The weekend just past was a good one for Hoosier sports fans (at least IU and Colts fans are happy). The weekend began with a thrilling victory for my beloved Hoosiers over the accursed Boilermakers. The IU footballers showed true grit in holding on to their sizable lead against the Boilermakers who decided to make a game if it in the fourth quarter. The two premier players for IU – QB Kellen Lewis and WR James Hardy – were both brilliant and played up to their potential, but the team needed Austin Starr to make a 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds left to hang on for a 27-24 victory. (Hopefully, Lewis and Hardy will return to Bloomington next season. I’m sure that Lewis will be back. I’m not so certain about Hardy.) This win cemented a winning record for the football squad, returned the Old Oaken Bucket to Bloomington, and placed the team in a likely position of earning a bowl bid; the team’s first in about fourteen years!
The IU basketball team cruised to an easy 100-49 win over the Longwood Lancers. Eric Gordon once again led the team in scoring, and Lance Stemler even played well.
The Colts rounded out this fine sports weekend with an all too close victory over the below average Kansas City Chiefs. Without Dwight Freeney the pass push was nonexistent. Teams will be able to double Mathis and prevent the Colts from pressuring the QB. Without pressure the Cover Two will be picked apart. The offense was anemic, and Vinateri is suddenly worse than the Canadian. He missed two field goals before hitting the 24 yard game winner.
The Colts should beat the hapless Falcons on Thanksgiving, but the remainder of their schedule is difficult. The team may struggle to get ten wins, and I fear that a postseason victory is highly improbable.
Then again, I thought a second half comeback against the Patriots in last season’s AFC Championship game was highly improbable!
This was a good weekend for Hoosier sports fans.