Hoosier Morning


Indiana guard Aaron Price is one of six players from Bloomington or Columbus on the roster. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times


  • Indiana has done a very nice job of finding impact players close to home, especially when compared to schools like Purdue and Illinois, I wrote.





Heard it is the birthday of ChronicHoosier, so figured this would be appropriate: John Mellencamp’s “Wild Night.”


  1. Well played, Hugh. I’m humbled & honored.

    There’s actually a fitting tie-in for me with that song, but that’s a story better saved for a time when bellied up to a bar.

    Who’s thirsty?

  2. Seems like the obvious choice for the BT championship game would be Lucas Oil, that is if they can offer a competitive offer.

  3. Seems to me Indy should be more competitive than the other sites in any bid arrangement.

  4. A Big Ten championship game played in a dome? No thanks. Big Ten football is supposed to be hard-nosed football. Not some wuss show on rubber. Even Minnesota now plays outside meaning no Big Ten teams have domes. I say play it at Soldier Field, outside and in the snow. But, being from Chicago, I’m a little biased.

  5. A. Its a retractable roof facility, not a dome.

    B. Soldier Field’s grass is garbage (and the stadium is smaller than LOS).

    C. Indy does a much better job hosting events like this.

  6. I highly doubt they are going open the roof in late November, early December. So on that day, it will be a dome.

    You are correct about the grass sucking at Soldier Field, though.

    But I’m not so sure one is able to quantify what city would do a better job being host. I realize the Big Ten basketball tournament and some final fours have been in Indy, but that doesn’t necessarily make the city better. Chicago does have two major airports, is home to the conference’s headquarters and its television network.

    My big hang up is playing a conference championship game indoors, regardless of the city, when no regular-season conference games would be.

  7. Indy has way more experience hosting big time sporting event than Chicago. From the 500 to the Pan Am games to Final Fours to NCAA track and field and swimming championships. Chicago has their own claims to fame, some of them in sports, but Indy is way more prepared as a big time sporting venue than Chicago. Looking beyond the obvious, Lucas Oil and Conseco, Indy has velodromes, swimming and boxing complexes, stadiums, the Speedway, Indy knows how to house, feed, and traffic huge numbers of fans. Chicago has the Bulls, the Bears, and baseball. I’ve been there and they handle it tolerably, but not well.

  8. Chet- I pretty much agree. Indy is like a big military barracks for sporting events. Plenty of cots to go around, lots of room for the hum-vees to roam around, and a decent supply of low-grade slop to eat in surrounding restaurants. Very efficient, very streamlined. I just wish it had some actual culture around the military base, not to mention some scenic views, some good restaurants, or some centralized night life. But hey, it’s an up-an-coming city, and it can’t become Chicago overnight.

    I’ve been waiting 5 years for Massachusetts Avenue to become “Indy’s Halstead Avenue,” but to date, it only has enough good eateries to fill one block.

  9. But Tom, how many joints can you enjoy eating at in one weekend? I would not want to spend a week or ten days in downtown Indy like I would in the Windy and I may be easy to please but downtown Indy is much easier to navigate for walking and to enjoy during a short visit. Also the LOS experience is exceptional for FB fans.

  10. It’s a 2 dome race, Indy and Detroit. B10 won’t risk a freak storm in Chicago, Cleveland or Green Bay (If they bid as speculated).
    Chicago is very easy to move around, you just need to know how. Other than the lack of the dome Chicago is very expensive compared to Indy and even Detroit, to an extent.
    There are 4 schools that will travel the most; PSU, Minn, Iowa and Nebraska.

  11. The walk thru downtown Indy, along the old canals, where you are in the middle of everything but can’t sense the traffic, from the sports complex to the monument, is pretty cool. Chicago does indeed have better restaurants and a far better music scene but that’s not what they are selling. Indy is a much better sports venue.


    In 20 years, Indy could be the gem of the Midwest. It has the benefit of being part of the movement towards urban renovation and restoration in recent years which is taking place in a lot of dilapidated old American cities. The designers and builders in Indy have had the luxury of drawing from many of the excellent contemporary urban planning resources out there, and that is why everything that pops up in Indy these days seems to turn to gold, like the Canal District, Monon Trail, and Lucas Oil Field.

    It is still ridiculously cheap to live there; you can get a modern-looking bungalow right downtown, or a condo on Mass Ave, for 150K. The equivalent in Seattle would cost no less than 500K.

    The restaurants and music scene will steadily improve, as more and more people from the coasts start to realize that you can live the good life in Indiana for 1/4 of the cost of fashionable West and East Coast lives in suburbia.

    The Super Bowl is going to be crazy here. I have also read that Indy is going to be part of the USA’s bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. Imagine watching Germany vs. Brazil at Lucas Oil Field. Gives me tingles.

  13. I have lived in both cities. Indy does not have all of the food, fun and entertainment that Chicago offers. But it does have most of the hotel, restaurant, night spots, etc. that fans desire, conveniently near the stadium, and at about one-half of the Chicago prices. If most of the fans who will actually attend the game make over $200,000 then Chicago is much better; if most make $50,000-125,000 then it is Indy by a landslide; if most make between $125,000-$200,000 then you have to alternate between the two sites. Detroit sucks as a destination City! No one in their right mind would fly to Minneapolis in December if they had a choice! No one can even fly into Green Bay. I think we should consider Miami once every four years!

  14. The “ODE TO INDY” is surprisingly close to my thoughts about the Hoosier capital into the future. Tom some extent Indiana is one of the best kept secrets in the U.S.

  15. ^^^Man, it was sure nice to read posts by Husky. I am still “tingling” over the military barracks analogy. Great post. Extremely funny.
    Good thing they don’t have hurricanes in Indy. I’d hate to see all the Nascar migrants from Tennessee and Kentucky forced into the ostentatious dollhouse they built for Manning(Lucas Oil).
    Indy is a relatively safe city when the influx of fans/tourists come for their featured sporting events. On any other day/night of the week, the city is void of hustle and bustle..I can’t remember the specific news source, but I recall hearing the homicide rate was higher than most major cities. The complete lack of activity on any given weeknight after 9:00 p.m. makes one feel somewhat vulnerable to walk the abandoned streets. And I would like to see a downtown property for $150,000. You must be talking about the East Side.

    Envyanpolis will never rival the Windy City

  16. Bottom line is, Indy has better facilities than Chicago and the event will generate more profit in Indy than Chicago. The logistics of travel to, and within, the city work in Indy’s favor, as well.

  17. Chicago can’t hold a candle to Indy when you talking about hosting major events.

    I hate the Colts, always have. Do you really want to compare Soldier Field to LOS? Minus the history of Soldier Field, it isn’t in the same league as LOS. Not to mention, the stadium they play in has 0 top do with the teams on the field and everything to do with the comfort of the fans in the stands that buy tickets, food, drinks and souvenirs. Again, Soldier Field isn’t in the same league as LOS.

    Look at the long list of events Indy will host, already host or has hosted.

    The Indy 500
    Brickyard 400
    Moto G.P.
    U.S. Grand Prix
    U.S. Nationals

    Those first 5 pull (or pulled) in estimates of 250k+ people for race weekends. If the Big Ten game pulls 60-75K, that is a drop in the bucket for Indy and LOS. Almost 55k people show up to watch the IHSAA Football Championships in Indy each year on Thanksgiving weekend. Believe me when I say it is smooth as silk.

    Then you have:
    Big Ten Basketball Tournament
    NCAA Basketball Championships
    2012 Superbowl
    Pan Am Games
    ATP Indianapolis Tennis Championships
    World Basketball Championships
    Multiple other NCAA Championships

    I’m sure I missed a lot of events.

    Indy just built a nice new airport, and there is more auto access (5 interstates) to Indy with way better traffic flow than Chicago will EVER have!

    Then you can compare the crime rates between Indy, Chicago and Detroit and well, Indy is the better city there.

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