- From the Press Box
- TODD GOLDEN: Sycamores are where they should be entering MVC play The nonconference season is essentially over (save one BracketBusters game in February) for the Indiana State men’s basketball team. So what do you think?
- From the Press Box: Symbiosis? ISU's Marshall and Lathan have it
- TODD GOLDEN: At long last ... baseball; it's a great day for Terre Haute I’m not supposed to get outwardly excited about sports in Terre Haute, I’m supposed to report on it. Ninety-nine times out of 100, that’s exactly what I strive to do.
- From the Press Box: Colts defense defined by big plays When you reel off the statistics, the Indianapolis Colts’ defense comes off, well, pedestrian.
- From the Press Box: State collegiate men's basketball tourney? A man can dream can’t he? The Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic draw takes place on Tuesday and the much-beloved tournament tips off on Dec. 26 at Terre Haute North. I don’t think I’m going out on any precarious limb when I say that the wild success of the event has made it the most talked-about, most cared-about and best-locally attended event in the area ... and that includes things like Indianapolis Colts training camp and the NCAA Cross Country championships, which draw more regional and national attention, but not always local interest to match.
- From the Press Box: ISU can’t get out of field position jail All right all of you armchair coaches, you Vince Lombardis of the XBox, you dominators of Madden football, time to stand up and be counted.
- From the Press Box: Donald Brown vs. Joseph Addai, time to start the debate? Donald Brown vs. Joseph Addai ... is it time for the debate over who should shoulder the Indianapolis Colts’ running load to begin? If Sunday was the time for the debate, it was over by technical knockout in the second quarter of the Colts’ 42-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. On Brown’s second run from scrimmage, he strained his left shoulder. He did not return and was not on the sideline during the second half.
- From the Press Box: ISU finally has some time ... and the players need it Indiana State’s football season has hit the halfway point. Saturday’s 62-7 loss at No. 3 Northern Iowa was, unfortunately for the Sycamores, a fitting rotten cherry to go on a sundae that has been spoiled almost from drop. The nation’s longest losing streak? Still going strong.
From the Press Box: NCAA did right thing for Kelly
If there’s one thing many of us have learned through life experience, it’s that no one should ever judge the way someone else grieves.
Grief doesn’t follow a plan. Grief doesn’t stay faithful to a timeline. Grief can’t be codified. Grief is never, ever a one-size-fits-all proposition.
- Bad times are when ISU football will know who its friends are The Sycamores filed off Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in defeat for the 30th straight time on Saturday after South Dakota State defeated the Sycamores 41-0. Without any offense to speak of — ISU had 90 yards of total offense against the Jackrabbits — the Sycamores had no chance.
- From The Press Box: Caldwell’s calls put onus on players For his maiden voyage in charge in the National Football League, Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell wasn’t shy about making play calls that could have turned him from a first-time NFL winner to loser and drawn immediate heat to himself.
- From The Press Box: Moral victory milepost for Sycamores After dire predictions by some of a historic blowout, Indiana State’s football team hung in there at Football Championship Subdivision opponent Louisville on Saturday. It was a 10-point game deep into the third quarter before ISU eventually lost 30-10.
- From The Press Box: MotoGP is a fun racing event, but did enough fans see it? The operative thing to keep in mind when watching MotoGP is to not judge a book by its cover. The bikes? At first glance, they don’t look all that impressive to the untrained eye. Really, they don’t look that much different from a spruced-up motorcycle you’d see flying past you on Third Street on a Saturday night.
- From Terre Haute to the Major Leagues: Former Sycamore catcher teaming with MLB protege Stephen Strasburg Nevin Ashley, a former Indiana State catcher, will play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League in October and November. A teammate of Ashley’s will be pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals’ recent No. 1 draft pick. Strasburg signed a multimillion-dollar contract with the Nationals’ organization earlier this week.
- From the Press Box: Quincy loss was worst-case scenario for ISU football There’s no point in sugar-coating Indiana State’s 26-20 fell-from-ahead overtime loss to Quincy on Thursday. It was the worst case scenario for the Sycamore program.
- FROM THE PRESS BOX: Colts Camp is good for Rose, too Since I began covering Indianapolis Colts training camp for the Tribune-Star, I’d been to my share of Saturday morning practices.
- From The Press Box: Golden vs. golf … golf is winning There they were stacked in a dusty enclave in my garage. Staring at me … perhaps even taunting me. It was a set of golf clubs that had not been used in at least 10 years. I had taken them off my dad’s hands for reasons unbeknownst to anyone in my family considering I was approaching my second decade of having turned my back on the sport.
- TODD GOLDEN: Being a stepping stone is beyond ISU’s control The column I wrote last Monday about the open Indiana State baseball position took a black-and-white stance on an issue that I knew wasn’t a black-and-white issue to those who care about it.
- From The Press Box: Mayfield case still raises doubts Not once in all of my years of going to NASCAR races in Indianapolis or elsewhere have I ever thought to myself ... I wonder how Jeremy Mayfield is going to do? Never have I considered what the fan reaction to Mayfield at a race would be because I knew it would be polite applause followed by silence. It never crossed my mind to think of him as a contender, a pretender, or a factor in any way.
- TODD GOLDEN: The home run that got away Andy Amey is usually the Tribune-Star’s regular when waxing nostalgic about his vacation experiences, but with apologies to Andy, I have my own travel travails to tell.
- FROM THE PRESS BOX: Another busy year comes to an end When you’re a sportswriter, especially one whose job is based around collegiate and high school seasons, your life is not unlike the way it was when you were in school yourself. You don’t live on a January-to-December treadmill, you time your life around that August-to-June school-year cycle when sports are being played.
- FROM THE PRESS BOX: Win or lose, DeGroote basks in achievement West Vigo baseball coach Steve DeGroote triumphantly held West Vigo’s trophy aloft to an adoring Viking crowd at Victory Field on Saturday. As he showed it to every section of the sizable green-clad throng, the look on his face was one of pure joy.
- From The Press Box: IHSAA just never gets it right Ah spring. The greening of the trees. The start of baseball. The Indianapolis 500. And IHSAA postseason bungling. Once again, the spring sports postseason cycle has exposed the obvious — the IHSAA does not know how to handle its class system, a viable postseason schedule, or how to make the postseason accessible to the average fan and manageable for the average school district.
- From the Press Box: ISU fans put to the test by winning baseball From a purely baseball standpoint, there’s plenty of reasons to spend a few bucks to see the Sycamores play. The most obvious that they’re in the middle of a Missouri Valley Conference pennant race.
- Is it over yet? NFL Draft overkill is jammin’ me I don’t often channel Tom Petty, but on the grand, glorious uber-national holiday that is the NFL Draft, I can’t get him out of my head today.
From the Press Box: ISU baseball championship talk? Why not?
Going into season, Indiana State’s baseball aspirations — at least as seen by those not on the team — were modest. Rightfully so given where the Sycamores have been in the Missouri Valley Conference pecking order in recent seasons.
The goal was simple: do what the Sycamores haven’t done since 2005 … qualify for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Once the trip to Wichita was clinched, anything from there would be gravy as ISU coach Lindsay Meggs’ continued to build the program.
- From the Press Box: Kelly case highlights NCAA eligbility absurdity It all seems so obvious. Jake Kelly suffers a tragedy when his mother tragically dies in a June, 2008 plane crash. Kelly wants to transfer to a school closer to his home, giving up a burgeoning Big Ten career to do so.
From the Press Box: A reluctant vote to expand the NCAA tournament field
Yes! The first two days of the NCAA Tournament!
Along with baseball opening day, the Indianapolis 500, and a few other events, there’s nothing on the annual sports calendar I anticipate more. Upsets! Cinderella stories! Teams you’ve never heard of rising to the occasion!
- From the Press Box: Duncan keeps the future bright at Marshall The future for Marshall twin brothers Logan and Lucas Eitel is blue — Sycamore blue. Both will be walk-ons for Indiana State’s men’s basketball program next season. Even though the Eitels stamp on the Marshall boys basketball program is massive — no Lions team has ever gone as far in a rich basketball history — there’s no reason for Marshall to be blue just because the Eitels will be.
- From the Press Box: Tunnell deserved a good day From the time he stepped foot on Indiana State’s campus in 2005, it hasn’t been easy for Indiana State senior forward Jay Tunnell. The tally since Tunnell came to ISU as a highly-touted freshman from Topeka, Kan., is as follows: two coaches, three (at least) knee surgeries, 51 victories, 70 losses, 112 starts, 1,133 points.
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