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.
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- Argylls hold on to top Tigers Pitching and defense win games, especially in girls high school softball and it was on display here Wednesday evening as the Madison-Grant Lady Argylls picked up a 4-1 Central Indiana Conference win over the host Lady Tigers.
- Indians come up short against Tigers in golf The Anderson Indians came up short against Yorktown 147-170 on Wednesday.
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- Mathis' leadership paying off for Colts An authentic set of battle armor greeted visitors to Robert Mathis' locker Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The black-and-gold helmet and chest plate look more at home in one of the "300" movies, but they are the proud possessions of the NFL's reigning sacks champion thanks to the generosity of Daniel Adongo and Bjoern Werner.
- Mike Lopresti: Pacers finally respond to critics So maybe the Indiana Pacers don't like being called wussies. Is that all it took, an on-air jab from Charles Barkley? Some brash talk, apparently, from Atlanta Hawks guard and Indianapolis native son Jeff Teague? Or was it the stark reality that they were closing in on owning the notorious legacy of a team that melted in the bright lights, faster than frozen yogurt?
- Rick Bramwell: Morel season off to a slow start The expectations, brought on by a harsh winter, have turned into a wait-and-see situation for morel hunters. A cooler than normal spring has put the tasty little sponges on ice.
- Tigers nip Argylls in girls track meet ALEXANDRIA -- Kelsey Crisp had a trio of firsts and a second place finish and her Alexandria Tigers needed every one of those as they nipped Madison-Grant 61-60 in a girls dual track meet here Tuesday. Crisp won the 100, the 400 and the long jump and
- PH displays depth, dismantles Delta Three of Pendleton Heights top five golfers sat out Tuesday’s match against Delta, and the Arabians barely missed a beat. Tyler Meyer and Chase Simpson fired low nine-hole scores of 36 to pace the Arabians to a 159-190 victory over the Eagles.
- Heberling lifts Ravens to crucial win Cole Heberling's 11th-inning hit landed in right field for an RBI-single Tuesday, and the Anderson University baseball team moved into sole possession of second place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 6-5 victory against Rose-Hulman.
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