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I’m not sure why the world of college football has left me a little let down this year, but it has. If I had to guess, I would think it had something to do with predictability.

There seems to be a segment of the Indiana fan base that honestly believes if Michael Penix Jr. was the quarterback for IU right now the Hoosiers would magically ease their way into bowl eligibility.

If recent rumors bear any tinge of reality, it could be a much more active — and interesting — NFL trade deadline than usual.

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In 18 years of doing this, I tried to come up with the busiest weekend we have ever had — and I’m pretty sure it is this upcoming Saturday.

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My father is an older man, now moving into his mid-80s. He is a Korean War veteran and has very strong opinions on most things, however the fastest way to get a rise out of him is to incorrectly state Ted Williams was not the greatest hitter of all time.

Last Thursday new Barr-Reeve basketball coach Josh Thompson popped into the Stop 'N Sea in Montgomery for his first fish sandwich and a diet Mountain Dew — an act which now fully anoints him as part of Viking Nation.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In Jeff Brohm’s first season at Purdue, he took what was supposed to be a rebuilding year and turned it into a winning one. The Boilermakers posted their best season since 2011 with a bowl victory and a 7-6 record. As we count down to fall camp and Season 2, we’ll be previewin…

Early next week in Chicago, the Big Ten will hold its annual two-day Media Days where coaches and players from all 14 conference schools will gather to talk about the upcoming season.

For a team that did not make changes to its starting lineup over the summer, the Indiana Pacers had an active offseason. They ultimately used a long-term lens with their NBA Draft selections and used free agency to bolster their bench group.

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Sometimes you are lucky enough to have a chance see the big picture.

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The IHSAA board recently met and although the minutes from those meetings often read like stereo instructions, there is normally some good information in there. So it is worth looking over even if you have just a passing interest in high school sports.

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Normally, the blooming azaleas in Augusta seem like the first true sign of spring, however, having spent last week on the Gulf Coast I was able to trick myself into believing spring was already here. Unfortunately, after a little Sunday night snow, I will again have to rely on the dogwoods a…

Indiana University deputy athletic director Scott Dolson was excited at first Wednesday morning when he saw former Indiana great Dean Garrett was calling him on his cell phone.

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One of the things I have noticed about the first half of the high school basketball season is the amount of freshmen who seem to be making an impact on the hardwood this season. I'm not sure if freshmen are simply more prepared due to extensive AAU schedules or if we simply have more talent …

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Let me be the first to say, I kind of like IU football. I can’t say I have ever been a fan, but I think it is good for the whole state when IU is good. For several years, the Hoosiers have been trending upward, and even with Kevin Wilson being unceremoniously dumped about a year ago, I think…

As the fall season winds down, I thought I might make some casual observations about things that stood out to me. These are not major things, but just some occurrences that stuck out along the way.

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“Put me in coach, I’m ready to play...” belted out John Fogerty in the unofficial theme song of the mid-80s classic Bull Durham.

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When I was at the North Daviess-Loogootee softball game on Tuesday I heard someone talking about the "good ol' days" of non-class sports and how much more memorable those games were.

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JASPER - Fresh off capturing their first sectional title since 2000, the Barr-Reeve girls tennis team took it one step further on Tuesday night. In fact, they've now taken it farther than any girls tennis team in school history as the Lady Vikings knocked off Bloomfield 4-1 in the opening ro…

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At 1:07 on Monday afternoon, I began to to look over the AP wire for incoming stories for the next day. I normally do this everyday at about the same time, some stories catch your attention and some don't.

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The date was Nov. 14, 2007. Eight days earlier, Tyler Zeller had ended one of the biggest recruiting battles in the country that summer by announcing his intention to continue his basketball career with the North Carolina Tar Heels after finishing his senior year at Washington High School.

For those who subscribe to Twitter, one might think that basketball at Indiana University was barely on life support when Fred Glass pulled the plug on Tom Crean last week.

A few days ago Robert Montgomery Knight was back in the headlines. It was nice to see the General moving across the crawl on the bottom of ESPN, trending on Twitter and burning up the AP Wire.

A few days ago Robert Montgomery Knight was back in the headlines. It was nice to see the General moving across the crawl on the bottom of ESPN, trending on Twitter and burning up the AP Wire.

There is no doubt that nothing is changing faster than the way we consume news. The digital world has pushed both the reporting component and retrieval aspect of information into a very different paradigm than it was just 20 years ago.

February Madness probably will never catch on as a slogan, but for area girls basketball players, this is the month that counts the most. So, from this point, I deem it to be "February Fever" or nothing at all.

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For the last two years some of the most interesting basketball in the southern part of the state has been played in right here in Daviess County.

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There is a fine line between a smile and a tear. As we are winding down to the end of the first of three seasons of high school sports, that line is becoming even more blurred every day.

There is a phenomena where after a certain amount of exposure to celebrities, we begin to not only feel like we know them, but that we have an actual connection to them.

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Every few years, Americans choose to get into an ideological debate on the subject of patriotism. Although it often may start with real discussion, it doesn’t take long for most to retreat to pre-established dogma and Facebook posts that are sure to squelch any type of productivity.

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Recently my wife became concerned about my behavior after I took a pair of perfectly good $20 bills, tore them up while sitting in front of the hot oven for five hours, all while swearing at myself, while I invited strangers to come in and laugh at me while making snide comments about my ath…

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I was a little too young to be affected by the general malaise of the late 1970s. Although I was in high school, the double-digit unemployment, interest rates and inflation really didn't show up on my radar. As long as I had a little money for gas, records and a new pair of suede Puma sneake…

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The 2016 Spring season saw some interesting, if not down right historic, activity on the local sports front. Hall of Fame coach Joe Rademacher returned to the Barr-Reeve dugout and was rewarded with a sectional title, while long-time WC/WHS golf coach Bill Ricke retired after getting the Hat…

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Every few years or so, someone posts a poll about important moments in sports, makes a documentary, or just finds a way to revisit the events that led to the 1980 Miracle on Ice.

Exactly four years ago I was sitting around a campfire with friends. I was waiting to hear about how my oldest son had played in the all-conference golf meet that was being played that day at Christmas Lake.

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One of the long-standing traditions at Barr-Reeve that I have personally come to appreciate over the years is that our students still are afforded the opportunity to take a senior trip. The trip lasts six days, encompasses all parts of Washington D.C. and New York, and for many, it might be …

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Obituaries

ESTHER SINGLETON — The funeral for Esther M. Singleton was at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ed Lee Mortuary Downtown Chapel, with Rev. Jessica Singleton officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery Reeve Township.

JACK PURDUE — The funeral for Jack J. Purdue was at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ed Lee Mortuary North Chapel, with Pastor Cameron Gladish officiating. Burial was in St. John Cemetery.