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BENNER: Violence in sports is supply meeting our demand to winRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Bill Benner
The recent suicide of former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau is the latest exclamation point to growing concern about the violence that is part of football, especially in the NFL.
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BENNER: Let's hope Indiana-Kentucky rivalry won't be gone longRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Bill Benner
I root for two teams: Indiana, and whoever's playing Kentucky.
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BENNER: It's too late to turn back clock on single-class basketballRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Bill Benner
It's funny in a way, too, when I hear folks from elsewhere trying to redefine those things that make/made us real Hoosiers.
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BENNER: Vogel, Bird should get nod for coach, exec of the yearRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Bill Benner
Really, has there been a more surprisingly successful team during this chaotic, shortened season?
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BENNER: Shaheen departure doesn't diminish Final Four success storyRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Bill Benner
I am often asked to give presentations recounting the success of the Indianapolis sports strategy. Of course, I speak to the event history and infrastructure investments going all the way back to the construction of Market Square Arena in 1974. But I also talk about the human impact.
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BENNER: New Orleans a success, but Final Four leaves mixed emotionsRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Bill Benner
Perhaps those of us who are not exactly Kentucky fans should be happy that the likes of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Indy's own Marques Teague won't stay for four years,
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BENNER: Indiana Sports Corp. scores; Pacers need butts in seatsRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Bill Benner
Thoughts on this, that and the other.
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BENNER: The rest of the Manning story will be told on the fieldRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Bill Benner
There is one test Peyton Manning hasn’t passed yet: He has not been hit in nearly two years by a blitzing opponent.
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BENNER: Hall of Fame selectors are finally honoring ABA greatsRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Bill Benner
Feel free to congratulate former Indiana Pacers star Mel Daniels on his long-overdue selection to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
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BENNER: Manning departure hurts, but life goes onRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Bill Benner
Peyton Manning’s presence in Indy has been profound, his stamp on this city indelible. He was—and is—a class act.
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BENNER: Adults should hold fans and athletes accountableRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Bill Benner
Those of you have followed my ramblings over the years may be surprised to learn there are a few things on which I agree with former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight.
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BENNER: What's next on city's sports calendar? PlentyRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Bill Benner
The city should aggressively pursue Olympic Trials for 2016.
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BENNER: We need not have panicked after losing 2007 bidRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Bill Benner
Remembering the overblown reaction when the Super Bowl passed us by.
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BENNER: While enjoying Super Bowl, remember Stan MallessRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Bill Benner
Stan was 97 when he passed. His name long ago slipped from the newspapers and local broadcasts. His monument was the Indianapolis Tennis Center.
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BENNER: 'Nice' doesn't earn you a place on the sidelineRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Bill Benner
Let the record show I renewed my Indianapolis Colts season tickets before Jim Caldwell was fired as head coach. But I do feel a sense of affirmation.
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BENNER: NCAA suffers under the sport it can't controlRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Bill Benner
The oft-maligned NCAA absorbs much of its criticism from football.
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BENNER: No tears shed for Polian the elder's Colts exitRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Bill Benner
I'm shocked that Peyton Manning is shocked.
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BENNER: A lot more is in store in 2012 than just the Super Bowl

December 31, 2011
Bill Benner
Just a warning: Even if we catch a week of sunny skies and temps in the 40s, some will be unhappy.
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BENNER: Taking stock of memorable sports moments of 2011Restricted Content

December 24, 2011
Bill Benner
A look back at the great, the good, the bad, the ugly and the worst of our year in sports.
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BENNER: Pacers replace Colts as object of our optimismRestricted Content

December 15, 2011
Bill Benner
It would take at least another season like this for the Colts to experience the amount of ill will that has been tossed the Indiana Pacers' way.
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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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  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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