I am the best selling New Age author, Shaman Vitki. My not so claim to fame: I have been a guest psychic on the Max Kellerman radio show ESPNLA 710 predicting the winners of NFL playoff games. In case you are wondering, my picks were not 100% accurate and of course he was pretty harsh with me. Those were fun times!
As well as sharing enlightenment at ShamanVitki.com, I channel the Spirit of Indy Sports as a native Hoosier. My passion and loyal connection as a fan lie with Indiana University and the Indianapolis Colts. I love the Pacers when they are winning, but my loyalty and connection isn’t as deep. As a Hoosier, I have respect and admiration for the success of all the other Universities in the state of Indiana and I love the great tradition of the Indianapolis 500.
How frustrating it is watching Hoosier basketball these days. The defense is non-existent and the offense is inept and ugly. Coaching is what it is and the Hoosiers are not winning. In other words, Hoosier basketball lacks every trademark of what I expect to see from an Indiana University basketball team and it is UGLY. I am so sick of watching opposing players drive all the way to the basket and score. The Hoosiers struggle to stay in front of their man and no one ever slides over to protect the lane. I am tired of seeing sloppy offensive turnovers and offensive sets that are ineffective and lack imagination. The shooting has also been very poor of late. This team has major problems and has no shot of making the NCAA Tourney without winning the Big Ten Tournament.
I don’t want to hear excuses about injuries, youthful inexperience, or lack of leadership. Good basketball teams overcome adversity with players and coaching stepping up. There will always be times when shots are not falling. That is a time to play harder on defense and attack the boards. The Hoosiers are not doing that. It is hard for me to recognize any resemblance of a sound fundamental basketball team that I want to watch and cheer for. This team looks more like a team of individual play, and lack there of, than it does anything else right now.
The Mavericks have signed rookie point guard Yogi Ferrell to a multiyear deal after being signed under a 10-day contract. The agreement announced Tuesday comes after Ferrell averaged 17.2 points and 5.0 assists in five starts.
I remember watching Yogi play against my son in third grade. They battled each other multiple times. At that time, Yogi was wearing a black and gold Warren jersey. I have to say, Cream and crimson looked much better on him!
Even at such a young age, Yogi was a fun player to watch. It was easy to see he was a special talent. I truly enjoyed watching him play 4 years for the Hoosiers and I couldn’t be happier for the young man! Good for you Yogi!
The Hoosiers, playing again without James Blackmon Jr., lost to the Badgers 65 – 60. Considering the Hoosiers haven’t won in Madison since 1998, it isn’t surprising really. What was surprising, was the effort given by the Hoosiers on the defensive end of the floor. The effort and aggressiveness on defense most of the game was a welcomed sight. They unfortunately couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch and much of that can be credited to the experience of the Badgers.
#3 Indy 500 1982 – Gordon Johncock and Rick Mears battle tooth and nail to the finish as hundreds of thousands of spectators cheer. I actually wanted Mears to win that race, but it was great being there to see it! This is the 3rd closest finish.
#2 Hornish Jr. fell behind after Andretti closed the door on the next-to-last lap, but Hornish Jr. roared back on the final lap. This is the 2nd closest finish.
In 1992, the finish was the closest finish in Indy 500 history. Al Unser Jr. inched out Scott Goodyear by 0.043 seconds to win the race.
Here are a few video clips from some classic Indy sports moments.
This is the speech from 2001 of coach Jim Mora after the Colts lost to the 49ers 40-21.
On May 7, 1995, Reggie Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to beat the New York Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. I found this video by coincidence, but it just so happens I know the guys who put it together. Therefor, I had to use it …lol
Legendary Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws gets mad at the referees and throws a chair on the court before getting ejected in a game against Purdue played on February 23, 1985.
Yes, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts is already blessed. As a vested fan of the Colts, I am thankful that Mr. Irsay is willing to do whatever it takes to make his franchise better. I am happy Mr. Irsay spoke with Peyton Manning and John Gruden about the Colts even if we can only speculate on the details of the conversations. I would argue that he had to do his due diligence in regards to talking with them even though nothing came of it.
Some pundits have said the optics of Mr. Irsay’s interest in John Gruden looks bad and undermines Coach Pagano. I couldn’t disagree more. The NFL is a business and the Colts franchise is Jim Irsay’s business. Furthermore, the Colts record of 8-8 for the 2016 season is what undermined Coach Pagano and contributed to the firing of General Manager, Ryan Grigson.
Now the argument can be made that Coach Pagano did the best he could with the players he had on the roster. The defense definitely lacks impact players and looked inept all year. That being said, I thought the defensive schemes were better under the Colts former defensive coordinator Greg Manusky than they were this year under the current defensive coordinator Ted Monachino. Manusky had to deal with the same personnel issues as Monachino and the defense looked better to me. It didn’t look great, but it still looked better. Either way, the fact is the defense needs better impact players on the roster.
Now the Colts have hired Chris Ballard as the new general manager. He is now tasked with finding those impact players on defense either through the draft or free agency. The Colts will either select 14th or 15th overall, depending on a coin flip with the Minnesota Vikings. They will also have somewhere around 55 million dollars to spend in free agency. Did I mention how nice it was to have an owner like Jim Irsay, who is willing to pay money for good players? I just hope the football Gods bless the Colts with those impact defensive players the team so desperately needs. If the defense doesn’t improve, many people will be singing Duke Tumatoe songs, “Lord Help our Colts!”
Here is the press conference introducing Chris Ballard.