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More Indy towns crack new top10 list

Joining Carmel as one of the best places to live, neighbors Zionsville and Westfield are also being ranked in the top 10 of the newest ‘Best Small Cities’ in America, according to a new study by WalletHub:  https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-small-cities-to-live-in/16581 Boston & Indy suburbs dominated the top of the list, with Lancaster (PA) taking the top spot. 
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Hyperbolic Obit for Hyperbolic Orbit

Did you see the lunar eclipse this morning? Did you see the one last month!? Do you even watch the sky, bro?? Comet Leonard [named after Colts All-Pro Darius Leonard] aka c/2021, the year's best & brightest, will make it's first and only appearance in the East before sunrise (between Big Dipper's handle & Arcturus) and then in the western sky after sunset starting on the 14th, looking towards the sun (ouch!)  I say "only" appearance because this happened 80,000 years ago but let's be honest they didn't have the tools we have now, and we're not yet positive this'll be visible to the unaided eye. But we do know it's hyperbolic orbit will soon fling the comet out of the Milky Way, and possibly into another solar system lightyears away.  RIP Comet Leonard 12/12/21 You're a Star (& comet)

My MLB tour and roadtrip to Maine

Step 1 : Why? Combing two bucket lists into one: visit every state in the U.S. and visit every MLB stadium. Crossed off  6 states in New England which now puts me at 48 of the 50 (New Mexico & Alaska). Step 2 : When? Based on a dozen different MLB schedules in late July , I wound up attending 8 games at 8 ballparks. The Phillies gifted me a surprise double-header - ended by a walk-off Grand Slam - and I attended the Fenway tour, but unfortunately no game.  Step 3 : Where? Starting from Circle City - also visiting Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont , Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Step 4 : How? Using Hotels.com, HipCamp, Google Maps, Trip Advisor and the Ballpark app. I drove, camped, disc'd, fished, cheered & jeered, went sight-seeing & wondering & touring & exploring, slept in the car & hotel & tent & friend's house, and had gobs of seafood & ice

Favorite Assembly Hall moments

There are three distinct moments that stand out to me more than any; more than the Marco Killingsworth dunk over Duke in '06, more than the Knight chair toss in '85, or the hundreds of visits I made as a student, some of which included spying on a closed practice. I could write a book telling you about the details of each of those events. Trying to find the words to summarize them is difficult enough, but succinctly accentuating WHY the moment is so special to me is the true challenge. I'll try to put you in my shoes.  #1. My freshman year (2000) started off with a bang - Bobby was fired my first week of college. As a student reporter, I covered the story feverishly until the hype eventually died down weeks later, when the next big story came along - a Presidential election which turned into a runoff and recount, and again, as a reporter I pushed myself to the limit, exhaustively covering every detail possible. Little did I know that both of those experiences would be dwarf

Mecca of College Basketball

Geographically speaking, Cincinnati could call themselves the center of the Universe when it comes to basketball. Problem is, we all know most of the basketball lore from  The Queen City of the West is because an Indianapolis-native briefly provided his talent in the late 50s. The same man who the NCAA later named their Player of the Year trophy for: Oscar Robertson . Besides that, there's not much to say about Tri-State Hoops. Much of the success over past decades have been spread out to neighboring NCAA schools like Kentucky, IU, Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State... the list goes far beyond just bluebloods and powerhouses - Dayton was a top-5 school just as March Madness was about to begin, until the damn panic shut it down. Creighton was contending for a top-10 spot. Iowa & Illinois are also ranked in the top-10. I might be so bold as to say that in any given year, at least half the ranked teams are from the Midwest. Yep, that includes  NET , RPI , Sagarin , and  KenPom

Indy named in "21 Best Places to Go in '21"

The Best of the Best - in the World

Trump-Biden Presidential debate 2020

Love the applause from the crowd getting Wallace to turn around and glare at them. He already knows.  First topic: fellow Hoosier Amy Coney Barrett Wallace : Why is he right? Why is your opponent wrong? Trump (no hello or thanks): She's good, all good, great, greatest, single greatest, etc... Biden : First of all, thank you. (Trump: thankyou) Biden then goes off topic, gives historic numbers, some false about ACA. Then says WOMENS RIGHTS are in jeopardy and they're charged more for the same procedure. (Trump shakes head) So it's not appropriate to move forward.  Trump : Your numbers are false. (Narrator's note: AAAAAAND here.we.go) Biden : The election's already started (chuckles) Wallace interjects: yep, we're open to discussion Biden : {clarifies}  Trump : You're not the Democratic Party Biden : I am the party Trump : Not according to Harris I noticed Joe won't look at Trump. He just smiles and freezes when confronted with troublesome facts.  Wallace w

Notre Dame saves college football

Now that the tide has turned again for the B1G and football is back on for an 8 week schedule including a championship game in Indianapolis on December 19th, we can maybe safely assume PAC12 will eventually wise up as well and come to some sort of plan to play and no asterisks will be needed to crown this year's champ.  It turns out that Notre Dame's decision to join the ACC convinced them and others not to postpone their seasons.  Just as the tide was turning and pulling back, our lord savior Swarbrick stuck his mighty stick on the ocean floor and parted a clearing for the masses to follow towards salvation and the promised land. 

When people ask why I still live in Indiana

Thanks to VisitHamCo for the list: Top Place to Live (Hamilton County) – CNN Money #1 Place to Live in America (Fishers) – Money Magazine Best Cities to Relocate to in America (Indianapolis/Carmel) – CNBC Best Cities for Young Professionals (Indianapolis/Carmel) – Forbes Magazine #1 Best City to Raise a Family in the Midwest (Carmel) – Yahoo Finance America’s Best City for Families (Fishers) – The Mortgage Reports Best Place to Raise a Family (Hamilton County) – Forbes Magazine Top Ten Best Towns for Families (Westfield) – Family Circle Magazine #2 Happiest Suburbs in the Nation (Fishers) – Movoto Real Estate #14 Best Place to Live (Carmel) – CNN Money Magazine #20 Best Small Town to Live in (Noblesville) – NerdWallet.com Source: https://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/invest-hamilton-county/blog/post/best-places/

Two Mr Basketball candidates lead LC

3 years ago, the Lawrence Central basketball Bears were bounced from the opening round of the playoffs. The following year, D'Andre Davis and Nijel Pack advanced to the Sectional championship. Last year, LC posted a 22-4 overall record on their way to a Regional appearance. A loss, if you will, but still a Sectional Win. Either way you look at it is bittersweet. They're hoping to drop that bitterness when they contend for a State title in March of 2020; but right now, this dynamic duo is focused on it's annual Thanksgiving Eve matchup against Lawrence North. May the games begin.  Speaking of rivalries, Purdue hosts Indiana at Noon in their annual Thanksgiving Saturday matchup, aka The Old Oaken Bucket game. IU who is looking for their 8th regular-season win, is hoping for a Gator Bowl invite in warm, sunny Florida this New Year... or maybe that's just me. And before you ask: Yes, I'll even take Notre Dame as a consolation prize. 

Hamilton Co tops 2 more lists

SmartAsset recently released a new study which found Hamilton County to be ranked #1 where people are best prepared for retirement . The study weighed four criteria: 401(k) performance, pension performance, local economic conditions (#1 in state), and access to financial advisors. Another study  by the same publication ranked the top places for small business owners to thrive. The study examined three factors: the percentage of people in a county with small business income, the proportion of that income to overall income and taxes paid by small business owners. Again. Hamilton County ranks #1 - beating dozens of top contenders. 

Fishers Medals Again

In the bustling Nickel Plate District of Fishers, Indiana, Tracy Gritters can recall a time when things looked very different. “It was a two-lane road 17 years ago,” she said of the property around her boutique store, Gallery 116 , where she has sold locally made goods since 2002. “We were worried about Target coming to town.” The retail giant eventually did — it's located about an 11-minute walk from her store — but the city's expansion hasn’t been the scenario she feared. Fishers, which was named MONEY's Best Place to Live in 2017 , officially upgraded from a town to a city and swore in its first mayor on January 1, 2015. Mayor Scott Faddness is still in office, and in the years since his inauguration, the city itself has been transformed. The newly developed downtown area became the Nickel Plate District , now home to an outdoor amphitheatre, plenty of retail stores and restaurants, a brewery, luxury apartments, and a high-speed internet coworking sp