Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I even remembered to wear my IPFW T-shirt (class of '82). The little girls wore their IU cheer outfits.
Great crowd, small but vocal student section, peppy little band, enthusiastic cheerleaders and the top-notch atmosphere of the Coliseum. Lots of Michigan State fans in attendance, but plenty of IPFW blue, too.
The guys sitting behind us were from Michigan; one works for the Lugnuts (okay, I confess, I overhead this entire conversation during a quieter moment) and he was feeling the love for Fort Wayne sports teams--he didn't now which one he liked better ("They have great names here")--Komets ("With a 'k'," he specified), Mad Ants (he LOVED that one), TinCaps (no comment) and even the Mastodons.
My first semester at IPFW was the fall of '76--Kettler, Neff, library and the union, and of course the troms. I didn't even know IPFW had sports teams then--and I wrote for the Communicator.
ESPN was all about the game this morning--seems that Michigan State was the only ranked team to play last night. I guess ESPN news was befuddled as to why the game was played in Fort Wayne--and Mike and Mike in the morning thought the comments by the ESPN News anchor was one of the funniest moments of the morning.