How to remember the past three weeks in Indianapolis?
Only yesterday, the Big Ten was the baddest bunch in the land. Today, it has as many teams in the Sweet 16 as the Summit League.
The entire March-Madness-speaking world is now focused on Indianapolis, with 68 teams flying and busing this way.
The Indianapolis Indians are to host the Nashville Sounds; when the first pitch is thrown, it will have been 591 days since the last Indians pitch was thrown in Victory Field.
We have here the most recent Associated Press Top 25, and what it suggests is that Indianapolis won’t just host the most unorthodox tournament ever played by location, but also maybe with one of the most unusual fields in recent times.
Philip Rivers’ short career as a Colt brings to mind other notable last games in the state of Indiana, including the swan songs of Reggie Miller, Gene Keady, Peyton manning and Brad Stevens.
When Indy last hosted the Final Four in 2015, five state teams were invited to the tournament. When the RCA Dome was the site in 2000, there were six.
So here we are in 2021, and it is impossible to imagine the tradition of IU basketball without Knight, a World Series in the daytime, or the Final Four in a simple basketball arena.
The body of officials in Indiana is aging and dwindling, with not enough young replacements. The problem has been growing for years, but COVID made it worse.
The longest game in NFL history delayed many a Christmas dinner back in 1971.
Indiana football has rarely, if ever, been the subject of nationwide conversation among college fans.
In their combined 98 seasons of coaching, Holmes and Keefer thought they had seen it all.
The idea of Indy hosting all of March Madness is thrilling. Let’s make it the ultimate showcase of our state’s favorite sport.
Let the record show that as of Veterans Day, 2020, Indiana and Purdue were a combined 5-0 in the Big Ten, while Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa and Nebraska were 3-11.
The Big Ten plan will play eight games in eight weeks to determine its final standings. Good luck on that one.
This could be the year of an all-Chicago World Series between the Cubs and White Sox. The only other time that happened was 1906.
Krzyzewski and Belichick haven’t been the only thorns in our side.
Oddities abound, including the Colts playing a game on the first day of the Masters.