Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Daniel Kirkwood, American hero

IU Mathematics professor from 1856 to 1886 was fundamental in proving theorums regarding celestial objects. Notably, Kirkwood's law says that

"The square of the number of rotations made by a planet during one revolution around the sun, is proportional to the cube of the diameter of its sphere of attraction; or ."
His advancement in astronomy led to the campus Observatory being named after him, as well as Kirkwood Hall and Kirkwood Ave.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Colts in 2010 ProBowl & SB

We all know that Manning, Clark, Wayne, Freeney, Mathis and Saturday are the best at their position.
2010 ProBowl Indianapolis Colts
Antonie Bethea (2nd-best among AFC FS's in both tackles and interceptions) should get in behind Ed Reed and Brian Dawkins. Melvin Bullitt is available on Special Teams. Pat McAfee, Gary Brackett, Raheem Brock and Clint Session all deserve consideration too. Now if you're thinking "whoa, Clint Session? c'mon Pete, quit bein a homer" - Sessions has 76 tackles (2nd among all AFC players) and returned one last week to clinch the game. Fun Fact: Only 3 AFC players have at least 60 tackles and a score, rookie CB Jacob Lacey also holds that honor.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Golden Tate wins Biletnikoff

Golden Tate had another amazing game (3 TDs, 10 catches for 200 yards) but Notre Dame's season fell incomplete at 6-6, with all but two games coming down to the final play. The Halloween game in San Antonio versus Washington State wasn't really a contest and the season opening shutout over Nevada is an indication Charlie can execute a great gameplan, when given more than a few weeks of prep time. The Wolfpack had an NCAA-record THREE 1,000-yard rushers this year. Does Irish AD Jack Swarbrick accept a bowl bid?

Shoppers turned out in droves this weekend looking for bargains in a rough economy. Police had to breakup a fight at Castleton and Greenfield malls. In Muncie, hundreds of Toys-R-Us shoppers waited in their warm cars before rushing the doors right at 5am, cutting everyone in line. Speaking of getting screwed, the Indiana State 5A Championship at Lucas Oil stadium went into a first overtime after the Warriors scored a game tying TD with :01 second remaining. If IHSAA allowed instant replay the catch would have clearly shown the receiver's foot was out of bounds, but the game went on and eventually into double OT before Warren Central outlasted Carmel, 42-36. Speaking of Warren Central... a 26-yr-old substitute teacher has been arrested for sexting a HS student. This is the thousandth reported case of a similar incident in the past few years yet the IndyStar commentors have an uproar over government intrusion issues. She was 16 and the male teacher admitted to having sex with her.

Friday, November 06, 2009

10 years later, Conseco still ahead of the curve

Modern NBA arenas (Charlotte, Ft Worth, San Antonio and Memphis - all cities without a public smoking ban) are modeling themselves after Conseco Fieldhouse. The shrine to Indiana basketball is part-museum, part-temple. USA Today called it "a cathedral to basketball" and Amusement Business Magazine called it "the Camden Yards of Basketball". The structure pays homage to Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse and features memorabilia spanning decades of high school, collegiate and professional icons such as John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Bobby Knight, Larry Bird and 3 ABA Championships.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Golden Tate for Heisman

Notre Dame Junior WR Golden Tate 4 Heisman
after 10 games...
74 catches for 1,172 yards
14 TDs (2 rushing, 1 punt return)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tri-State Hoops Preview

Cincinnati 2010 Indianapolis NCAA Final-Four March Madness Tri-State Indiana Kentucky OhioMichigan State returns everybody, including Kalin Lucas. Purdue returns everybody, including E'Twaun Moore. The Hoosiers loaded up. Ohio State, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois are all ranked. Louisville's returning backcourt has been to multiple Elite Eights. Calipari has brought the swagger back to Kentucky. As far as mid-majors, Butler is primed for a big season. Dayton, Xavier and Notre Dame are also hoping to be dancing. Note to Syracuse, Duke, Kansas or any other teams outside 150 miles that are Final Four-bound: there's still a good chance of hotel vacancy.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


69 has always been a special number for me. Not only is the § symbol a slight deviance from 69, it's also the shape of our (spiral) galaxy. It represents duelness, liquidated Karma, and the zodiac sign for Cancer. Some say its a symbol of Yin&Yang. Billy Madison lolz when Miss Veronica Vaughn asks the class to "turn to page 69", but I wont get into that. Apostle St. Peter, whom I was named after and was also the first Pope, died in 69 AD. Then there's The Summer of '69. Room temperature? 69°. When I was in 6th grade, REM's song "Star-69" was on the radio. There are 6.9 billion people on Earth. I was born at Community North off Interstate 69. I attended Skiles Test Elementary which is located precisely 1 block north of Indianapolis' address grid: 69 Block North, 69 Block East. Odd, right?
Using Google Maps, I put markers on all major landmarks of my life and then noticed a strong northeastern pattern. I mapped a straight line (called "Life Path") from Bloomington to the exact middle of this conglomerate of landmarks and discovered that I'm going to hell. Well, at least Purgatory, which is (wait for it...) 69 miles from Bloomington!

** Points of interest directly under this imaginary line: Indiana University, Victory Field, State Capitol building, Benjamin Harrison's Home, MLK Memorial Park, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Castleton Mall, Allisonville Rd, River Glen CC, Connor Prairie and Noblesville's Retail District (Hare Chevrolet & Kahlo Jeep) at SR-37/32/38. 

Monday, October 19, 2009

ESO Discovers New Planets

The European Southern Observatory has announced the discovery of hundreds of exoplanets in our galaxy. The Geneva Convention created the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS, a mega-telescope located in Chile. The radial velocity method detects small 'wiggles' by stars, which give clues to existence of exoplanets' gravity. Dozens of these planets are known to exist in multiplanet systems and are over 5x larger than our Earth.

Monday, October 05, 2009

2012 - The End of Times?

At 11:11am on December 21, 2012 our planet will be another 13 Bak'tuns older (or 69k moons*), which you may have heard is the END of the WORLD. Actually it's just the end of the Mayan calender; the last 'birthday' was 3114 BC. Click those links to discover how exact Mayans were with star alignment and physical cycles...
But the most significant fact is that for the first time in 26,000 years (a Great Year) our Sun will pass through the galactic equator of the Milky Way, meaning a great source of energy could be disrupted.

Perhaps a solar flare will simply wipe out all our satellites? Maybe earthquakes, volcanic eruption, giant meteors and tidal flooding? (notice the black Prez... lame duck?)
If you think that's scary, try this on for size: a reverse in magnetic poles - that hasn't happened in 740,000 years (and we're overdue by 240,000 years) Your compass will point South instead of North? Check.
 Cataclysmicly devastating events? Check. Laws of physics will vanish? Well, we won't know until then (our magnets will get weaker gradually), but I'm hoping we pass through a Black Hole and we finally get new neighbors, because Mars is so annoying!

*Fun Fact: a moon cycle is a Tun-Uc, a 28-day cycle that breaks the moon into 4 phases that we call a "week". Booyah!

Monday, September 28, 2009

NFL Defenses Power Rankings

  1. Baltimore - Ed Reed and Ray Lewis... need I say more?
  2. NYJ - new DC Mike Pettine (former Ravens LB Coach) allowing only 9 ppg
  3. NYG - has recorded only 3 sacks so far, but plenty of playmakers and championship experience
  4. Philly - league-leading 9 takeaways and 10 sacks; lots of points given up but they have DeSean Jackson returning punts
  5. Minnesota - Jared Allen & Co are hitting on all cylinders (ground-breaking journalism!)
  6. Pittsburgh - DPoY Harrison & Co are missing Troy Polamalu's drive-stopping ability
  7. Denver - under 6 ppg allowed thus far, albeit vs JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn
  8. Chicago - Brian Urlacher out for the season, but they've rallied and will not break
  9. Indy - the #1 DE combo and loads of talent in the secondary, but major weakness at LB
  10. Tennessee - 71 points allowed in just 3 games has the divisional favorite winless thus far
  11. Green Bay
  12. Seattle
  13. New England
  14. San Diego
  15. Miami
  16. San Fran
  17. Dallas
  18. Carolina
  19. Cincy
  20. New Orleans
  21. Buffalo
  22. ATL
  23. Oakland
  24. Arizona
  25. Tampa Bay
  26. Washington
  27. Jacksonville
  28. Detroit
  29. Houston
  30. St Louis
  31. Kansas City
  32. Cleveland

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

NFL Week 3 odds

Games I'm staying away from:
Cleveland +13½ @ Baltimore
Chicago -2½ @ Seattle
Atlanta +4 @ New England

Games I'm taking but don't love:
Dallas -9½ vs Carolina
San Francisco +7 @ Minnesota
NY Jets -3 vs Tennessee
Houston -4 vs Jacksonville
Green Bay -7 @ St Louis

Games I like a lot:
NY Giants -7 @ Tampa Bay
Detroit +6½ vs Washington
New Orleans -6 @ Buffalo
Pittsburgh -4½ @ Cincinnati
Oakland +1½ vs Denver

Games with lines unannounced:
Indianapolis @ Arizona
Miami @ San Diego
Kansas City @ Philadelphia

Monday, September 21, 2009

Autumnal Equinox

Charlie Weis gets to keep his job another week as Notre Dame barely escaped consecutive last-minute meltdowns from an inferior BigTen Michigan team. The Irish head to Purdue this Saturday after the (1-2) Boilers recently lost to Northern Illinois of the MAC.

The football Hoosiers are still undefeated after rolling over Akron in the 2nd half, 38-21. This is the 3rd time in 5 years IU has started 3-0. Should they beat Michigan Saturday, it would mark the first 4-0 start since 1990. But IU hasn't won at the Big House since 1967 (our last Rose Bowl) and has just a lone victory in the past 31 meetings with the Wolverines.

The Colts return to Miami's LandShark Stadium for the first time since winning SB XLi. Peyton Manning and the Colts will hopefully be back in February for SB XLiV, possibly en route to winning a 4th MVP and solidifying himself as the greatest ever. Since 1999, the Colts have the most regular-season wins (115, the Patriots have 111) and they also have the best win percentage on Monday Nights (.750 in 12 games). After tonight's game, they have another primetime matchup on Sunday on NBC vs the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. Kurt Warner just set an NFL record with the best completion percentage (92.3%) in a single game. Rookie CBs Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey will likely have their hands full with Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Colts claim rookie LB Cody Glenn off waivers

Colts claimed rookie LB Cody Gleen off waivers (via Redskins) and released 4-yr veteran S Matt Giordano. This could be good news regarding the injury status of Bob Sanders, who was recently taken off the PUP list. Either the Colts are confident that #21 will be healthy enough to play, or they really like Cody Glenn. They apparently didn't covet him enough to draft him with either of their two 4th round picks, one of which was used on defensive tackle Terrance Taylor, whom did not make the final 53-man roster.

Cody Glenn actually entered college as RB, but eventually won the starting weak-side linebacker position for Nebraska last year. Although he has very little experience on defense, he has played both OLB and ILB spots. Glenn has prototypical size for a Colts linebacker (basically a slightly bulky safety) at 6' 0", 244 lbs, and he ran a respectable 4.67 40-yard dash at his pro day workout.

Once Ed Johnson's one-week suspension has been served, the Colts will have to release another player. My guess is they'll release backup K Shane Andrus or one of the two backup QBs, Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter.

Speaking of suspension, Cody was held out of 2 games last year for "violating team rules" which was rumored to be him selling his game-issued tix, but ESPN has reported that was false.

Update #1: Colts just claimed S Aaron Francisco from the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals

Update #2: Colts just waived Cody Glenn. Awesome.

Update #3: Cody Glenn placed on practice squad. Riveting, I know!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Top10 Health Care Reform notes

1. The constitution-loving US citizens are worried Obama's health care proposals will lead to a government takeover of health care, so worried that they're not only exercising their First Amendment rights at Town Hall meetings, but also their Second Amendment rights. Here's what being proposed:

2. Single-payer: Under a single-payer system, the financing system relies on one "payer" -- which could be a government-run agency -- to fund all health care costs billed by doctors, hospitals and other health professionals.

3. Public option: A public option is a government-funded, government-run health care option, similar to Medicare. Under the plan, people would pay premiums 10 to 20 percent less than private insurance.

4. Private insurance: Private insurance is coverage offered by a company other than the government.

5. Co-op: Nonprofit health cooperatives are being proposed as an option to compete with the private sector and as an alternative to a government-sponsored public health insurance option. Co-ops are owned and governed by the same people they insure.

6. Mandated coverage: Some lawmakers have proposed mandated coverage, which would require all Americans to get a minimum amount of insurance. The mandate could be enforced with a tax penalty.

7. Blue Dog coalition: The Blue Dog coalition is a group of 52 fiscally conservative Democrats in the House. The Blue Dogs insist that health care reform should preserve patient choice and maintain competition in the marketplace without adding to the national deficit. They'll play a critical role in getting a bill through the House.

8. eRecords: President Obama wants to computerize all records within 5 years as a way to increase quality of health care and decrease costs. Under his plan to modernize health care, all health records would be standardized and electronic.

9. rescission: Health care rescission is the process by which insurers cancel coverage, often after finding that a person omitted pertinent information on his or her application. Some companies have been accused of improperly rescinding policies as a way to avoid paying for expensive treatments.

10. end-of-life counseling: The current version of the House bill contains a provision for end-of-life counseling for Medicare beneficiaries who want it, as long as that individual has not had an end-of-life care or "advance care planning" consultation within the last 5 years.

Bonus: Medicare and Medicaid are public health options. Medicare is a government-sponsored program for people 65 years or older. Medicaid is a health care program for low income individuals and families.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Top10 NFL fanbases

1. Washington Redskins - the most loyal and patient fans of any NFL franchise (327 consecutive sellouts) still sport the traditional (and now un-PC) feathers & facepaint, dresses, and pigmasks... even at opposing stadiums

2. Pittsburgh Steelers - They've got the 2nd longest streak of sellouts (308), plus generations of champions with just 3 head coaches in 40 years = six-year waiting list for season tickets

3. Dallas Cowboys - America's Team has (just) 154 consecutive sellouts but their fans are located worldwide. You'd have a hard time finding one that hated you, even in their new billion dollar home.

4. Indianapolis Colts - Within the Dome, the fans were so loud they were accused of piping in sound to disrupt the opponents. While the new Stadium can't offer that anymore, Indy still provides jealousy from others, at least until they aren't winning 12+ games every year

5. Green Bay Packers - They oughta be ranked higher, however they handled that Brett Favre situation poorly, and then took frustration out on Aaron Rodgers.

6. Kansas City Chiefs - The Green Bay of the AFC, their fans are the loudest and they play outdoors

7. Cleveland Browns - Losing the team in '95 hurt the Browns Backers substantially, but they still can be seen at some remote bar in just about every American city on a Sunday afternoon

8. New England Patriots - ranked this low due to lack of loyalty, creativity and national presence

9. Philadelphia Eagles - Nobody gets on their own players as much as these guys do, often to a fault. Maybe the biggest base among non-transplant cities (sorry Miami, Denver, San Diego, Phoenix, etc)

10. Chicago Bears - These faux-blue-collarians are fair weather and delusional

Tyrone Wheatly Raiders Chiefs
Honorable mention: Oakland Raiders - more of a Sunday morning Halloween party than anything, but they still HATE like none other

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Top10 TV channels

Yes, I'm ranking my favorite television channels... don't judge me.

Comedy (30 Rock, Conan, The Office, SNL, Notre Dame football) and Drama (Friday Night Lights, Southland, Heroes, Olympics) plus TV's #1 slot: Sunday Night Football

HBOTrue Blood, Hung, Entourage, Bill Maher, 6' Under, The Wire, Curb, Flight of the Conchords, Eastbound & Down... stellar lineup and the commercials are absent.

Daily Show, Colbert Report, South Park, and Tosh.0 put this channel tops among basic cable. The late-night (often uncensored) stand-ups are DVR gold

TRU-TVCops, Speeders, awesome car chases and a slew of titles that begin with "Most Shocking/Extreme/Horrifying" have me a fan of reality TV. (Not reality, actuality!)

NOVA and Nature alone put PBS in the top five (although American Experience and random nudity are bonuses) and oh, guess what, NO COMMERCIAL BREAKS

Not only does it stream live stats, it's mildly entertaining, uber-political, tech savvy, scientific, and often internationally newsworthy

Simpsons, 24, Family Guy, Cops, American Idol (I only watch the auditions), NFC Football, Nascar, MLB

Lost, AFV, Scrubs, Jimmy Kimmel, College Football, Bowl games, NBA and golf. (and I hear Dancing With The Stars and Greys Anatomy are pretty entertaining too)

Colts, How I Met Your Mother, 2½ Men, CSI, Price is Right, golf, and March Madness

NBA Playoffs, Law & Order, CSI, and Braveheart re-runs, because thats more believable drama than whatever ESPN, MTV or E! puts out. (Exceptions: live sports, Run's House and The Soup)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Joey Chestnut, American Hero

Joey Chestnut
Joey Chestnut captured his 3rd consecutive title by chomping down 68 hot dogs to beat Kobayashi's 64. Jaws has come a long way since his defeat in 2005, where he was outpaced 49-37. Kobayashi had been the prior reigning champ since 2001, when just 25 dogs secured victory.

Monday, June 15, 2009

LC's Mike Holman is National Coach of the Year

Cross Country National Coach of the Year Mike Holman Lawrence Central BearsCoach Holman led the Lawrence Central track & field boys to state championships in '98 and '05, and the cross country boys to runner-up in '06 and sixth this past year after assisting the Americans as video analyst in the 2008 Olympics. The State Hall of Famer is the only man in Indiana history to coach 2 XC individual champions: Matt Grady in '82 (Muncie North), and LC’s Nick Middleton in '91.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pacers 2009 draft preview

OK, here's how I see the '09/'10 roster: (no Marquis, no Rasho, no Tinsley)
PG - Jack, Ford (good pair here, no real need to draft another if Jarrett is re-signed)
SG - Rush, S.Graham (both young and inexperienced, but I do like Rush's future)
SF - Granger, Dunleavy (both excellent wingmen, no reason to add more)
PF - Murphy, McRoberts (I like the Irish a lot, but we really need another big man)
C - Hibbert, Foster (Jeff is old and we'll need a replacement for him soon)

My hope is we'll go with a PG like Jonny Flynn, Jrue Holiday, or Ty Lawson or possibly a PF like DeJuan Blair or Tyler Hansbrough. The 2nd-round pick could be someone like AJ Price, Garret Siler or Robert Dozier.

I'd really like to see Indiana select Pike HS grad Jeff Teague but I don't
think he'll be available. VCC's Eric Maynor could be a nice addition but I think he'll fall to the bottom of the 1st round. Another hot prospect is Brandon Jennings, who played in Italy last year because he was too dumb for college (ie. Memphis must've been outta scholorships).

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Rodney Harrison: Hall of Famer?

The former Patriots and Chargers safety has announced his retirement after 15 seasons NFL retirement Rodney Harrison dirty cheaterin the NFL, and now plans to join Tony Dungy in the booth at NBC.The 36-yr-old holds an NFL record 30½ sacks for DBs; and has 34 ints, making him the only player with 30+ of both. While he has been voted to the Pro Bowl twice, he's also been widely regarded as the league's dirtiest player. He's been fined over $200K for what he calls "passionate play", including the helmet-to-helmet hit on Jerry Rice. In 2007, he was suspended four games for using illegal steroids. Hall of Famer? I hope not

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Ron Paul punk'd by Brüno

Presidential hopeful Ron Paul unwittingly gets hit-on by Sacha Baron Cohen's character

Monday, June 01, 2009

28 Years Later

What's with the number 28?? This week I turn 28 years old - from conception, not birth. The Sun returns to it's original position in the sky every 28 years. Saturn circles the Sun in 28 years. There are 28 days in a moon's cycle - and also a females' cycle. Humans have exactly 28 teeth. There are 28 grams in an ounce. Greek mathmeticians proclaim 28 to be perfect.
I'm sure all these coincidences are nothing more than that, but in my quest to discover why February has 28 days, I studied up on the Gregorian Calendar... which was known as the Julian Calendar... which was known as the Roman Calendar before it was revised by Caesar in 44 BC. Before Pope Gregory XIII revised Julius' version we had a leap year every 4 years; now we have 97 leap years every B'ak'tun. This created an error of the previous 13 centuries' time-keeping by ~10 days, so the last day of the Julian Calendar was Oct 4, 1582 followed by the first day of the Gregorian Calendar on Oct 15, 1582. Makes ya feel empty inside, doesn't it?
1 B'ak'tun later the Sun and Stars gave us §, Thriller and ET. Just another coincidence?

* B'ak'tun = 400 years

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Driver/Owner Tony Stewart takes points lead

The Columbus, Indiana native (who just turned 38 last week) is living out the American Dream of a new and successful entrepreneurship.
Tony Stewart NASCAR Indiana SchrockStar §
"You hope that you don't wake up tomorrow and all of a sudden realize that we're just getting ready to go to Daytona or something and it's all been a dream,'' said Smoke.
Tony Stewart's runner-up showing at Dover has propelled him to become the first owner-driver to lead the championship standings since 1992, when the late Alan Kulwicki won the title in that season's last race.

His 10-year tenure with the same team (Joe Gibbs), sponsor (Home Depot), and crew chief (Greg Zipadell) is a NASCAR record.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Need an update?

here it is, quick & dirty...

Pacers fail to make playoffs. Bulls/Celtics was epic. Still got an awesome gf. Reds still suck. BFF moved to Guatemala. Vegas was fun. Colts draft was decent. New job @ Bella Vita. And lastly, Twitter sucks because a.) it doesn't work well with Firefox and b.) even when I click the "Remember Me" box it doesn't remember me! WTF?

PS - Cinco de Mayo fiesta @ mi casa esta noche

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Multimedia message

New comforter

June 13 update:
My gf says I can no longer refer to said comforter as 'new'. She said we've broken it in too many times. (TMI?)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Tweet this, Americuh

Okay, I've finally given in to the immense pressure from nobody and decided to make this blog more user-friendly... I am accepting your feedback in the form of, get ready for it, comments!

My first topic of discussion is Google's attempt to buy Twitter. Having already bought giants Youtube and Blogspot, the internet is basically becoming property of Google - we're just lucky enough to use it free of charge. I remember registering my GMail account 5 years ago and thinking "What does this search engine website think they're doing?" Soon after I discovered GoogleEarth, Picasa, Docs and iGoogle, I knew that this was no ordinary web site. My life is positively changed because of their products, and I owe them. I'm considering giving my firstborn the name G00glè (gü-glay), or at least as a middle name. And yep, those are zeros... representin c/o '00 whodi!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Indy Hoops recap

Wednesday: J-O made a guest appearance at Conseco Fieldhouse, this time as a member of the Miami Heat. D-Wade's game-winning 3-pointer as time expired bounced in, and then out. Pacers continue to believe they can make a playoff spot...
Thursday: Duke and Purdue both lose, coach Billy Gillispie fired from UK. Is it my birthday?
Friday: While at my gf's parents' crib - amidst heavy drinking and charades - I observed Louisville trounce Arizona and Michigan State come back from 13-down to dethrone defending champion Kansas
Saturday: Indiana crowns 4 State champions today in High School Boys Basketball - including future IU PG and Mr Basketball Jordan Hulls leading an undefeated Bloomington South squad vs Ft. Wayne Snider; Pacers battle the Chicago Bulls at United Center - and it looks like Brandon Rush likes his new role as a starter, scoring 18 in the 1st Q; 'Nova takes on Pitt and Mizzou plays UConn
Sunday: Michigan State and Louisville go head-to-head at da 'Luc for a berth to the Final Four in Detroit; Tyler Hansbrough battles Blake Griffin for the #1 overall pick in the NBA draft. And finally, will Agent Zero make his '08-09 debut in Indy?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Women's March Madness

Porchia Green and the Ball State Lady Cardinals upset Pat Summit and perennial powerhouse Tennessee Lady Vols in the first round of the Women's NCAA tournament last night.
Porchia Green Ball State CardinalsThe Arlington HS grad led her team in points, rebounds, assists and steals this year, and set the school record for minutes played in a season.

The 12th seeded Cards take on 4-seed Iowa State tomorrow night in Bowling Green, KY.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ben Davis' Stan Benge named Coach of the Year

Coach Benge led his girls HS basketball team to a state championship, a perfect season, and #1 national ranking and is now recognized as the best coach in the land, joining SB Washington's Skylar Diggins as the nation's top female amateur baller.

Monday, March 09, 2009

VJ3 snubbed from Conference freshman team

Verdell Jones III Indiana Hoosiers VJ3Verdell Jones III was denied All-BigTen Freshman honors when Lewis Jackson of Purdont averages 5 points less and fewer assists, but it's okay because his team had more wins this year. VJ3 was third best in points scored (2nd in conference play) and tops in assists, but also had turnovers gallore, mostly the first half of the season.
Pritchard also led all freshmen in rebounding, but has not progressed much from November.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Indy Wine Opener

Brian Mehler asked me to update my blog, so here it is...

Hi Brian!

Also, I want to holler at you about the Indy Wine Opener tonight @ Conseco Fieldhouse. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
This is THE event for all the grown and sexy professionals in the 317; so I hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

§ Indy Amateur Basketball Stars Shining Bright

1.1* - Mike Conley (LN)
Averaging 8/3/3 for Grizz
1.1 - Greg Oden (LN)
An NBA veteran in the rookie game??
4.6 - Eric Gordon (North Central)
Attempted at least 10 FG in every game since Xmas/bday
5.6 - George Hill (Broad Ripple)
Averaging 6.6 ppg for Spurs
9.1 - Josh McRoberts (Carmel)
Can he blossom into starter for Pacers?
11.3 - Courtney Lee (Pike)
Magic SG lost starting spot to Mickael Pietrus now that AJ has taken over PG
11.3 - Robert Vaden (Pike)
Blazin away in Alabama, will he be drafted?
11.3 - Jeff (& Marquis) Teague (Pike)
Both are amazingly hot right now - elder is All-ACC
13.0 - Rodney Carney (Northwest)
Former Highjump Champ averaging 5 ppg for T-Wolves

* = distance (in miles) from their HS to Exit 200 of  I-69

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Is it 2010 yet?

Thinking ahead to next year, I'm trying to put together a depth chart based on minutes this year, perceived talent, Rivals' rankings, Terry Hutchens' blog, etc.Indiana Hoosiers Matt Roth
We've actually over-committed on the scholarships by 1, which means if nobody transfers or gets kicked off the team, IU will be responsible for telling one of the current scholarship players that they're gonna have to pay their own way for tuition. Yikes. My guess before Saturday's game vs O$U was that person would be Matt Roth, but that was until the kid went 9-11 from long range. My next best guess would be Tijan Jobe, but how do you essentially 'cut' a 7-footer entering his senior year? You can't. It still may be too early to speculate, but this could potentially become a major issue.
Anyway, next year's freshman class (and redshirted Jeremiah Rivers) will bring big bodies and leadership, two things lacking from this year's squad. As you can see, we'll finally have depth in 2010:
PG: Jeremiah Rivers, Jordan Hulls, Verdell Jones III
SG: Devan Dumes, Maurice Creek, Matt Roth
SF: Christian Watford,
Nick Williams, Malik Story
PF: Tom Pritchard, Derek Elston, Bobby Capobianco
C: Bawa Muniru, Tijan Jobe
I like the idea of Nick Williams and Verdell Jones competing for 6th and 7th man next year. Is Malik Story transferring?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

RIP Tony Dungy & Marvin Harrison

Some are y'all are gloomy about TD's departure, the recession, the subzero temperatures, the Hoosiers inability to win a game, Blue Monday, our current eco-crisis, and so on... but here's what I'm excited about:

• Danny-G thirty-three's All-Star breakout
• Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell
The Obama Era...
...Bush's departure
• NFL playoffs. Will Edge, Jesus and the Cards halt Philly's championship streak? Can Joe Flacco handle the Steel Curtain and prevent an all-PENNSYLVANIA Superbowl??
and finally...Teen sexting and "dirty old men in raincoats" - !o!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fishers Pilot FAIL: a.) biz b.) marriage c.) fake death d.) suicide attempt or e.) all of the above

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The missing pilot has been found in Quincy, Florida at a campsite. Investigators say he had slit his wrists.
Earlier today, a Hamilton County judge ordered the arrest of the Geist pilot, Marcus Schrenker, on financial fraud charges. Schrenker had been on the run after he staged a plane crash. Investigators are now trying to figure out how to remove the plane and what to charge the pilot with.

Top 12 Comedy Podcasts

I'm not calling this a list of my favorites, because I know this to be fact, not opinion: Kill Tony T.Y.S.O. Bad Friends Are You Garbage...