Benner on Sports

BENNER: Thanks and farewell after 45 years of Indy sports bylines

November 9, 2013
Bill Benner
Veteran columnist moving on after a dozen years offering sports commentary for IBJ.
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BENNER: Brandon Miller, no stranger to big shots, gets another at HinkleRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Bill Benner
Butler's new coach is smooth under pressure, a quality he'll need in his dream job.
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BENNER: Colts prove they can overcome ‘bulletin-board material’Restricted Content

October 26, 2013
Bill Benner
The Colts-Broncos game lived up to the circus that led up to it.
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BENNER: Indy teams’ success a reflection of strong managementRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
We may have showered our sports franchises with millions, but at least they haven't squandered it.
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BENNER: Love thy enemy? We’ll find out when Peyton returns to IndyRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Bill Benner
It won't be easy to watch our franchise quarterback under center for the Broncos.
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BENNER: Love thy enemy? We’ll find out when Peyton returns to Indy

October 12, 2013
The return of No. 18 is almost upon us. Everyone has been looking ahead to Peyton Manning versus the Colts since the schedule was announced in the spring.
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BENNER: Westfield is pursuing its own amateur sports dreamRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Bill Benner
Hamilton County town pursuing young athletes who arrive with families in tow.
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BENNER: Regrettably, not all iconic sports venues can be savedRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Bill Benner
Venues mean something. More than bricks and steel and concrete, if done right, they ooze character and provide a sense of special place.
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BENNER: A nickname only an NFL owner could defend—and keepRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Bill Benner
It's time Washington, and a certain IPS school for that matter, catches up with the rest of society.
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BENNER: NCAA alone can’t clean up college football; Oscar in the HallRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Bill Benner
The pressure to cheat starts with the schools themselves and their demanding fans.
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BENNER: How do we top 2012? Here’s hoping we get to find outRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Bill Benner
It's hard to imagine topping Indy's hosting of the 2012 Super Bowl, but it can be done.
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BENNER: Colts will show that last year's 11-win season was not a flukeRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Bill Benner
Horseshoes and their young quarterback will prove the prognosticators wrong once again.
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BENNER: Eager for college football—and hoping it won’t implodeRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Bill Benner
The game could suffer under the weight of its popularity and financial might.
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BENNER: All preseason football games are ‘crap performances,’ Jim

August 17, 2013
Bill Benner
It's not fair that season ticket holders pay regular-season prices for the games that don't count.
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BENNER: Sports can boost other points of civic pride in Indianapolis

August 10, 2013
Bill Benner
Sports won't solve all of the city's problems, but sports can help on many fronts.
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BENNER: Extraordinary Pete Dye course moves into spotlightRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Bill Benner
Sitting atop a 1,000-foot hill overlooking the town and offering vistas of 30 miles, the Dye course is a breathtaking emerald gem, the result of both the incredible topography and the mad genius of Indiana’s own Mr. Dye.
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Delany hasn’t lost sight of the core values of college sports

July 27, 2013
Bill Benner
Big Ten Commissioner seeks more than TV ratings, full stadiums and Brinks trucks dumping their cargo on campuses from Lincoln to State College.
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Basketball history magazine full of fun facts and features

July 20, 2013
Bill Benner
I leaf through the pages, uncovering gems, some that I'd forgotten and some that I never knew, even though I'm a lifelong Hoosier.
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Setting the record straight on Stevens’ move to CelticsRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Bill Benner
Just when you think nothing more can be said about Butler's latest coaching departure ...
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BENNER: Victory Field hits baseball sweet spot for fans, old croniesRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Bill Benner
The Vic, which opened in 1996, looks as nice as it did on opening night.
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BENNER: Trainer hall of famer makes his mark across many sportsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Bill Benner
Serendipity and a Pacers legend put Ralph Reiff at the pinnacle of his profession.
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BENNER: Highs and lows, from Stanley Cup to College World SeriesRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
We have plenty to celebrate, most of which happens on the field of play. The bad stuff happens on the fringes.
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BENNER: Group bringing golf to the masses lands alum at U.S. Open

June 15, 2013
Bill Benner
The First Tee is making golf accessible to kids who will benefit from the game regardless of whether they ever make the tour.
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BENNER: Fans mad about Game 7 swoon prove Pacers are relevant again

June 8, 2013
Bill Benner
Complaints, second-guessing, anger over loss are unmistakeable signs that fans have reengaged with the team.
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BENNER: Never mind the yellow, it was a 500 finish to rememberRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Bill Benner
Tony Kanaan's action-packed victory is proof enough that officials shouldn't tinker with how IndyCar finishes its races.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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