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Super Bowl

January 25, 2016
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The teams have been set for Super Bowl 50.  Congratulations to the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.  Denver earned their spot with a 20-18 win over New England, and Carolina routed the Arizona Cardinals 49-15. This will be a fitting conclusion to the distinguished career of Peyton Manning if he chooses to retire.  It...

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Basketball Refereeing

January 22, 2016
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When the NCAA had their rules committee devise a plan to speed up basketball games and improve scoring, they again put the referees in a tough position.  If you watch a game today, you will notice that simply touching a player away from the basket is a foul but you can beat a big...

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How to Get Ahead in the NFL.

January 21, 2016
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An interesting article in the Indy Star told how to assure yourself of a job in the NFL.  Be the son or daughter of the head coach or owner.  Bill Belichick of New England has his son, Steve, as a coaching assistant.  Jeff Fisher of the Rams also has his son, Brandon, working as...

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How They Got There

January 20, 2016
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This is the concensus on how Kansas City, Toronto, the Mets, and the Cubs wound up baseball’s Top 4 teams last year.  In the case of Kansas City, they did it mostly through smart drafting of players and good trades.  Their two main acquisitions were Cain and Escobar.  The Blue Jays reached the top...

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Dusty Baker

January 19, 2016
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Dusty Baker, the former Reds manager, was recently hired to manage the Washington Nationals.  In an Indianapolis Star article written by Bob Nightengale for USA Today Sports, it was reported that Baker was not the Nationals first choice.  He simply was willing to manage for their paltry price 0f 3.5 million for 2 years....

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National High School Athlete of the Month

January 18, 2016
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I was interested in a Sports Illustrated article about their high school athlete of the month.  She is Hannah Debalsi, a cross country runner from Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut.  The 3 time state champ is also a 3 time high school All-American. This past November she ran in the National Footlocker Cross...

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IU Team of ’76

January 15, 2016
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On January 5, Indiana University honored the 1976 undefeated NCAA Championship Hoosiers.  They are the only Division 1 team to accomplish this feat.  Local IU alum, Glen Butte, was able to attend this celebration evening.  Glen played for IU after his graduation from Milan in 1956.  He was a member of the ’54 state...

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American Pharoah

January 14, 2016
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I was reading an article by Tim Layden in Sports Illustrated recently.  In it he stated that one of the top stories in sports this year belonged to a horse who everybody wanted to love.  What a “good time” story for horse racing in the United States and for the people who enjoy watching it....

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Full-time Official

January 12, 2016
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As we near the end of another pro-football season, the question of hiring full-time officials in the NFL has come up again.  Unlike baseball, most officials in the NFL have full-time jobs in another field and only work games on weekends.  Even though the NFL reports that they are 95% effective, many questions still...

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County Champs

January 11, 2016
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Congratulations to the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles and South Ripley Raiders for winning the Ripley County Basketball Championship.  The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Bulldogs and the Raiders also defeated the Bulldogs to win. In the individual categories Lily Simon of JCD was named the MVP.  For the men, Elijah Roepke of South Ripley took...

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