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Mon, 04/04/2011 - 12:19pm

I was reading the comments on the bloomington pantagraph and was happy to see the support from the few for the PT. Some had their let it rain comments but most were optimistic in their views as a PT Fan. I just hope the ownership doesnt flub up on their slow but growing fanbase. You see it in the comments.

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 12:52pm

I have not posted for a long long time. However, having spent the weekend in Bloomington watching both games I would like to share my thoughts. First and foremost what a great overall effort by the K's. It was the kind of effort we have come to expect from our team. They played great playoff hockey.
The fans in Bloomington were rediculiously friendly to both my wife and I. We were invited out for drinks after game one. I was offered a tour during game two. Of course they have their "overthetop" fans as well, but only a handfull. Which leads me to my next thought.
How fortunate/blessed/lucky we are to have had a hockey team for so many years. As I watched both games I looked around at K's fans that have followed the team for many many years. You could see and feel the absolute pride they have in being a Fort Wayne Komet fan. From jersey, jackets, orange hair, orange shoe laces, painted faces and so on, the pride and passion for Komet hockey was filling the building. As I looked at the the Bloomington fans I saw very clearly what we have that they don't....history. I for one am grateful to current players and current fans for continuing to build the tradition that is Komet Hockey. I am also blessed to have incredible memories of Komet's from seasons past. It is all part of the tradition and experience that makes "Komet Hockey" something special to many many people. This weekend served up a wonderful dose of why it continues to live loudly and proudly in me.

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 2:11pm

Nicely said Jack!!! I loved hanging out you guys...we need to do it more! Love ya!

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 2:32pm

I think Jack said it all. The Komets have a great history and it shows with the support from the fans. Even though I have only been going to their games for last last few years, I have been a fan for over 35 years. My dad told me a few months back when he was visiting from Florida that when he was still living here in Indiana the place he worked at would listen to Komet games when they were on the radio. He couldn't remember the announcers name and I said Bob Chase. He asked what ever happened to him and I told him he retired from WOWO a few years back. He proceded to tell me how he loved to hear Chase on the radio because he made it sound like you were actually at the game. When he asked who was their announcer now I said Bob Chase. His eyes widened and we sat in the truck listening to Chase for a few minutes just before going into the MC for my dads first game in over 30 years. It was our first father, son and grandson outing together and it was a Komets game.
Thats the kind of thing that the Komets have and that the PThunder are trying to build. History and tradition. I hope they get there someday. But it won't happen in 5-6 years.

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 4:08pm

I think bloomy will fold after this year.

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 9:43pm

I remember them using the umbrella back in 1993, it was very unique back then if I recall correctly. I remember Al talking about it more as a shift that opened up shooting lanes, I don't remember the term "umbrella" being used but of course it's possible I've just forgotten.

Agree Jack, the tradition here is something special. My parents had season tickets from year one and even though I was just a young guy I started going to games back then. My mom's parents also got season tickets, although on the other side of the ice, and sometimes we would go sit by them.

And Chaser? I have a few stories about listening to him in different parts of the country and the world, sometimes on tapes sent to me by my mother.

We are very lucky to have this rich tradition here, something shared by only a few other minor league hockey towns.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 9:16am

Great post, Jack!

You are one of a very few who have the ability to analyze a game, diagnose problems with the play, and offer suggestions to correct. You watch the play, not necessarily the puck, and the ability to do that gives you a much different view of the game from most of us. Your post above proves how you can comment in a meaningful, masterful way to approach, not only hockey games, but life.

Jack, you are one intelligent guy, and I'm proud to call you a friend. I am honored that you call me a friend ( although that does contradict your intelligence, I guess). LOL!