Benner on Sports

BENNER: For BCS chief, this isn't the season of good willRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Bill Benner
Why would one of the nicest people I know place himself in a position where he gets criticized almost daily?
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BENNER: Colts should keep Peyton, even if he can't playRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Bill Benner
The thought of No. 18 flinging passes for another team is unsettling.
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BENNER: With Broncos' Tebow, gridiron meets gospelRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Bill Benner
While we have a constitutionally mandated separation of church and state in this country, some also believe there should be a separation of church and sports.
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BENNER: A badly needed week off from sports lunacy

November 19, 2011
Bill Benner
I need a bye week too ... from the Colts.
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BENNER: Cowardly silence brings shame to Happy ValleyRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Bill Benner
As horrific as the allegations are, just as horrendous are the alleged inactions of Penn State officials and Paterno himself.
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BENNER: Of conference realignment and other absurditiesRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other while wondering how Tom Osborne became a Big Ten icon.
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BENNER: Happiness is possible even as the losses stack upRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Bill Benner
Happiness comes from how you feel about yourself, your family, your friends. Joy is external and temporary. Yes, I'm talking about IU and the Colts.
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BENNER: My Wheldon encounter was textbook Dan WheldonRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Bill Benner
In the wake of Dan Wheldon's tragic passing, it seems we all have our Dan Wheldon stories to tell
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BENNER: NBA players, owners show no regard for customersRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Bill Benner
Here we go again. Billionaires versus millionaires, Round Two.
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BENNER: Don't forget about famous Hoosier sports heroesRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Bill Benner
Certainly, sports figures need to be included among the 30 honored on whatever they end up calling Georgia St.
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BENNER: College sports, embarrassed but still enrichedRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Bill Benner

"The end of the world as we know it" at NCAA?

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BENNER: This winter might be best and worst of timesRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Bill Benner
We've got the Big Ten championship, the Crossroads Classic, the Super Bowl ... and the possibility of no NBA season.
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BENNER: A decade of successes is too easily forgottenRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Bill Benner
The once-unassailable Polian has been wearing an increasingly larger bull's-eye on his behind since December 2009.
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BENNER: Tight-lipped Colts keep us guessing about No. 18Restricted Content

September 10, 2011
Bill Benner
It's not difficult to dial back to the pre-Peyton days, when the RCA Dome was a great place to go on a Sunday afternoon...to avoid the crowds.
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BENNER: Hoping for serendipity as NFL season dawns

September 3, 2011
Bill Benner
As the season begins, we can’t help but think about where it will end—Lucas Oil Stadium—and who might be playing in the Super Bowl.
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BENNER: Look in mirror to see what ails college footballRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Bill Benner
If college football is the product of a corrupt system, why is it so incredibly popular?
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BENNER: NCAA leaders finally pursuing changes that matterRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Bill Benner
Had the NCAA initiatives occurred four years ago, Butler might have been playing someone other than the University of Connecticut last March.
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BENNER: Daly's victory great, but Cuban adventure was betterRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Bill Benner
Twenty years ago, a hillbilly long shot from Arkansas pulled off one of the greatest upsets in golf history at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
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BENNER: Weighing in on Kiel, Manning and the BrickyardRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other.
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BENNER: Fans get jilted in NFL's player, owner lovefestRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Bill Benner
Allow me to interject this sentiment into the euphoria surrounding the agreement among the National Football League owners and players to end their labor dispute.
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BENNER: City is on brink of wasting a unique sports assetRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Bill Benner
For the first time since 1980, we will host no Olympics-related qualifiers next year.
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BENNER: Will Super Bowl truly leave a lasting legacy?

July 16, 2011
Bill Benner
The countdown clock on my desk tells me there are now just 200 days and change remaining until the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. But I already have begun to think about the 200 days after the Super Bowl … and beyond.
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BENNER: Fixing dysfunctional NBA will take time, flexibilityRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Bill Benner
Unlike the NFL, which is swimming in money, the NBA is drowning in red ink.
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BENNER: A love lost rarely returns—except at Victory FieldRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Bill Benner

Like most young boys in the 1950s, baseball was my first sports love.

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BENNER: Morning daily's losing streak is bad for all of usRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Bill Benner
I know this is a sports column. Allow me to veer somewhat off course.
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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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