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Thursday, October 16, 2008

A "New Attitude" with a Retro Feel – Pacemates Season Debut in Old Surroundings 

Posted by James at 3:00 PM ET

Midwest Dave files this report from Indianapolis:



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Mike Dunleavy


It was time to break out your polyester leisure suits, platform shoes, and disco records as the Indiana Pacers kicked off their 2008-2009 game schedule. The Pacers went back to their roots last Wednesday night, playing their first pre-season game at the Pepsi Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Pacers played there until April 1974, and won three ABA championships when the Fairgrounds was their home. Even the current players, such as Mike Dunleavy, and mascot Boomer got into the act, donning their boogie-down finest.

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Seazun, Jarin, Aminda, Melanie and Tessa


The Pacemates also provided a contrast of old and new. They kicked off the season with a new routine ("Mony Mony") and a routine from last year, "New Attitude," symbolic that the Pacers are trying to re-establish themselves in the community after some players had off the court issues. During the first half, the Pacemates wore their uniforms based on the 70's Pacers uniforms, and during the second half, the Pacemates wore the uniforms based on the Pacers 80's uniforms. Long-time veteran Pacemate Michelle finished her on-court career last year, but now is the new Pacemate Director, in addition to being a newlywed. Michelle replaced longtime Pacemate and Director Stacy Austin, now enjoying being a new Mommy.


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When I received my tickets, I really didn't know if they would be good or bad seats, since I had never seen a basketball game at the Pepsi Coliseum before. Ends up they were a little far for good dance photos, but the Pacemates were great as always. My Standout of the Game awards go out to two outstanding Pacemates. Because I was a bit of a distance away, I could tell one of the dancers had high energy and was really shining, but knew I would not know who it was until I looked at my pics. Turns out it was veteran Melanie, who shows no signs of relaxing after years of great dance. Way to go Melanie, who I believe is studying meteorology (weather, you like it or not). Also, as always, a great performance by Seazun, who exemplifies the hard work that so many within the pro cheer squads accomplish during the day jobs and side "hobby." She works hard improving the lives of many in her chosen field of social work, then spends her rare free time as a member of the Pacemates. Thanks Seazun, on behalf of all of the people to whose days you brighten!

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