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FROM THE PRESS BOX: Late turnover doesn’t define excellence from Jake Odum
You know what’s one of the best tests of how a player has gained respect? Listen to the way the road crowd reacts when that player has the ball in his hands.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Tempo changes for worse on both ends for Sycamores
When Indiana State was on its six-game early January winning streak that saw it rise to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference, team chemistry was seemingly the biggest reason for the success.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: ‘Yeah, but’ … maybe ISU is for real
I had an eighth-grade reunion in Milwaukee last summer, the highlight of 2010 for me. Among the memories we re-lived, I had totally forgotten that my seventh-grade teacher nicknamed me “Yeah But.” As in, “Yeah, but …” I always seemed to have an argument for the answer he sought in class, whether my argument was right or not.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: ISU’s place in pecking order hasn’t changed
The nonconference portion of the college basketball season serves several purposes.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Thompson’s latest honor stands apart from the rest
Anthony Thompson has won his share of trophies and awards.
From The Press Box: Waltman reception highlights ISU reunion
It seems like every time I’m around Royce Waltman, I have to brace myself.
From The Press Box: At its worst moment, Indiana State showed a lot
Everyone knows life is unfair … you just hate it when life proves it.
So it went for Indiana State’s football team on Saturday as it faced perennial power Northern Iowa.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Don’t get too worked up about preseason polls
The Indiana State men were picked where in the MVC Preseason poll? The Sycamores tied for fifth last year and have seven players back from a postseason team. Terre Haute is so excited about this team. They had to be picked in the top half of the league, right?
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Great game by Sycamores, too bad so many missed it
Indiana State’s football team — who, by the way, were averaging 37.2 points going into Saturday’s game against Missouri State — came into its game against the Bears with a 3-2 record and were fresh off an unholy butt-kicking of Illinois State during the Homecoming Saturnalia that was the 59-24 victory over the Redbirds.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Defense does its part
The national pundits, the talk show yakkers and nearly everyone paid to wax poetic about the National Football League are going to declare Peyton Manning the runaway winner of Sunday’s Manning Bowl between Peyton’s Indianapolis Colts and Eli Manning’s New York Giants.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Fixable ISU mistakes will make season interesting
It’s an impossible task, but whenever Indiana State plays up against a FBS team, the thing I try to project is how an equivalent performance would match up in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game.
From the Press Box: Kudos to ISU men’s hoops coach Lansing for having guts to play ND
I wasn’t sure Indiana State men’s basketball Greg Lansing would pull the trigger. I heard about the possibility of Notre Dame being on the men’s basketball schedule a few weeks ago, but heard about it off-the-record, so I couldn’t reveal it.
From the Press Box: ISU brass, ex-players united on ISU’s football future
Dreams are dreams until someone has the wherewithal to make them come true. When it comes to success and the Indiana State football program, dreams are about all anyone’s had for the last decade or more.
From the Pressbox: Terre Haute fans should give themselves a hand for Rex success
Earlier this season, I was told that minor league teams shouldn’t expect to make a profit until their second season of operation. Most won’t escape red ink until their third season.
From the Press Box: The perfect age to be a baseball geek
A few weeks ago, I turned 39. Ugh. I shouldn’t imply that I’m in some neurotic existential crisis about it. I’ve never been hung up too much on age for myself or anyone else. Still, it’s mid-life and along with it, those mid-life questions creep into your mind more and more. Resistance is futile.
From the Press Box: Tommy John has a blast on his return to Wabash Valley
There have been several Terre Haute natives who made a lasting mark in Major League Baseball. The list includes Hall of Famer Max Carey, Art Nehf, and more recently, current Terre Haute Rex manager Brian Dorsett.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: No need to testify, soccer won
Every four years, the (World) cups of soccer fans like me runneth over. Ah, the World Cup. If you’re like me, it’s the greatest four-year sporting event on Earth. It keeps soccer fans at blissfully rapt attention for an entire month.
From the Press Box: Lansing hire a popular victory for ISU fans
Its mainly used in the context of the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana, but in sports, you often hear about the concept of a “popular victor”. The person or two in a field of peers who is going to get a louder reception than some other victors because the fans have made an emotional connection with him or her.
From the Press Box: Sad and exciting day for sports in Terre Haute
I’m endlessly fascinated by the yin and yang of life. Today is a yin and yang day if there ever was one as far as Terre Haute sports are concerned. By the time you read this, it is likely that the Indianapolis Colts’ brass will be in Anderson as they announce their return to the Madison County city after an 11-year training camp run at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute.
A scene from the Big Ten expansion
The following scenario may or may not currently be playing out on a Big Ten campus as the conference considers expansion to 12 or perhaps 16 teams. Your mileage may vary:
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Thank you Butler, thank you basketball gods
When you’re fortunate enough to witness a sporting event on the level of the Butler-Duke NCAA national championship game, there’s not much that can be said to elaborate on what basketball fans already know ... Duke’s down-to-the-wire 61-59 victory on Monday was a stone classic.
Words to offer perspective won’t do ... all you can offer is thanks.
From the Press Box: Win or lose tonight, perception of Butler will never be the same
For the Missouri Valley Conference beat writers, it’s an annual rite at the MVC men’s basketball tournament — the expansion discussion. Expansion candidates are bandied about, and/or, current members schools are kicked out in a late night roundtable that’s not always grounded in common sense, has less than zero influence on actual league policy, but is always lively.
From the Press Box: A front seat for Cinderella Butler's ball
When the NCAA granted the Tribune-Star’s request for a press credential for the Final Four — the first time we’ve asked since I’ve been at the paper — I assumed being a smaller paper without any local coverage iron in the fire (Butler is a state team, but we don’t regularly cover them) meant we’d be seated in a distant corner of Lucas Oil Stadium.
TODD GOLDEN: Free the players! NCAA timeouts define overkill
If you’re like me, Saturday’s Northerrn Iowa-Kansas NCAA Tournament game was the perfect example of why so many of us are addicted to March Madness.
From the Press Box: ISU not part of MVC party, but Elgin thinks that can change
The lack of Indiana State fans at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament would stick out like a sore thumb ... if the Sycamores’ contingent stuck out at all.
From the Press Box: Missouri Valley voters snubbed Marshall
The Missouri Valley Conference has a pool of 40 voters who vote for the All-MVC honors at the end of the season. I am one of them.
From the Press Box: From walk-on to walk-off, Marshall is the Sycamores’ heart and soul
The first time Harry Marshall entered Hulman Center as an Indiana State basketball player in 2006, he was a walk-on.
Marshall’s last act in an ISU uniform at Hulman Center? A walk-off.
- TODD GOLDEN: Postseason plans afoot for ISU men’s team The Indiana State men’s basketball team has done some heavy lifting to attain a goal it hadn’t reached in nine years … a winning season. Now comes the reward … ISU is considering its postseason options.
- From the Press Box: Nothing to get riled about in this Super Bowl You know what bugs me about Super Bowl XLIV? Nothing … and that bugs me a lot.
- From the Press Box: Colts ‘island hop’ their way to Super Bowl If you know your history, you know that island hopping was a major factor why the United States was on the victorious side in World War II.
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