Saturday morning at the library with homework just complete leads to these takes:
-As the above photo of two jolly Texas Tech Red Raiders indicates, once again longtime Bob Knight foil and Donnie Walsh lover Bill Benner’s favorite college team failed to get the job done in tourney time. Despite being an Indiana University alum, Benner (who once appeared as a smug b-stard in a nationally televised argument with Temple hoops coach John Chaney on ESPN’s Outside The Lines many years ago to insult said Knight) has long showed some bias towards defending mediocre Indiana Pacers front offices (often led by this man pictured by Larry Bird half sleeping at games) and done well enough to earn himself some retirement money from said mediocre Pacers front office after working there in recent years. Benner represents everything I see that is wrong about Indianapolis area sports media in general and Indiana sports in particular as he represents the ‘old boy’ way of doing things and making excuses….but enough about dude. Bottom line is people such as Benner make it difficult to root for Purdue basketball to succeed just as much as Purdue’s program hurts itself by finding ways to regularly lose the games that matter when they are outside the confines of 900 John R. Wooden Drive. Hence during the closing minutes of last night’s 78-65 NCAA regional semifinal loss to Texas Tech yours truly saw said Boilermakers down by eight points with four minutes to go and said ‘done’. Not like I was Nostradamus but as mentioned before these Boilermakers haven’t been in the NCAA Final Four since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. And not shockingly said trend continued last night despite a balls out effort of 30 points scored by West Lafayette approved Carsen Edwards.
I’ll give props to Purdue for a 30 win season and a Sweet 16 berth, as they won more games and did as well tourney wise as the 2012-13 Indiana team that was probably my best chance of ever seeing another NCAA title in my lifetime. Which reminds me that Indiana men’s basketball is still sh–ty, so good time to move on…..
-one bright spot for Big Fred Glass‘s mediocre athletic department: its women’s basketball teams can defeat their arch rival in NIT tournament games. Next up is an NIT semifinal tomorrow afternoon against UC-Davis. Best of luck to the women Hoosiers.
-on the NFL front….for now I have no issue with the local NFL team trading down with the New York Jets to get more draft picks because quite frankly the local NFL team stinks and needs all the help they can get. Whether Colts general manager Chris Ballard can actually do something with said additional draft picks remains to be seen, but re-signing oft injured offensive linemen doesn’t help matters in my view (though in fairness these Colts seem to see this Jack Mewhort as an all-time great so I shouldn’t be surprised that he’s apparently on a lifetime year to year contract). We shall see come draft time on April 26-28 if Ballard has improved in his decision making after a 2017 Colts season that was quite the s—tfest.
As a Colts fan, I hope for improvement. As a realist, right now I will be happy to just see the team sniff .500 after last season’s 4-12 debacle. Will know more next month when said draft takes place and when the 2018 NFL regular season schedule is released.
-many of my fraternity brothers from alma mater number one Transylvania University probably weren’t too happy Thursday night when their Kentucky Wildcats were eliminated from March Madness via losing to Kansas State. For kicks and from boredom, here’s a link to the Twitter account of ‘Man about town’ C.M. Tomlin (not to be confused with former Kentucky athletic director deluxe C.M. Newton).
Dude had comedy skills then, dude has comedy skills now. Props to dude.
–This Cincinnati Reds Opening Day news announcement was neither shocking nor satisfying. Safe to say I’m once again not banking on a World Series appearance next fall.
-six more weeks in this current class includes a short paper due next week. Excitement.
-with the usual topics covered, I’ve been doing a better job of keeping my word towards finding new places to dine at besides the usual few places I usually go to (as previously profiled here). New locations visited include the Westfield Subway, one of the multiple Fishers McDonald’s and for the first time in years the Sonland City Taco Bell (two thumbs up for the $1 Nacho Fries). Ended up at the McDonald’s as I was looking for the Jack-In-The-Box that I usually went to on the way home from class during the Anderson University MBA days….and of course the building was vacated. Shows I don’t get out much, but that was already a given.
-finishing up on the March Madness theme, I’ve still got a chance at my previously predicted Duke-Michigan final game happening while looking forward to seeing if Loyola Chicago can continue their Cinderella run. Should make for good weekend television.
With snow flurries coming down, good time to close out. Happy March Madness to everyone.