Gonzaga vs. Indiana: Discuss it here

By   |   Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 - 1:26 PM   |   2 comments

We’re allowed to this time. That, or we’ll be ready for fisticuffs.

IU women win again

By   |   Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 - 10:27 PM   |   4 comments

The Indiana women’s basketball team was one of only four Big Ten teams to win in the Women’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

The Hoosiers rallied from nine down in the first half to win going away at Miami (Fla.) Friday night, 69-54. Amber Jackson led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Former North standout Whitney Thomas added six points and nine rebounds, including her second 3-pointer of the season. That’s four victories in a row now for Coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s crew.

Good tickets still available

By   |   Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 - 6:13 PM   |   16 comments

If you’ve got some free time tomorrow and would like to watch the Indiana basketball team continue its development against a possible Final Four team in Gonzaga, you can still get good (discounted) tickets.

And those tickets will also allow you to see Notre Dame, another team that figures to make a deep run in the tournament, against Ohio State.

That and it’s the first basketball game at Lucas Oil. Even to a cynical reporter like me, that’s cool.

Ticketmaster.com can get you some seats.

Soccer will be on the air

By   |   Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 - 1:42 PM   |   5 comments

One item I did not get in today’s IU soccer notebook is that Saturday’s game at St. John’s will be broadcast on WGCL. That would be 1370 on your AM dial or 95.9 on your FM dial.

Chicago Fire and Big Ten Network voice Chris Doran will have the call starting at 4:45 p.m. Saturday with the game starting at 5.

There will also be a video webcast that can be accessed at www.redstormsports.com, or just clicking the link.

The ambitious fan may wish to view the game online while listening to Doran’s dulcet tones on the radio, but the lag in broadcasts may make that more like watching one of those classic kung fu movies.

Then we blogged no more

By   |   Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 - 12:29 AM   |   40 comments

As you may have experience or heard about or will read about imminently, two reporters from the IDS and I were asked to stop commenting on our live blog (below) during the Wake Forest game today.

Here’s what I wrote about the incident for the newspaper.

    Early in the second half of the game, reporters from The Herald-Times and the Indiana Daily Student were asked to stop posting commentary on a joint live blog they were hosting with two other outlets.
Steve Shutt, an assistant athletic director at Wake Forest, cited an ACC rule permitting only four blog posts per half when making the request, which both publications complied with. The live blog continued to be operated by contributors from the H-T, IDS, HoosierNation.com and Inside the Hall who were not credentialed to cover the event.
After the game, Shutt said that the ACC rule on blogging was probably not in writing anywhere but followed common practice. Last year, the NCAA began limiting the number of blog posts reporters could make during all of its championships events.
He also said that Wake Forest could not allow the dissemination of information about the game on the Internet by courtside reporters because it violated the multimedia rights agreement the school has with ISP (International Sports Properties).
Under the agreement, which is for between $800,000 and $1.2 million per year according to Shutt, ISP owns the radio and Web rights to Wake Forest games.
ISP relies on drawing viewers to the Wake Forest Web site — which includes a GameTracker feature that allows fans to follow the game in close-to real-time — to set its advertising rates and generate revenue, so the university could not allow reporters to operate a blog that may divert readers from the official web site.

I’m not sure I’ve really formulated my full thoughts on this yet. At first I was in denial and wanted nothing more than to continue chatting with you. Then, I was angry. Now, I sort of understand where all the parties are coming from and am trying to sort through how I think this should all play out.

Forgot the matter of whether anybody can really prevent us from reporting WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WORLD (does anybody really own that?) for a moment.

My immediate question is: as much as I’d like to think our reporting from the arena is quite significant, is it really essential to the live blog? As I wrote above, the chatting continued after we were gone. And if this rule continues to be enforced (possibly by Learfield or the Big Ten Network in the future) I suppose we may be relegated to having the people from home run it. And you know what? You’ll still come. Because the chat has a different purpose than GameTracker.

Your immediate thoughts on this?

Former Hoosier Crawford denied

By   |   Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 - 6:37 PM   |   5 comments

According to the Associated Press, the NCAA has turned down Jordan Crawford’s request to play for No. 14 Xavier this season. Instead, Crawford will have to sit the mandatory year for transferring before suiting up for the Musketeers. Crawford was part of the mass exodus at IU following the Kelvin Sampson fiasco last year, and had hoped the NCAA would waive the transfer year due to extenuating circumstances.

Xavier could use Crawford right now as freshman point guard Terrell Holloway, who had verbally committed to IU prior to the Sampson meltdown, is out for several weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot.

You know it’s too early when . . .

By   |   Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 - 8:10 AM   |   17 comments

. . . you’re waiting in the drive-thru at McDonald’s and the guy behind you hits your car. My guess is that he ordered his McSkillet and then promptly fell back asleep, only to awake upon hitting my car. Luckily my bumper performed its duty — to be bumped but not harmed — and I was able to collect by breakfast burritos without further interruption.

You know, I never really realized just how strange McDonald’s eggs look until I ate them in the dark. I swear to you that when I bit into that thing and revealed the contents inside, the eggs were glowing. I mean, those things are fluorescent.

Anyway, I decided to call into the B97 morning show to check in with those guys. Frankly, I was feeling guilty because I was supposed to talk with them a couple of times from Maui but ended up missing them because of the time difference and the NCAA announcement. That and I’m easily distracted by fresh pineapple.

Fittingly, the boys followed up my brief spot with a song by Eminen. As you have no doubt comprehended already, Eminem and I share many traits: unending and fierce anger, the ability to bust rhymes on cue and, of course, being easily distracted by fresh pineapple.

So now it’s off to Winston-Salem, where Indiana faces No. 15 Wake Forest at 7:15 tonight (ESPN).

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