I'm on vacation right now, but fear not -- I wouldn't leave you without a topic to ponder.
Today, I give you the list of the Komets' top rivals from the past nine seasons. (That covers the team's time in the AA level of hockey.)
10) Asheville Smoke -- There were some memorable, physical games against the short-lived team from the south.
9) Missouri River Otters -- They weren't always the most exciting games, but the River Otters and Komets had good, close, defensive-minded games that would have you afraid you'd miss the pivotal goal.
8) Muskegon Fury -- Fort Wayne fans love to hate some of the the Fury's skill players, who through the years have had a penchant for diving and whining. And there have been some good games, too.
7) Binghamton Icemen -- Remember that great playoff series in 2000? Too bad the Icemen departed this level not long afterward.
6) Port Huron Icehawks -- Anyone else think the Komets' comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to take the Turner Cup from the Icehawks' clutches will be the start of a good rivalry? Me too.
5) Flint Generals -- These teams have hooked up for some nice melees. And there have been some nice off-ice incidents, including some Generals officials allegedly measuring the Komets' sticks to check their legality, then calling for referee inspections during the game. For years, the Komets have responded by guarding all their equipment up there.
4) Kalamazoo Wings -- Geographically, this should be a monster rivalry. Especially since the Fort Wayne contingent is what gets Wings Stadium rocking. But the Komets have dominated and there's seldom any heat. Could we get a good line brawl to change all that? Olivier Legault, make that happen, please.
3) Elmira Jackals -- Yup, they brawled, especially when Robbie Nichols was with the Jackals and Pat Bingham coached the Komets. And they always seemed to be on the ice for strange happenings, like when Joe Franke, the equipment manager, was forced to play for the Komets. It had the makings of a great rivalry except the United Hockey League brass kept messing it up by scheduling too few games between the teams.
2) Quad City Mallards -- It fizzled over the years, especially once Brian Curran started coaching those boring Mallards teams, but these teams were just so good and kept meeting in the playoffs. There was hatred, even between front-office types.
1) Rockford IceHogs -- Didn't you just love to hate the way they played? They celebrated every goal like it was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Steve Martinson was always stirring stuff up on and off the ice. They were always running the Komets' goalies. C'mon, admit it, you hated them.