Benner/Sports

Pacers' owners deserve accolades, not scornRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Bill Benner
Indiana residents should be thanking Herb and Mel Simon for their multitude of contributions to the state, instead of bashing them.
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Meet the guy who can call a foul on the refereeRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Bill Benner
While he gets great seats every time as he watches about 75 basketball games a season, John Adams also has serious responsibilities as the NCAA's national coordinator of men's basketball officiating.
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Taking Sycamores to final looks easy in retrospectRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Bill Benner
It might have been easier for Larry Bird to lead the championship game of the NCAA's men's basketball tournament 30 years ago with those improbable underdog Sycamores than to right the ship he's steering as president of basketball for the Indiana Pacers now.
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Stern's definition of 'golden age' is laughableRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Bill Benner

Of this, that and the other while wondering if NBA Commissioner David Stern had just taken a hit off Michael Phelps' bong when he proclaimed this to be "the golden age of basketball" during his all-star weekend news conference in Phoenix.

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Finding bright spots amid wave of bad Indy sports newsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Bill Benner
So much sad, bad, disturbing sports news. Time to look on the brighter side.
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An open letter to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim IrsayRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Bill Benner
Jim, you could engender so much good will if you would step forward and provide some short-term relief by paying more toward the operating costs of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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In hard times, is big-time sports willing to budge?Restricted Content

February 2, 2009
Bill Benner
Even as the economy spirals downward, no one gives a thought to bringing some kind of fiscal sanity to the overall enterprise of sports.
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Caldwell was right choice for ColtsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Now it's time to get on the Indianapolis Head Coach Jim Caldwell's bandwagon.
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Myles Brand has never run from challengesRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Bill Benner
The term "pancreatic cancer" gets my attention. That's because two years ago, my wife and I were shaken to the depths of our souls by the thought that she might have it. Thus, when I heard the terrible news that NCAA President Myles Brand has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I was able to relate on both practical and personal levels.
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A coaching change, without the dramaRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Bill Benner
By nature, coaching is a transient profession, increasingly so in these days of not-so-guaranteed contracts (by either the employer or employee) and the mentality of, "What have you done for us?" not lately, but, uh, like today. Or an hour ago.
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Colts fans need perspective to go with their angstRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Bill Benner
Isn't it always amazing—or, perhaps, not so—that character, class, dignity and integrity always matter so much ... until they don't? And that moment arrives in the instant of unacceptable defeat.
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Here are local sports headlines to look for in 2009Restricted Content

January 5, 2009
Bill Benner
Looking into the (near) future of Indiana sports—professional and collegiate.
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Ron Hunter's bare feet top the local year in sportsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Bill Benner
IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter is my first—and highly unofficial—Indiana Sportsperson of the Year.
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Ball State coach disingenuous about commitment to team, schoolRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Bill Benner
Beware when coaches profess unfailing loyalty to a school.
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Indiana Ice honors Schupay's dedication to teamRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Bill Benner
Afater the sudden death of Michael Schupay, the respected and dedicated Ice team president, the Indiana hockey team is striving to honor his memory.
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Gun owners, athletes or not, must be responsibleRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Bill Benner
I don't begrudge those who legally obtain and carry guns, whether their intended use is hunting or self-protection, and I question the media frenzy that erupted after New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested for carrying a weapon without a New York license.
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Those responsible for hiring Sampson at IU should show accountabilityRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Bill Benner
Now that the NCAA has decided not to punish Indiana University further for basketball infractions, the athletic program must concentrate on building an honest, successful sports program.
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Friendship built on basketball was admirableRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Bill Benner
Jim Rosenstihl, an Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coch, and Jim Limp, a retired Eli Lilly employee, together exemplified an undying, unyielding, unrelenting friendship.
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Gene Cato was true sports boosterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Gene Cato was a true supporter of high school sports in Indiana.
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Purdue's Tiller had success, despite recent season disappointmentsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Bill Benner
It's been a disappointing season for soon-to-be ex-Purdue football coach Joe Tiller, but he helped make football important at Purdue University.
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Pacers reforms, new Lucas Oil Stadium, NCAA 2010 tournament boost Indy's sports reputationRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bill Benner
The Pacers opening victory, new game innovations at Conseco Fieldhouse and retaining Danny Granger are bright spots in the city's vast sports scene.
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Glass will help IU athletics if he's allowed to do the jobRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Bill Benner
New Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass must return integrity to IU athletics, while being a cheerleader who believes in accessibility, focus and consistency.
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Keep Lynch as IU football coachRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
With all the disruption in Indiana University's athletic programs, Head football coach Bill Lynch should stay on and be given a chance to build a strong program.
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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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