After the Mad Ants' 117-105 win over Albuquerque on Sunday, I went over and said hello to Kent Benson, the former Indiana University All-American center who was visiting for the sole purpose of being Kent Benson and saying nice things about the Mad Ants.
Although he was just here for the girls' state basketball finals, I asked how much he remembered of November 1975, inside the Memorial Coliseum.
That's when IU came to town for an intrasquad scrimmage that sold out the joint in about, oh, 30 minutes. Seriously. It was about 30 minutes and the tickets were toast. The place was packed. And hot.
It was so hot, in fact, that the basketball court, which was constructed over the hockey ice (hey, some things never change), formed condensation in the second half.
This was the year, remember, that IU forward Scott May was coming back from a broken arm that probably cost IU the 1975 national championship. And when his 1976 team began to slip and slide on the wet Coliseum floor, Indiana coach Bob Knight called off the scrimmage.
"You probably remember that better than I do," Benson said. "But what I remember most is the tremendous fans you all have here in Fort Wayne. It's a tremendous venue for basketball, and of course, there are tremendous IU fans in the area."
And no, Benson was NOT a player sent to the Mad Ants from the Milwaukee Bucks - one of the three NBA affiliates.