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Mon Nov 18, 2013, 04:08 PM EST
When I woke up Saturday morning, I gave a customary online scan of Friday’s sports, mainly for a recap of the Pacers’ home game against Milwaukee.
While their 27-point win and Roy Hibbert’s near triple-double were impressive enough, it was this quote from the Pacers center that really struck me:
“Some guys on this team before were just trying to get a paycheck and go home, and then chilling on the beach and sipping mojitos or something like that. That’s not us.”
With those 32 words, Hibbert provided the catharsis I needed to finally get back on board with the organization — and perhaps the NBA as a whole — for the first time in nearly a decade.
I lived and died with the Pacers during the Reggie Miller era, from pounding on upper walls of Market Square Arena during that magical playoff run of 1994, through the crushing end against Detroit 11 years later following the Malice at the Palace. Because of the unparalleled entertainment value No. 31 provided, I knew my interest would lessen when he walked away, but the many halfwits that populated the locker room in the subsequent years reduced my attentiveness to nothing.
I moved away from this area in 2008, and returned in August, so I missed the Pacers’ resurgence the last few years. With the start of this season, I wondered how into the team locals really were, and had that answered this week.
First, I went to last Monday’s game against Memphis, which the Pacers won handily for their eighth straight win. It was a good, enthusiastic turnout, especially in the hilariously wound-up Area 55 and G2 Zone.
During the week, I saw a good amount of Pacers gear at various spots on the west side of town, including a dude with maybe the coolest Pacers hat ever at Sidelines in Avon.
March 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Sleep. Oh, to sleep. A good night's sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults. And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.
April 16, 2014
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