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And Another Thing


We're No. 19

Remember the salad days, the palmy days, when we were on top of the world, or at least being mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Hershey/Harrisburg, Pa.?

Well, no more.

Now Fort Wayne's just another face in the crowd in Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal's top minor-league city list, down there with Hidalgo, Tex., and the rest of the schlubs. It seems like only last year we came in at a solid No. 2 on the list (OK, so it was only last year). Now we're, um, 19th.

This seems like an awfully harsh rebuke, considering the Komets stepped up to a better league, the TinCaps continue to be one of the top draws in the Midwest League and the Mad Ants continue to be one of the top draws in the D-League. But apparently, most of the drop was due to the folding of the indoor football team, the Firehawks.

Oh, if only they knew, the Street & Smith folks, what an inconsequential thing that was. I mean, come on, it was indoor football. And not terribly distinguished indoor football. In fact, it was so undistinguished (Euphemism alert: Translates as "a joke"), that I thought losing it might actually improve our standing, and we'd regain the No. 1 ranking we had in 2009.

Alas, I was wrong. And what really hurts is we're now six rungs below Toledo, for God's sake.


Ben Smith's blog.