Welcome to 2015, finally

Talk about fabulous.
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Wait a minute, is that a new link over on my Sportswriting page?

Yes, I’m back at it. For a variety of reasons, Saturday’s Rutgers-IU game was the first sporting event I covered this year. No need to delve into the reasons other than to say my schedule conflicted with IU’s home schedule pretty much all month. I’m counting on February and March working out a bit better.

So are the Hoosiers, I imagine, at least when compared to, say, last February and March. Midway through the Big Ten schedule last season, the Hoosiers were 4-5 in conference play and would go 3-6 in the second half. They then lost to Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament and that was it for a 17-15 season.

After Saturday’s 72-64 win over Rutgers, the Hoosiers are 16-6 overall and 6-3 in the conference. That 6-3 mark had them in a five-way tie for second place in the standings going into Sunday, with a matchup between Michigan (6-3) and Michigan State (5-3) to be played, behind Wisconsin (7-1). The Badgers just happen to be IU’s next opponent.

How about that.

It won’t be easy, of course, considering the last Indiana win in Wisconsin came in 1998. But with all the drama surrounding the program from preseason suspensions and accidents to in-season injuries, that a young IU team is in this position is impressive.

Of course, what would be really impressive (awkward transition) would be me keeping this blog up to date. Let’s see what happens …

 

Vacation 2014: Queso saves the day

The one picture I know we took on the first full day of our vacation is of a bridge. Because it's a bridge. I don't know.
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If you have the opportunity to eat a burger smothered in queso and bacon, you’ve got to take it.

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Vacation 2014: The long drive

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Twelve hours is an uncomfortable length of time to spend in a car, even with someone you love.
I can’t pinpoint the exact day Bessie first dropped the B-word, but it had to come at some point during the most brutal¬†winter in the history of Indiana–at least the worst since 2004 or so.
“I want to go to the beach,” she said, and doting husband that I am, I made it my life’s purpose to make it so.
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Previewing IU football, triple-threat edition

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So I wrote season previews of IU football for the Shelbyville News and the Terre Haute Tribune-Star and the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana. Enjoy.

Countdown to kickoff 2014: IU special teams

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Last but not least …

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Countdown to kickoff 2014: IU defensive backs

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The last line of defense …

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Countdown to kickoff 2014: IU linebackers

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A new look for Indiana’s second line of defense …

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Countdown to kickoff 2014: IU defensive line

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Indiana’s front four becomes a front three …

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Countdown to kickoff 2014: IU offensive line

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The backbone of the Indiana offense …

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Countdown to kickoff 2014: IU tight ends

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Not a lot of stats for this group, yet…

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