Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
The freshmen and sophomore laden IU basketball team is finding a bond that began while they were still being recruited, I wrote.

The Indiana men’s soccer team looks to snap a two-game losing streak and 222-minute scoreless streak tonight at Wisconsin, Andy writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook’s father played for Lee Corso and Sam Wyche at Indiana, not that the Spartan QB much cares, Diamond Leung of MLive.com writes.

A Wisconsin senior class recruited by Todd Yeagley would like nothing more than to add to the Hoosiers’ frustration this season, Zack Miller of The Badger Herald writes.

The new golf season now begins in October and former Hoosier Jeff Overton is off to a fast start, the Associated Press reports.

Jordan Hulls talks about the transition to Poland, his upcoming season and his basketball past in a video interview with Polish journalist Paweł Łakomski.

Tom Crean and Mike Lopresti were the keynote speakers in Richmond, the hometown of former Marquette star Dominic James, on Thursday night, Jan Clark of the Richmond Palladium-Item writes.

3. POTPOURRI
PBS’ documentary “League of Denial” will help force the NFL, players and doctors to rethink their attitudes toward concussions, Andrew Brandt of SI.com writes.

Nothing says you’ve struck out looking like an ump yelling, ‘Whoomp, there it is,” Deadspin.com reveals.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Speaking of head injuries and heading into the weekend, what better way than with Rush and “Headlong Flight.”

19 comments

  1. Just read that MSU has not yet played a team with an offense ranked in the top 50(of anything)in the nation. IU ranks 11 in scoring O and 9th in total O. I am thinking their D will be tough to run against but they will find defending the pass not their cup of tea. We scored 27 on them last year against a good defense. I think our defense takes another step forward this week.

  2. Insightful stats HC. I agree, our defense takes another step this week and plays with even more confidence. I think the team as a whole has really focused on their individual jobs this week. There was a link to an article here a couple days ago, where a Mich St. beat writer surmised that IU runs this particular offense to cover up weaknesses. I won’t dignify that balderdash in this post. However, I now feel safe in proclaiming tomorrow as the October road win I posted about back in the Summer. The change in IU’s Football program has already happened. It’s not always measured in W’s, but this team is BETTER and will continue to grow this season. I can feel it and I know I’m not alone. Consistency is what earns respect, so lets go earn a little more in East Lansing on Saturday. Go Hoosiers.

  3. It should be interesting to see how the young IU team handles the large and hostile crowd at MSU for their first road game this season.

  4. This will be an interesting, and winnable, game. CKW is one of the most brilliant offensive minds in the business. You don’t attain that title unless 1) you understand different offensive schemes and 2) you understand defenses and how/where to attack them. It should be quite the chess match with the play calling. Can’t wait to see our Hoosiers come back with the victory and a boatload of confidence riding into the matchup at the hig house.

  5. Let’s keep in mind that ND only beat this Spartan team by 4 points in South Bend.

    There’s a lot of attempts at manipulation and purposeful unrealistic pumping up of expectations happening on on this site surrounding what should be a “victory” in East Lansing as a measure of improvement our Hoosier football team.

    Competing and keeping the final result in question for more than the opening two quarters would be something closer to truth of a historical bottom-dweller Big 10 team finally turning things around. Don’t use the Penn State game to falsely build hype. We all know Penn State is severely down. Michigan will have their way with the Nittany Lions.

    If we can can deliver some early blows to MSU and stun their preconceived notions, then the game could get very interesting. Unfortunately, I have a feeling MSU will not take our team lightly and the crowd will fuel the desire to prove the Big 10 landscape maintains its old order.

    Tall order. The game could turn in our favor with some timely turnovers. Unless we can get our defense off the field by way of the quick equalizer found in interceptions/fumbles, then it could be a long afternoon. It’s going to take more than big offensive plays. Are we better defensively than a team that can go into South Bend and keep ND contained to 17 total points? That’s a very unrealistic expectation. We will need some good fortune, some big plays, some careless MSU throws, and a couple key defining momentum changers to keep the talent disparities(though the gap is closing) the less essential predictor.

    But to say this game is a “must win” to make up for decades of not being in conversations the upper tier of the conference and the absence of meaningful bowl game appearances in eons? Keep insulting your own football intelligence.

  6. Keith wrote: “However, I now feel safe in proclaiming tomorrow as the October road win I posted about back in the Summer. The change in IU’s Football program has already happened. It’s not always measured in W’s, but this team is BETTER and will continue to grow this season. I can feel it and I know I’m not alone. Consistency is what earns respe…”

    Consistency indeed. If this team wins tomorrow, great! Like CKW says, we are then 0-0 for the following (Michigan). If we lose, ok…we are then 0-0 for the following (Michigan). We are makING progress, we are playING better, we are indeed progressING, we are changING a culture, we are growING into a winnING program. From my stand point, where we are and where we are goING, tomorrow’s game is not anymore important than any of the previous five.

    Give us a chance…don’t make your contentment depend on an outcome, it doesn’t. It depends on how we are playING the game. Those that write about what they see in front of them have destroyed this football program for 20 years.

    Harvard- a team that went into South Bend and played the Irish within 4…don’t forget…that team had to go through Chesterton first!

  7. You never go “through” an alive Chesterton anymore. It’s now a dead town. More lost off the beaten path a toll road and I-94 than everbefore.

    It died with all small towns across America. It died with our collective price conscious responsibilities to seek the cheap. It died with the rest of middle America’s stagnant wages more stagnant than the IU football team during the last three decades. It died with uniqueness and quality having little worth a little town to the penny-pinched masses. It died with the rivalries our once great high school tournament where town pride was at its fullest blossom. It died with Walmarts and KMarts and the mega-store monopolies in nuts and bolts your favorite Home Depot and Lowes. The long dead Mr. Bartle of Bartle’s Hardware with his tightly packed and overflowing shelves in a tiny wonderland of nails and screws and paints and brushes and smiles that know your name? He, like all those that flourished a begone time, the family grocers, the apothecary, the one-of-a-kind furniture store, the Jeweled Gazebo that displayed the rings my father would walk the streets to buy my mother a small and expensive token his love..tneh all died with the first store an aisle number called the fools away from the once vibrant Calumet Ave and Broadway of Chesterton. If you’re looking for stale ice cream and knickknacks dug out of the closets and garages and the rest of the leftovers of dead people, then you may think you find great charm in Chesterton. But there’s no harm in charm, if that’s your idea of how we beautified American and kicked our uniqueness in the teeth by way of greed and monopoly.

    But much like the changes in college basketball when community and uniqueness was once valued, there is no real lifeblood to be found in small town America anymore. The town is merely a ghostly frame of retailers and proud family names long gone. True retailers that knew their craft and had pride in their products.

    Tsao, I have no need for Chesterton other than ever finding a longing rainy day to visit my mother’s grave that I’ve yet to visit more than once in three years.

    I hate the town. I hate what swallowed it into non-existence. I hate the jealousy of those once successful that made it worthy a name. It deserved its fate and it finds itself nothing other than an extension of the earth all rest within on Porter Ave along its fringes. The only retailers surviving from the days my youth are the funeral home parlors, the tombstone maker, and the dry cleaners business…I guess you need a nicely pressed suit or dress to go along with the box and the stone. Dress Well Cleaners..? Hmmm? I wonder if they still have their cartoon Bugs Bunny-ish logo…?

    Strange how you miss the little things…

  8. OK…got it. Wasn’t there a great, great distance runner (one of the top runners in hs in US then) from Chesterton named Tim Bagby…seem to remember the name and town…ca: 1960/1961 (cross country and mile/half mile…)? (What a memory for an old f___, huhh? – I forget to take the kettle off the fire but remember a Tim Bagby and can still see that finish at Arsenal Tech HS state meet).

  9. The greatest distance runners from Chesterton were my father and mother. They ran from poverty in southern Indiana and the steel mills of Gary to make something unique of a life. Maybe they were more like world record pole vaulters…? They held their love together for over six decades. They started with nothing and achieved their dreams without the need of headlines and podiums.

    Sports is often more for the limelight seekers. It’s what drew me in. It’s very dysfunctional at its most basic elements. It’s a crap-shoot that can create traps and delusions. The odds are so very slim to make a life in sports. I wanted so much to be Mitch McGary…Every childhood dream was built around becoming something that was not of my parents world. And I had some of the gifts..I had the size and the frame that could take the punishment…Good genes for the physical aspect..Just not enough heart.

    Mitch McGary is a god. That’s all we really need to know.

  10. Great swimmers from Chesterton High School…

    Their tiny program sent four girl swimmers down to state a few years back. They took down Carmel in the 4 x 100 relay. Only state swim meat I ever attended. And what’s really strange is that I wasn’t there to watch my hometown swimmers. I had no idea they were that competitive. They were the real dark horse. Their individual qualifying times shocked the natatorium..Many thought it was a fluke. They made it into the finals and took down mighty Carmel in what will go down as the greatest upset in Indiana high school swimming.

    Those four girls will never have their names in headlines, but they have a memory that will never die…There was a girl that swam the final 100..? Whitaker? My lord, she was unbelievable. She entered the pool a couple body lengths behind and she just blew the field away after here turn. I felt like Kid Lester in the ‘Best of Times.’ Lonely and nameless Harvard sitting up in the high seats amongst the rafters cheering her every stroke to the finish wall.

  11. 2005-06 State Champions 400 Yard Freestyle Relay:

    Chesterton Talor Whitaker 11, Taylor Linpniskis 10, Sarah Kehe 12, Christy Grcevich 11 Time
    3:29.49 (courtesy: Official site IHSAA)

  12. A bit late (chronologically) for me to remember, but I do know that even in the pre-historic 1950’s-60’s Chesterton was well respected for its cross country and track…and Bagby was a name that has stayed with me for 5+ decades. In the State cross-country meet he beat out my high school buddy. My buddy became the state’s top half miler and our mile relay took second to Gary Roosevelt. We ran under 3:19- which means we averaged under 50 sec each(of four), but those suckers from Gary ran somewhere around 3:17 and buried us.

    Know how you feel about the pole vault to Chesterton from KY. Mine long-jumped from the bottom of South America to the US (when my dad would show us a globe we’d ask ‘why were we born in the bottom?’). Hard to conceive what their generations did to make sure we got a chance at life and dignity. My old man had a real heavy accent and I remember seeing him cry in frustration (late at night, when he didn’t know I was looking). We owe them a lot…the gut wrenching fear it must have been to move a family of three kids and a wife 7000 miles and arrive where you recognize nothing and can’t tell anyone, ‘I’m scared’. Think about him every day night) of my life.

    He passed just before my son was nominated to one of the Academies. Once when I went to see my son play, I watched the Corps parade in the morning (the companies move like a centipedes on the Plain. Anyway, I’m sitting there watching the parade (you can’t tell which one is yours) and wishing dad had lived to see it. Suddenly, there’s a whiff, a cold breeze, hits me in the back and…I knew, it was the old man…he was there…with his arm around my shoulders. I could see him, hear him….’ddas mai gramsom!’

    He was also a “Jhhosseer” fan. He’ll watch tomorrow… ‘poner bolas ehhh!!!’

  13. I’d have to smell a gin martini belch in the air to know my mother was breathing down my neck.

  14. H4H, Let’s keep in mind PUke played ND nose to nose for 3 1/4 quarters. Which in turn tells me all I need to know about MSU vs ND. Everyone gets up for the ND paper lion.

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