the Flint Generals.

Wed, 07/15/2009 - 6:51pm

mightbite is right. What is the story with Flint? It is July 15 and all we have heard are promises. Give us, as fans and supporters of the IHL, an update. If they can't do it then tell us. We can take it. As of now this is an embarrassment. If something is holding up the announcement than tell us. The longer this goes on without information the worse it reflects on the IHL.

Wed, 07/15/2009 - 7:24pm

My guess is Flint is not 100% in until they resolve the finer details of this exchange of "power". The schedule has not been release and here it is the middle of July. QC and Flint have not name a coach and no player signings have been announce the only active "new" club has been Dayton. While I feel QC will eventully start making announcements I still think Flint is 50-50. There is something up there that is preventing them from being a 100% in.

Wed, 07/15/2009 - 8:30pm

Didn't Franke say he hoped to hear from Woods by the end of the week? It's Wednesday, that's halfway through the week. This is probably why Blake keeps things from us because people go nuts about it on here :( Give them an inch...

Wed, 07/15/2009 - 10:18pm

need some cheese to go with that wine?

Wed, 07/15/2009 - 11:14pm

Relax everybody. It's just that the stadiums have some conflicts with some dates is all. They'll be getting the new schedule out to us just as soon as they get it straightened out. Yeah right. And tomorrow morning I'm going to sprout wings and fly. LOL.

Nice interview, Blake. You sound pretty confident that this thing with K-zoo will be going to court. Honestly, I had thought it would probably be settled out of court before things went that far. K-zoo's owner supposedly has money to throw around, and I'm sure the IHL could make good use of additional funds. $1 million would be nice. :D

Charlie Crawford
Thu, 07/16/2009 - 1:49am

Great interview Blake!

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 3:34am

Wendy--It is already in court. Now the scumbag attorneys get to earn their money. We my never hear the outcome. It is one that neither party will want released. So sad, to bad!

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 8:26am

I've never studied law, but aren't the results of cases settled by courts a matter of public record?

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 8:56am

Wendy it is in court now but if they settle before the end of the trial then part of that settlement can be that the terms will not be made public.

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 10:15am

When are they going to see if mitch is coming back or not. man i missed him soooooooooo much last year!

Blake Sebring
Thu, 07/16/2009 - 1:14pm

Flint is supposed to have a press conference next week to announce a few things for the upcoming season.

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 1:26pm

mitchwoodsfan-The answer to your ? is when Mitch Woods sends his signed contract and it is approved by the League Office. Not one minute before. It is about time Flint starts communicating with people up there. I hope it is all positive. I think it will be. Blake can you get the League to update the IHL website? It is really bad.

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 2:01pm

That is encouraging news Blake, but you'll pardon me if I'm a little skeptical. We always seem to hear that something is going to get done "in a week to ten days." I hope that they decide to get the schedule done in time for the printing company to be able to put dates on my season tickets. That was just a joke. (sort of)

Blake Sebring
Thu, 07/16/2009 - 2:13pm

League PR director is working out of her apartment because they don't have a league office because they don't have a commish yet.

Schedule delays have nothing to do with Flint, QC or anything hockey related. It's all on the NBDL which can't get its act together.

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 2:16pm

Right. A settlement. That's what I said. We'll take our $1 million now, please. :D

As for Mitch, I just don't have a good feeling about it happening at this point, but we'll see. The Komets camp is pretty full already. I'd hate to see him sign only to get cut.

And yeah, funny how "next week" turned into "next month" as far the schedule and Flint situation go.

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 2:27pm

Why would the NBDL have anything to do with the IHL schedule? Is the MC holding dates for them for equality? I thought dates would be on first come first serve basis.

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 2:53pm

OK! I give up. What is the NBDL? Night Blind Driving League? Maybe the Nasty Big Dumb Losers? I have never heard of them. Someone Please help this old brain of mine. Thanks!

Hit Somebody!!!
Thu, 07/16/2009 - 3:09pm

It is the Mad Ants league....the National Basketball Developmental League. Why in the heck would that matter to the IHL schedule is beyond me. They could play their games at Southside High School and there would still be a half empty arena. Sorry, but that is the truth. It is like watching really bad paint dry.

People have the right to be skeptical when it comes to Flint. Look at the track record there over the past 5 years for instance...Players not paid, athletic trainers not employed, vendors not paid, front office people let go, radio announcers let-go then brought back to let go of again, businesses owed money, owner hiding out in Thailand, other owners just plain old hiding, it has been a mess. Anytime we hear the "we will have information in 7-10 days", or the "end of next week", or the "ownership group will be solid"....everyone has heard this garbage and become immune to it all. Not just us fans in Fort Wayne, but think of the people living this crap in Flint.....

One way or another, it will work itself out for the better or worse....but the fans in Flint need to stop being jerked around and level with them a little....will there be hockey or not....and at this rate, I would be plenty ticked off up there to even care anymore in which case, what is the point of having hockey in Flint if the entire fan-base there is down to 2 people or less and it is beyond repair both financially and realistically?

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 3:25pm

thanks Dschebig but i have another qustion about what wendy said about getting signed than cut in camp i don't get that. Does that mean they can still cut him after he is signed with the Komets if there are too many players?

Hit Somebody!!!
Thu, 07/16/2009 - 3:26pm

Yes, there are no guaranteed contracts in the IHL. Anyone can be cut at any time.

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 3:27pm

Wow I didn't know that! So some players during camp could be cut even before we hear about them?

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 3:30pm

How do you feel about Blair Stayzer being signed?

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 3:35pm


Thu, 07/16/2009 - 3:50pm

Wendy, MITCH WOODS getting cut= I'd give up my season tickets./ Henley #17 Norfolk jersey has arrived.

Hit Somebody!!!
Thu, 07/16/2009 - 4:07pm

I think Stayzer gives them options in the toughness department....he will be an energy type of guy that can play defenseman. I like the signing.

Here is why we are hearing nothing good from Flint...and it why we probably won't see hockey there this coming season.


Thu, 07/16/2009 - 4:23pm

I wonder if the Flint owners used to own the Charlestown Chiefs? Maybe Reggie Dunlap can coach them this year? They may not be around this season though because I heard a retirement center in Florida is interested in buying the team.

Hit Somebody!!!
Thu, 07/16/2009 - 4:25pm

Wonder when the Flint Dispersal Draft is scheduled to be held? Do they have anyone left from last season any of us would want to see on the ice?