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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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BENNER: Time for some perspective on Tony George's legacyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bill Benner
Reports of a Hulman-George family feud proved dead-on accurate when matriarch Mari Hulman-George issued a statement June 30 confirming the ouster of her son, Tony, as CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the family business empire. Shortly thereafter, Tony George also resigned as CEO of the Indy Racing League.
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BENNER: Indiana Fever are adding a little sizzle to summerRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Bill Benner
Last week’s column about the wide array of events on our July sports calendar in Indy was glaringly lacking in one aspect: The Indiana Fever. As of this writing, they are the hottest team in the WNBA, reversing an 0-2 start and racing to six straight victories.
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BENNER: July events rely on big names to draw a crowdRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Bill Benner
For all the heat and sunshine, July can be a cold, dark hole in the Indianapolis sports calendar. Other than the ever-beloved Indianapolis Indians, sometimes there's not much going on.
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BENNER: 965 days and counting until Super Bowl Sunday 2012Restricted Content

June 15, 2009
Bill Benner
Indianapolis is more than up to the task of hosting the Super Bowl.
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BENNER: Will winning be enough for the Indiana Fever?Restricted Content

June 8, 2009
Bill Benner
The Indiana Fever still haven't taken hold of this market, despite making the playoffs each of the last four years and twice reaching the conference finals.
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Greatest Spectacle has highs, lowsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Bill Benner
I went away after the Indianapolis 500 once again convinced I'd experienced the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, but I didn't view the race with a critical eye like my pal Robin Miller did.
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Crooked Stick is primed for the Men's Senior OpenRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Bill Benner
The media and other hackers gathered at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel recently to hear about plans for the upcoming U.S. Men's Senior Open, then tested their limited skills on the golf course.
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If Pacers left, would these kids get help they need?Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Bill Benner
Combined forcesâ??the gifts of time, treasure and inspiration from the athlete in concert with the programming, dedication and outreach of community leadersâ??can change the direction of young lives.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still our 800-pound gorillaRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Bill Benner
In the big picture of Indianapolis, we should never forget that the Speedway and its events—the Indy 500 in particular—remain the 800-pound gorilla in our little corner of the world.
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City built on leadership, cooperation is in dangerRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Bill Benner
No matter how the Capital Improvement Board funding mess plays out, we're left with resentment coming from all directions and an unprecedented splintering of the long-standing bipartisan cooperation that helped propel our city forward.
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Will local paper keep covering your favorite team?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bill Benner
As a (former full-time) ink-stained wretch, witnessing the demise of the daily newspaper is heartbreaking. I can't imagine a day without the "morning miracle" in my hands over a cup of coffee.
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No playoffs, but plenty of positives for PacersRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Bill Benner
Without question, the Pacers' road back to contending status remains decidedly uphill, but they have the talents of Danny Granger and other strong players and have worked hard to gain community support.
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Detroit reminds us not to squander what we haveRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bill Benner
My prevailing thoughts upon returning from Detroit were how fortunate Indianapolis is when it comes to hosting these kinds of events, and how a thriving downtown is essential to (A) success of the region and (B) national perception.
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Lucas Oil Stadium hosted basketball beautifullyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Bill Benner

Congratulations to Lucas Oil Stadium Director Mike Fox, assistant Andy Arnold and the amazing crew at the stadium for transforming the venue into an intimate, 40,000-seat basketball venue for the NCAA's Midwest Regional.

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Big Ten Network trades controversy for successRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Bill Benner
Less than two years after its audacious launch, the Chicago-based Big Ten Network has expanded into more than 70 million homes with coverage in 23 of the nation's top 25 markets.
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Let's hear it for BirdRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
If there is any one individual who can turn around the Pacer organization and the NBA, remember, Bird is the word.
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