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Sixteen sweet observations from the NCAA Tournament

March Madness wasn’t as mad as one had hoped, aside from a few late upsets Sunday, the fourth day of the tournament. Duke’s early departure was a sad one for Press publisher Steve Woody but worthy of fist pumps from the rest of the population. Is Coach K on the hot seat, yet? Whether the… Continue Reading

It’s madness, I tell you. Madness!

Put your dancing shoes on. It’s time for the least productive three weeks in the corporate world not related to politics. It’s March Madness! The NCAA Selection Committee — or as I like to call them, Basket-Wall Street — selected the 68 teams it felt could bring them the most money during the NCAA Tournament.… Continue Reading

And the winner is…

Not “La La Land.” Definitely not “La La Land.” For the love of all that is holy, don’t say “La La Land.” Oh my gosh, you said “La La Land.” That’s not the winner! Now what do we do? This is chaos! The 89th Academy Awards ended with a bang Sunday (Monday morning for the… Continue Reading

The nominees are…

Dust off your tuxedos. Put on your flashiest gowns. It’s Oscars week, and we’re here to recognize Hollywood’s biggest and brightest and mostly whitest! Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Academy Awards Sunday, honoring the year’s best in film, from “La La Land” to “Manchester by the Sea.” Meryl Streep will surely take home an… Continue Reading

Keeping it 100

“If a tree wins 100 games in the woods and nobody is there to care…” Those were the words tweeted by @billabaptiez, some troll with 10 followers, Monday night after the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 100th game in a row. “The guy is right. No one cares,” replied @Gators_Doug. The trouble… Continue Reading

All hail Tom Brady

Tom Brady is the greatest. I can’t even begin to describe how much that hurts me to say, but it’s true. Actually, I’m not sure it really even pains me much anymore. Growing up in Indianapolis, I watched Tom Brady shred the Colts defense over and over again. I watched him pick apart the secondary… Continue Reading

Stone Cold stunned the president

The political arguments run rampant on Facebook. The debates over walls, immigration and female body parts spill into coffee shops and office break rooms. Your list of Facebook friends has probably dwindled as you emotionally un-friend those folks who rant about issues on which you disagree. But if there’s one fact not of the alternative… Continue Reading

Where is the love?

I really hope that headline got you singing the 2003 smash Black Eyed Peas hit. Man, has Justin Timberlake ever not scorched every piece of music his beautiful voice has touched? Unfortunately, this column isn’t about early-2000s pop singles. No, this column is about the depleted crowds at local sporting events. Sheridan County prides itself… Continue Reading

Unsportsmanlike conduct

Tom Crean lost his mind Sunday. Crean may have actually lost his mind long ago, but he went absolutely berserk at Assembly Hall Sunday. The Indiana Hoosiers enjoyed a nice midday matchup with the abysmal Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Sitting at a disappointing 1-3 in the conference, the Hoosiers desperately needed a win. Although the Scarlet… Continue Reading

We’re going streaking

We’re going streaking

Will Ferrell did it in “Old School” — up the quad and to the gymnasium. Michael O’Brien, a 25-year-old rugby and Foster’s beer enthusiast, was the first in the sports world — 1974, Twickenham Stadium, England vs. France. I’m talking about streaking. Although Ferrell and O’Brien required alcohol and peer pressure, streaks are something we… Continue Reading

2016: the Michael Phelps of sports years

It feels pretty good to say that 2016 is behind us. Whenever a glimmer of light peeked through the dark clouds, it seemed that the year pulled the drapes shut, turned around and Draymond Green’d us right where it hurts the most. We closed an election more divided than when we opened it. The grim… Continue Reading

Mailbag: Why does everyone (still) hate Duke?

Here’s hoping you had a merry Christmas. And stop being a prude. We can say merry Christmas. I tend to lean pretty heavily toward the side of being politically correct, because we need to stop excluding people. But Christmas is a joyful time of year, and wishing someone a “merry Christmas” is a jovial greeting.… Continue Reading

Give it a rest

Christian McCaffrey’s college football career is over. He entered the season as a favorite to snatch the Heisman trophy, and a week after the award was handed over to Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, McCaffrey decided he’d hang up his Stanford jersey for good. LSU’s Leonard Fournette — another previous Heisman hopeful and possibly the most hyped… Continue Reading

Ditch the pre-game handshake

Way back in September — man, that was three months ago — I wrote about some standard procedures within the world of sports that irked me and a couple others that I thought were genius. Tossing back home-run balls — fantastic. Treating golf courses like the Vatican? Not so much. Now, I’ve been paying a… Continue Reading

Alabama against the world

Some of the hotter takes in the sporting world right now come from the college football realm. The College Football Playoff selection committee announced the four teams that would be battling for NCAA supremacy, and, as always, there’s plenty of whining and bickering to go around. Put your torches and pitchforks away, Penn State fans.… Continue Reading

How ‘bout them Pokes?

Well, here we are. The Wyoming Cowboys were smacked by the New Mexico Lobos in their final regular season game. Yet, as the conference’s house of cards crumbled last weekend, Wyoming earned Mountain West Conference Championship hosting duties for the first time in the school’s history. So how do we interpret that? It was a… Continue Reading

What are you thankful for?

There’s a lot to be thankful for these days. It may not seem like it sometimes, but there is. I hope you all have some friends or family or both to spend some time with Thursday. If not, fix yourself a hearty turkey sandwich and flip on the three very good NFL games and soak… Continue Reading

A foul on the (pace of) play

Something needs to be done about college basketball. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sport and can’t tell you how excited I am to have it back on my television set. But that’s also making me more aware of the issues within the game right now. The Indiana vs. Kansas matchup Friday had just… Continue Reading

A part of something special

Are you tired of hearing about the historic high school football season in Sheridan County yet? I sure hope not, because it’s a pretty big deal. To catch you up, this is the first time in the county’s history that it’s sent more than two teams to play for state championships and only the second… Continue Reading

Swimming mania

There’s this idea that some people have, often when referring to food or some guilty pleasure, that certain things are best enjoyed in moderation. Maybe it’s the caffeine one consumes every morning or the Kit Kats your child brought home on Halloween. Even the good Vince Vaughn flick should be taken in doses. Other things,… Continue Reading

The King reigns

It’s here! It’s finally here! No, not that thing that represents the culmination of the Major League Baseball season. I’m treating that like the bad guy from Harry Potter. I’m not superstitious, but I’m a little bit stitious. The NBA opened its 2016-17 season Tuesday night, and watching King James and his disciples collect their… Continue Reading

Mailbag: Country Grammar is timeless

The Mike P. Mailbag is back. I’ve been on hiatus for a couple months, but it’s time to get back to answering your burning questions, although, not many of you are sending them in. Either I’m doing a really good job feeding your sports fix ahead of these mailbags, or I’m doing a very poor… Continue Reading

The Ryder Cup spectacle

Nearly a month ago, I wrote about some unwritten rules in sports that bothered me, one being uptight, traditionalist golfers. If you watched the Ryder Cup over the weekend — and I hope you did — you got a glimpse of how golf could and should be. It was a bit odd, and I’ll admit… Continue Reading

‘We too will be destroyed’

“Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fightin’ the same fight that we’re still fightin’ amongst ourselves today.” Thursday marks the 16th anniversary of the release of the film “Remember the Titans.” The above quote comes from the film’s most iconic scene, the climax of the movie, if you will. When T.C. Williams… Continue Reading

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