Archive for August, 2015

Tonight the Indiana high school football season kicks off highlighted by many great match-ups around Indy and the state.  Highlighted downtown tonight are four southside Indy schools in the Colts Horseshoe Classic.  Here is a sneak peak of the intro videos that will be shown for each team before the games.

Roncalli Rebels

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Franklin Central Flashes

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Decatur Central Hawks

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Southport Cardinals

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The most 80’s thing you will see today

Posted: August 20, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

The year was 1985.  Joe Montana was winning Super Bowls, Pete Rose breaks the record and Back to the Future was the big blockbuster.  I was reading a great piece and must read for any kid of the 80’s by CBSSports, WWE in 1985: An Oral History, that reminded me or this.  If you want to sum up the 80’s to your kids in a short 7 minutes this will do.

The Football Writers Association of America announced its three 75th Anniversary All-America Team today.  Take a look.

fwaa-75To me there is one HUGE snub.  Anyone, anyone?  This guy.

untitledTim Brown is the first and really only true wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy.  (Desmond Howard doesn’t count)  Brown played for a team that played against real defenses unlike Randy Moss and Jerry Rice.  Tim Brown put up Heisman numbers on a team that only averaged 13.8 pass attempts a game his Heisman year.  Overall during his time at Notre Dame the Irish only passed the ball 22 times a game on average.  Compare that to Calvin Johnson’s 30 times a game and he only played for three seasons.  OK, I’m all worked up now and over all I think the list is a good one for the most part but I just don’t understand how anyone can look at that list and not think that Tim Brown is not one of the best 6 wide receivers in the history of college football. If you were too young or have just drank too much here is a good look back at the greatness that was Tim Brown.

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The high school football season kicks off this weekend and four south side Indy schools get to play on the big stage.  The Indianapolis Colts will open up Lucas Oil Stadium to host their annual Horseshoe Classic:  Friday Night Kickoff, presented by Herff Jones. The 2015 Horseshoe Classic will feature Decatur Central and Franklin Central at 6:00 p.m., and Roncalli and Southport at 8:30 p.m.  Here are details to and ticket information if you are looking for something to do this Friday evening. 

WHAT: 2015 Horseshoe Classic: Friday Night Kickoff
Game 1: Decatur Central vs. Franklin Central
Game 2: Roncalli vs. Southport
WHEN: Friday, August 21, 2015
North and South Gates will open at 5:30pm
Game 1 – 6:00 p.m. Kickoff
Game 2 – 8:30 p.m. Kickoff
WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
*Parking in the South Lot – $10 per vehicle and $40 per fan bus
COST: Pre-Sale Tickets through participating schools: $10
Tickets through Lucas Oil Stadium and Ticketmaster: $13
WEBSITE: www.colts.com/MyIndianaFootball

UK Basketball Schedule is Out #BBN

Posted: August 20, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

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Yesterday Kentucky released their 2015-16 basketball schedule and once again it is full of big games against big name schools.  As the SEC continues to add real coaches to the mix and better players the league should be better this year but not quite at the level of the Big10 or ACC.  A couple quick thoughts.

Nov. 2: vs. Ottawa (Exhibition)
Nov. 6: vs. Kentucky State (Exhibition)
Nov. 13: vs. Albany (Rupp Arena)
Nov. 14: vs. NJIT (Rupp Arena)
Nov. 17: vs. Duke (United Center, Chicago, 7:30, ESPN) – Kentucky has only beaten Duke twice since the ’78 Championship game.  Both should be ranked in the top five.
Nov. 20: vs. Wright State (Rupp Arena)
Nov. 24: vs. Boston University (Rupp Arena)
Nov. 27: vs. USF (American Airlines Arena, Miami, 5:00, ESPN)
Nov. 30: vs. Illinois State (Rupp Arena, 7:00, ESPN2)
Dec. 3: at UCLA (Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, 6:00, ESPN) – this is the game UK is playing instead to playing Indiana.  The Cats are able to get a recruiting showcase game on the west coast.
Dec. 9: vs. Eastern Kentucky (Rupp Arena, 7:00 ESPN2)
Dec. 12: vs. Arizona State (Rupp Arena, 3:15, ESPN) – new coach Bobby Hurley will always have his team ready to play.
Dec. 19: vs. Ohio State (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, 3:30, CBS)
 Dec. 26: vs. Louisville (Rupp Arena, Noon, CBS) This stretch of three games heading into conference play will really test this years team and will show what the team needs to fix during Jan and Feb.  I could see UK losing 2 of the first 12 games.
Jan. 2 – Ole Miss
Jan. 5 – at LSU (ESPN)
Jan. 9 – at Alabama
Jan. 12 – Mississippi St.
Jan. 16 – at Auburn
Jan. 21 – at Arkansas
Jan. 23 – Vanderbilt
Jan. 27 – Missouri
Jan. 30: at Kansas (Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence) – I love this late January match-up.  Something to break up the SEC grind.  Should be a fun one.
Feb. 2 – at Tennessee
Feb. 6 – Florida (CBS)
Feb. 9 – Georgia
Feb. 13 – at South Carolina
Feb. 18 – Tennessee
Feb. 20 – at Texas A&M
Feb. 23 – Alabama
Feb. 27 – at Vanderbilt (CBS)
March 1 – at Florida
March 5 – LSU (CBS) – I see this team losing 4 – 5 games this year since they play the top SEC team twice this year.
March 9-13 – SEC Tournament

I don’t think we will see another undefeated regular season but it should be fun to watch.

I know that they are trying and I know those kids are working hard but come on. While football programs are Tweeting out photos and videos of practice and drills the Indiana Football Twitter handle sent this out. 

  
Now I’m guessing this pudgy kid is a  quarterback and is looking at defenses like Cam Newton does in the Pros but really?  To show they are getting better and fire up Hoosier Nation they are tweeting out pics of players and their toys. Well let’s just hope Jared didn’t supply the videos. 

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Notre Dame fans might be looking forward to the upcoming season but many have that wait and see approach to the upcoming season.  A season that many, including myself, think could land the Irish back atop the college football world and a trip to the Final Four.  Want to get excited?  Take a look at this quote from coach Brian Kelly when asked how this years team compares to the 2012 BCS runner-up team.

“It’s a faster team. It’s a more athletic team. We were deeper at virtually all positions across the board, both on the offensive line and the defensive line,”

Just let that sink in for a second.  Not similar, not better here and there.  BIGGER FASTER STRONGER EVERYWHERE!

Brian Kelly is putting it out there.  Here obviously wants there to be no excuses why this years team can not only win but win big.  Last year was full of excuses and finger pointing.  You had a dynamic between coach and quarterback that was anything but positive.  Was Kelly to hard on Everett Golson?  Should he be more demanding or bench him?  Is Golson actually going to start crying in a game?  Where are the leaders of this team?  All questions that were asked at some point last year.  This year is different and here is why I think the Irish can do something real special this year.

Golson is Gone

I know this might sound cruel but addition by subtraction sums up the departure of Everett Golson.  This kid just didn’t ever seem he could deal with the pressures of being the quarterback of the Fighting Irish.  I think he wanted to, I think he prepared to but when things started to unravel a bit he just was not able to rally the troops and make them believe everything was going to be OK.  Now is Zaire “the man”?  Time will tell but Kelly has the track record that shows he can get the most out of a QB and the swagger Kelly is showing to me right now is a direct reflection in how he feels about his quarterback.

This Team has Leaders

Here is another quote from Kelly on media day.

“We probably have some of the best leaders we have ever had at Notre Dame, starting with Joe Schmidt”

Not only do I think the team has better leaders this year but I see a different Brian Kelly this year.  A coach that knows and is owning what is the expectation at Notre Dame.  For the first time since he has been there I see a coach that believes he belongs as Notre Dame and knows he can get a team to where it is expected to be.

The Schedule

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The schedule this year is one that is hard enough to put them in the discussion at the end of the year but not so bad that you feel it is impossible.  The Irish should be 4-0 going into the first real test of the season at Clemson.  I know everyone is saying that Clemson will be good this year but this Clemson team is not as good as the FSU team the Irish played in Tallahassee last year and this Irish team is better.  The other game on the schedule that could be a potential roadblock is the home game against USC.  The schedule has no games against gimmies.  No Sam Houston States or Middle Tennessee States.  So if the Irish do have one loss they should still be in the discussion like the Buckeyes last year.

So there you go.  Reason to get excited about the Irish this year.

GOOOOO IRISH, BEEEEEEAT cows with big horns and no balls!