It is a day that I thought might honestly never occur.
Granted, the day isn’t actually upon us yet, but all signs point toward there actually being an opening day later this month to the National Hockey League season.
I understand that some folks wouldn’t miss the NHL if it went away permanently. Some have gone so far as to point out they enjoy the sports highlights shows more because there is no time wasted with clips from hockey games of the evening before. Those aren’t my sentiments.
Every time the NHL goes into one of thesea work stoppages, its popularity does a freefall in the mainstream sports consciousness.
With the NHL Network available locally and with the NBC Sports Network carrying many hockey games last season, this could have been a year of increased visibility. Now the visibility will be compressed to be sure.
The date of Jan. 19 has been bandied about as a likely opening day and 48 games seems a probable length to the season. That will seeem woefully short to fans.
Hockey has been regularly available through this lockout. The Indiana Ice have been playing USHL games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The team has a dedicated, if not overaly large following. Anyone yet to experience the sport in person should try to take in an Ice game this winter.
While I am waiting, watching the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Hoosiers have been time well spent.
On Saturday, the Pacers took care of the Milwaukee Bucks in fine fashion with Roy Hibbert having his best all-around game of the season.
Then Tuesday, the Pacers faced the Miami Heat and had a remarkable win against the team with the best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Indiana got a stalwart performance from Paul George. Perhaps the people who will make the All-Star decision will take note. Next up tonight is the New York Knicks with a TNT national audience.
This is a good place to admit that I really can’t wait to see what the Pacers can do when Dany Granger finally gets to play this season. The intensity of his rehabilitation has increased recently, though there is still no timetable for his return.
While on the topic of confessions, the IU men’s basketball team continues to be a source of great enjoyment.
I was fortunate to get to see most of the Hoosiers’ Big Ten game monday at Penn State. Though the visitors started the second half very slowly, they were never in any danger after a sparkling showing over the first 20 minutes.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of IU’s game is the way the Hoosiers share the ball and make that extra intelligent pass.
Defensively, the Hoosiers incorporate all of the best team concepts that make them tough to score against.
As a fan of both the Pacers and the Hoosiers, Victor Oladipo is the current IU player I’d most like to see wear the blue and gold when his days in cream and crimson are completed.
It is a day that I thought might honestly never occur.
Pagano confirms Colts OL Thomas out for season again
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano confirmed Thursday morning that guard Donald Thomas reinjured his right quad and will have season-ending surgery.
Colts Quick Hits: Thursday, July 31
Notes, news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.
- Kelley leaving Colts after 29 years One of the few remaining links to the early days of the Indianapolis Colts is leaving the team after today following 29 years of service.
Rick Bramwell: Rainy day memories abound
This past Tuesday, I was up early and had a vigorous workout at the gym. Yard work was interrupted by a late-afternoon shower. It was a perfect time to take a nap.
Werner's progress evident at Colts Camp
Bjoern Werner's rookie training camp was rather quiet. The German-born outside linebacker went through individual drills and worked hard in full-team sessions, but he was overwhelmed by all the new information he was processing. And it was holding him back. When the season started, Werner was further set back by a foot injury that cost him three games, and he finished the year with just 2.5 sacks. Then the former Florida State star went to work.
- Rick Teverbaugh: Some folks can't be replaced There were a lot of possible topics as I decided what would lead the list of things that would move me enough to compose today's column.
- Colts Notes: Thomas, Hilton hurt in Wednesday's practice After a physical practice Wednesday afternoon at Anderson University, the Indianapolis Colts are hoping they have not lost another starter. Left guard Donald Thomas hit the ground following an 11-on-11 running drill and was visibly upset when he finally was helped to his feet. He threw his mouthguard away in anger and attempted to walk off the injury with trainers away from the rest of his teammates.
- Colts focusing on situational improvement One year ago, the focus in Indianapolis Colts training camp was on turnovers. The team had committed far too many in 2012 and was determined not to repeat its mistakes. The theme at Anderson University carried over to the field, and the Colts' 14 turnovers were the fewest in the NFL last year.
Looking back at Week 1 of Colts Camp
The first week of Indianapolis Colts training camp has ended at Anderson University, and the players received their first day off Tuesday. Practice resumes today with the daily morning walkthrough followed by a public session scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m. With the team's preseason debut at the New York Jets just eight days away, here's a look at three things that have stood out since the Colts hit campus on July 23.
Ken de la Bastide: Good racing across the board
This past weekend I got to witness four pretty good races at three different venues in central Indiana, none of them disappointed.
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