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Pacers 2015 Draft Pick @ #11

Last time they had a lotto pick: Paul George Last time they had the #11 pick: Reggie Miller This one has all the excitement you could ask for... many think the Pacers go with the guy originally projected in the top10, but now may be slipping down others draft boards:  Willie 'Trill' C. Stein or the graduate, NCAA PoY, with 2 Final Fours, and he stretches the D (basically essential in today's game): Frank Kaminsky.  there's equal competition from other bigmen, like Myles Turner and Bobby Portis.  there's also 2 more * Indy-area drafted in the first round: Trey Lyles and RJ Hunter Are the Pacers looking for a win-now guy or long-term/franchise guy? Scoring or Defense? Personality or Athleticism? Big or Small? Why not both? there are point-guards like Cameron Payne, and Domer grad Jerian Grant the player I'll be rooting for, after he stole my heart in the NCAA tournament this year: Samuel J. Dekker * link does not include: Gary Harris, Gordon Hay

Terrific Toronto

...and Niagara Falls , Indy[car] Honda Toronto, Saturday's qualifying  lakeside at Amsterdam BrewHouse enjoying Craft Beer (Week)

Biggest sports moments in Indiana history

Yesterday marked the 20-year anniversary of Reggie Miller's 8 points in 9 seconds. I started to wonder, where would that moment rank if it were played in the state of Indiana? Here are some from from recent memory: 2011 Indy 500: 100th Anny, rookie (JRH) leads final turn/lap, crashes; Wheldon wins again, his last 2006 AFC Championship in Hoosier Dome. 38-34. Cheaters lose 2010 Final Four: small, local school w/ half-court buzzer to beat #1 Devils 2011 Watshot 3-pt winner at buzzer over #1 and undefeated Wildcats 2001 Haston 3-pt winner at buzzer over #1 and undefeated Spartans 2014 AFC Divisional playoffs: Andrew Luck's 24-pt comeback win The NBA pipeline 2000 Pacers reaching NBA Finals Last Century: Jeff Gordon winning inaugural Brickyard 400 1993 Notre Dame over #1 FSU (and '88 title) Bob Knight's championships, chair-toss & choke 1987 Pan Am Games Multiple ABA Championships in the 70s (and Nancy Leonard's  fundraiser) Larry Bird Oscar Robe

The Perfect Storm

The topic dominating airwaves for weeks is a crescendo this week in Indianapolis. America's best city is hosting another Final Four, this time featuring bluebloods Duke & Kentucky, as well B1Gs: Wisconsin and Michigan State. As if the game needed any more attention, the NCAA ( and others ) have publicly denounced the RFRA bill signed into Indiana law last week. Legislation was forced to specify a Federal law with similar language after gays were denied cake at a local bakery. The result of that legal battle that required clarification has rubbed many liberals the wrong way (rightfully so) but Mike Pence doesn't deserve to be called a bigot . Understanding the language of the bill is the first thing everyone should do before you go off criticizing all Hoosiers and boycott the entire state. Bill Clinton signed the Federal RFRA over 20 years ago, and Obama signed the Illinois RFRA as well. So why is the outrage directed only at Indiana? They hate us cuz they anus . B

Chuchos Y Túmulos

This is an epic about a man and his best friend (and his wife & daughter) as they journeyed through Mexico, Guatemala and the Yucatan. We decided to drive to Cancun and back, spending a couple weeks in Guatemala and visiting ancient pyramids and other archaeological structures. We camped in a tent on the beach, on lakes, in the jungle, backyards, but also stayed at a handful of hotels. Travis' wife & daughter were able to visit their family while I snorkled, relaxed and paraglided off mountains on  Lake Atitlan . Let's begin, shall we? 1st stop: Austin, Texas on Superbowl Sunday. A quick round of disc golf  and a bite at Denny's. And why did Wilson have to throw that interception at the goalline? The next day took us all the way to Mexico City, specifically: TEOTIHUACAN Here I am in front of the Pyramid of the Sun. another shot, this time I'm standing on the Moon . Possibly floating in the clouds at this point.  On February 3rd we v

Colts offseason moves

I promise not to discuss deflated balls. Time to move on to the 2015 season... Notable free agents that I don't expect to return include Reggie Wayne, Matt Hasselbeck and likely Hakeem Nicks. That leaves a big hole at WR (after TY Hilton and Donte Moncrief) but the rumor mill says Duron Carter has his hopes set on playing with Andrew Luck this fall. Ahmed Bradshaw played great in the games he was healthy, and deserves at least another year - especially at the pricetag of less than $1M/yr. Ballard, Boom and Trent are still on the roster but I don't expect Richardson to stay employed much longer. The 2 old guys (10+ years experience) entering Free Agency are Cory Redding and Mike Adams. Both of these men are anchors at their positions. Adams' value will be inflated by his Pro Bowl bid but should be a manageable sum around $2-3M/yr. Sergio Brown is quite a bit younger (26) but is quickly proving his worth. Colts need both their safeties to return as one of the league'