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SPORTS: Overdosing on the Colts? Enjoy it while you canRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Bill Benner
That sport, and not religion as Karl Marx once declared, has become the "opiate of the masses" is apparent in our fair burg, where we all-or at least most of us-are overdosing on the Indianapolis Colts. The TV types are in full hyper-ventilation. The scribes are cranking out words by the thousands. No angle involving the Colts and their upcoming Super Bowl date with Da Bears in Miami will go uncovered. And, yes, some of the story lines will be...
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SPORTS: AFC title game is a big event in a land of big eventsRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Bill Benner
There is conjecture that the hosting of the AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots is the biggest/greatest/most significant-choose your superlative-sports-related event in the city's history. That got me to thinking. Is it greater than the 1911 Indianapolis 500, which led to the other 88 500s that, in their current form, generate far more annual economic impact than even a Super Bowl? Is it greater than the 1946 Indianapolis 500, when Tony Hulman took ownership of...
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IMS Productions joins Web video networkRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
IMS Productions, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's video production arm, has agreed to be one of the primary content providers for The Venice Project, a collaboration of big-name Internet entrepreneurs intent on shaking up the television industry by launching a 30-plus-channel, TV-like network online.
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FUNNY BUSINESS: Forget Elvis on velvet; Art Bullies have other plans

January 15, 2007
Mike Redmond
I've seen the picture of the proposed ginormous art installation for downtown, and I think I speak for many of us when I say ... Well, come to think of it, I better not say that, seeing as how many of us do not use that kind of language. In case you missed it, here's the deal: There's a movement afoot to erect a large, circular, steel, Dairy Queen curlicue over at 11th and West streets-a $10 million large, circular,...
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SPORTS: Nice Colts fans? That's OK-if they're loyal to teamRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Bill Benner
In the last couple of weeks, I've been interviewed by reporters from both the Kansas City Star and the Baltimore Sun. Both were pursuing the same angle: Indianapolis as a pro football town vis a vis Kansas City and Baltimore, and support for the notion that our citizenry in general and Colts fans in particular are "just too darn nice." My response to both was, well, yes, our folks and fans are nice, but that's not necessarily a bad thing...
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SPORTS: Predictions-and wishes-for sports in 2007Restricted Content

January 8, 2007
Bill Benner
Last week, I reviewed the ups and downs of Indy sports in 2006. Here's a look at what might transpire this year. I hope the Indianapolis Colts make it to the Super Bowl. I want to see this not so much for the city and Colts fans-although it would be great for both-but because I want to see Colts coach Tony Dungy recognized for the fine man he is without that "can't win the big one" asterisk (same goes for...
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Labor sector diversification could spur local economy: $200,000 study targets finance, retail and constructionRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Sexier industry sectors like life sciences or motorsports get all the press. But to remain robust, the Indianapolis Private Industry Council believes, the area economy needs diversification. The 23-year-old work-force-training not-for-profit believes the nine-county area also should target three tried-and-true industries: finance and insurance; retail, hospitality and restaurants; and construction. IPIC, whose $9 million annual budget comes from public and private grants, plans to spend $200,000 during the first quarter studying the three sectors, which collectively employ 270,000 people in...
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SPORTS: 2006 was a year of sports highs-and lowsRestricted Content

January 1, 2007
Bill Benner
What a mixed bag 2006 was. For every yin, there was yang. Yin: The Indianapolis Colts claimed home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs. Yang: They then lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers when mouthy M i ke Va n d e r j a g t gagged on the gametyin kick. Yin: The city hosted a simply extraordinary Final Four at the RCA Dome and welcomed to town a genuine Cinderella, George Mason. Yang: The games were one-sided, and, speaking of...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: IBJ has big plans for coming yearRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
This has been a strong year for your local business weekly. We take seriously our mission of providing readers with the best, most in-depth coverage of local business, so it is with a sense of both pride and gratitude that I report on our most successful year ever. Editor Tom Harton has called 2006 the Year of the Award. This year, IBJ won 18 news awards-eight of them gold-from three different organizations. Our coverage was recognized nine times by our...
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SPORTS: Here are two opportunities to help our city's kidsRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Bill Benner
Almost a year ago, IBJ asked me to write a column that placed sports in an educational context. Obviously, I have great passion for the topic, having spent my life writing about sports, those who play the games, and the lessons that can be learned through participation. Sure, there are plentiful examples of excesses, and we certainly just had another in New York's Madison Square Garden. But I maintain those incidents are not reflective of sports as a whole, any...
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Indians stock buyback raises more questions: Analysts say highest offer yet isn't high enoughRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Anthony Schoetle
The Indianapolis Indians saw attendance, profit and dividend payments shrink in 2006. But a recent stock buyback program launched by the baseball franchise to boost the value of its shares is the biggest in the team's long history. Whether the offer price is big enough is an open question. Market observers don't think so. With 799 shares outstanding when the buyback was announced Nov. 16, the offer price of $15,329 per share put a $12.2 million price tag on the...
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Stadium walkway carries $10M tabRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
An enclosed connector is set to be built, partly underground, that will link Lucas Oil Stadium to the soon-to-be expanded Indiana Convention Center. It will span about a quarter of a mile and cost more than $10 million.
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SPORTS: Even a Knight detractor can find reasons to miss himRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Bill Benner
I have a close friend with whom I can discuss amicably any subject under the sun. Except one: Bob Knight. My pal considers the hiring of Knight one of the greatest deeds in the history of Indiana University, and the firing of Knight one of its worst. He believes former IU President Myles Brand is the devil and former Athletic Director Clarence Doninger was an incompetent boob. My friend traces virtually all of IU's athletic and academic shortcomings to that...
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'Old fashioned' values manufacture Motionwear's growth: Acquisition should fuel leotard-maker's expansionRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
It might seem as though the low cost of labor overseas has shifted the entire U.S. textile industry to Asia, never to return. Indianapolis-based leotard-maker Motionwear Inc. proves otherwise. The 120-employee company was acquired this month by the Italian sportswear firm FILA for an undisclosed sum and, as a result, it's poised to expand locally. Tom Wilson started the company in his attic in 1988 because his daughter Erin, an aspiring dancer, couldn't find performance apparel she liked in retail...
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TAWN PARENT Commentary: Have you noticed Indiana's new face?Restricted Content

December 18, 2006
When I stop and think about my own life, it doesn't seem so far-fetched. I went to lunch at a Chinese restaurant near my office last week, and most of the people in line were Indian. Driving through my formerly whitebread neighborhood, I see buildings painted in bold yellows and reds with signs saying, "Tienda Morelos," "Supermercado" and "Estetica Latina." My son's elementary school celebrates Chinese New Year with a big parade and lessons about eating with chopsticks and keeping...
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SPORTS: Keady takes on a job much harder than coachingRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Bill Benner
"Nursing's a lot harder than coaching, I can tell you that," Keady, 70, said from his Tippecanoe County home, not far from Purdue University where the basketball court in Mackey Arena bears his name. After 25 years on the Purdue sidelines in a storied career that had almost everything except the storybook ending, Keady signed on last year as an assistant coach with the NBA's Toronto Raptors. This year, Raptors management changed and his contract was not renewed. Just as...
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Strap maker hits right chord with guitar players: Action Custom Straps' products catch on thanks to attention from musicians like Jimmy Buffett, Keith UrbanRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Scott Olson
The guitar straps Terry Misner creates for musicians worldwide are the canvas for his artwork. In his specialty, though, the tapestry is really soft leather he uses to combine comfort and custom designs for performers such as Jimmy Buffett and Keith Urban. "It's like sewing silk rather than sewing canvas," he said. "You can rip through canvas in a hurry, but what would you rather feel?" The 56-year-old Misner operates Action Custom Straps with wife, Dena, and daughter Nikki O'Neal....
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Stewart helping promote Indiana to racing companiesRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
City and state officials are igniting a souped-up effort to draw motorsports-related companies here, and they're enlisting Hoosier-born NASCAR champ Tony Stewart to help drive their message home.
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Carving a niche outside Louisville: Hoosier Bat Co. finds success with Major Leaguers, amateur baseball playersRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Scott Olson
A three-piece wooden bat David Cook developed in 1989 became popular among professional baseball players, but ended up nearly devastating his upstart manufacturing company. Major League Baseball banned the bat just a year later after what Cook contends was a fierce lobbying effort from his largest rival, Louisville Slugger. The bat-made of ash, hickory and maple-is fused by finger jointing and remains in use at the amateur levels. The durability of the bat rivals that of an aluminum model, Cook...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Colts lover gets a new heroRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
I was quarterback for the Colts once. I was about 9 years old and I was playing pee-wee football at Meridian Street Methodist Church. As all the kids gathered to be selected for a team on the first morning, I somehow finagled my way on to the Colts. I had to, because the Baltimore Colts were my favorite NFL team at the time. My hero was Johnny Unitas, thought by some even today to be the best quarterback ever to...
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Hoosier Tire still racing: For nearly a half-century, Lakeville company has competed with the big boysRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
When the rubber meets the road, auto racing experts say there are few-if any-companies that outperform Lakeville-based Hoosier Racing Tire. Hoosier tires, industry sources said, are equal to their better-known brethren in racing-related sales and on-track performance. "This company has gone head-to-head with Goodyear on the biggest of all racing circuits," said Dick Berggren, editor of Speedway Illustrated and a retired racer. "I can't think of a business where the costs of entry are steeper or the level of technology...
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Bar-restaurant is graduating to the big city: Scotty's Brewhouse opens first Indianapolis location, branching out from its roots in Hoosier college townsRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Justin Hesser
Scott Wise compares his Scotty's Brewhouse expansion to a washed-up college band that finally hits it big after 10 years. If that's the case, his fourth location-and first in Indianapolis-just might go platinum. Before it opened Oct. 30, Wise estimated the 96th Street restaurant would gross $3.5 million in its first year; it's already on track to reach $5 million. Wise, 33, tapped the college-town markets of Muncie, Bloomington and West Lafayette before taking on Indianapolis. He hopes the name...
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Pacers seek bigger share of NBA revenueRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana Pacers co-owner Herb Simon has thrown his support behind an effort to pressure National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern to implement more aggressive revenue sharing among NBA franchises.
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SPORTS: Butler's Bulldogs rule-and so does Marvin HarrisonRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Bill Benner
Talk about the straw that stirs the drink. That youngster gives maximum effort every second. And while it's early, I'd stack Graves and his running mate, Michael Green, against any backcourt tandem in the country. Though they couldn't come out and say it, the NCAA folks who now run the Preseason NIT had to be inwardly thrilled to watch Butler and Gonzaga University reach the championship game on the Madison Square Garden stage. Their rosters are filled with players who...
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Sympathy for New Orleans may ruin Indy's Super Bowl bidRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The stiff competition facing Indianapolis' bid for the 2011 Super Bowl just got stiffer. Besides Glendale, Ariz., and Dallas, New Orleans officials have told NFL officials and team owners they want to host the championship game again as part of the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  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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