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Greetings from Cincy

CINCINNATI -- It's amazing how time can change your perspective on things.

I'm at U.S. Bank Arena for the Komets' game against the Cincinnati Cyclones. The last time I was here was 1999, in the old IHL, and the building was known as The Crown.

It felt so big and modern then.

Now, it feels old and dingy.

The arena was built in 1975 -- hey, it's a month older than me -- and when I was last here, I remember thinking that the press box seemed miles away. Now, it's closer than the press box at Memorial Coliseum, which has since had a renovation.

They have the upper level tarped with plastic. That's never a good sign. Capacity is 6,955.

Anyway, here's hoping I see some Cincinnati Stingers uniforms -- love them!! -- and that the Komets give me something to write about.

The Komets are coming off losses in two of their last three games, both at Loveland, Colo.

Click here to read today's preview of tonight's game. Remember, it will be on 1380 AM and 106.7 FM because of the State of the Union address being on WOWO.

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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