Benner on Sports

BENNER: America should cut LeBron James a little slackRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Bill Benner
Isn’t it funny—or, maybe, not so funny—how we like to hate on sports figures?
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BENNER: It all began with a tournament nobody wantedRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Bill Benner
AsIndianapolis celebrates another big win over Chicago in the form of the Big Ten’s football championship games and a share of the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tourneys, it’s important to note how it all played out.
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BENNER: Most college sports programs are scandal-freeRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Bill Benner
Whenever one of these “scandals” comes along, what I get really steamed about is the collateral damage to the perception of the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics.
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BENNER: Good news locked out until NFL makes peaceRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Bill Benner
Columnist ruminates on this, that and the other.
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BENNER: Wrapping up this too-short, festive month of MayRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Bill Benner
I, like many others, am lured to the Speedway by the spectacle itself because I am most definitely not a gear-head.
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BENNER: In the history of Indy 500, these are my top 15 startersRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Bill Benner
As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of America’s greatest race—the Indianapolis 500—I am joining the Speedway’s invitation at thegreatest33.com to name the 33 greatest drivers ever to be on the starting grid.
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BENNER: Identifying the cream of the Indianapolis 500 cropRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Bill Benner
The 100th anniversary of the race serves as a time to reflect on the great history of one of America's iconic sports events.
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BENNER: Pacers turn corner, but bigger issues await the teamRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Bill Benner
Rarely is a playoff loss, let alone a first-round playoff loss, let alone a 4-1 playoff loss in a best-of-seven series, cause for celebration.
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BENNER: Another Hoosier legend now belongs to the agesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Bill Benner
Morris Pollard, coach at Speedway High School from 1956 to 1983, died April 17. He simply was one of the best basketball coaches—and finest men—I ever knew.
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BENNER: Catching up with Pacers, racers and BoilermakersRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Bill Benner
Will Conseco Fieldhouse be half empty of Pacer fans for the playoffs?
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BENNER: Hink, you would be darn proud of these BulldogsRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Bill Benner
I’ll be darned if Butler didn’t reach the championship game again.
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BENNER: Butler players succeed at more than winning gamesRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Bill Benner
The best part of this Butler University run to another Final Four isn’t that the Bulldogs put themselves in position for a second straight year to win a national championship. It’s that they already have won one. Well, kinda, sorta.
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BENNER: March drama extends beyond basketball courtRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Bill Benner
The same fans who had (rightfully) lauded coach Matt Painter for guiding the Boilermakers to a surprisingly strong season suddenly were ripping Painter in the aftermath of the tournament loss to VCU.
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BENNER: March Madness 2011 comes with some sadnessRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Bill Benner
Recent weeks saw the passing of a handful of the Hoosier sport’s key figures, among them former Shortridge High School and Butler University basketball coach George Theofanis.
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BENNER: Who might be this year's Butler? Maybe ButlerRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Bill Benner
A year ago this week, the Butler men’s basketball team was preparing to play the University of Texas-El Paso in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Who knew what was about to unfold?
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BENNER: Enabled by us, the rich squabble over billionsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Bill Benner
How can Indianapolis, and cities throughout America, continue to feed the beast that is sports?
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BENNER: Bill Lynch leaves sidelines, comes full circleRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bill Benner
There's a high road out there, and former IU football Coach Bill Lynch is traveling it.
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BENNER: Mental fixes lead to wins for Vogel's PacersRestricted Content

February 19, 2011
Bill Benner
For starters, the Pacers have to believe in themselves.
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BENNER: Time flies when you're writing about sportsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Bill Benner
Ten years ago this week, the good folks at Indianapolis Business Journal began providing me the opportunity to write in this publication.
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BENNER: Super Bowls Radio Row is a non-stop PR machineRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Bill Benner
The National Football League has created this monster and couldn’t be happier about it.
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BENNER: Colts' fan base not yet at Green Bay, Pittsburgh levelRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Bill Benner
As the Green Bay Packers prepare to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, I have a serious case of Super Bowl envy.
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BENNER: Athletes, like politicians, should dial down the rhetoricRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Bill Benner
Trash talk seems so silly. Pointless. Childish.
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BENNER: It's time for Colts to make game plan for futureRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Bill Benner
Maybe the reason the Colts insist on keeping the roof closed at Lucas Oil Stadium is to keep anyone from noticing that the sky is falling.
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BENNER: Plenty of reasons to love (and loathe) college footballRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Bill Benner
I love it because it I allow it to suck me in like a farm kind seeing the big-city lights for the first time. I loathe it because it is becoming too much like the NFL.
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BENNER: Grandpa prepares for 'once upon a time' in sportsRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Bill Benner
I've already begun to compose my thoughts for my just-born grandson.
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  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

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