Lets Go Streaking!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Streaking…really?!
If you were thinking about the woman who has not missed a day of running since 1985, then you are correct! If you were thinking about the cheap thrills of exposing everything your momma gave you, than I regret to inform you, that you, my friend, are incorrect.
Judy Mick, a fifty-year-old certified running instructor who has been running most of her life says her claim to fame is the fact that she has not missed a single day of running since November 20th, 1985! She has run several marathons, even breaking her personal record of finishing a marathon in less than 4 hours. Now that she has been running for so long she will only run marathons that are over 10 miles. Mick says she enjoys marathons much more than a 5K or an 8K. She believes that you can run no matter what shape or size you are, young or old! Mick has set out on a life long adventure to motivate anyone she can to run.
Impressively enough, she has never suffered a major injury in the nearly 30 years she has been running. Of course she has suffered a few minor injuries throughout that time frame, but nothing that has stopped her from going out the next day.
Judy Mick has an incredible story! So here is my challenge for you: lets start our own streak. Post your day count on our Facebook page and let us be a part of your journey. Here’s to my day one!
INDIANAPOLIS—The Pacers returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday night to defeat their Central division rival Cleveland Cavaliers 89-74.
Coming into the game there were questions about how the Pacers would contain Kyrie Irving without starting point guard, George Hill, who sat out with a sore left hip. Irving looked frustrated throughout only scoring 15 points and much of that was due to the vaunted Pacers defense.
“They’re (Pacers) one of those teams that have mastered the rule of verticality. Two big forces down there, a few shots went in and out, they contested a lot but that’s what makes the Pacers a good ball club,” said Irving.
“A good ball club” is beginning to sound more accurate now than it did after a disappointing preseason where the Pacers were trying to put all of the new pieces together.
“Our chemistry has gotten better, especially from the first couple games of the preseason where we didn’t play that well. I think everyone is starting to learn, and going out there to play and have fun,” said backup point guard C.J. Watson, who made his first start of the season Saturday night.
The Pacers have started 3-0 and are one of five undefeated teams left in the NBA. No, that lists does not include the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat. Yes the season is still young, but this Pacers team continues to answer questions everyone had coming into the season.
Will Paul George take the next step to becoming a superstar?
In three games George has scored 28, 32 and 21 points. Last night he grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with 21 points in only 30 minutes of work. On Wednesday in New Orleans he scored 32, added six rebounds, five assists and two steals but his performance was more than numbers. We saw the 23-year-old George take over the game as superstars in this league do. If George can keep these numbers up there is no reason he shouldn’t be in talks for the MVP award at the end of the season.
What will Lance Stephenson’s role be?
Stephenson has looked like the most comfortable Pacer in the first three games. This should come as no surprise because he might be the most confident player in his own ability in the NBA. He seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder to prove that last year was not a fluke and that he deserves the starting spot over Danny Granger.
Questions have already started swirling about Stephenson’s contract situation the Pacers will have to address at the end of the season. After Saturday night’s game he addressed it with one statement.
“I’m staying with the Pacers.”
Will the bench be better than last year?
Improving the bench was a frequent topic of conversation in Indianapolis this summer. Through the first three games of this season the additions of Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and the surprising arrival of second year player guard Orlando Johnson have proved to be better. Their statistics may not jump off the sheet but their presence on the floor when the starters rest is more comforting than Psycho T and Gerald Green.
This week is a big week for the Pacers. Tuesday night they will travel to Detroit to face the improved roster of the Pistons. Wednesday is the big showdown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Chicago Bulls on ESPN.
It is only three games into a long 82 game journey but what a fun journey it could be.
For all of you Chicago Bulls fans, he’s back! After a 526-day layoff Chicago Bulls star point guard, Derrick Rose has returned to the court this preseason looking better than anyone had expected.
Rose tore his left anterior cruciate ligament April 12, 2012 in the quarterfinals of the 2012-playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. The recommended recovery time for an ACL is 8-12 months depending on the individual. If you fast-forward anywhere from 8-12 months from the time of the injury it puts us right around the 2nd half of the 2012-13 NBA season.
At this point of the season where word gets out that Rose has returned to practice and that he has been cleared to play. Despite all the chatter and speculation Rose did not speak out publicly and there was no guarantee that he would make his long awaited return to the court at some point during the season. Ironically enough this is around the time the Bulls were heavily entrenched in the Eastern Conference playoff race fighting Indiana, Brooklyn, and New York for seeds 2-5.
As the days passed and injuries on the Bulls mounted, Rose’s return was still nowhere in sight. The patience of fans grew thin and the criticism of Rose grew stronger and stronger.
As it turns out Derrick decided not to return to the court as he was still having trouble jumping off his left leg and was not the player he was before the injury. The Bulls battled on and beat the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2013 playoffs before losing in the 2nd round to the eventual 2012-13 champion, Miami Heat.
Agree or disagree, this was a decision that Derrick had to make on his own in order to protect his long-term future. Although those 526 days seemed like a lifetime, it is proving to be the right decision. The Bulls collectively are undefeated in preseason at 7-0 with one game left to play against Denver Nuggets tomorrow night. While there was some slight rust to begin the preseason, that is long game as Rose is beginning to look like he did in his 2010-11 MVP season where he averaged 25 points, 7 assist, and 4 rebounds while posting career highs in points, assists, steals and 3-point percentage.
Rose’s performance this preseason includes him posting Derrick Rose-like offensive statistics, a much improved mid range jump shot, a 42 inch vertical, and shooting over 50 percent from behind the arc.
To the average NBA fan he looks primed and ready to make a run at his 2nd MVP and his first NBA championship and title since his high school days at Simeon. The Bulls have been looking for a closer since that tragic Sunday afternoon in April 2012. Maybe just maybe they have discovered that guy. In the words of the Bulls TV color analyst Stacey King, Derrick is, “Too big, too strong, too fast, and too good.” This statement gets put to the test this Tuesday, October 29th against the reigning champs where we can find out just how good Derrick really is.
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The Greyhound bench came out strong for the Hounds on Thursday evening as out of the 100 total points scored for the hounds, 75 of those where at the works of the bench for UIndy as they cruised to their easy 100-66 win over the McKendree Bearcats.
The Hounds have been nursing numerous injuries that were acquired on the three game road trip that the Hounds just got concluded and Coach Stan Gouard used tonight’s game as a chance to rest the players that normally get the minutes in the ball games and give a chance for other players to show their talents on the hardwood. One of those subs being a freshmen guard with the name of Quinten Hunter who scored a staggering 22 points for the Hounds, one point away from his career high of 23 points that he set early in November.
Coach Gouard has nothing but good things to say when he talks about his young guard, “he just works hard on every play” Stan said, “He’s a real difference maker.” Hunter who is out of Richmond High School said he had no idea about how physical division II basketball was and in that fact how physical the GLVC was. When Hunter was asked about how you prepare for a game like the one approaching on Saturday night when Bellermine comes to town he said “just think about it” and the coaching staff of UIndy will have to do a lot of thinking as too how to contain the high powered Bellermine offense.
The scoring aspect for the Hounds was something that has been in their favor all year as all but one player did not score and every single person produced in their own way. If it was Joe Daniels playing as the post player he can be or the freshmen forward Chris Connell gobbling up all the rebounds he could (7rebs). This team barely had anything to complain about in this game against a struggling Bearcats team.
The Greyhounds did a great job defending the Bearcats as only five players scored out of the eight that played; something that they hope will carry over into Saturday’s matchup. Saturday will mark the 86th match-up between these foes. That game will tip-off at 7:45est.
Beyonce Bounces Back for the Super Bowl
As LL Cool J puts it, “Don’t call it a comeback.” After receiving criticism for lip-synching the “Star Spangled Banner” during President Obama’s Inauguration, Beyonce came back to prove her nay-sayers that she will wow the nation with her Super Bowl performance.
In a press conference Thursday in New Orleans, Beyonce asked the press to stand. She then sang the “Star Spangled Banner” acapella to prove that she is still one of the best singers of our time. After she hit each note perfectly, Beyonce gave the press a stunning smile and asked if anyone had any questions.
Yes, Beyonce did lip-synch her performance during the Inauguration. However, she says she wasn’t comfortable singing live because of the weather, not enough time to practice with the orchestra, and no sound check. And she promised the press that her performance on Sunday will be live. She said she “was born to do this” so we should expect quite a show from Miss Knowles during halftime.
Personally, I believe Beyonce’s performance is going to surpass the show put on by Madonna last year in Indianapolis, which happened to be the most watched Super Bowl Halftime show in history. On her website, Beyonce has been posting videos of her practices for the big day. The 49ers and the Ravens both have something to prove, but so does this singer. I really don’t care who’s going to win the Super Bowl, but I do know I’ll be rooting for Beyonce to tear up the stage so her critics can be silenced.
Growing up, my Dad and I always bonded over three things: movies, giant screens, and history. That’s why I’m excited to learn that the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX theater is presenting both classic and historically based movies.
East of Eden starring Hoosier James Dean will open on February 21. Based on the Steinbeck tale of familial drama and passion, the movie tells the story of the journey of Cal who sets out to win back his father’s love.
On the 22nd, Dean will return in the film that many know him best for: Rebel Without A Cause. Dean plays Jim Stark, a troublemaker who’s new to town. His angry charisma attracts troubled Plato to his side, as well as Judy. The only problem is Judy is with Buzz, the neighborhood punk. The score will be settled by a drag race to determine once and for all who wins Judy’s heart.
If you can’t wait just a few more days, Lincoln, Argo, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are already playing.
Although ticket prices vary, Lincoln and Argo admissions just a little more than a ticket to a showing at a non-IMAX theater.
Do Critics need to be Musicians Themselves?
As a musician myself, I feel it is necessary for all critics to know what they are critiquing about in and out. If a critic is going on and on about an artist’s technical skills during the performance, they need to know what it’s like to pick up that instrument and belt those notes out like the person playing can. Until that is done, I personally don’t feel there is a valid way to say what is good or what is bad. Yes, there are certainly times when one can tell if something does not sound pleasing, but sometimes that is intentional. Minor chords are rarely pleasing to the ear! I feel it is vital for any critic have a small musical back round before they go into the field.
Am I the only one that is confused about the hype of Harlem Shake dance? When I first heard of this I immediately thought it was a version of the hip-hop dance that was popular back in the early 2000s. But when I saw the videos, I quickly learned it wasn’t that at all. I had to look up the background to help me understand it better. Apparently, a producer named Baauer, released a song called “Harlem Shake” in 2012. A video blogger uploaded a video to YouTube with four men dressed in latex suits dancing to this song. This video went viral and people started to create their own versions of the dance. As of February 15 over 40,000 videos have been uploaded to YouTube, totaling over 175 million views. I have watched several Harlem Shake videos including the one the students here at U of I put together in Schwitzer Student Center, and I thought it was hilarious, but I’m still missing the point. It looks like people from all over are having fun with these videos and are really using their creativity, I guess that’s all that matters.
Jazz impressions is an educational jazz program created by The Indy Jazz Fest and The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. Jazz Impressions promotes accessible and continuing music education for all students in the Indianapolis area. This program brings together musicians from numerous areas to help mentor students. Jazz Impressions’ programs include Jazz Impression Convocation series, Jazz Jam, Community Out Reach and engagement, and Combo Competition. Some events coming up are March 18,2013- Jazz Impressions program @ IPS School 91
April 5,2013- First Friday High School Combo Competition, Indy Reads Books, 7-9pm
April 14, 2013- Hot Jazz for cool Kids, Central Library- Bill Lancton MG6 3p, 7-9pm
For more upcoming events go to indyjazzfest.net/education.
The Indiana Pacers coming into the year were expected to contend and compete against the Miami Heat. Earlier in the year the Pacers underachieved, starting off the year slowly. Since then the Pacers have been hot of late, as they have a 4 game lead over over their central division rival the Chicago Bulls.
The success could be put on the shoulders of David West and Paul George. These two pacers have given the Pacers a lot of publicity and are now a real threat to defeat the defending champs the Miami Heat. If the pacers want to make any noise in the playoffs, they are going to have to continue to win and beat the best teams in the league.
In the 2012-2013 season, there could be a case made that the Big Ten was the worst conference for football. But in basketball, there could be a case made that the Big Ten was the best conference in overall competition. Indiana University was ranked #1 to begin the season, and Michigan earned a higher ranking as time went on as well. As the college basketball season ends, and tournaments begin, there are 5 Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25. Those teams are Indiana, (3) Michigan, (6) Michigan State, (8) Ohio State, (10) and Wisconsin, (22).
Lets expand a little bit away from the big ten. While Indiana represents the big ten with a 26-5 record, the best record in all of NCAA division I basketball this year happens to belong to Gonzaga with a 30-2 record, in which Gonzaga went under the radar for much of the basketball season. We’ve seen top teams left and right fall to unranked opponents throughout the season, including Indiana, Michigan, Louisville, Duke, Florida, Miami, Kansas, and the list goes on and on.
As more than usual upsets have occurred throughout the regular NCAA division I basketball season, don’t be surprised if you see that trend to continue into the March Madness tournament. This year might have the toughest bracket to fill out because of that trend, as we’ve seen our top teams this year play inconsistently. The only Big Ten teams I can see having a legit chance at making the final four, (if they play consistently), would be Indiana and Michigan. Happy March Madness!
My team is my family
On March 31st at Lucas Oil Stadium, Louisville and Duke were playing for the opportunity to go on to Atlanta and play for the final four. With about 3 minutes left to go in the first half, Kevin Ware a player for the Louisville Cardinals jumped in the air to try and block a shot and on his way down, he landed on his leg wrong and his shin bone snapped. It was a horrific scene where his foot was just hanging from his leg. I saw it happen live on television but wasn’t really aware of what had happened. The camera was showing some of the Louisville players on the floor. I had no idea why they were so I went back and watched it again and saw Ware’s leg. It was not a pretty sight at all. The thing that really hit me hard though was all of the Louisville players and Coach Rick Pitino crying. They were thinking the exact thing I was thinking. This could be the end of this kid’s basketball career. I almost shed a tear myself. Just seeing the reaction of the players and coaches like Russ Smith and Pitino just showed me one important thing; this team is like a family. You hear this a lot in sports that the team is like a family but you really don’t see it that often. In this case though it was very adamant. This showed how much each one of these teammates and coaches cared about this one particular player who wasn’t a star on the team. Kevin Ware is only a Sophomore and was just earning his minutes on this team. Another one of the biggest things that touched me as well was what Kevin Ware kept telling his teammates while he was laying on the floor in pain. He said “Don’t worry about me guys, just go out and win the game, I’ll be fine.” This shows how much he cares about his team. He wasn’t even concerned with the potential career ending injury he just suffered, he was more concerned with his teammates going out and getting the win. Coach Rick Pitino told his team at halftime to bring this one home for their teammate Ware. Home for Kevin Ware is ironically Atlanta, Georgia where the Final Four is being held. In the second half, Louisville came out with all of the intensity and pulled away with the Duke Blue Devils and won the game 83-65. Even though their brother had just suffered a horrific injury right in front of their eyes, they went out and won the game for Ware. After the game, the team went straight to the hospital and saw their teammate and gave him the regional trophy. It was a wonderful thing for the team and Ware himself. This story is so painful but yet so touching. It shows that a family can be a sports team. This Louisville Cardinals team is a fantastic example of a team being a family.