Anna Mae (nee Ihle) Lobenstein; resident of St. Leon Indiana passed away on October 27, 2017 in her home. She was born on March 27, 1939 to Joseph and Louise (nee Bross) Ihle. On April 25, 1959 she married the love of her life, whom she is now reunited with, Eugene Emmert Lobenstein. In their early days they loved to go square dancing. Annie cherished her family immensely and enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren. She loved baseball, especially watching the reds on tv and playing cards. While her competitive nature often forced her to become a sore loser in the game Canasta, everyone to the left would be handed her Black 3’s. Annie was a wonderful cook and her family loved her homemade pancakes. However, due to her husband’s passing, Annie found it too hard to make them. Her faith in God and the church kept her going through her grief as she prayed the rosary daily.She is preceded in death by her husband Eugene Emmeret Lobenstein, parents: Joseph and Louise (nee Bross) Ihle, and sister: Dottie Shope.Those left to remember Annie include her devoted children: Jeff Lobenstein, Tina Lobenstein & Kim (Jerry) Callahan; cherished grandchildren: Stephanie (Jeremy) Smith, Jessica (Cory) Mobley, Jeremy (Amy) Lobenstein, Eric (McKenzie) Callahan & Ryan (Abbie Wiesmann) Callahan; loving great-grandchildren: Wyatt & Landon Smith, Colton Mobley, Easton & Emmett Lobenstein & Tucker Gene Lobenstein who is due in November; Siblings: Mary (Charlie) Gutzwiller, Charlie (Mary) and Joe (Beverly) Ihle, Jean Herman and Debbie (Henry) Ward. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.A rosary service will begin at 10:30 AM followed by the visitation on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 11 AM until the time of mass at 2 PM at the All Saints Parish -St. Joseph’s Campus, 7536 Church Lane, West Harrison, Indiana 47060. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to benefit the Sunman Life Squad, St. Leon Volunteer Fire Department or the All Saints Parish. Donations can be brought to the visitation and a funeral home representative may help you with your donation. If you are unable to attend the visitation you may mail your contributions to, Brater-Winter Funeral Home, 201 S. Vine Street, Harrison, Ohio 45030
CBS Sports’ Chris Bengel reported on Jan. 3 that the 2020 NHL Winter Classic between the Nashville Predators and host Dallas Stars at the Cotton Bowl drew the smallest television ratings since the game’s inauguration in 2008.For the first time, the Winter Classic failed to draw two million viewers, as this year’s event managed around 1.97-million. It’s the fifth straight year the game drew less than three million viewers. The novelty of outdoor games such as the Winter Classic may be waning on a national level, and the quality of play at the All-Star Game remains a mockery of good hockey. Cynics dismiss the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game as nothing more than an annual cash grab by the league.But as long as interest in both events remain strong at the local level, no one should fault the NHL for capitalizing on it. Professional hockey is a business, and part of it is stoking fan support at every level.The Winter Classic or the All-Star Game might not matter to the average NHL fan when viewed from afar. But when one of those events is staged in that fan’s hometown, they’ll happily pony up whatever the league wants to attend those games. MORE: What the 2020 Winter Classic meant to the NHL, Dallas and the southern hockey fanBengel suggested one reason for this year’s decline is the Winter Classic went up against two college football bowl games. He also pointed out it’s no longer the only outdoor game staged annually by the league — the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche will play an outdoor game on Feb. 15 as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.Some observers might attribute the decline to this year’s Winter Classic participants — the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators — not coming from traditional hockey markets. Both clubs do lack a recognizable superstar on the level of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby or Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.While the Winter Classic may have been a dud in the national American ratings, the Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks reported that the game set records in Dallas and Nashville as the most-watched regular-season contest for both clubs.For the host Stars, the Winter Classic was a smashing success. DeFranks noted the game drew 85,630 fans, making it the second most-attended game in NHL history. The demand for tickets forced the league to open up more seating. He also pointed out the Stars ordered more Winter Classic jerseys than any previous club. Those jerseys sold out within two days. Around 20,000 Predators fans also attended the game.How the game fares in its host market explains why the annual Winter Classic still matters even if its luster has faded on the national level. It helps sell the game, especially in so-called ‘non-traditional’ markets, and generates excitement among the local fan base. It opens those supporters to a unique game-watching experience they otherwise might never get to see.Winter Classic 2020: A recap of the Stars’ New Year’s Day win over NashvilleThe same can be said for the league’s annual All-Star Game. Some observers believe the event is no longer a worthy showcase for the game’s elite talent and call for its abolishment. The game’s quality of play, admittedly, is a joke: players want to avoid injury from participating in a glorified exhibition contest so they refrain from physical contact, turning the game into an offensive free-for-all.However, while the All-Star Game struggles in national television ratings, it draws well in the host cities. Fans get to watch the league’s best talent all play in one place, enjoy their efforts in the skills competitions and provide plenty of support during the game itself.The St. Louis Business Journal reports the upcoming All-Star Game in St. Louis could bring an estimated $20 million economic impact to the local community. The whole weekend annually serves as a boon to the host NHL city during the post-Christmas period when travel and tourism are down.