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Retired numbers

On another post a debate began about retired numbers, and the possibility of Colin Chaulk someday having his number 91 retired. The old rule was you had to play 10 years and they made exceptions for Steve Fletcher who played seven and one UHL game and for Reggie Primeau at eight years. I think they should stick with 10 years, which means Guy Dupuis would be a possibility and that is all until someone reaches that plateau again.

The Komets' current retired numbers:

5 Terry Pembroke; 6 Lionel Repka; 11 Len Thornson; 12 Reggie Primeau; 16 Eddie Long 18 Robbie Laird; 26 Colin Chin; 30 Robbie Irons; 77 Steve Fletcher. There is also 40 for Bob Chase, 58 for Ken Ullyot and 59 for Colin Lister.

To me, that should be it for a very long time. I'm a purist in that I think you have to go back to playing at least 10 years, and that means Guy Dupuis would be the last one to come up for consideration after this season. Retired numbers should be for exceptional players, and it's supposed to be very hard to achieve.

That's also a reason why the Komets re-started their Hall of Fame, to be able to include everyone else who has made sizeable contributions to the franchise.

What do you think?

As another debate, if the Komets had to name their five greatest players of all-time like is being done now in the Major League Baseball promotion, which five would you pick? That ought to keep you busy all weekend. LOL

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Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 08/06/2006 - 9:48am

Super Fan...on your point about LOGIC...One thing here that I don't think was mentioned...The Komets need to make a stand one way or the other on this issue. Do they play it...or don't they. They choose not to not play it during the regular season...then they play in the post-season. I think that stance is a bit confusing at best. My main problem is that some people go a little far to ruin things for the masses by telling everyone this the way it should be because of some PC reason that only 2% of the people stand behind. I am fine and will survive if we never hear the "You Suck" chant again. It isn't that big of a deal either way. I am with JM that I don't think that the chant was being used in such the vulgarity that was suggested by some of the "do-gooders" on this blog. To even mention that on here I think is worse than telling the other team's Goalie and Players that they stink for letting up a goal.

Bottom-line in my opinion is that the masses want exciting, fun, entertaining hockey this coming season that keeps people interested and not like this past year where I almost dreaded going to the games for fear of boredom. I think that this season will be much more entertaining...it should be. If Larry gives us a goal song that helps us celebrate the teams success...I am sure everyone will be fine. Please...no more OLE OLE OLE crap though. I feel that was a slap in the face last season with all the talk about a change in hockey style from physical to Euro and that song stands for Soccer garbage that I have no interest in. Just my opinion of course.

And thanks to whoever it was in an earlier post to not only give us your religious views (which is fine)...but to tell us that you are a Republican Conservative. I am sure that there are not any Americans anymore that support Democratic viewpoints and go to Church. Your party's leadership has "buffaloed" you people into believing that if you stand behind the flag and your religious views...that the Republican party is the place for you to be and that the rest of the country is un-patriotic and devil worshipers if they don't agree with the Republican Party. Kind of sounds like Communism or a Dictatorship to me?!?!?! Read a newspaper..watch the news...talk to your friends and neighbors...wake up...all politicians and both political parties only care about their own special interests such as war, oil, money, their own big business and greed. They say things and get themselves behind particular groups of people only to get elected and never do what they promised during their campaign speeches to do. We sure could use 3 or 4 more wars to get involved in right now...as we watch our jobs dwindle away day by day...

Lighten up everyone...
Go Komets!!!!!

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 08/06/2006 - 10:05am

They sould definitely retire Blakes number by the way....LOL Since this is the topic we have gotten a bit away from. It should say....Sebring...Super Fan....

Sun, 08/06/2006 - 10:13am

Hmmm JR... missed the net on that shot.

The point is not whether there are hypocritical Christians, Muslims, Rastafarians or Buddhists. The world is filled with hypocrites of all brands.

The point is... should the Komets as an organization play a song after a goal is scored that invites the crowd to shout "You Suck". The Komets have made a business decision that they do not want to alienate a certain segment of their market - both fans and advertisers - by continuing to use the song on a regular basis. (I agree with Hit, I don't understand why it was ok in the post season...)

I would imagine you can have your irrational sporting release by screaming whatever epithet strikes your fancy for as long as and as loud as you want (or until the guys show up with the jacket with the long sleeves). But let that be your decision.

So whether or not the complainers are hypocrites, child smackers or something else that irks you makes no difference. Their money is green and they can choose to spend it elsewhere if they so choose. The Komets have chosen to try to convince them to spread their wealth at the MC. You may continue to tilt at windmills...

Hit, this is strange, I agree with you twice in one post... the beaten horse is dead...

Tony E
Sun, 08/06/2006 - 10:17am

Hit...lol you didn't pay rent for my soapbox!!
I am the Republican but I didn't say anything about being conservative... I tend to vote Republican but I am also very "liberal" when it comes to the environment and other issues.
My point which maybe I did not get across was that being a Republican which tends to lead towards conservative values there are many different levels of conservatism. Some take it to higher extremes than others. Believe me I am by no means a hard line conservative or my better half would have dropped me a long time ago (a bouncy liberal hippy girl lol)

Sun, 08/06/2006 - 10:20am

As for Christian liberals? I'm one. I believe Jesus was the biggest liberal there ever was.

My beef with the chant is going to games with my nephews who I'm trying to teach right from wrong, and they ask me how everybody else seems to be able to say it but they can't. To me it would be hypocritical if I say they can't and then turn around and do it at a game. It's either right or it's wrong, and I believe it is wrong.

I also think the people on this blog are smart enough and saavy enough to come up with something different which might even be more effective.

Sun, 08/06/2006 - 10:25am

I find this hilarious. I want to live in the same world as the complainers. I want to be so pure that the words "you suck" offend me deeply. I don't argue that the Frankes have every right to play or not play whatever song they want. Even if it was fine for years...and now is somehow, suddenly offensive.... I just think that some people need to chill out. I don't like the fact that this minority of people dictate everyone else's fun. Maybe this vocal minority can write an 11th commandment... Thou shalt not telleth Joel Martin that he sucketh!

Tony E
Sun, 08/06/2006 - 10:40am

Blake I never understood the stereotype either. I mean Churches (and other religious organizations) tend to be some of the most charitable groups out there. By stereotype, charity is generally considered a liberal trait.
This entire situation comes down to how tolerant can a business be in trying to respect everyone and their beliefs/viewpoints. For example, I can see where JR and JM feel like some uptight people are trying to ruin the fun of going to games.
I can also see where Kim is coming from or where some groups and organizations may not want to listen to it. Then you have probably a large group like me who it doesn't make a difference to one way or another when it comes to whether or not I enjoy the game.

But lets take this from a strict business standpoint,
Do you think there are groups calling the Komets telling them "play the song, allow the chant or we won't come back"?
Do you think there are groups telling the Komets "we find the chants vulgar/offensive and will not come back if it doesn't stop"
Which do you think is more likely?
And even if both above were true, do you think a business is going to stand up and support "YOU SUCK" ???
It is true, it needs to either be allowed or be gone. Playoffs shouldn't matter.
I know this much, I am glad I don't have to make these kind of choices in my business.
But I have learned from officiating, even the right decision will leave someone unhappy most of the time.