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From the Press Box: ISU brass, ex-players united on ISU’s football future
Dreams are dreams until someone has the wherewithal to make them come true. When it comes to success and the Indiana State football program, dreams are about all anyone’s had for the last decade or more.
From the Pressbox: Terre Haute fans should give themselves a hand for Rex success
Earlier this season, I was told that minor league teams shouldn’t expect to make a profit until their second season of operation. Most won’t escape red ink until their third season.
From the Press Box: The perfect age to be a baseball geek
A few weeks ago, I turned 39. Ugh. I shouldn’t imply that I’m in some neurotic existential crisis about it. I’ve never been hung up too much on age for myself or anyone else. Still, it’s mid-life and along with it, those mid-life questions creep into your mind more and more. Resistance is futile.
From the Press Box: Tommy John has a blast on his return to Wabash Valley
There have been several Terre Haute natives who made a lasting mark in Major League Baseball. The list includes Hall of Famer Max Carey, Art Nehf, and more recently, current Terre Haute Rex manager Brian Dorsett.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: No need to testify, soccer won
Every four years, the (World) cups of soccer fans like me runneth over. Ah, the World Cup. If you’re like me, it’s the greatest four-year sporting event on Earth. It keeps soccer fans at blissfully rapt attention for an entire month.
From the Press Box: Lansing hire a popular victory for ISU fans
Its mainly used in the context of the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana, but in sports, you often hear about the concept of a “popular victor”. The person or two in a field of peers who is going to get a louder reception than some other victors because the fans have made an emotional connection with him or her.
From the Press Box: Sad and exciting day for sports in Terre Haute
I’m endlessly fascinated by the yin and yang of life. Today is a yin and yang day if there ever was one as far as Terre Haute sports are concerned. By the time you read this, it is likely that the Indianapolis Colts’ brass will be in Anderson as they announce their return to the Madison County city after an 11-year training camp run at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute.
A scene from the Big Ten expansion
The following scenario may or may not currently be playing out on a Big Ten campus as the conference considers expansion to 12 or perhaps 16 teams. Your mileage may vary:
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Thank you Butler, thank you basketball gods
When you’re fortunate enough to witness a sporting event on the level of the Butler-Duke NCAA national championship game, there’s not much that can be said to elaborate on what basketball fans already know ... Duke’s down-to-the-wire 61-59 victory on Monday was a stone classic.
Words to offer perspective won’t do ... all you can offer is thanks.
From the Press Box: Win or lose tonight, perception of Butler will never be the same
For the Missouri Valley Conference beat writers, it’s an annual rite at the MVC men’s basketball tournament — the expansion discussion. Expansion candidates are bandied about, and/or, current members schools are kicked out in a late night roundtable that’s not always grounded in common sense, has less than zero influence on actual league policy, but is always lively.
From the Press Box: A front seat for Cinderella Butler's ball
When the NCAA granted the Tribune-Star’s request for a press credential for the Final Four — the first time we’ve asked since I’ve been at the paper — I assumed being a smaller paper without any local coverage iron in the fire (Butler is a state team, but we don’t regularly cover them) meant we’d be seated in a distant corner of Lucas Oil Stadium.
TODD GOLDEN: Free the players! NCAA timeouts define overkill
If you’re like me, Saturday’s Northerrn Iowa-Kansas NCAA Tournament game was the perfect example of why so many of us are addicted to March Madness.
From the Press Box: ISU not part of MVC party, but Elgin thinks that can change
The lack of Indiana State fans at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament would stick out like a sore thumb ... if the Sycamores’ contingent stuck out at all.
From the Press Box: Missouri Valley voters snubbed Marshall
The Missouri Valley Conference has a pool of 40 voters who vote for the All-MVC honors at the end of the season. I am one of them.
From the Press Box: From walk-on to walk-off, Marshall is the Sycamores’ heart and soul
The first time Harry Marshall entered Hulman Center as an Indiana State basketball player in 2006, he was a walk-on.
Marshall’s last act in an ISU uniform at Hulman Center? A walk-off.
- TODD GOLDEN: Postseason plans afoot for ISU men’s team The Indiana State men’s basketball team has done some heavy lifting to attain a goal it hadn’t reached in nine years … a winning season. Now comes the reward … ISU is considering its postseason options.
- From the Press Box: Nothing to get riled about in this Super Bowl You know what bugs me about Super Bowl XLIV? Nothing … and that bugs me a lot.
- From the Press Box: Colts ‘island hop’ their way to Super Bowl If you know your history, you know that island hopping was a major factor why the United States was on the victorious side in World War II.
- TODD GOLDEN: Sycamores are where they should be entering MVC play The nonconference season is essentially over (save one BracketBusters game in February) for the Indiana State men’s basketball team. So what do you think?
- From the Press Box: Symbiosis? ISU's Marshall and Lathan have it
- TODD GOLDEN: At long last ... baseball; it's a great day for Terre Haute I’m not supposed to get outwardly excited about sports in Terre Haute, I’m supposed to report on it. Ninety-nine times out of 100, that’s exactly what I strive to do.
- From the Press Box: Colts defense defined by big plays When you reel off the statistics, the Indianapolis Colts’ defense comes off, well, pedestrian.
- From the Press Box: State collegiate men's basketball tourney? A man can dream can’t he? The Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic draw takes place on Tuesday and the much-beloved tournament tips off on Dec. 26 at Terre Haute North. I don’t think I’m going out on any precarious limb when I say that the wild success of the event has made it the most talked-about, most cared-about and best-locally attended event in the area ... and that includes things like Indianapolis Colts training camp and the NCAA Cross Country championships, which draw more regional and national attention, but not always local interest to match.
- From the Press Box: ISU can’t get out of field position jail All right all of you armchair coaches, you Vince Lombardis of the XBox, you dominators of Madden football, time to stand up and be counted.
- From the Press Box: Donald Brown vs. Joseph Addai, time to start the debate? Donald Brown vs. Joseph Addai ... is it time for the debate over who should shoulder the Indianapolis Colts’ running load to begin? If Sunday was the time for the debate, it was over by technical knockout in the second quarter of the Colts’ 42-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. On Brown’s second run from scrimmage, he strained his left shoulder. He did not return and was not on the sideline during the second half.
- From the Press Box: ISU finally has some time ... and the players need it Indiana State’s football season has hit the halfway point. Saturday’s 62-7 loss at No. 3 Northern Iowa was, unfortunately for the Sycamores, a fitting rotten cherry to go on a sundae that has been spoiled almost from drop. The nation’s longest losing streak? Still going strong.
From the Press Box: NCAA did right thing for Kelly
If there’s one thing many of us have learned through life experience, it’s that no one should ever judge the way someone else grieves.
Grief doesn’t follow a plan. Grief doesn’t stay faithful to a timeline. Grief can’t be codified. Grief is never, ever a one-size-fits-all proposition.
- Bad times are when ISU football will know who its friends are The Sycamores filed off Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in defeat for the 30th straight time on Saturday after South Dakota State defeated the Sycamores 41-0. Without any offense to speak of — ISU had 90 yards of total offense against the Jackrabbits — the Sycamores had no chance.
- From The Press Box: Caldwell’s calls put onus on players For his maiden voyage in charge in the National Football League, Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell wasn’t shy about making play calls that could have turned him from a first-time NFL winner to loser and drawn immediate heat to himself.
- From The Press Box: Moral victory milepost for Sycamores After dire predictions by some of a historic blowout, Indiana State’s football team hung in there at Football Championship Subdivision opponent Louisville on Saturday. It was a 10-point game deep into the third quarter before ISU eventually lost 30-10.
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