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.