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About silvershoes

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  1. I really hate the "make a turd a well-polished turd" analogy whenever it's used. Jmo, but it immediately gets my hackles up. (Nothing personal, I just hate the phrase.) Personally, none of the options above really work - because they impose a hardship on fans from outlying areas. Ice Bears fans come from all over, and it's silly to assume they won't mind adding to the drive because Turkey Creek is popular or Hardin Valley is growing. (We make it a point to never, ever, go to Turkey Creek because it's such a rat's nest.) It's also silly to assume you'll magically replace the fans you lose in such a move because Turkey Creek has grown. If those folks were hockey fans, they'd already be at the games. Like the old saying goes, a bird in the hand and all that. Plus we already have parking garages downtown, and having to replace them on a new site would only add to the cost. Which might not matter to some, but does to us as taxpayers. The site of the McClung Warehouses might work for a new building, though. It's still centrally located, has easy access, and the city already owns the property. We also need to know whether a new building would be one large venue as opposed to the Coliseum / Auditorium. It's not unusual to have both sides occupied on the same night; moving to one larger venue means scheduling conflicts. A large concert is going to trump Ice Bears attendance with arena management. It happens in other cities, I don't know why it wouldn't happen here. Last minute Tuesday games because x band suddenly became available don't do well anywhere. All that said, what I would hate more than anything is going dark for a year or two. Fans find other things to do, so there's no guarantee you'd get them back. I'd rather take a page from Fort Wayne, if possible: They remodeled the War Memorial Coliseum substantially, thoroughly modernized it, and had no downtime to speak of with their hockey. Best of both worlds.
  2. FACTS ... no. Your opinion ... yes. You have that right. Just know that you don't begin to speak for all the fans. Not even close.
  3. Oh lord, like people didn't laugh at the SEHL in the early days? But we came through all that and grew into something mighty good. Don't get me wrong, I think we always had a better model and they could learn from it, but I'm not about to diss the fans of other leagues or the players.
  4. What would it really hurt? They use it or they don't, but we all know they exist. Make it a subforum of General Hockey. Personally I hate 30 page threads, here or on the Preds board. I don't have time to read them, and I'm not about to try.
  5. Like UT's not plastered on enough here. *sigh* I mean ... must we? The only way I'd be happy about it is if UT returned the favor and wore Ice Bears colors.
  6. Maybe y'all should take another look at Gardner's history before getting so upset. He's been let go a lot in the past - even in the middle of the season. They kind of glossed over that when they brought him in to replace Killer.
  7. That's a shame. I really looked forward to his blog. Any idea where he's headed, or does he even know yet?
  8. You have to sit through a long Dustin Starr commercial first. The interview doesn't start till the 3 minute mark.
  9. Bless him, but the last place I'd want to see an arena is Turkey Creek.