We love it when executives of major sports franchises lament the fact that they can’t fill the seats of their arena/stadium/dump. It’s funny because most of the time their franchise sucks. Or maybe they don’t suck anymore but they did for a long, long time.
The Tampa Bay Rays are a fantastic example.
That’s why Larry Bird’s latest little edict from Indianapolis is so refreshing. And by refreshing I mean incredibly obvious and not worth saying out loud: Bird plans to get middle Indiana fannies back into Conseco Fieldhouse by (gasp) putting a winning product on the floor.
Huh. That’s novel. Put a winner out there and people will watch. It’s so obvious yet so profound.
We suppose it also helps when you get rid of the slew of goons you had running around Naptown getting into trouble with Johnny Law. We people of the Middle West don’t like off-court problems. We’re simple folk.
Apparently neither did Bird:
The Indiana Pacers president often squirmed in his seat while watching a poor defensive team on the court and uttered words not meant for young children after some of the things his players did off the court.
Oh, Larry, it’ll be OK. You just put that winner out there and the people will come back. You’ll get through it all just fine.