I'm as guilty as most. I watched basketball nonstop `90-BRAWL. Until 2 years ago, moving out of the state and the Brawl made me almost 100% Colts. (It was an entire NBA apathy, not just the Pacers. Never had a different favorite team.) But...for the last 2 years, I've watched every game, and in the years before, I could never not look at the box score and see how they were doing. I'd just been waiting. I was with my girlfriend's parents Saturday (you can send consolatory gifts at your convenience). Nobody in her family cares about basketball, but she demanded they turn it on so I could watch it regardless. This means I may have to marry her now. My shallow points:
The Pacers crowd seemed insane on Saturday. First of all, thank you Indianapolis. It's about freaking time. I have a few things I want to point out:
1) The fans seemed deafening. The ABC broadcast team mentioned a few times that they couldn't hear whistles and were having trouble communicating and even referenced MSG. WAY TO GO INDIANAPOLIS!
2) The Gold-out reinforced this. Seemed like the entire stadium was wearing gold t's.
3) The guy who reportedly turned down 40 freaking grand so Spike couldn't get his 4 tickets
I can only hope this carries over, I really believe that our crowd could be the difference in winning and losing game 4. But do you think this is a vestige of the Knicks-Pacers matchups of the 90s, or is this a lasting support for the team that a city with multiple contenders, including the Colts, can emotionally and financially support? This team deserves 90-2000 style crowds.
We REALLY have a chance to get to the ECF, and if we have a chance against closing the Knicks and punking the Heat, we need the Indy crowd. What do you guys think? Is the city finally behind them, and do you think it will carry over next year? I wish I could spend the cash to get to any of these final games. As an Indy export, what do current residents believe?