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And Another Thing


If at first you don't succeed ...

Indoor football will try, try again

I'll say one thing for indoor football. It's harder to kill than a staph infection.

Three or so owners ago I stopped swallowing the hook when they told me it could work in this town, and yet here they are, still telling me it can work in this town. I've heard the litany before: It's failed four times here, but it's never failed because it just wouldn't fly in the Fort.

It's failed because this happened or that happened or the other thing happened. It's failed because it was under-capitalized or the marketing was wrong or the economy went dumpster-diving. It's failed because the moon was in the seventh house, and Jupiter was aligned with Mars.

And so now I hear the two front guys of the latest ownership group, Mike Loomis and John Christner, say it's coming back in the spring .... and here comes skepticism again, moving his stuff into my guest room, eating all my food, vegging out on my couch.

Indoor football? Again?

It'll work this time (Loomis says) because he's going to cut ticket prices and make the sport more affordable.

It'll work because (Loomis again) "there's a real demand for football in Fort Wayne."

It'll work because (Loomis again) "we intend to introduce sound business practices with a strong business plan."

Yeah. Him and the last four guys who thought this could work here.

And so I'll say what I said three or so owners ago, when I stopped swallowing the hook.

Show me the ball in the air. I might believe it then.

Probably not, though.

Ben Smith's blog.