Well not really, but being a sportscaster has got to be a pretty sweet job. This came to me when I heard that the lead commentator was ESPN’s Dan Shulman. Now I don’t know what all he has been a commentator for this year but I can come up with two pretty big games. He got to watch the Giants win the World Series on Sunday and right about 11 months ago he was sitting next to Dick Vitale as Christian Watford’s 3-pointer beat the buzzer and Assembly Hall erupted into complete bedlam. I’m not going to lie, it must be nice. OK, enough reflection on my career choice, this week’s post belongs to Indiana.
Not just IU but all sports in Indiana (well most of them). It’s a good time to be a sports fan in Indiana right about now. The majority of the major teams seem to really be clicking and they are looking good. I’m going to start with college football to get it over with. Notre Dame looks really good especially after their impressive win at Oklahoma. Could they be BCS bound? If they keep it up and with a little luck they could be going to the big game. From what I’ve picked up on Twitter, UIndy is doing very well in their new conference (7-2, 7-0 GLVC). I’m not as connected with many of the other schools so sorry Cardinal, Sycamore, and etc. fans. OK moving on…oh wait I guess there are football teams at IU and Purdue. As T.O. pointed out on Tuesday, Purdue is struggling (understatement?) on the gridiron. A loss at winless Minnesota last week highlighted that fact. The Boilermakers are winless in Big Ten play and it’s not been pretty. Not much more can be said about the Hoosiers’ performance. For having a defensive minded head coach they sure have allowed a lot of points, especially late in the games (see Michigan State game). However, as I mentioned on Sunday, with last week’s win at Illinois the Hoosiers still have a slim shot at reaching Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1. OK to be realistic they are going to need a couple more wins including wins over eligible division leader Wisconsin, a good Penn State team, and of course, Purdue. So yeah, they’d pretty much need to win out to have a realistic chance.
OK so keeping with football but nowhere near as depressing, the Colts. At 4-3 the Colts could cause some real trouble late in the season and even possibly steal a wildcard spot. Andrew Luck is looking like the top draft pick we’d hoped and in my opinion a lot like someone named Peyton, except maybe a little more mobile haha. Also, as Marris pointed out on Monday, the Colts have found success moving the ball on the ground (including rushes from Luck). As in all sports it would be nice to have some of those injured players back but they seem to be finding ways to scratch out a win. They face a decent Dolphins team this Sunday and I’m curious to see how they do, especially against Reggie Bush and the run game. They did hold the Titans’ CJ0K (Chris Johnson, and you know there’s no way he’s getting the 2k this year) to under 100 yards rushing (barely) and kept him out of the end zone but the Dolphins ground game has been a bit better, should be an interesting game.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the NBA returned to action this week and the Pacers made a splash with a late jumper from George Hill as the Pacers edged the Raptors 90-88 north of the border. It wasn’t quite the win we had wanted, the Pacers got thumped in a turnover filled third quarter, but a win is a win (and that’s one more than the Lakers have). After last year’s hard fought playoff run (I still hate the Heat but who outside of south beach doesn’t) the Pacers look like they could repeat and with possibly (and hopefully) better results. Let’s hope the Pacers can find a way to answer the Fever’s accomplishment and hang a banner of their own. Speaking of banners, let’s conclude with college ball.
College basketball should be good, real good, in Indiana this year. As it should! Notre Dame is ranked 22/23 in the preseason and should be a competitive team in a tough Big East conference (Louisville is #2 and Syracuse #9). Purdue, while not ranked, should never be counted out. Matt Painter is a very good coach and can recruit so expect them to play tough and snag a spot in the Big Dance. Butler, IUPUI, and Indiana State (I don’t know too much about the teams they are sporting this year) shouldn’t be forgotten since they can be talented. Finally, Indiana is back. This was evident last year with big wins in Bloomington over Kentucky and Ohio State and a sweet 16 appearance. IU is ranked #1 in the preseason polls (has been for a while) and earned a nice win in an exhibition match over Indiana Wesleyan last night (86-57). The Hoosiers returned the majority of last year’s team minus last year’s seniors and red shirt season Matt Roth. They also brought in one of the top recruiting classes in the country. Long lost Maurice Creek also made a healthy return last night, the first in three years and put up 12 points. It’ll be good to have his talent back. The Hoosiers look scary good and with the recruiting classes for the next couple of years look like they are here to stay for a while. I’m not going to make any predictions, but is it March yet? The road won’t be easy, the Big 10 as a whole looks to be real tough this year but they're not ranked #1 without reason.
Alright, it’s late and I have to get work done tomorrow before the Pios square off against St. Cloud State in a showdown of conference leaders. Have a great weekend everyone and happy November, I hope you all had a great Halloween! Oh and in case you need to get excited about the return of college ball check out the videos below (warning I’m a huge IU fan so, um, they might be a little biased haha). Catch you all next Friday.
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