Clarity. That’s what October is for.
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Just because Rick Carlisle hasn’t settled into his office in the Indiana Pacers’ practice facility within St. Vincent Center doesn’t mean he hasn’t settled into his role of head coach.
There was a lot of news in the sports world that Tuesday morning.
Wasn’t it just yesterday that Indianapolis was basking in the glow of pulling off the NCAA Tournament, with COVID banging on the door? But the calendar moves on, and now Indy and its 425-person playoff host committee prepares for their next moment of truth on the big stage.
Harkness, who passed away early Tuesday morning at age 81, had a knack for being part of history. He also had a knack for making it himself when necessary.
Imagine an 89-year-old basketball floor, used continually—other than a break during World War II—by the host school, Butler University, but also sporadically by high schools, NBA and WNBA franchises, and all-star teams from all levels of the game.
Whoever opens against Seattle September 12—Jacob Eason seems the choice—will be the 11th different quarterback starter in the past 161 games. There are other questions bouncing around the state’s football landscape.
History, though, tends to dash cold reality on any company’s warm-and-fuzzy hires. It’s especially cruel in the NBA, where executives not only have to evaluate a worldwide assortment of young talent but predict their future as well.
But I’m starting to feel like my old self. I know things are getting back to normal when I feel peanut shells being crunched on my walkways. Funny, the things you miss.
The Pacers have the 13th overall selection this year, a middling first-round selection for a team coming off a middling season.
You think Indianapolis had its hands full hosting the NCAA Tournament without the walls crumbling in from COVID? Multiply that by a hundred and you get Tokyo.
Four men, who might be having the summers of their baseball lives. Four roads that led through the state of Indiana.
It’s something of a redemption tour for him, although nobody blamed him for how things ended last time. It’s also a break for the man who hired him, Kevin Pritchard, whose last hire survived but one season.
Mears made four appearances for the Pirates, striking out seven in five innings. And now here he is in Victory Field in 2021, working to get back.
This is the last week of the first year of Neidig’s era as commissioner. It was never going to be easy. Not the rookie season. Governing high school sports can be so … complicated.
Remember Helio Castroneves proving that old guys can still climb fences?
Billy isn’t his real name, but his gambling problem was as real as the loans he was taking out to finance his habit and as real as the weekly Gamblers Anonymous meetings he now attends to ward off the demons.
What happens to a ballpark when it must sit idle for so long? Maybe we should ask the guy who takes care of the place.