Benner on Sports

BENNER: World Cup leaves this viewer less than engrossedRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Bill Benner
I’m trying. I am really trying. That is why, a couple of Saturdays ago, when I could have been involved in some other leisure activity, I settled into my easy chair and, instead, watched the U.S. team take on England in its World Cup soccer opener.
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BENNER: Conference commissioners' math skills need workRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Bill Benner
As of this writing, the Big Ten has 12 teams, the Big 12 has 10 teams and the Pac-10 has 11 teams.
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BENNER: John Wooden would have been proud of these kidsRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bill Benner
There is little I can add to the deserved tributes ... except to place a couple of recent events in a Wooden-like perspective.
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BENNER: The good, bad and ugly of this year's Indy 500Restricted Content

June 5, 2010
Bill Benner
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing was, once again, a spectacle. Now that it’s in the rearview mirror, an accounting is in order.
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BENNER: From Boehm to Hayward to a New York Super BowlRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Bill Benner
Retiring Indiana Supreme Court judge Ted Boehm played a leading role in the city's emergence as an amateur sports capital.
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BENNER: Misdeeds magnified by ratings-hungry TVRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Bill Benner
If the events at Carmel High School had occurred outside the realm of sports, would the scrutiny have been this intense, and this sensationalized?
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BENNER: Speedway's centennial becomes a crossroadsRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Bill Benner
Just two years ago, the future seemed as bright for the Indy Racing League. But that was then. This is now.
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BENNER: Unsung sports leader steps down after two decadesRestricted Content

May 7, 2010
Bill Benner
As the NCAA garnered nationwide attention with the announcement of its new president, hardly a peep was heard as its next-door neighbor in White River State Park, the National Federation of State High School Associations, bade farewell to its leader a couple of days later.
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BENNER: Balancing academics, big business is part of NCAA jobRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Bill Benner
On April 27, the NCAA unveiled its fifth president: Dr. Mark Emmert, currently president of the University of Washington.
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BENNER: Think twice before ripping the blue and goldRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Bill Benner
I defy anyone to tell me that losing the Pacers would be a positive thing for Indianapolis.
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BENNER: One last look at the Bulldogs ... in another universeRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Bill Benner
In the two weeks since the NCAA title game, I can barely go a waking hour without someone asking me The Question: What if Gordon Hayward’s shot had gone in?
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BENNER: Winners and more winners from the 2010 Final FourRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Bill Benner
Praise for Brad Stevens, the Butler seniors, and more.
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BENNER: Hey, Hink? You'd be proud of this Butler teamRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Bill Benner
Itâ??s all about the whole, not the parts. They cut and move, move, move on offense. They defend like their scholarships depend on it.
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BENNER: Meet the steady hand behind March MadnessRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Bill Benner
I have known NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt for something like 30 years and am routinely reminded that the most difficult thing to get him to talk about is … Tom Jernstedt.
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BENNER: A bigger--and better--Final Four awaits fansRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Over and above its predecessors, this year's event is going to blow you away.
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BENNER: Let Big Ten grow, but keep NCAA tournament as isRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Bill Benner
The concept of more being better could be coming to a couple of institutions we know well.
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BENNER: Erskine shows us why he's a Hoosier gem -- twiceRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Bill Benner
Carl Erskine isn't just from Anderson, Indiana. He is Anderson, Indiana.
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BENNER: Ticket sales are key to keeping Big Ten gamesRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Bill Benner
What's happen off court at the Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments could be as interesting as what happens on.
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BENNER: Down-to-earth athletes elevate Winter OlympicsRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Even with all its problems, I can't get enough of the Vancouver games.
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BENNER: A bit of therapy for those with Super Bowl bluesRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Bill Benner
Therapy. That's what I'm here for.
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BENNER: Super Bowl delegation's focus is two years outRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Bill Benner
We can promise, at game time, a perfect environment: 70 degrees and dry.
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BENNER: A different take - or not - on Super Bowl-bound Colts

January 30, 2010
Bill Benner
Once again, our city is blowing up over the Blue.
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BENNER: I'm more interested in soccer all of a suddenRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Bill Benner
Despite my American bias, there's no doubt that soccer is the world's game.
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BENNER: Here's your opportunity to relive 'Hicks vs. Knicks'Restricted Content

January 16, 2010
Bill Benner
Reggie Miller is focus on new film, "Winning Time," premiering at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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BENNER: A look 10 years into our city's sports futureRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Bill Benner
What's next for the Colts, the Pacers, the 500 and more.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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