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Friday the 13th offers intriguing matchups
\It is the only Friday the 13th of the fall, and some interesting high school football games are scheduled in the area on that date.
From The Press Box: Colts dodge bullets ... it's what they do
Just a few minutes into the second quarter, it seemed Colts fans could kick back and enjoy a Sunday on Easy Street.
Redneck Quaker: Come on out for Nature Day at Clay County Fairgrounds on Saturday
Purdue’s fifth annual Nature Day is this Saturday at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Rain or shine, it will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fairgrounds are between Brazil and Interstate on Indiana 59.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Indiana State proves plenty in 20-14 loss at Purdue
No moral victories?
Bull. Its always been bull and it will always be bull. The Sycamores proved again that moral victories are very real, and can be very rewarding.
All they needed to do to prove it was to look at the stunned faces of the Purdue faithful at Ross-Ade Stadium in the Sycamores’ near-miss 20-14 loss to Purdue.
TRACKSIDE: Promoters conclude Action Track season, look forward to planning bigger 2014
An abbreviated Terre Haute Action Track season has drawn to a close all too soon for fans on the Wabash Valley racing scene.
In a season plagued with weather-related issues, even the season finale could not totally escape the wrath of mother nature.
Although the show was run in its entirety there were more than a few anxious moments as threatening weather conditions hovered over the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds and the surrounding area most of last Saturday night.
Opening week was a fun one for FCS teams
The college football season officially is under way and FCS teams had some fun against BCS opponents.
SOFTBALL SCENE: Summing up a successful summer in the Wabash Valley
While the “Softball Scene” has been on a hiatus of late, Wabash Valley softball teams have not. This past season, several local squads have posted some very impressive results. I thought it fitting that they be recognized for their considerable achievements.
REDNECK QUAKER: Deer-hunting technology worth a look
A good friend, Mack Adams, alerted me to a new product that scores your deer before you ever pull the trigger and get a tape measure out.
Using this innovative computer program, hunters can upload digital images of bucks from their game cameras and generate reliable Boone and Crocket scores.
College football season is finally here
College football kicks off this week with games slated for Thursday and Saturday.
Tom Reck: NL Central offers baseball’s best divisional race
Checking the major league baseball standings, you will find that the closest race in either league is in the National League Central, with 21⁄2 games separating the top three teams.
REDNECK QUAKER: Deer reduction hunts to come at some Indiana state parks
If you would like to deer hunt in some selected state parks, read on.
Applications are available online for Hoosiers wanting to participate in special deer reduction hunts at designated Indians State Parks this fall. The first round of state Park deer reduction hunting will be Nov. 18 and 19th. The second round will be Dec. 2 and 3rd.
Is it time for Redskins to find a new name?
Mention the Washington Redskins and names like Joe Theismann, Art Monk and Sonny Jurgensen come to mind. They were great players on great teams. Robert Griffin III might be added to the list someday as well. But another subject has some grumbling that political correctness has reached its zenith in Washington. That is the team’s nickname — the Redskins — which has drawn claims that it carries racial overtones and draws out the NFL franchise’s history of discrimination.
Hughes, News & Views: Doug Shouse going into ASU Hall of Honor
One thing you can say about members of Terre Haute’s Shouse family: They never have had a problem with running and jumping.
At least not until knee problems hit.
An outstanding athlete since the days I played pick-up basketball games with him and his brothers in the Terre Haute Boys Club and Indiana State University Arena gyms in the mid to late 1970s, a young Doug Shouse knew how to turn heads with his dunks and athletic fast-break moves against college guys and mediocre players like me.
From the Press Box: Stipends? No. Off-field income? Oh yeah, bring it on
The war flags have been raised. The trumpets have sounded.
With the Johnny Manziel autograph hullabaloo and the ongoing Ed O’Bannon suit against the NCAA for using his likeness as background, many have rallied to the battle standard of stipends as a means of compensating NCAA athletes who are allegedly being exploited for income by their universities.
This rally cry has a particular resonance among those in my profession, many of whom dislike the current system, and who detest the NCAA with a virulent passion.
Camp Scene: Colts looking for playmakers on defense
When it comes to setting goals for the Indianapolis Colts’ defense during the team’s final three preseason games, second-year defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has a simple wish list.
He’s looking for playmakers.
“In this league, there are difference makers. Guys that come into the league and become difference makers. Are you one of those guys? Are you a solid football player? A good football player? And then are you a backup player? A special-teams player? That’s what I was when I played in the National Football League,” Manusky explained Wednesday.
TRACKSIDE: Drivers, fans pay tribute to fallen sprint-car driver at Lincoln Park
The heartbeat of America short track racing — your weekly Saturday night racers and fans — came out to pay tribute to one of their own at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday night.
The show might have been billed as a $3,000-to-win Midwest Sprint Car Series special but the night rightfully belonged to the family and friends of the late Ed “Slick” Griffin.
RAMBLIN RECK: Pigskin soon to fly on campus
The first kickoffs for college football games are slated at the end of the month, and national publications continue to release their preseason rankings.
Hughes, News & Views: Oden picks Miami Heat for site of comeback
At 7 feet tall, former Terre Haute resident Greg Oden stands out in almost any crowd.
So to persuade the increasingly healthy Oden to play during the 2013-14 NBA season — for the first time since Dec. 5, 2009 — a team needed to offer something unique to stand out.
Like, say, a chance at a ring.
Enter the Miami Heat, who have won the last two NBA championships behind the “Big Three” of four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
TOM LINDLEY: Off-field problems cast pall on college football
The 2013 college football season promises to be a wild and wacky ride. No surprise there, except two major developments have come before the players even put on their pads and started scrimmaging.
TRACKSIDE: Thomas taking momentum into Lincoln Park
When drivers and crews of the Midwest Sprint Car Series return to Lincoln Park Speedway for a makeup date Saturday night up and coming star Kevin Thomas Jr. will enter the night looking to continue his highly successful ways.
Thomas tuned up for the event this past weekend by winning the MSCS Hoosier Sprint Nationals feature at Tri-State Speedway near Haubstadt. It marked his third MSCS feature win of the year.
Camp Scene: ‘The Griffer’ ready to team again with Luck
That’s how Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck refers to second-year wide receiver and former college teammate Griff Whalen. The pair of an extensive history together, dating all the way back to their freshman year at Stanford.
Trackside: Stewart proves versatility is one of his strongpoints
At a time each summer when stock-car racing takes center stage in the heart of open-wheel racing territory, it was Tony Stewart who emerged the big winner last weekend.
No, not Tony Stewart the race driver but Tony Stewart the owner. He’s the undisputed leader on two racing fronts — the car owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series with Ryan Newman as his driver and the owner-operator of Eldora Speedway. The popular Indiana native posted impressive showings in both ventures.
Tommy John’s surgery now part of Hall of Fame lore
Terre Haute’s Tommy John was indirectly honored in an article in The New York Times during the weekend when honors were presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame. No modern players were inducted this year but individuals were honored, including Dr. Frank Jobe, who first performed arm surgery now known as Tommy John surgery on the left-hander, then with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1974.
REDNECK QUAKER: Terre Haute couple enjoys African hunt
One of the first thoughts from Krysten McDaniel was “We are going back next year” and for Josh McDaniel it was “The experience was so much more than I expected.”
What can they be talking about? Yes, Africa. This young couple harvested ten animals in eight days with bow and arrows only!
Coach brings level of class to ISU
The sign in the Indiana State baseball corridor now indicates “Mitch Hannahs, head baseball coach.”
Braun has no excuses
So Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun is done for the season, suspended for violating baseball’s anti-drug policies. No surprise there. He dodged a suspension last year when a urine sample showed elevated levels of testosterone. It was his good fortune when it was proven his specimen had been mishandled, and his appeal succeeded.
Braun’s defense was that “I am not perfect” — a lame claim anyone could make. Now he will have the remainder of the season — 65 games — to think about his imperfection. But this isn’t Little League, and a “my bad” response doesn’t get it.
Resignation didn’t come as surprise
I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in thinking that the surprise about Dave Mahurin’s resignation as Rockville High School basketball coach this week came only in its timing.
As in, what took him so long?
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Change is coming to college sports ... is ISU ready?
Most of the major football conferences are holding their football media days this week. Usually the dominant sound coming out of media days is relentless coachspeak and endless platitudes about players who are finally going to make it X-team’s season.
This year? The war drums are beating.
JOE BUCKLES: Sprint Week was big success at Action Track
Indiana Sprint Week 2013 is safely in the record books and once again the annual mid-season sprint car classic is basking in well earned success.
Hughes, News & Views: Gladiator Games are back Saturday
When I talk to my old weightlifting buddies around the country on the phone, through texts or on Facebook, we frequently reminisce about “the good ol’ days.”
Imagine that — guys over 50 living in the past.
Anyway, I recently discussed with Jim McCarty — who now lives in Daytona Beach, Fla. — about a “Terre Haute’s Strongest Man” contest he organized in the mid-1980s inside the National Guard Armory on Maple Avenue.
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