Benner on Sports

BENNER: Big Ten follows the no-boundaries, big-money packRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Bill Benner
It has become clear that, in the new world order of big-time intercollegiate athletics, these are the things that really matter: eyeballs.
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BENNER: We have much to be thankful for on and off the fieldRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Bill Benner
On this Thanksgiving week, I’d like to again offer gratitude for what our sports world provides, especially in a city where we are so particularly blessed.
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BENNER: Big Ten hoops begin, but eyes are still on football messRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Bill Benner
At media day, four out of five questions dealt with gridiron mess.
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BENNER: Buy Carl Erskine's book—and help people like JimmyRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Bill Benner
The short-but-sweet treasure features insights, recollections and photos.
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BENNER: Long quest for Fever championship has magical conclusionRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Bill Benner
Lin Dunn's Indiana Fever is no longer just any team.
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BENNER: Trust dashed—and rings sold—in the theater that is sportsRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Bill Benner
On Armstrong, Knight and more.
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BENNER: No good comes from driving wedge between sport and artRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Bill Benner

The day the music dies--and I fervently hope it does not come to that--will be a day our city will be significantly diminished.

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BENNER: There's plenty to ponder in sports world as autumn arrivesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Bill Benner
Questions for the Colts, the Fever, and more.
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BENNER: An open letter to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim IrsayRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Bill Benner
You and your fellow owners were complicit as Goodell.
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BENNER: Notre Dame appears to score with ACC arrangementRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Bill Benner
If there are any negatives for Notre Dame in all this, danged if I can find them.
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BENNER: Melangton not slowing down as she tackles new challengeRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Bill Benner
Perhaps its easier to hit the ground running when you never slow down.
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BENNER: Keep the orange No. 18 jerseys at homeRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Bill Benner
Here in Indy, it's time to turn the page
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BENNER: Who believes Lance Armstrong?Restricted Content

September 1, 2012
Bill Benner
I do, and many feel the same
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BENNER: Women at Augusta National is no watershed momentRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Bill Benner
At the risk of alienating all these incredible women—and the one I’ve been sleeping with the last 39 years—I have to admit something.
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BENNER: Big Ten football is on a roll—with a couple of exceptionsRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Bill Benner
Excitement tempered by the probation of three of its most popular programs.
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BENNER: Why Michael Phelps laps other great Olympic athletesRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Bill Benner
Thoughts on this, that and the other while watching the world's athletes.
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BENNER: Brazil humbled Team USA at Pan American GamesRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Bill Benner
Memories of the big Indy event on the 25th anniversary
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BENNER: Penn State punishment won't get to root of our problemRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Bill Benner
As I surveyed the reaction to the NCAA’s decision to crush the football program at Penn State University, one thought kept coming to me in two entirely different ways: What if it had been my son?
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BENNER: NCAA should tread lightly with Penn State footballRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Bill Benner
Instead of shutting down Penn State football, why not use that economic engine to do some enormous good?
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BENNER: Let me tell you something about the great Charlie FoutyRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Bill Benner
I always have had a soft spot for basketball referees.
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BENNER: New football playoff will create more problems than it solvesRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Bill Benner
Anyone who things the new four-team playoff will quiet the controversies needs a reality check.
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BENNER: The basketball legend leaves us, as always, wanting moreRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Bill Benner
Just as he did when his aching back cut his playing career short, just as he did when he left coaching, Larry Bird is abruptly walking away.
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BENNER: Why not finish the IndyCar season at 16th and Georgetown?Restricted Content

June 23, 2012
Bill Benner
It's time to think out of the Speedway box.
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BENNER: An open letter to Andrew LuckRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Bill Benner
A little advice about how to make your way here.
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BENNER: Crooked Stick may be too small for today's pro golfersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Bill Benner
Even a visionary like Pete Dye couldn’t see a half-century into the future.
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