Driving into the office today, I heard talk on local radio that longtime WOWO broadcaster Bob Chase was shredding the city for not doing enough to honor the Komets' Turner Cup championship.
My initial thought was: Short of a parade or some piece of paper, otherwise known as a proclamation, what is the city supposed to do? This is mid-level minor-league hockey, not justification for a some shut-down-Main Street event. (Let's not forget the Komets had their end-of-season party, attended by about 1,200 people, and that was a hearty celebration.)
But then I read the transcript of what Chase said on the air -- you can read it by clicking here -- and I really thought about it. You know what? Chase is correct.
While I'm not usually one for mayoral proclamations that look good on TV but mean nothing really, the Komets are such a huge part of this city, someone in city government should have taken more notice. Chase was correct when he said, the Komets are the sole reason many people even know about this city.
Think I'm wrong? Next time you go on vacation, wear a Komets hat and you may be surprised how many people ask you about the team. Sure, some of that is Chase ego -- it was his voice that brought the Komets across the nation when WOWO could actually be heard beyond the state line -- but the Komets are known far and wide nonetheless.
So, someone scribble something on a piece of paper. Mayor Tom Henry, send a letter to the Journal Gazette's sports department (firstname.lastname@example.org, by the way). Someone needs to take notice, this was a pretty big deal that should be honored.
Big as the Colts' Super Bowl? Uh, no way, Chaser. But pretty big just the same.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette