Hoosier Morning

Surging Northwestern and its zone defense are next up for Indiana, Mike writes.

Indiana hopes to cool off a hot Northwestern team, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

IU has been making a living off of offensive rebounding, Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.

Northwestern is Indiana’s last opponent outside of the RPI top 100 and last chance for a bad loss, so a win would likely be good enough to cement the Hoosiers’ place in the NCAA Tournament, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Tempo will determine the winner between Indiana and Northwestern, Casey Krajewski of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Northwestern wields newfound confidence with a three-game winning streak, Bobby Pillote of The Daily Northwestern writes.

Indiana is largely projected as a No. 7 seed for the NCAA Tournament and has only a slightly better chance of finishing 3-0 than 0-3, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

Ernie Banks was worth just $16,000 when he died and curiously named his caregiver the beneficiary of his estate in his will, Kim Janssen of the Chicago Sun-Times writes.

The Blackhawks could be without Patrick Kane for 6-10 weeks due to a broken collarbone, the Associated Press reports.

The Bulls’ Derrick Rose is out indefinitely with a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, CBS Chicago reports.

Between the news from the Windy City, and the Hoosiers’ trip there tonight, seems like a good time for the Blue Brothers and “Sweet Home Chicago.”


  1. The Chicago Sun-Times story is sad on so many levels.. Ernie was so much more than a baseball marvel to me….He represented hope. The power of his smile and positive frame of mind was infectious because it felt from such a sincere place….The value of his love of life now reduced to the cash in his savings account…But time claims all heroes. And before even cold in the ground, out of the woodwork come the appetites to reduce and steal the truth of an eternal spirit that once lived within so many dreams and young hearts….Those attempts are so indelibly the narcissist nature in all that must put the final sword into a hero .So sad and cynical that we just can’t let them pass without beating down the spirit of how a man so in love with life that he once froze the clock of dread the mortal bed ….Now we spit and defecate upon such a hope in the eye with the cold facts that do not lie…..We turn him into dust, dollars, and pick at his bones a rip at the decency we wanted to hold in our hero.

    Succumb to the desires to be the calling raven in attempts to make him into the mess of an earth where all we project is our distaste and intolerance of our fellow inhabitants this temporary place…But I will hold onto the 1970 Cubs and the smile of Ernie…A man that was never defeated by cynicism and distrust….Strip him down.. lay him down…close the coffin lid upon his old crown….Write from your supreme mortal pen not yet summoned by an uglier raven…Tell of a man that barely had enough to pay for the service to rest him into the ground….But to know that smile of Ernie is to know you have lost every breath of what eternally lives in Mr. Cub..

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