As I was drinking a beer and watching Game 6 with my fiancé at Detour Bar and Grille in Downtown Carmel a smile came across my face. I remember four years ago, cheering for a dismantled Pacer team…starting to show signs of promise with new young faces, but still struggling to win and draw fans. Fast forward a year and I got to attend a first round match-up between the Pacers and Bulls in 2011 for $10. I was surrounded by Bull fans the entire game and thought to myself – where are all the Pacer fans? Last year was fun as I was able to attend four playoff games – two against Orlando and two against the Heat before we fell to the Heat in the second round but I wasn't disappointed. I could fell an energy and you could tell the Pacers had some momentum. The difference between the past three years and this one is that the city of Indianapolis is finally recognizing the Pacers are a good team, with good players who are all good men. Hibbert made a couple of mistakes in his interviews after the Game 6 victory but overall every player on this team is good hearted, especially Roy. I haven’t been able to attend a playoff game this year because they prices are out of reach (which means the city is supporting the Pacers again!) but I have been able to cheer with fellow fans in bars, at my apartment and at their homes. The city is alive with Pacer fever and tonight we try to punch our ticket to the NBA Finals.
Tonight I am a homer – because I love this Pacer’s team and I will be cheering harder than you can imagine. It is time for the Pacers to keep their emotions in check, play tough, hard-nosed defensive basketball. It is time for the Pacers to finish stealing the stage and truly put the two best TEAMS in the NBA finals. As the city of Indianapolis would say – #BeatTheHeat and as my fiancé would say - #Squashthebosh
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