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. Great article and post scripts by Mike L (Great addition to IBJ BTW). Bobby's stubborn as a mule, and doubt if he ever comes back to IU. But the love he would receive would be enormous. Hope he shows some time, but not counting on it.

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  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

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