Oops, no NaNo for me on day 10

hoosier cardinal

hoosier cardinal (Photo credit: alandberning)

As much as I hate to admit to this, I just couldn’t make myself write tonight (well…except for this short post).  The muse has taken a day off.  And she picked an awfully nice day to take off…here in Hoosier land, it was around 70 degrees today…wow!!  The only bad thing about that was that I had to work all day…It was dark when I went in this morning and it was already getting dark when I left this evening.  But it was still really warm and pleasant!

I’ve got to go in at six in the morning…huge ad set to get done before we open!  So, once again, it’s early to bed for me.  I’m just barely able to keep my eyes open right now and it’s not even 8 o’clock.  How many more days ’till Christmas?   In case you didn’t feel like doing the math, it’s 45 days ’till Christmas…I think!!

I hope it’s nice wherever you are…if you’re in an area where you got snow, I hope you at least have sunshine tomorrow. If not sunshine, well then, how about a nice warm house and a steaming cup of cocoa?  Later, guys and gals!!

All is right in the college basketball world

IU Coach Tom Crean

IU Coach Tom Crean (Photo credit: Indiana Public Media)

…well, if you’re a Hoosier, that is.  Zeller and Watford have both decided to stay in school (wise decision, fellas).  And that means that the top 5 scorers from last season’s Sweet 16 team will all be back on the hardwood next season!   One of the top recruiting classes in the nation is coming in for next season.  (Have you guys seen Yogi Ferrell play?  Holy moly, this kid is amazing!!)  IU is being picked by a lot of the experts as pre-season #1!!  Got to hand it to Tom Crean, he’s made believers of the players and the fans!  Hoosier Nation is alive and well…and anxiously awaiting midnight madness…I’ll have to stop and figure out exactly how many days to go before that explosive event!

Oh yeah, and I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the recruit that UK (Kentucky, for all of you non-college basketball fans out there) wanted more than anyone else (Shabazz Muhammad) has opted to attend UCLA…what a shame!  I guess all of that talk about it being a done deal for UK was just…well…talk.

Am I looking forward to next season?  Heck yeah!! And Simone, I have to think that I may just convert you…Hoo…Hoo…Hoo…Hoosiers!!!

For the glory of old IU

Center of the Basketball Universe

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Okay, today’s post is going to be a little bit of a departure from my usual focus.  I’m basking in the glow of a huge victory for Indiana University basketball tonight.  The Hoosiers were able to knock off #1 Kentucky just down the road from my house tonight.  An unbelievably exciting game, kind of wish I could have been there.

I’ve been a Hoosiers basketball fan since I was a kid, back in the early Bob Knight years, through 3 national championships, through the firing of Knight and the promotion of Davis, Davis leaving and the hiring of Sampson (which, by the way, I thought was a huge mistake at the time and, unfortunately, was proven correct in that view) and the decimation that Sampson’s actions brought to a proud, tradition filled program.

When Tom Crean was hired as the head basketball coach, I had hope that he would be able to restore the program to its proper place in the basketball world.  The first couple of seasons were tough…I think most of us realized this would be a process that would take some time, but I’m not big on patience.  I continued supporting the team, watching the games (not enjoying most of them, actually felt like I was suffering through them), and hoping, hoping, hoping.

Well, tonight…tonight all of that waiting and suffering and hoping paid off.  A huge win over arch rival Kentucky shows that the boys are back.  I’ve always heard that Irish eyes are smiling, well, tonight it’s Hoosier eyes that are smiling…and I’m sure we’ll still be smiling in the morning.  I’m going to borrow something from my nephew…welcome back to the dance, Indiana!!