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BENNER: Anger-management fodder for furious Colts fansRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Bill Benner
That the management and coaches had chosen to "take a knee" on the quest for a perfect season was--in the moment--a huge letdown.
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BENNER: Eventful decade of highest highs and lowest lowsRestricted Content

December 26, 2009
Bill Benner
Here's a look back at the great, the good, and the ugly of the past 10 years.
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BENNER: Sports movement has a sunny past, cloudy futureRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Bill Benner
More on the history of Indianapolis' amateur sports initiative.
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BENNER: How the Indianapolis sports movement beganRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Bill Benner
Thirty years ago, the first so-called "sports commission" came into being. The rest is Indianapolis history.
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BENNER: Ninety years of tennis history ends with a thudRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Bill Benner
Say goodbye to tournament tennis in Indy. I feel bad for all those who invested their time, effort and money into sustaining the presence of world-class tennis here.
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BENNER: Should franchise records of Baltimore, Indy really mix?Restricted Content

November 28, 2009
Bill Benner
When Colts tight end Dallas Clark made that one-handed touchdown catch, moving him past the legendary Baltimore Colt John Mackey, questions once again arose.
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BENNER: Looking forward to 37 basketball games in 35 daysRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Bill Benner
Indy's month of March, 2010, will produce a basketball madness few cities can duplicate.
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BENNER: Baby Boilers and their coach are all grown upRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Bill Benner
It seems like just yesterday that Matt Painter was playing for Purdue University basketball. Now he’s the Boilers’ coach, and he has emerged from the long shadow of his mentor and predecessor, Gene Keady.
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BENNER: Tough year for IU basketball to make a comebackRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Bill Benner
Yes, the IU Hoosiers are better this season. How could they not be?
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BENNER: Former volunteer Stevens now coaches a contenderRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Bill Benner
Count Butler University basketball on the short list of teams that could make it to the Final Four.
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BENNER: Pacers revival has to happen on the hardwoodRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Bill Benner
"This is not a year to make excuses," says Pacers President Larry Bird.
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BENNER: Bad news hard to come by as Colts take a breakRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Bill Benner
Here we are at the bye week of what is looking like another exceptional Indianapolis Colts season.
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BENNER: We've got the Fever, but will we be able to keep it?Restricted Content

October 10, 2009
Bill Benner
Indifference has been the Indiana Fever’s greatest enemy.
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BENNER: Here's mine. Tell me what's on your sports Bucket ListRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Bill Benner
I've been to lots of sporting events, but there are still items on my Bucket List.
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BENNER: NCAA needs another 'pathological optimist'Restricted Content

September 26, 2009
Bill Benner
As a tribute to its late president, the NCAA has posted on its Web site dozens of blogs, podcasts, speeches and editorials created by Myles Brand during his culture-altering tenure at the helm of intercollegiate athletics.
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BENNER: Can we keep the franchise the Simons saved?Restricted Content

September 19, 2009
Bill Benner
The passing of Mel Simon adds more uncertainty to the Indiana Pacers’ future in Indianapolis.
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BENNER: Respect shouldn't be a college-football noveltyRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Bill Benner
Just as it's probably unwise to make too much nice out of a pre-game handshake, it's also over the top to paint with too broad a brush the unfortunate incident that occurred at Boise State.
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BENNER: Football season arrives - and so do these questionsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Bill Benner
"Is Indiana now a football state?" and other questions.
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BENNER: Honoring Knight is the right thing for IU to doRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Bill Benner
Even as one of Knight’s most ardent critics during the latter half of his tenure at Indiana, I concur with the majority of opinions expressed on the subject.
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BENNER: Lin Dunn working her coaching magic on the Indiana FeverRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Bill Benner
When it comes to basketball coaching greats with Indiana ties, the question is not where to start the list—John Wooden, Bob Knight, Tony Hinkle and Bobby Leonard would qualify as an initial Mount Rushmore—but where to end it. Among women, the list is significantly shorter, but there’s one name that would be right at the top.
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BENNER: Time will prove the wisdom of building stadiumRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Bill Benner
A year ago, we opened Lucas Oil Stadium. We've been arguing about it ever since.
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BENNER: No 'new era' for Colts as long as Manning's hereRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Bill Benner
Coach Caldwell knows that his success rides on No. 18’s taking the snaps.
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BENNER: NCAA move keeps paying dividends for IndianaRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Bill Benner
Ten years ago this week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association opened the doors to its new headquarters in White River State Park.
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BENNER: French Lick could become wealthy golfers' paradiseRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Bill Benner
On the eve of the U.S. Senior Open Golf Championship that will be played at Carmel’s Crooked Stick Golf Club, designer Pete Dye’s first great masterpiece, I was fortunate to be invited to play his latest creation and maybe one of his greatest.
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BENNER: Mom and Lance Armstrong had cancer in commonRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Bill Benner
A few years ago, when cyclist extraordinaire Lance Armstrong was in the midst of his phenomenal seven straight Tour de France titles, those yellow Livestrong bands seemed ubiquitous. But when Armstrong left competitive cycling, gradually those rubber yellow bands faded from view. I kept wearing mine, however, to remind me of the courage of my mother, Emma.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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