Hoosier Morning


1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana found itself the victim of a court-storming for the second time this season as a result of Minnesota’s board storming, Dustin wrote.

IU’s Blake Ress and James Wells renew their 100 backstroke rivalry when the Hoosiers host the Men’s Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, starting today, Mike wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Minnesota players were engulfed by the court-storming crowd, not that they minded, Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote.

Loss at Minnesota means a No. 1 seed is no certainty for IU, Jeff Borzello of CBSsports.com writes.

Tuesday’s loss may be a blip of softness on the radar or it may be a sign of what’s to come for the Hoosiers, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.

IU is the 16th team to lose three times as No. 1 in a season, none of the previous 15 won a national title, ESPN.com reports.

Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky will be represented in April’s Derby Festival Classic high school all-star game, Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal blogs.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For all the rebounds that got away from IU Tuesday night, here’s Boards of Canada with “Dayvan Cowboy.”

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57 comments:

  • Bobskijo #1


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:46 AM EDT

    No NBA for Zeller. He got his butt royally kicked! And “all Watford can do is hit threes”! I hope next years team is a bit more physical. They do not deserve to be in the top ten. They only play to the level of competition.

  • Geoff #2


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:53 AM EDT

    Bobskitroll… Maybe you’re right… But this year everyone else is worse than the Hoosiers when you look at the total picture.

    So, by default, IU is #1…

  • Lonnie #3


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:55 PM EDT

    Your reaching Geoff, and your wrong.

  • Geoff #4


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:10 PM EDT

    Clearly Lonnie…

    Which is why IU is:

    #1 in the coaches poll

    #1 in the AP poll

    1st place, by themselves, in the B1G (after last night)

    #8 in RPI (after last night)

    #1 in BPI (after last night)

    #1 overall seed in Bracketology (after last night)

    There are obviously 10 teams better than them. By everyone’s standards.

  • Lonnie #5


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:45 PM EDT

    Come on Geoff…

    Zeller was schooled by Mbakwe.
    Watford disappears when the going gets tough.
    Yogi clearly didn’t know what he was doing.
    Jurkin is taking up space.
    HP is a fat failure who is suited for a smaller school.
    Verdict is still out on Austin.
    Can you say total collapse for Remy?
    Creek is a shell of himself, and will do the right thing by leaving next year, along with HP and Jurkin.

    Geoff, if your eyes saw a #1 team last night, your eye doctor is a quack. Teams will play tougher in the tournament. I can’t dispute the facts. They are what they are. If your still convinced we are #1, your reaching, and your wrong.

  • Double Down #6


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 2:20 PM EDT

    Oh MY GOD! IU lost by 4 pts on the road in the Big Ten! Not only do they suck and aren’t #1, they should ALL QUIT PLAYING BASKETBALL AND GO BACK TO THE 3RD GRADE!

    Seriously, the sky is falling nature of some people makes them say silly things.

    IU didn’t play well last night. They played incredibly the last 2 games. They have 3 more left. We’ll see what they’re made of.

  • Geoff #7


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 2:34 PM EDT

    Lonnie – I pretty sure you’re just a troll who goes by 15 different names on here, but I’ll take your bait because you actually make some valid points. Despite those points, your conclusion is completely wrong. In a vacuum, or in other years, maybe you’re right, but not this season.

    Yes, Cody was schooled last night. But one night doesn’t make a season, nor does it preordained the rest of his career. He’s done his share of schooling, including the last game against #4 MSU. (Conversely, Imbakwe has played far below expectations this year, so I’m not sure why you’re looking so much into one performance)

    Actually Watford has played very well in big games. Last night was his first B1G game this year not scoring in double-figures, and although he played poorly, he still hit 2 clutch 3′s to give them a shot in the last 2 minutes. Against the 6 best teams IU has played this year he’s averaging 12.5 & 6, while shooting 52% from 3, with 4 of those 7 games being away from AH. (Plus there’s the UK and VCU games from last year) So it’s kinda hard to say he disappears in big games or when the going gets tough.

    Yogi had a tough game. But he’s had a good season for a Freshman, is shooting better from the perimeter (41% from 3 in his last 10 games), knocks down his FT’s (79% on season), and has about a 2:1 assist to TO ratio in B1G play (better than that overall).

    What do Creek, Jurkin, HP, or Austin have to do with anything? They don’t contribute and we are 24-4 and ranked #1. I guess you just needed something to take up space.

    Abell, is a capable back up pg. what do you want out of him? He’s the 4th best guard on the team… Is the fact that he isn’t a dominant force that big a deal? Who is a great team this year in your eyes? How good is their 4th best guard?

    Clearly IU didn’t look like the #1 team last night. But if you watched the MSU game the week before and didn’t see the #1 team in the country you need your brain checked.

    I am definitely convinced we are the best team in the country THIS year. If for no other fact than no other team is all that great. Call it #1 by default if you want, but they are still the best team in the country. IU has lost 4 games by a total of 13 points. 3 of them away from home. 2 of them in tough environments. 2 of them on last second shots…

    Who is better? Or if you are the same person as Bobskijo, name 10 teams that are better…

    My guess is you will not. Because you can’t. No one else has a resumé more impressive.

    But hey I’m in the mood for a debate today, even one with a troll. So hit me with another mixture of decent (yet myopic) and completely irrelevant points.

  • hgdownunder #8


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 3:00 PM EDT

    This is exactly what Minnesota did to us last year when they were “reeling” when they came to Assembly Hall.

  • RonB #9


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 4:12 PM EDT

    I try not to take sides but the “Joe guy”you know the one who does brackets for ESPN says,
    that with Florida’s lose who was also a 1 seed in his brackets Michigan will move to a 1 and because IU is so much better than the others he still has them as the overall #1. He did say they need to finish the rest of the regular season well but the lost at Minn. really does not hurt them. Because the rest of the conferences are held so much lower than the big ten Michigan will move up. Really Gonz could be number 1 in the rankings next week and no other conference but the big 10 could move into Floridas lost#1 says a lot as to how the rest of the country views IU and the Big Ten. So as fans we are upset but they beat Michigan St and Ohio state on the road! It does make the end of regular season game with Michigan mean more because if they lose they would be in a tie for 1st place but they other top teams could lose again also.I guess my point is while we all feel bad about this lose as IU fans the rest of the country not so much.

  • Geoff #10


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 4:24 PM EDT

    To be honest, I don’t feel all that bad bout this loss. We’re 28 games into the season… I feel pretty confident about what this team is. I feel equally confident that there isn’t a better team out there that we would be at a disadvantage to in any game.

    Now if we lose 2 of the next 3, now we have a troubling trend… And maybe the rest of the league has figured us out, or we are losing confidence, not trusting each other/system/coaches, etc…

    But basically, as of now, we just had a minor blip on the radar.

  • Stick to God's Plan! #11


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 4:42 PM EDT

    That’s what Crean was yelling at them during the game.

  • Geoff #12


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 4:44 PM EDT

    What’s that? Your name, or something else that isn’t funny and doesn’t make much sense?

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #13


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 4:54 PM EDT

    Jordy…Cody…Yogi…Jeremy…Jonny…Remy….Danny.

    Sounds like a bunch of “stones” to me. RPI? Sure that ain’t the ‘Resting P____(rhymes with Venus) Index?’

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #14


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 5:43 PM EDT

    I have a feeling Geoff already purchased ‘Hoosier Rising.’

    Here’s an idea…Instead of getting off on polls, numbers, rankings, indexes, bald dudes with hideous toupees that play with pretend brackets, and any other braggadocios flaunting of supposed prowess based on the probability of performance come the day when all our measuring and watching…maybe we should just carry ourselves with a bit of quite and humble pride…maybe wait to boast and use the historical simpler ruler that has always been used to put the Dukes and the UCLAs of the world on their everlasting pedestal at the top. Is it now more about potential and estimates of what a man or team is capable or is it about banners?

    All I ever heard from the Establishment is how we had lost our “elite” status because we hadn’t witnessed a banner “rising” in Assembly Hall for 25 years…Now were “elite” again because of ‘Bracketology’ and a panel of experts that determines measures of greatness before ultimate results, performance, and ability to cross finish lines first?

    Maybe we should withhold all the chest-thumping and bragging our big numbers until we’ve done some proving to one date at the ‘Big Dance’…?

    What if we don’t make it to the Sweet 16? What if some nasty little nobody puts a spanking on us in an early round game…? Is Geoff going to fall back on all his rankings and polls and serve us all jello in the same old bowls? It’s only trophies and banners they measure a coach and a program..And in terms of such measurements the Establishment world that showers Kentucky/Calipari when they bring home another piece of rectangular fabric hung from rafters the ultimate prize proving such ultimate truth, until Bllomington sees a “Banner Rising,” we should understand that over the past 26 years the IU basketball program is about as “elite” as Hoosier pigskin and a Lunardi hairpiece.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #15


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 5:45 PM EDT

    Now [we're] “elite” again because..

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #16


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 6:01 PM EDT

    For many years I thought “Bracketology” was a term referring to how the wealthiest 1% of the Establishment world avoid the tax bracket of of 22 year old kid coming home from Afghanistan soon to work for $10.00/hr at UPS.

    I really do need to watch more Establishment-SPN..

  • Geoff #17


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 6:20 PM EDT

    Good stuff Harvard. None of it makes any sense, but hey, you took up some more space didn’t you.

    Was I bragging or was I defending? I think there’s a bit of difference. If not, I’ll make sure to point out all the times you brag in the future.

  • Podunker #18


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 7:02 PM EDT

    Geoff; remember, it’s the volume of posts that matters most to HforH.

    Lonnie, Mbakwe is certainly old enough to be Zeller’s teacher. I think the guy is 25 years old. A sixth year senior! (What a joke. No one should be allowed six years of eligibility). I would hope he’d have at least one advantage over Zeller given at the significant age difference. But let’s see where each of these two men are two years from now. Remember, the draft is based on potential. So, in two years, when Zeller is the starting forward for an NBA team, Mbakwe will either be out of basketball or playing in the D league.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #19


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 7:40 PM EDT

    I’m attempting to build the gravitational forces needed for a cyberspace black hole…Goal of such volumes of nothingness is to eventually come out the other side as a whole Podunker; a man as precise and concise a perfect creation remaining unmatched to even the work of a hand from the master of the heavens that did it all in 7 days. Oops..I just flushed. Never mind.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #20


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 7:42 PM EDT

    Geoff-

    I thought it all made pretty good sense.

    When Davis was coach, the measure of our greatness was his failure to bring home the final winning banner.

    Crean as coach? It’s all about recruiting, metaphors of anything “risings from the ashes” resurrections, building a stage for future NBA stars, and mid-season proclamations all is right in the Hoosier world without any the same measures of success(deep runs in the tournament, banners, championships)used to ridicule and paint Davis as a failure…or deem coach Knight as a man that lost his mojo in his last decade.

    Where were the “Hoosier Rising” videos when Davis beat a #1 ranked Duke team and guided our Hoosiers to a Final Four?

    I’m happy for our success. I’m elated the Hoosiers are in discussions and taking up air time again on ESPN. But does it mean the task is complete? What a silly trap they must believe silly Hoosier fans when smelling the smallest piece of cheese.

    A couple Final Fours…maybe a banner or two…? We’re anointing this team and inflating heads based on what sportswriters think…? It’s not healthy. I tend to like the idea of turning all the outside noise off. You seemed to be quite consumed with turning up the hype volume. Those five rectangular pieces of historic fabric hanging in Assembly Hall were the products of effort and teamwork long before the days of merely experts and hype as valued measures of “rising” achievement.

  • TsaoTsuG #21


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 8:23 PM EDT

    I’ve stated in another post I thought Indiana was passive and played poorly, very poorly Tuesday night. I believe that and was disappointed. Not sure I know why, since it made sense to expect it.

    I believe a game like that was coming and to be expected. And Minnesota, more than any other team, matched up perfectly and had the perfect motivation. Ours was the only game that could salvage their season at any level. And, don’t forget this was the Minnesota many thought would prove a huge challenge to beat, on our own court, at the beginning of the season.

    Indiana went through a very, very tough part of its schedule: Iowa, Minn (2), Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue(2- an easier team but still our mortal rival Purdue), OSU, MSU(2)- very intense- and, we came away with just two losses.

    That intensity, pressure and focus are very hard to sustain for longer periods of time. Especially so when at the conclusion of this one particularly intense period’s rythm of 3-4 days between challenging games involving several top-20 teams, all of a sudden there we are challenged by a 7 day intermission/respite that creates a ‘false relax’. Even the scheduling and win of what was then our biggest threat, Michigan State contributes to the ‘trap’. Anyone who has spent time in competitive sports knows that regaining the intensity, rythm and focus is probably the most difficult aspect to challenge, good teams in particular, even more so than the physical recovery.

    This is why football coaches hate the break between the end of the regular season and the bowls. And this is why RMK made sure the players played against HIM every single day of the season (making the schedule almost irrelevant and certainly less of a mental challenge). Crean probably doesn’t (nor should he). For his own reasons I seriously doubt that he put the season in terms of Crean vs. the players as RMK was willing and able to do. Not suggesting either was better.

    Simply that Indiana was different after their ‘break’. Now it’s time for the ‘incoming’ again. And, they know they’ll have to put on their helmets.

  • TsaoTsuG #22


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 8:38 PM EDT

    Rick Bozich’s blog story for WDRB is really, really good. All center of gravity.

  • Big Hoosier/Ben/BHB/Big Ben #23


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:02 PM EDT

    Good stuff Geoff.

    Lonnie, your a loon. Myself and, Tsao, and Harvard had a tussle over PJ and HP, but think we didn’t get bent out of shape about it. It will say this. If Cody stays, will make things very interesting on who gets the pink slip. I hate it has to work that way. I don’t like the over sign rule.

  • TJ #24


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:14 PM EDT

    Cody got introduced to NBA-type center play last night and failed miserably. he IS too timid and unless he grows a backbone the rest of the “good” teams in the country will treat him as Steve Urkel and bully him all over the court. He needs to get PO’ed and stand up ..not crawl back into a fetal position is what he did last night ..even with a bench player Eliason. Crean might as well left Watford’s name off the lineup

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #25


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:30 PM EDT

    The “Hoosier ship has sailed” and Watford, Coy, Yogi,…and Remy ain’t on it.

    Let’s play Three Questions:

    Does Bobby Knight tweet on the twitter?

    If Jesus had a twitter account, would he have more “followers” than Justin Bieber…?

    Is Tom Crean a #1 seed in Joyce Meyer’s Bibletology?

  • Geoff #26


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:30 PM EDT

    Michigan is clearly not a top 10 team…

    Duke lost by 27 one game, so they clearly aren’t a top 10 team…

    Gonzaga has only beaten one ranked team all year… And lost to 2… How can they be a top 10 team?

    MSU has lost to IU twice, and IU isn’t a top 10 team… So what is MSU?

    Louisville and Kansas lost 3 games in a row each… Top 10 material?

    Georgetown lost to IU…

    Miami lost by 15 to Wake Forest (who is 12-14)… How can they be top 10

    Florida has lost 3 of their last 7, all to unranked teams… Clearly not top 10 worthy

    Bottom line: no one in the top 10 is a top 10 team.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #27


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:39 PM EDT

    During the upcoming summer months, I highly recommend Cody Zeller enroll in the 6-week “Assertiveness Training: Roe v. D-Wade” program offered by Gloria Steinem.

  • Jeremy Price #28


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:43 PM EDT

    1. Many Bobby Knights are on the twitter, just not THE Bobby Knight.

    2. Well, @Jesus has 531,884 follower. @justinbieber has 35,102,630 followers.

    3. I’m not touching this one.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #29


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:49 PM EDT

    Lindsay Lohan…Scarlett Johansson…Katy Perry…Kim Kardashian.

    Currently all #1 seeds in Dustin’ Racketology.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #30


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:03 PM EDT

    A very feminine Dickie V.

    Done for the day…Sorry for the volumes.

    Take care, my Hoosier buddies.

  • Geoff #31


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:30 PM EDT

    Finally! 2 good posts in a row Harv!

  • Geoff #32


    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:38 PM EDT

    Btw Harvard, I’m didn’t think I’d have to spell this out….

    I wasn’t anointing IU anything. I was simply taking a bat to a troll.

  • coachv #33


    Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:26 AM EDT

    cody and christian’s problem is they have no post moves and really have no idea how to score on the block. they just kind of wing it. compound that with zeller’s ridiculously low release point and it gets ugly fast. they are uncomfortable playing with their back to the basket. cody has done most of his scoring in transition and offensive rebounds. the lack of fundamental post moves falls on crean and is the main reason neither player is nba ready.

    did you see how mbakwe used the tried and true chicken wing move on watford and blasted him in the chest and out of the way for an easy lay-up? i’ve never seen a player on this team do that, the most basic of posties. if crean had sent his bigs to my summer big man camp, they’d be playing like kevin mchale inside.

    i know yogi is struggling to finish inside but i’m encouraged by the way he is beginning to probe the defense as he drives. moving laterally mid-drive, showing patience in the lane. rare qualities and important in his development. yogi will be able to score at will when he is a junior. consider it growing pains.

  • TsaoTsuG #34


    Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 2:35 AM EDT

    I suspect that neither CZ nor Watford will be playing with their back to the basket in the pros (unless it is in Uruguay or Bulgaria). That’s not who they are. As a team, we may lack a true Mkwabe type center. Not that it really matters to Crean who I think plays a truly five-interchangeable man offensive system where there’s relatively little distinction between Yogi and Cody. Just a thought.

  • coachv #35


    Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:49 PM EDT

    god forbid a 7′ player learn to take advantage of his height by learning to score close to the basket. just a thought.

  • Chet #36


    Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:05 PM EDT

    Harvard, whenever you decide to comment on the unfair treatment of Mike Davis compared to CTC I can’t help but think how each approached the job.

    CTC recalled boatloads of Indiana lore. He spoke reverently of how it was the greatest job in college basketball. He answered inane questions with a simple, “Because it’s Indiana.”

    Mike Davis’ first step was to let everyone know that he didn’t know much about Indiana’s past but he thought IU would be a nice stepping stone to the NBA.

    He was doomed the first time he spoke at a podium and it wasn’t about his color or about any connections to Bobby Knight. Harvard, you, of all people, should know there is something special about Indiana basketball that Mike Davis never ‘got’ or jut didn’t care about.

    Why is it on some posts you declare the ‘specialness’ of Indiana basketball while on others, those relating to Mike Davis for example, the fact that CTC places Indiana basketball in such high regard while Mike Davis didn’t should grounds for ridiculing Tom Crean?

    CTC says all the things you claim to believe about Indiana basketball and Mike Davis said all the things you claim to dislike about Indiana basketball ‘posers’, yet you reflexively jump to the defense of Davis and you stand ready to throw Crean to the wolves, frequently because he claims the same faith as Davis.

    I just don’t get it.

  • Geoff #37


    Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:03 PM EDT

    Bingo Chet, rarely does any of it follow a line of logic… It’s just placed on paper so Harvard can release it from his brain… And just in case it entertains a reader or provokes a response…

    It’s not meant to make actual sense.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #38


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:13 AM EDT

    Enough nonsense..or do you need more volumes?

  • Geoff #39


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:25 AM EDT

    Once again, more nonsense…

    - Crean coached 5 years at Marquette between DWade and IU. In that time he took the school into the Big East and went from a successful mid-major to a successful Big Time program.

    - all coaches schmooze with other coaches. It’s a fraternity. They hang out in the same circles.

    - do you really think this team is selfish? Are you of the belief that Crean is trying to promote these kids as draft stocks over collective achievement and success?

    - Chet absolutely pegged your hypocrisy in his post. I’m sorry you can’t read it and admit your bias.

    - don’t bother trying to pigeon hole me into an anti-Davis or anti-Sampson camp because I have supported all of our coaches. You are the one spewing crap on Crean for relatively frivolous reasons, and in unprovoked defense of Sampson and Davis.

    - do you ever think you’ll ever just be able to enjoy being a Hoosier fan? If it pains you to have Crean as a coach then you should probably stop watching. He is going to be around for the majority of the balance of your life.

  • Washington Bulldog #40


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 1:11 AM EDT

    Some punk this Geoff guy.

  • TsaoTsuG #41


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:08 AM EDT

    CoachV, good posts…both of them. The 7′ issue, or near 7’0″, for me’ a little less important than the fact if you are playing there, in confined spaces, it is much better when you work on strong moves to get you to the basket,… without forgetting the ball has to go with you.

  • TsaoTsuG #42


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:34 AM EDT

    Harvard, why am I getting this uncomfortable feeling (or at least suspect) that you were our now infamous and banished ‘hard core’ while possibly using that persona as your set up, Bob Hope to your Bing Crosby. He was ‘hard core’ to your ‘soft core’. Is the intellect’s game to test and probe until all turn their backs in silence?

    Then, what is the victory?

    You’ve missed an essential point. You used to write well, you were a solid guide into the art. You were a guide to the beauty and source of a game made of sweat and strength. You’ve lost that, sad…very sad. Your anger has crushed it and now you strike at all those who followed, many who cheered you. You can’t find it that way Harvard…you simply have to see and search in which of your pockets you put it in.

    Sorry,…but a friend has to be a strong enough friend to care enough and tell you.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #43


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 10:53 AM EDT

    I appreciate the attempt to be honest with me, Tsao. I appreciate all of you that are willing to risk your honor by giving me the time of day. I’m not going to spill my personal problems on this blog. I can only tell you that when you see someone that you’ve needed as your rock for all your life losing the battles against time and nearing the finality of this damn short window we’re ever on this earth, it scares to the core. I’m frightened because the loss is going to cut a wide hole into my insides and I don’t know if I have the faith and strength to hold myself up. The only way my internal mechanisms can deal with that sort of fear is to attack faith because my own heart is weak and my character is not built with the solid pride that allows hope to live. The loving arms that have always caught me when I’m falling has lost the battle and it’s cutting me to pieces.

    Faith is an easy thing to hold when young and so much remains in view a thousand tomorrows. So easy to put it all on a pedestal and proclaim oneself its master and appear unwavering in devotion to a God when all is spring. But winter arrives. In the cold of the loneliness its silence, the voices that shall never again comfort me are soon gone. Do I have the faith to believe I’ll one day hear those voices again? The enormity of the fear in knowing I can’t pick up the phone and hear a voice of love and strength that I’ve always needed to fight my inner demons. Can I find the reasons to hope that there is something beyond the short breaths granted our mortality? We think life is long. We play with faith..We proclaim its master in the midst its summer such a lengthy song. But winter arrives. The ground shall take our most cherished memories and test the strength of faith. But greatest fear for thy left alone are the demons drowning out the reassurances and telling me in my days and in my sleep all the reasons I should believe undeserving true love and the love was really never there. Faith in love. What is faith in anything eternal with no faith in love?

    Tsao, Geoff, Chet, Husky Tom…Sorry I let you all down.

  • Big Hoosier/Ben/BHB/Big Ben #44


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 11:45 AM EDT

    At 32, sometimes I think the same thing. Think I will never get old, but know better. I see my mom and dad getting older, and really makes me think we I really need and want in this life. Money is good, but in our minds enough is never enough. I struggle with my faith too, often not doing the right thing, or thinking the wrong thing, but I don’t give up. I’m so picky in a wife, it’s hard to find one. I rather get it right the first time though, then to create unneeded pain.

    Airing out the laundry….

  • Chet #45


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:46 PM EDT

    If there is anything my days as a paramedic taught me it was to fill those days you have and treat everyone as though you might never see them again. There’s a piano just waiting to fall on your head around every corner.

  • Ron #46


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 1:00 PM EDT

    I tried but never could play a piano. If it hits me I’m sure it would be ravenge.

  • TsaoTsuG #47


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 3:47 PM EDT

    You haven’t let anyone down, not yourself, not your dad (I supposed you are talking about him), not even Him. If anything, he’s (your dad) feeling he let you down and needs the comfort and your reassurance of exactly what you are saying here; that you love him and fear being without him but you’ll have his strength forever and will talk to him every day now and after (even when it wanes) because you know he’s always been there for you and will always be. And hold his hands when you tell him…that’s the answer to the prayer you see him mumbling Harvard, that’s the last thought he thinks at night every night…give him the Truth of that thought.

    And, give your friends the best side of your friendship, as you have done now. Yeah…share you dad with them. We all have the same fears, same needs, no matter what face we put on here (remembering the RMK ‘gamefaces’ bit and laughing because he spoke a very broad truth on life). Harvard, we need you to be Harvard, period …Do you know why we all come to these corners of the Universe…because we are all afraid of being alone and floating through space. As ridiculous as it is here, we understand and accept were not when we find other Hoosiers (kind fearful but dumb and noble savages aren’t we?).

    Tell your dad that Tsao (a contemporary of his probably) thinks he must have been one hell of a man and father. And you’re… are one hell of a son, a loving son. He needs that! Just tell it!

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #48


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 4:11 PM EDT

    Thank you Tsao.

  • Geoff #49


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 4:43 PM EDT

    Not even sure what to say. I’ve watched my wife go through chemo and come out the other side. I’ve watched my mom beat cancer. We were told we’d never, “well not never, but never”, get pregnant and somehow we’re in the 3rd trimester… I guess I’m saying keep the faith Harvard. I know it doesn’t always work out, but sometimes it does even when they say it won’t. I’ll be thinking of you as well buddy.

  • TsaoTsuG #50


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 6:11 PM EDT

    Harvard, without being an absolutely big bore or touching the subject about it (now watch this next sentence)…Geoff’s right and it is a matter of Faith. How? Where? Why? When? WHO? That’s why they call it Faith, period. Not a rational word at all, if there were the issue would be moot.

    So, to believe in Faith you have to reach (in that pocket and have faith. (I can see our little buddy in LV throwing himself up into the wall). Your dad is here now. Somehow, there are people who care enough to stand with you no matter what nonsense, or brilliance and they don’t really give a ____, it’s important that it is yours and they care because somewhere they’ve (not you) fount the Faith to have faith in you. Absolutely stupid isn’t. It’s supposed to be, that’s the brilliance and Genius of Faith.

    Ask Geoff about the point where he feared for his wife, or feared his bloodline…that was it; and now he senses the life in him that passed to his wife and will soon his son or daughter. Then tell me what is rational about that …and tell me whether you’d rather walk it with Faith or reason. If you say reason, you’re a lot dumber than I ever gave you credit for (and it would be the last time I would take an IU bkball commentary from you with any seriousness whatsoever).

    Here’s a thought genius. Without Faith you become a part of……. the Establishment.

    With it, it solves the questions why your dad is around and will be as long as the Faith determines it is necessary to be around to hear you break his ….[transmitters], because you always were and are his Faith. Ask Chet (or Podunker, or JPat, or Mass Hoosier or any of the others here about his questions and fears about his children and about how only they can fill his chest. (Figure this out d.a__, you can’t ever break either your dad’s love or Faith for you. The only thing you can do is love him because he has the faith you do. That’s what your power is! Same with everything and everyone in your life; even this sorry crew of wanna be coaches and eternal national champions.

    Know what the joke is…they pay Tom Crean $3, $4 million p/a to…have faith; and he is driven by Faith and you want to criticize and rail against the very thing that sustains him and has a chance of covering whatever he knows or doesn’t know. His faith that he has Faith which helps him with faith he needs. (Beyond that, I don’t care if he talks- or tweets- with Little Orphan Annie, Shirley Temple or Lindsay Lohan).

    And…most, most important, your dad has faith in you, for whatever reason and they are all good to him because of his Faith; and he has faith in you and gets it all back in you and your thoughts and your tantrums and your laughs, and your tears and the sound of a voice that tells him it was all good…especially to him because it is the source of his faith and, perhaps, his Faith. There can I get more redundant than that?

    That’s all…that is absolutely all he’s asking you for…faith in him. (Mine, deceased since 1978, still visits and talk to me and wacks me across the top of the head or laugh till his dentures begin to move every day of my life. Hang on Harvard, wait ’till you really screw something up.

  • TsaoTsuG #51


    Friday, March 1, 2013 - 6:15 PM EDT

    “…(now watch this next sentence)…[I meant the phrase] ‘Geoff’s right…’.

  • coachv #52


    Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 3:04 AM EDT

    WTF!!! is going on around here? can we stick to basketball for a change? bunch of oprah watching pansies. i swear to christ!

  • Big Hoosier/Ben #53


    Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 8:44 AM EDT

    Called real,life coachv

  • Ron #54


    Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 9:16 AM EDT

    Watched some Indiana High School Sectional play last night. Good games. Almost embarrassed. Not many people there. Martinsville’ Glenn Curtis gym held nearly 4,000 people and at sectional/regional games the place was packed with standing room only. The excitement of pep rallies on the town square, bonfires, signs in all the stores. Just not there any more. 50-75-100 cars in a convoy decked out with streamers, signs and kids heading for Jeffersonville or Evansville or Indianapolis. Don’t see that anymore. What happened while I was away for 35 years?

  • Hoosier Clarion #55


    Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 9:57 AM EDT

    Modern day class BB and the growth of AAU both dilute Hoosier Hysteria.

  • Chet #56


    Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 11:46 AM EDT

    Ron,
    I just watched some video of Jeffersonville playing at Seymour. When I was in HS that was the regional site. That 8000+ seat gym would be packed with a few hundred more outside hoping to scrounge tickets. In the video I was watching you could have picked any spot in the gym to sit.

    I don’t think JHS had a home game that wasn’t sold out the entire time I went there. I believe the gym held over 5000. It really saddens me what the powers that be have done to our high school basketball tradition. Kids don’t even understand that Indiana high school gym used to be nearly as raucous as Assembly Hall.

  • Ron #57


    Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 12:25 PM EDT

    Yo Dustin/Jeremy..You need to link up that “This is Indiana” video of 1st &2nd graders in today’s paper!!

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