Saturday night was an emotional time for the fans of the Evansville IceMen. One last time we got to ask “Hey Tommy how much time’s left?!” And it felt sad to know there was “One minute remaining in the 3rd period.” There were many throw backs to traditions gone by.
Of course, the IceMen lost, but that was just one more tradition of being a fan we got to live one last time. I had started thinking last week about how I would put into words the emotions I knew I would experience that night. The sense of loss for my team that felt more like an Irish funeral than a hockey game would not be easy to put into words.
That was all right…until I got Ron Geary’d.
Have you ever been Ron Geary’d? It’s when your enjoyment of something is significantly lowered due to the narcissistic activity of another individual. One last time his ego and pride had to have the last word.
While fans were taking group photos for various reasons after the game he felt compelled to parade himself out onto the ice. Who, with any form of common sense, would think this is a good idea? It’s like the Emperor being too proud to admit he’s parading himself like a jackass without clothes on. Needless to say, some fans had some choice words for him. This ended with the salute that he’s been giving IceMen fans for months. This time it was just more honest: a middle finger waving in the air. This happened to be caught on camera.
One last middle finger from the man whose sense of self importance has driven a team into darkness. He’s literally driven the IceMen to be “dark” next year. To live in my corner of the world is to understand a man that has played brinkmanship with people before. His negotiating tactics as the owner of Ellis Park — a horse racing facility — are well documented. He attempted to drive the media narrative on the negotiation process with the IceMen — something he chose to make public — until he had no media support. He’s burned bridge after bridge and reduced to petty lashing out on his own hockey team’s internet show because no one else wants to hear it anymore.
While still negotiating with the City of Evansville, he paraded himself around the Ford Center with the Mayor of Owensboro, KY in front of a packed house. Ron went into business for himself and attempted to play victim on a local television station until local news anchor Brad Byrd asked the same question multiple times about moving the team while he attempted to skirt around it.
Then there was the fiasco of him announcing the team was moving without having a usable building in place and a vague plan on how to make the existing building “usable.” Each move more ridiculous than the others and all because Geary wasn’t getting his way. The man has all the charm and personality of a two-year-old who’s never been told “no” in their life.
I wrote about how I had hoped Saturday night would be about healing. It’s now obvious there’s no interest in healing, not by Geary anyway. There is still a true opportunity for closure, though.
I’m officially putting the owner of the IceMen in timeout.
You have to go sit in the corner by yourself for a year and after that you aren’t allowed to play here anymore. You have to find new people willing to play with you.
Good luck with that.
People don’t like to play with selfish, whiny, classless kids. The rest of us are going to play with the new kid. He’s nice and we’re looking forward to hanging out with him and his team instead.