IU Media Challenge…We made it

Lynn Houser shoots over Dustin Dopirak ... and no one looks good in the process. Photo Credit to Nathan Wiechers of IU Athletics

We survived. That’s all I can tell you. I don’t know if that will still be true in the morning, but as of now, we’re all still breathing.

We all got out of it with varying degrees of pride and humility. Lynne Houser is and ought to be beaming. The experienced and wily veteran led a team of energetic and wily whippersnappers — including Justin Albers and Kevin Bowen of the IDS, Sean Morrison of Inside Indiana, Tony Adragna of IUSportCom, Courtney Cronin of IUSTV and Ken Bikoff of Inside Indiana, and Kent Taylor of WAVE-TV. Adragna won the MVP of the tournament and gets a pair of candy stripe pants that he has to wear in some kind of post on a blog/website/videocast/whatever.

Houser and his boys totally smoked my crew in the first game. I take a lot of blame on this because I thought it was a really good idea to press the whole game. I mean, basically, they gave us all point guards. I think we had one dude over 6-foot. We also had at least four people with some degree of distance running or biking experience, so I thought wearing the opponent out was the way to go. Bad idea. Brian Evans and Chris Reynolds, our coaches, very much had the opportunity to veto me, but, I mean, it was a Media Challenge. So we went with it, and the young kids just crushed us. I don’t know the final and I’m not sure I wanted to.

Ryan Kartje and his Team 2 squad, meanwhile edged Team 4 something like 30-28. (10 minute halves) to get to the title game against the whippersnappers on Team 3 while we faced team 4 — highlighted by the Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens and Jeremy Gray. I believe we were down 12-7, but we rallied back and got a victory for the third place consolation. Reasons No.1 and 2 were Ross Kinsey of WANE-TV and Scott Agness, a freelance broadcaster who works for IU and the Pacers lots of other people. One way or another he can shoot. Also, Pete DiPrimio hit a cold-blooded jumper that was critical. I hit two shots in that game, but also missed the front end of two critical one-and-ones that could’ve sealed the game but luckily didn’t come back to haunt us. But third place feels a lot better than last.

Anyway, we’ll have more as we get it. There’s some video. You’ll enjoy that.

Also, there’s some photos on the IU site. Here’s the link. Really wish there wasn’t evidence….


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