Fans Appreciate Their Fever

September 14, 2008 | by Ericka Sanders

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A regular season of ups and downs for the Indiana Fever has come to a close. From a thrilling triple-overtime loss to the New York Liberty, to a revenge victory during the first professional basketball game ever played outdoors, the Girls of Summer have a lot to take away from the season.

So do the fans -- especially after a record-setting 103-89 win on Sunday afternoon to close the regular season.

“It hasn’t been their best season, but it hasn’t been their worst either,” said Rebecca Morris who attends Fever games as often as she can.

“I’m glad they’re in the playoffs – it’s been a tough season,” said three-year season ticket holder Roberta Denton. “With (Tamika Catchings) being out in the beginning and the transition of new players coming in, they’ve played OK.”

While Denton says she isn’t impressed with the record and some of the losses, she has noticed a lot of things she’s liked and looks forward to the team’s playoff game against the Detroit Shock, at Conseco Fieldhouse this Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m.

“I’ve seen them run and shoot, and play with intensity,” she said. “I expect in the playoffs we’re just hitting our peak. If we keep the energy we’ve had during the last couple of games I think we have a shot at taking Detroit down.”

It hasn’t been only women enjoying the Fever this season. John Brown, a season ticket holder as well with his wife Annetta, says the “good, family entertainment and affordability” is what keeps him coming back.

“It’s always a good time and I think there is a higher level of intensity than you see a lot of the times with the NBA,” he said. “It’s more exciting all the way around.”

And for those men who have yet to trek downtown to witness a Fever game because it’s “girls playing basketball?"

“They need to grow up,” Brown says with a laugh.

As for 10-year-old Jordan Walker who has been to three games this year, she finally got her father to attend his first, and play a few games on the Main Concourse before tipoff.

“I like coming to games because I learn a lot about how to play basketball,” she said.

And dad?

“It’s more about taking her to the game than the game itself,” said Dale Walker.

As the Fever organization celebrates its fans, the fans are ready to close the door on an average regular season and cheer the team on in the playoffs.

“A whole new season starts Friday night and I think it’s going to be a great series,” said Annetta Brown. “They just have to come and play their game, play defense and rebound. I think they’ll win.”