Men’s basketball season preview

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That’s the front cover of our 2009-10 Indiana men’s basketball season preview. That piece of art is by none other Chris Howell, and inside is the work of Dustin Dopirak and Lynn Houser, with Chris Korman, myself, Ryan Gregg and Andrew Wyder helping with player interviews. Stewart Moon on design.

Here are the stories.

23 comments

  1. The links to the HT stories are enticing…Not enough to pay to read..Too bad bloggers can’t charge a percentage when HT uses some of their opinions/information …I’m relatively new to this blog, but I have noticed some have serious background in sports and offer more than just the type of ranting I contribute…

    Isn’t blogging a bit of a two-way street? Don’t some of the HT writers gain insight that can help formulate ideas that make for good stories…maybe help jump-start engines and get the creative juices flowing?…Because of this potential interchange of thought, I do believe fairness is achieved when bloggers on this site not be charged to read the stories provided by your links…We’re not only extracting stories, but providing invaluable information straight from some of the most knowledgeable Hoosier fan base you have available(are you cracking up now?)…This gives you a gauge to carefully craft your stories to fit your target audience… …and it’s ALL FOR FREE!!
    This wouldn’t have to mean giving us full access, but only the stories you bait us with…Will you buy into that argument, Korman?
    I didn’t think so..

  2. Can’t read it so can’t comment much. I would just like to add that I think we should not underestimate the impact Jordan Hulls will have this year. I’m hoping for a big year from the young mr. basketball.

  3. • The New Coke | November 7th, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
    ….. Creek hasn’t shown much…He did come on board late…Maybe tonight it will begin to flow for him…I had high expectations for Creek…hope I didn’t buy into YouTube clips that took away my rational assessment. Copa looks like a good role player that could collect a ton of garbage and secure boards…If it all comes together…magic could happen…

    flow…?…Hmmm? I used “flow” to describe how Creek’s game could soon take off….Now I see the word “flows” in the Scoops clever title page for their new season preview edition that showcases Rivers on the cover…Hmmm? I certainly hope this is nothing more than coincidence…Like I said, 2-way street of ideas here..

  4. • The New Coke | November 7th, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
    ….. Creek hasn’t shown much…He did come on board late…Maybe tonight it will begin to flow for him…I had high expectations for Creek…hope I didn’t buy into YouTube clips that took away my rational assessment. Copa looks like a good role player that could collect a ton of garbage and secure boards…If it all comes together…magic could happen…

    Hmmm? I used “flow” to describe how Creek’s game could soon take off….Now I see the word “flows” in the Scoops clever title page for their new season preview edition that showcases Rivers on the cover…Hmmm? I certainly hope this is nothing more than coincidence…Like I said, 2-way street of ideas here..

  5. So is this an actual magazine you guys put out or is it just a fake cover and its all Herald stories we have to pay for? I would be more than happy to pay for a magazine, but paying for a subscription just to get these stories is a little more than reasonable IMHO.

  6. Davis,

    The men’s basketball season preview was in Sunday’s paper, wrapped around the regular Sports section.
    How much do you pay for a magazine? Four bucks? Five bucks? I bought a season preview, and it cost me nine bucks. There were ones more expensive.
    It’s $5.95 a month to subscribe to the H-T online. So it’s roughly the cost of a magazine, or even a little less, but you get access to every story we write (typically, anywhere from 2-5 stories a day on IU sports) for the duration of that month. It’s a better value than a magazine.

    http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/subs/subscribe.php

  7. I wouldn’t pay if it cost a dime..Do you see the ads littered all over the pages of HTO…Do you think that space is free?

    Small town newspapers have helped the collapse of many a small town business because of the greed built into the price charged for ad space…it tears up the little guys overhead costs-the few viable small business left in America that are trying to compete for a tiny slice of business in a world where corporate giants like Walmart(a company that has no need for print/online advertising) devours most the pie. The newspapers contributed to the ghost towns they now try to survive in….Now they turn to you, the internet reader, to fix themselves from extinction.

  8. Downing,

    Since you seem to know so much about the economics of newspapers, you’re undoubtedly already aware of exactly how much we’re raking in from online advertising.

    And so you’ll understand my shame when I remember we have the audacity to charge you 20 cents per day to read online.

    If the H-T’s greed did cause the demise of any small businesses in Bloomington, I truly regret it (and also know that the proceeds of that greed never went to the people I see around me everyday; but you can bet they’d be the ones hurt by any revenue lost by giving away our content for free.)

    I also doubt it ever happened. My guess is that the H-T and the family who own it have done much more to help the community than hurt it.

    It’s impossible to keep up with your posts here (pattern: lament how lame the Scoop is, then comment on 12 posts) but the screed about the IDS is really, really old. So they combined all the sports into one blog. What difference does it make? It’s still a bunch of college kids trying to make their own path. That’s how you learn: you come in and think that you can do it better than the last guy, and a lot of times you make mistakes and a lot of times you find a better way. But it’s a hands-on process, and it has worked for years and years and given us some very talented journalists.

    Frankly, I’m flabbergasted that it has mattered one/tenth of an iota. Does having to skip over a post about soccer really destroy the vibe for you?

    Here’s a hint: if you click on the heading “Men’s Basketball” in the right sidebar, you’ll get just the basketball posts. And that will make Hoosier Hype seem a little like the old Basketblog.

  9. New Coke,

    I wrote the “IU flows with Rivers” headline and, no, the inspiration didn’t come from your post. Just a coincidence.

  10. I’m flabbergasted that you find it necessary to to keep calling me “Downing”…I’ve yet to see you do this with any other bloggers that on frequent occasion use aliases..I’ve yet to see you expose other bloggers, hiding behind far worse comments than I, from their protective shields of secrecy…Some pretty outlandish name-calling recently where you have bit your tongue, but yet found/find it necessary to chastise me for something far more innocent..

    I didn’t say your product “sucks”, or that anyone is a “moron”, or an “imbecile”…etc..etc..etc..I’ve offered an opinion about paying for a product that I believe advertising dollars could(maybe, possibly, traditionally, justifiably, hopefully) sustain…I find it strange and singularly discriminatory that you cannot return your comments without feeling the need to let other bloggers know it’s “Downing”. I can separate the quality of your writing from the business decisions behind your product…I think Scoop and IDS have excellent journalists…Zach Osterman was always one of my favorites at IDS…They’re all great…I think the way the IDS blogging product is now being offered is flawed..Your implications of my inferior common sense and your own intense desire to find mockery in a claim that I must have a mental block if I can’t click on “Basketball” in the right column, is more than proof that arrogance be the flaw of many a plugged ear. Twenty cents, or twenty dollars per day, won’t wash out the wax.

    Final Note: I value privacy…A subscription requires personal information, home address verifications, legitimate email addresses, credit cards, etc… It’s bad enough you expose my “Downing” name though failing to maintain the same consistency with other outlandish comments hiding behind a well recognized blogging ID …If you got a hold of my personal information and plastered it on the web…???… it could be the end of me…

    Korman, I’m wanted in seven states.

  11. Pat Beane-

    I was basking in the gloat of such coincidence…Just having fun with it….Unlike Korman, I do appreciate your response finding no necessity to unveil my cowardly cover.

    Sincerely,

    Dumb Guy Downing.

  12. Pat Beane-

    I would also like to say that the cover design is awesome…..I like the way you toned down the red in the banners providing an earthy backdrop…Rivers really pops off the page..Great work. Wish I could have been in town to buy the paper with your season preview insert.

  13. Dumb Guy,

    In defense of Korman, I have been on here for almost 2 years I think and I have never seen more false names and name changing used than you do. Also, it was Tom who exposed the whole “Downing” name when he figured out it was his buddy from the basketblog. You tore Korman down on some things close to his heart so he came back and then you got mad. I said some things I should not have said after your first few posts on here and you came back at me, no different at all. Can’t we all just get along!?

  14. There’s no defense of the terrible things I just did…I bury my head in shame..I’ve built a sandbox in my living room…It’s the Sand of Shame Blogging Box for occasions as this… I conduct myself in such deplorable fashion…I pick sand out of my teeth for most the day…I can’t sleep at night…I’ve removed all mirrors from the walls of my house…There is a self-portrait in my attic that is mutating into something so hideous I can’t find the courage to describe…My neighbors have all put their homes up for sale…Horses get spooked when I try to pet them…Priests give me the evil eye when I enter church on Sunday… My dog doesn’t like me anymore…The fish in my aquarium are on hunger strike…they cower under rocks and head for the corners at the sight of me…they’re fasting their way to flush heaven…..When I walk through the mall, mothers give vise grip grasp the hands of their small children….I actually witness a dental hygienist quit on spot when she refused to work on my teeth..No man has ever stood next to me at a urinal…I never have to share a retractable center arm rest at a movie theater…and my popcorn is always fresh…Is that not final evidence baring the corruptness of my soul? Yes, it’s true…..I REPEAT…My popcorn is always fresh!…the zit-faced teenage boy does not go for the bag that’s been sitting in the warming box for the entire day…I get the bag completely buried and hidden in the back…
    My Milk Duds are always chewy soft and from this decade..Never eat Milk Duds again…Downing likes Milk Duds! Here it now…Milk Duds are evil!

    You guys are a joy…And you cost me nothing..Totally free!! You are the reason I blog. Well..??…I should slightly qualify that claim…There is Husky Tom…But he always takes to the bottom of his darkest retreat whenever Downing is facing a firing squad…Oh, and I mustn’t forget those guys that wear cream and crimson…I only hope for the day they can entertain me more.

  15. The fallout from the suffering newspaper business has claimed many victims…It’s sad…There was nothing like holding a paper in your hand…to fight with those big flimsy broadsheets of afternoon routine…the stark ruffling sounds bursting from the swift turning of pages…It brings back memories of my dad sitting in his favorite chair after a hard day’s work …his deep voice waking up the quiet living room with the sudden eruption of a score from the sports section…Such a comforting feeling to hear him rustle and wrestle with the paper and know he was near.. …It’s those little things in life that mean the most…

    And what of this poor guy?…How do we replace his job?

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