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What those "evil" Frankes have really been up to

It doesn't take long to elicit a reaction to the Frankes on the blogosphere. Just throw their names out there, and the conspiracy theorists come a-runnin', leaving their homes on Pluto to get in one more good whack.

Well, here's former Port Huron owner Larry Kinney, who apparently doesn't think the Komets owners are the Corleones, running the reconstituted IHL (may it rest in peace) for their own amusement.

Note especially this paragraph: "Saving Flint is nothing new for Kinney, who essentially owned the Generals this past season, not Fort Wayne's Michael Franke. He also was pumping money into the Quad City Mallards. Kinney -- who praised the Frankes for doing everything possible to help the IHL survive -- said about $700,000 of his $3 million in losses came in supporting those two franchises."

So the Frankes weren't the only ones out there propping up the IHL, and they maybe weren't even the principal parties doing so. Sort of blows apart all those characterizations of them as greedy manipulators who were pushing the IHL down everyone's throats because it mainly profited them.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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