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“Play more golf!!!”

Since: Nov 07

West Lafayette, IN

#1 Mar 1, 2008
Could have watched the game. Wasn't interested. Its really sad -- even a couple of years ago I would have watched. What happened to MY Pacers? Its not my team anymore.
true fans unite

Germany

#2 Mar 1, 2008
Purdue fan wrote:
Could have watched the game. Wasn't interested. Its really sad -- even a couple of years ago I would have watched. What happened to MY Pacers? Its not my team anymore.
They are in trouble, they need support not yours and all the fans in indiana complainig endlessly and boycotting games...watch the games support like a a true friend - in tough times try to help dont leave like everyone...i live far away were the gamea are at 2 am and i spent all night watching the game...
they played very well and with alot of guts...
Stop crying, start supporting thats to all pacer "fans" not just you...
NobCity Res

Louisville, KY

#3 Mar 1, 2008
That pretty much sums it up!!!
Nick

New Palestine, IN

#4 Mar 1, 2008
Regardless of how good or bad the Indiana Pacers finish the season, Coach Jim O'Brien should be kept for the long haul. He seems to be the only guy that believes in his players when the city doesn't, and I have a lot of respect for him. To add on that, his style of coaching and choice of system is good in the present-day NBA, although, the Pacers lack that one star athlete to take over in the toughest moments of games. Unload JO and Tinsley in anyway possible, even if it means release without compensation. This team needs to move on and focus on the future. They will have a decent look at some good prospects in the upcoming draft, I just hope Bird and Walsh get rid of the extra baggage in the meantime.
Anti-LibTard

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Mar 1, 2008
Did they threaten to shoot them????

;-P
Patrick World

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Mar 1, 2008
I would rather win or lose with guys like Dunleavy, Granger and Murphy who give an effort every night than the criminals on the roster.

www.patrick-world.com
Mt Obvious

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Mar 1, 2008
Patrick World wrote:
I would rather win or lose with guys like Dunleavy, Granger and Murphy who give an effort every night than the criminals on the roster.
www.patrick-world.com
You are like so many others that do not make ANY sense...The aforementioned Dunleavy,Granger and Murphy ARE on the court every night and representing the team well. Add in Rush, Diener, Foster and Graham and although the talent isn't at top level, they are a pretty fun bunch to watch.
Please can we use the word(whatever it may be) that you people really want to use because a "thug" is more of a violent criminal and I am not sure smokin a little dope and hanging at strip clubs qualifies as thuggery. Jermaine is not a thug and neither are the other guys that were on the court last night.
Yes there are 3, maybe 4 guys who need to be moved, but until we can get something in return, shut up, sit back and give the guys that are playing hard night in and night out your support.
Hoosiers..........
total bandwagon jumpers
justa fan

Akron, OH

#8 Mar 1, 2008
good win which have been rare especially on the road, Diener's first double double, plus the whole team finsihed strong, good win

“Play more golf!!!”

Since: Nov 07

West Lafayette, IN

#9 Mar 1, 2008
true fans unite wrote:
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They are in trouble, they need support not yours and all the fans in indiana complainig endlessly and boycotting games...watch the games support like a a true friend - in tough times try to help dont leave like everyone...i live far away were the gamea are at 2 am and i spent all night watching the game...
they played very well and with alot of guts...
Stop crying, start supporting thats to all pacer "fans" not just you...
I went to my first Pacer game in 1968 and have supported them through thick and thin, esp those first NBA years when they couldn't beat anyone. I really could care less if they win or lose -- my support is not based on wins. I do expect them to act like they are part of our community and to not demonstrate criminal behavior. If you want to let them off the hook that's fine, but I won't care about them until they grow up and behave. Get rid of the thugs and put some good people on the team, and I'll once again route for them, win or lose. Is that too much to ask?

“Play more golf!!!”

Since: Nov 07

West Lafayette, IN

#10 Mar 1, 2008
Mt Obvious wrote:
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You are like so many others that do not make ANY sense...The aforementioned Dunleavy,Granger and Murphy ARE on the court every night and representing the team well. Add in Rush, Diener, Foster and Graham and although the talent isn't at top level, they are a pretty fun bunch to watch.
Please can we use the word(whatever it may be) that you people really want to use because a "thug" is more of a violent criminal and I am not sure smokin a little dope and hanging at strip clubs qualifies as thuggery. Jermaine is not a thug and neither are the other guys that were on the court last night.
Yes there are 3, maybe 4 guys who need to be moved, but until we can get something in return, shut up, sit back and give the guys that are playing hard night in and night out your support.
Hoosiers..........
total bandwagon jumpers
You know what they say -- one bad apple spoils the barrel. In this case, several bad apples cause the barrel to stink. The guys you mentioned are fine but their association with the thugs drags them down. Its not their fault, they just happen to work for the Pacer brass who can't seem to make good decisions on these players. Do you think if these bums were on the Colts instead of the Pacers that Dungy and Polian would still be playing them? They would be gone ASAP.
Babyfaced assassin

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Mar 1, 2008
Purdue fan wrote:
Could have watched the game. Wasn't interested. Its really sad -- even a couple of years ago I would have watched. What happened to MY Pacers? Its not my team anymore.
Maybe you should watch, the team that is on the floor for the Pacers right now is pretty entertaining, even if the wins aren't coming....Diener gets the team into the offense quickly, and he does not turn the ball over. Dunleavy and Granger are good scorers, and Foster works his butt off...

It just bugs me when people say they don't watch, then criticize the team on the floor.
Ron

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Mar 1, 2008
Unfortunately, names like REGGIE, RIK, DALE, JACKSON, MULLINS, are still ringing in the hearts of most Indiana professional sports fans. Not only were they great ON COURT basketball players, they were by nature excellent citizens OFF CORT as well. I mean about the most you would read/hear about with that bunch would go as followed: Dale Davis, had the type of parties at his house, that the amount of cars in his drive-way resembled a Tom Wood tax rebate car sale. Then there was Reggie and that Watson’s girl, shame on him. There was the accustomed petty spats for playing time between Travis and Mark, Antonio and Rik, Jalen and Chris, oh you get the picture. This currant bunch does not have a stand up chance of competing for fan support the way that wholesome bunch did. But it should be noted that this bunch doesn’t have to. I mean come on people, this is Indiana, it may not be the State that invented basketball, but you will have a fight on your hands trying to convince the HOOSIER faithful of that. We are truly diehard fans. Think about it. We literally cried with our team as they had to sell some 8000 season tickets in the mid 70’s. Then prayed for them to be one of the chosen few taken from a dying ABA league, to the currant NBA. Then comes the 80’s, and the struggle to compete with the likes of NY, LA, Boston, just to name a few, with a small market revenue. Yet we stayed loyal with the PACERS. All we the fans have asked from this currant bunch of clowns on the hard-wood, and the front office is that they cut out the extra OFF CORT CRAP. This is Indiana, Just give us what we ask for good hard basketball. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Tinzley

Marysville, OH

#13 Mar 1, 2008
Purdue fan wrote:
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I went to my first Pacer game in 1968 and have supported them through thick and thin, esp those first NBA years when they couldn't beat anyone. I really could care less if they win or lose -- my support is not based on wins. I do expect them to act like they are part of our community and to not demonstrate criminal behavior. If you want to let them off the hook that's fine, but I won't care about them until they grow up and behave. Get rid of the thugs and put some good people on the team, and I'll once again route for them, win or lose. Is that too much to ask?
I couldn't agree more. I believe this is the sentiment of most people who are fed up with the Pacers turning thugs into millionaires. I, too, have been a Pacers fan since the early 70's. It has never been about wins & losses. Give me players that work hard every night and live clean, then they will have my support.

Bring back Reggie, Antonio, Derrick McKey, Dale, Rik, etc... An era of players that did it right and the city & state could be proud of.

Thug is an appropriate term for some of the players who have passed through the Pacers team in recent years. See below:

thug: noun
an aggressive and violent young criminal [syn: hood]

WordNet® 3.0,© 2006 by Princeton University.
S-Track

Michigan City, IN

#14 Mar 1, 2008
You know it has not been that long ago that this city had Pacer banners draped all over the buildings down town. Everyone was wearing Pacer gear, it was a exciting time. I still love watching the Pacers play. I still like the the core of this team, are there issues? sure. If your a true Pacer fan then they are your team win or lose, good or times or bad. I hear people on talk radio call the people of Indianapolis band wagon fans, I tend to believe for the most part they are right. I know for a fact that years from now (hopefully no time soon) the Colts are going struggle. It will be interesting to see how many true Colts fans we have here in the city.
justa fan

Akron, OH

#15 Mar 1, 2008
diener's good for this team, plays smart, has put them in the position to finish games well, this team needs someone who can put the ball in the bucket at the end of the game
Tinzley

Marysville, OH

#16 Mar 1, 2008
Mt Obvious wrote:
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You are like so many others that do not make ANY sense...The aforementioned Dunleavy,Granger and Murphy ARE on the court every night and representing the team well. Add in Rush, Diener, Foster and Graham and although the talent isn't at top level, they are a pretty fun bunch to watch.
Please can we use the word(whatever it may be) that you people really want to use because a "thug" is more of a violent criminal and I am not sure smokin a little dope and hanging at strip clubs qualifies as thuggery. Jermaine is not a thug and neither are the other guys that were on the court last night.
Yes there are 3, maybe 4 guys who need to be moved, but until we can get something in return, shut up, sit back and give the guys that are playing hard night in and night out your support.
Hoosiers..........
total bandwagon jumpers
Your post made me laugh. Just read the attached Pacer article below.

Bad company

Williams remained in Indianapolis as he tries to straighten out a situation in which a man wanted on a murder charge was arrested outside of his house Wednesday. It's uncertain if Williams will be available for Sunday's game against the Bucks.
Williams' high school coach in Memphis said his former star player had a tendency to hang out with bad crowds.
"I'm disappointed about this, but not surprised," Ted Anderson, who coached Williams at Hamilton High School, said in a story posted on a Memphis television station Web site. "These were people from the neighborhood and from in and around Memphis. And I knew some things they were involved in. Shawne did, too. I guess it was hard for him to break away from them when they are quote, unquote, friends.
Pacer Fan In J-tucky

Carlisle, IN

#17 Mar 1, 2008
Please play Stephen Graham more. I really enjoyed watching him play last night. He hustles on both ends of the floor, fights for rebounds and has a soft shooting touch. Why hasn't Graham played more than he has? They say because of too many wing men at that position. I say "find minutes for Graham", what is it going to hurt?
McChubbin

South Vienna, OH

#18 Mar 1, 2008
Purdue fan wrote:
Could have watched the game. Wasn't interested. Its really sad -- even a couple of years ago I would have watched. What happened to MY Pacers? Its not my team anymore.
What happened is they started losing. I'm sure you haven't watched every Purdue game in the past few years, either.

The games are actually entertaining. Sure, they blow leads. That's because they just aren't that good. But they are fun to watch and have a good style of play.
Larry Bird

Newark, OH

#19 Mar 1, 2008
Why did they get rid of Austin, AJ, James Jones, Fred Jones, etc
GOOD ONE

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#20 Mar 1, 2008
Patrick World wrote:
I would rather win or lose with guys like Dunleavy, Granger and Murphy who give an effort every night than the criminals on the roster.
www.patrick-world.com
I and many others dont pay money to go watch a pathetic team led by Dunleavy and Murphy. Give me the good old days with the thugs (Artest), pot smokers Smits and Perkins, mouthy Miller who won games and had some great rivalries with the Pistons and Knicks. This team is a joke.

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