Benner on Sports

BENNER: Enough looking back--let's look at events aheadRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Bill Benner
Last week, we looked back at the year that was in Indiana sports. This week, we look ahead to the new year and what it might be.<
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BENNER: Sports moments to remember--and forgetRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Bill Benner
Butler basketball leads list of top sports stories of the year.
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BENNER: IU's new coach doesn't have to work miraclesRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Bill Benner
An open letter to Kevin Wilson, Indiana University's football coach.
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BENNER: Football shows Marian U. the power of sportsRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Bill Benner
A Catholic university based in Indiana where football serves as a major rallying point for students, alumni and donors? The University of Notre Dame would be a correct answer. But it’s no longer the only one.
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BENNER: Here's my unpopular recommendation: Keep LynchRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Bill Benner
In defense of the indefensible: Yes, I still support the man.
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BENNER: Louisville scores a point in Indy catch-up gameRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Forty years ago, Indianapolis and Louisville were both known as one-event towns. But Indy moved on while Louisville stayed put.
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BENNER: Happy hoops season could cure football miseryRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Bill Benner
College basketball season is upon us. Thank goodness. Here in Indiana, it can serve to take our minds off college football.
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BENNER: Indiana State football reigns ... and other thoughtsRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Bill Benner
Tony Dungy's class act, the possibilities of NFL expansion, and more.
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BENNER: Misperceptions swirl around college agent issueRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Bill Benner
How many collegians accept money? The percentage could not possibly rise above the low single digits, if that.
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BENNER: Will Pacers put up wins and finally win back fans?Restricted Content

October 23, 2010
Bill Benner
The Indiana Pacers open their National Basketball Association season Wednesday night with two questions overriding other concerns.
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BENNER: How will NFL's labor dispute play out? No one knowsRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Bill Benner
With the National Football League season in full swing, it is easy to forget the gathering storm clouds of a labor impasse that threaten the 2011 schedule.
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BENNER: Athletic director pushes off-field game plan for IURestricted Content

October 9, 2010
Bill Benner
After months of discussions, IU Director of Athletics Fred Glass has determined that IU athletics must be defined by a broader culture than simply wins and losses
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BENNER: New NCAA chief inherits full plate and moreRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Bill Benner
An open letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert: Welcome to Indianapolis, President Emmert. Or, if I may, Mark. We’re pretty informal around here.
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BENNER: Issue of women in locker room crops up ... againRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Bill Benner
If I could add the wasted time I spent waiting outside locker rooms with the wasted time encountered once inside, I might be able to get three or four years of my life back.
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BENNER: Sanders in the past, college playoffs in the futureRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other while wondering what to do with my No. 21 Indianapolis Colts jersey.
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BENNER: NFL TV blackouts aren't our problem ... for nowRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Bill Benner
Last season, 22 games were blacked out. It's the highest number in five years.
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BENNER: Conseco hosts what could be bloody good showRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Bill Benner
My introduction to the raw reality of boxing left me with admiration for the physical skills necessary to be a fighter and the sheer toughness it takes to get into the ring. However, at the same time, being young and naïve, I was shaken by the brutality of the enterprise.
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BENNER: Hoosier Hysteria now wears pads and cleatsRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Bill Benner
Although I am a full-blooded Hoosier with basketball as part of my DNA, football—and football season—has become the part of the sports calendar I look forward to most.
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BENNER: Bird's trust goes unrewarded in new debacleRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Bill Benner
Face it, Larry; you messed up. You trusted a 19-year-old with a questionable past.
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BENNER: You can help save the lives of young Hoosiers

August 14, 2010
Bill Benner
Feleica Locklear-Stewart’s attention. And she is on a mission to make sure we do more, not just for athletes, but for all our young.
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BENNER: 'Empty' Brickyard still pulls a pretty good crowdRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Bill Benner
We need to provide some perspective. If Brickyard 400 attendance was, as estimated, somewhere between 130,000 and 150,000, that still makes it the second-largest single-day sporting event in the world and represents a healthy influx of cash, much of it coming from elsewhere, spent in the area over the weekend.
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BENNER: Still pulling for Tiger in spite of his transgressionsRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Bill Benner
Let me be the last (quasi) sports journalist in America to weigh in on Tiger Woods.
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BENNER: Will Pacers be reborn or say a long goodbye?Restricted Content

July 17, 2010
Bill Benner
Winning will not, as some have suggested, cure all, because the NBA business model is so horribly awry.
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SPORTS: Sports suffer even as participation, attention growRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Bill Benner
Will we ever return to the halcyon days dominated by the likes of Foyt, Andretti, Rutherford, Mears and the Unsers?
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BENNER: Blown calls aren't a tradition worth preservingRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Bill Benner
When glaring, outcome—or history-altering—gaffes can be almost immediately rectified, why wouldn't anyone want to get it right?
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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