TERRE HAUTE — Don’t panic, Indianapolis Colts fans.
No, I can’t promise that Marvin Harrison’s knees will be 100-percent healed by the Sept. 7 season opener against the Chicago Bears. We’ll all have to wait and see on that.
But anyone thinking their upcoming training camp won’t stay on schedule can rest easier, Matt Sinclair told the Tribune-Star.
Sinclair should know. He’s director for recreational sports and athletic facilities at Rose-Hulman and director for all 10 Colts camps since they debuted at the eastside engineering institute in 1999.
Sinclair said recent heavy rains and flooding, which caused extensive damage throughout Vigo County, had no long-term effect on Rose-Hulman’s football facility at Cook Stadium. That includes Phil Brown Field and the nearby practice area.
“We’re right on schedule,” Sinclair emphasized Friday.
Players will report July 24, with camp to run from July 25 through Aug. 15.
Sinclair admits he was concerned about the fields when so much rain drenched Terre Haute last week.
“There’s always a concern,” he explained, “but we have a tremendous amount of drainage. Really, by the end of last Saturday, you could hardly tell anything had occurred. The practice fields have looked great.
“Really, it didn’t put us behind at all. Luckily for us, we start the preparation really early, usually in mid-May. That Bermuda [grass] had a good root stand already.”
Sinclair said he read about what happened to the football field turf at Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium, which became unplayable because of heavy rains and strong winds. “That’s an advantage of having a national-grass field [at Rose-Hulman],” he mentioned.
Sinclair said his crew is preparing pretty much the same way it would without the heavy rains — “aerating [punching holes in the ground to loosen soil and open up growing room for the roots], getting [the fields] top-dressed with sand, just the normal cutting, and making sure we stay on top of the disease control and fungus.”
Sinclair hopes we don’t get any more of the crazy rain we’ve already received this month. But if we do, there still shouldn’t be any problems at Rose-Hulman.
“These fields have such good drainage,” he noted. “They can handle torrential rains, especially this much in advance.”
After taking a quick tour of the fields before Friday afternoon’s shower hit, the only weather-related issue I noticed were some small puddles along the south sideline of the practice fields. But the grass looked neatly trimmed in all playing areas and no goal posts were floating toward Wabash Avenue.
Even though Sinclair is speaking positively about the fields and preparation for another Colts camp, he insists that he never takes anything for granted. He talks to Colts officials almost daily about the camp.
“It’s been a successful formula for them and it has been for us,” he said. “There’s no reason for too much to change. We’re just dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.”
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n Retired but not forgotten — Considering he hasn’t fought since 2001, retired Terre Haute boxer Terry Ray wondered last month why he started receiving fan mail from out-of-state people he didn’t know.
Ray, 45, eventually learned the reason. National boxing journalist Lee Groves had sparked renewed interest in Ray’s career.
Writing for the www.maxboxing.com Web site, Groves delivered an extremely well-researched article — described as a “Closet Classic” — about Ray’s nationally televised clash with Kenny Keene for the World Boxing Federation cruiserweight championship in October 1994 inside Hulman Center.
For the record, Keene won the bloody, 12-round bout on a majority decision to retain his title.
This was one of my all-time favorite events to have covered, so I hope Mr. Groves does not mind if I quote an excerpt from his entertaining trip down memory lane:
“There is, however, one category of fighter that is often overlooked — the honest workman. He is the gladiator who is not blessed with the superlative talent that attracts multi-million dollar TV contracts and the attention of Hall of Fame trainers and promoters. Though he emerges victorious time after time, the media refrains from writing stories on him because he is considered too bland. Instead, he makes do with what he has and makes the best of it.
“He is the fighter who clocks in at the gym every day and quietly goes about his business. He absorbs whatever instructions are given to him and he does the best he can within his skill set to carry them out. His greatest assets are those that can’t be seen but only perceived: Steadiness, reliability and tenacity.
“Kenny Keene and Terry Ray are two members of this proud but understated fraternity.”
If you enjoyed watching Ray box during his pro career, or even if you’re too young to remember his bouts but heard about his legendary wars in the ring, you will appreciate this article.
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Terre Haute runner sets up race to help Boston
Having competed in the Boston Marathon once before in 2003, 35-year-old Majel Wells of Terre Haute thought she should give it another try in 2013.
“My goal was just to finish and enjoy Boston,” she reflected this week. “I had an injury [runner’s knee] beforehand, so I wasn’t too worried about beating my time from 2003 [4 hours, 10.20 seconds].
“But nobody cares about what your time is at Boston anyway.”
From what I’ve heard over the years, she’s right. Unless you’re a super-serious runner, the Boston Marathon has been more about taking in the atmosphere and having fun than placing in the top 50, although Wells was pleased that she beat her previous time by finishing in 3:55.19 on April 15.
Obviously, her race time wasn’t the most vivid memory that Wells took away from her 2013 Boston experience.
Former South players to play in Saylor benefit game
I had my first phone conversation with Mike Saylor since mid-February on Thursday and he sounded good.
The former Terre Haute South High School boys basketball coach, who’s been battling cancer this year, has been traveling back and forth to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for chemotherapy treatments.
Recent South swimmers Roach, Bray heading to DI nationals
I’m sure most of you with office jobs can relate.
When work gets busy, sometimes it’s easy to skim over our emails. After all, how many times do we need to read the same nonsense from alleged Nigerians wanting to make us rich if we’ll send them several thousand dollars first?
So after having three consecutive days off, that almost happened to me when I returned to work Tuesday. Then I realized that the message from Jeff Thompson, Terre Haute South High School’s boys and girls swimming coach, contained significant news.
NCAA Division III basketball tournament returns to Rose-Hulman
The last time Rose-Hulman served as host for the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament, its game was played inside an old World War II airplane hangar.
You “old-timers” should know the building I’m talking about and the matchup wasn’t really that long ago — March 6, 1997, to be exact.
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Book review: Thumbs up for ‘Trophies and Tears’
Now might be too late for giving Christmas presents, but the book “Trophies and Tears: The Story of Evansville and the Aces” is a fascinating read for longtime Indiana basketball fans, particularly those older than 40.
Written by award-winning Kyle Keiderling of Henderson, Nev., and released in hardcover format in mid-December, the 480-page “Trophies and Tears” documents the rich tradition of the University of Evansville men’s basketball program through recent interviews and research of old yearbooks and newspaper/scrapbook clippings.
The book contains many cheery moments — behind-the-scenes details of all five NCAA College Division (now known as Division II) championships won in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s by the Purple Aces and their legendary coach Arad McCutchan — although some of those moments don’t seem so cheery from an Indiana State perspective when the Sycamores found themselves on the losing end of scores.
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Bryan Egli and Joe Puthoff, both Rose-Hulman basketball starters I covered in the late 1990s, took their degrees from the prestigious engineering institute and found successful careers in the Indianapolis area.
Egli, also a former West Vigo High School multi-sport standout, lives in Carmel and works for Thieneman Construction in Westfield. Puthoff lives in Indy and works for Rolls Royce Aircraft Engines.
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Almost 10 years ago, February 2002 to be exact, the New England Patriots upset the high-powered St. Louis Rams to win Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, the Winter Olympics entertained spectators in Salt Lake City and Terre Haute South High School’s girls basketball team started its tournament run toward a Class 4A state title.
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Last week, I was all set to beg Santa Claus to give the Indianapolis Colts a certificate good for one NFL regular-season victory.
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When your favorite NFL team is threatening to finish 0-16, you have to figure a few fans will jump off the bandwagon.
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Jack Butcher, Howard Sharpe and Bill Stearman.
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Indiana State football alum Chris “Big C” Hicks will turn 58 Saturday and he knows exactly what he wants for his birthday.
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The Engineers have not endured a losing season since 2004. But they’ve opened this season at 0-2, causing Sokol to admit they’re desperate for a win.
“We’re all very hungry for a victory,” he said after practice Thursday. “We all want to taste victory really, really bad.”
Valley semipro football team reaches championship of IFL
The West Central Wildcats’ semipro football team from Terre Haute has been written about before in this column space over the last two years.
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When I heard the NFL lockout finally ended this week, I looked for someone affiliated with the Indianapolis Colts to get a reaction.
Amateur boxing card set for outdoors at Show-Me's
We all know what Show-Me’s sports bar is famous for around Terre Haute, right?
Chicken wings, of course.
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When I walked in Sweatbox Gym through the alley door Wednesday, I wondered if a time machine had taken me back to the 1950s, the glory days of boxing.
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Plagued by one injury after another after another, Kristen Seaton was ready to turn off the lights on her volleyball career.
In her mind, the party was over.
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