Here you will find blog posts written by our directors about what is happening with SAB!
The Bucket is Back
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. With Thanksgiving break officially over (Did that week fly by for anyone else?) the semester is finally drawing to a close. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were gathered in Assembly Hall for our fall call-out meeting. Life gets pretty busy this time of year with projects, homework, and finals, so in case you missed anything in the sporting world, here’s a brief recap.
The Men’s Soccer team was unable to recreate last year’s magical post season run falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Akron 3-2. With hopes of a Ninth Star the year was relatively disappointing, but as always the Hoosiers will reload with talent and be strong again next season. The Women’s team also saw their record-breaking season come to an end with a defeat to North Carolina. In her first season Coach Berbary may outstanding improvements and will look for continued development next year.
The Men’s basketball team traveled to New York to play in Madison Square Garden in the 2k Sports Classic. They won the first game against Washington impressively, but ultimately fell to #18 UConn by 1 point in the final game. Even in defeat I felt more confident about the team, than I did before the trip to the Big Apple. The Hoosiers then returned home and destroyed an Evansville team that was thought to be an offensive juggernaut.
While the Men’s team was away, the Women’s team continued their impressive start to the season. They are the only undefeated Big Ten team remaining standing at 7-0. If they continue their hot streak, they’ll be sure to garner national attention.
The Men’s Cross-Country team finished 8th at Nationals. Coach Helmer rightfully received Big Ten Coach of the Year in the process. The team returns every runner from the top 7 and will be poised for a top five finish next year.
Now the moment you’ve all be waiting for, the Bucket game. Purdue, sporting an impressive 1-10 record, traveled to Memorial Stadium looking to protect the Old Oaken Bucket. Unsurprisingly, the high-powered Hoosier offense jumped out to a fast start led by Tre Roberson and Stephen Houston. The Hoosiers never looked back, as they absolutely demolished Purdue and brought the Bucket back home where it belongs.
Until next time, go Hoosiers!
The Beginning of the End
We are now into mid-November and the fall sports are coming to a close. Some are exiting with dramatic finishes, and others finished with unexpected results. While the fall sports are coming to a close, winter sports are starting up again and giving IU fans something new to cheer about.
One of the biggest developments of this past week comes from Men’s Soccer. After a less than stellar season, they entered the Big Ten tournament with a hefty goal—win the tournament to receive an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. After defeating Michigan State 1-0 Sunday, they achieved their goal and are now entering the NCAA tournament. Women’s Soccer, coming off of an incredible season, hosted a tournament match and came out with a victory against Depaul.
This week was also a big week for the IU Cross Country team. On Friday at the Great Lakes Regional, the Cross Country team qualified for nationals with both the men’s and women’s teams placing.
With the start of the winter sports season, we saw wins from Women’s basketball, Men’s basketball, and the wrestling team. Women’s basketball came out of this week with 2 victories to be undefeated so far in this season. Men’s basketball saw a victory against Samford with a final score of 105-59. At their first home meet against Duke, the wrestling team was able to come away from this week with a win.
With Men’s Soccer first game of the tournament and another big match up for IU Football, next week should prove to be another big week for IU athletics.
Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner
This was an exciting week for Hoosier sports. To start off with the basketball team had their season opener on Friday night and beat Chicago State 100-72. The Hoosiers made a school record of 45 free throws. The big difference between this years team and last is that this team was able to score 100 points and only make one three pointer. The team has room to grow but I think Tom Crean will have this team ready for the Big Ten season and the tournament.
The football team put on an amazing performance this weekend beating Illinois 52-35. There were ups and downs in this game but the Hoosiers were able to put together a win. There were a few injuries this weekend but the team put together a well-balanced attack lead by Tevin Coleman with 215 yards and 2 TDs.
The Women’s Basketball team won their game on Saturday night 85-55 over Oakland. The team seemed to make every shot with ease. The IU men’s wrestling team was competing in a tournament in the Michigan State open and the team had four wrestlers who made it to the Finals and had two champions, Taylor Walsh and Adam Chalfant.
SAB had a busy weekend, which included the basketball game Friday, Alumni tailgate Saturday, and the football game following that. And then many directors made the walk from Memorial Stadium to Assembly Hall to cheer on the Women’s team. This long weekend was capped off by the best brunch a poor college student could ask for. I think that Matt Davis put away the most food, eating four plates and at least four cups of coffee. Chuck Crabb was the speaker and talked about the “golden days” of SAB. Every director told their favorite SAB moment and many of them were the same. Last years rowing events seem to take the cake as the favorite moment by many of the directors.
'Twas the Night Before Basketball
Twas the night before basketball and all through the hall
Not a creature was stirring, not large, not small
The banners were hung in the rafters with care
In hopes that a sixth would soon be there
The players were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of trophies danced in their heads
When out in the GA line there arose such a clatter
Crean sprang from Cook Hall to see what was the matter
Out of the practice gym he flew like a flash
Just wee hours ahead of their next clash
Students were lining up to see the show
Hoping the Hoosiers would crush their foe
The opposing team would feel nothing but fear
As the Crimson Guard rang the hall with cheer
Crean sprang off the bench, the ref gave a whistle
The game shot off, just like a missile
The players were ready for a new fight
Basketball was back, and all was right
The Harder the Struggle, the More Glorious the Triumph
Unfortunately it was a weekend full of struggle for IU Athletics, but hopefully we can rebound. It all started Friday night with the men’s soccer team suffering a devastating 3-2 senior night loss in overtime to Michigan State, with goals by senior Nikita Kotlov and sophomore Andrew Oliver. The soccer team will look to rebound though as they have their final regular season game next Friday at Northwestern. Although the women’s soccer team lost 3-1 in their final game of the regular season at #18 Nebraska Friday night, they still earned themselves a #4 seed in the Big 10 tournament after being projected to finish last in the Big 10 preseason rankings. They will be preparing for the Big 10 Tourney, which starts this Wednesday in Champaign, where they will face the #5 seeded Illinois at 8:30 p.m. Volleyball also struggled Friday night losing to #15 Wisconsin 3-1 and then lost again on Saturday 3-0 to #10 Minnesota. The football team also suffered a heart-breaking loss in the final minute to Minnesota on Homecoming. Although most people believe our bowl hopes are crushed, the football team will try to fight their way back into contention needing wins in 3 of their final 4 games. Last but not least, the field hockey team lost their final regular season match 4-3 at Michigan on Sunday. They enter Big Ten Tournament play this week as the 6th seed and will face off against #3 seeded Michigan St. Thursday at 2:30 in Columbus.
Despite these misfortunes from the weekend there was some good. Friday SAB helped out with the Homecoming Parade/Pep Rally. We threw out t-shirts and candy as we proceeded down Kirkwood Avenue. Also, the men’s cross-country team won the Big 10 Championship this past weekend. Another plus was that the men’s basketball team made easy work of Hillsdale despite a slow start in Monday’s exhibition game. What to Watch For: Be sure to keep up with the fall sports as they begin to wrap up and head into conference tournaments (and hopefully postseason tournaments). Also be aware that as the fall sports come to a close, winter sports are beginning to take full swing. Make sure to show your support by attending the games!
All Basketball, All the Time
This past weekend was a huge one, if you are an IU Basketball fan. Saturday night, the team took on the Div. II and preseason No. 23, University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles, for their first exhibition game of year. Although the team had their annual Hoosier Hysteria event a few weeks ago, this game gave all of Hoosier Nation their first hint of what to expect for the upcoming season. The game started of shaky with many turnovers and missed opportunities for the Hoosiers. As the game went along, the team became more comfortable as Coach Crean continued with various line-up combinations, one of which featured Jeremy Hollowell at point guard. Yogi Ferrell was the shining star of the night with 20 pts. Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh also had honorable performances in their Hoosier debuts with Williams posting a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Vonleh finishing with 9 points and 12 rebounds.
The following afternoon, the basketball team with the help of the Student Athletic Board, hosted their annual Haunted Hall of Hoops. Festivities kicked off at 2 o’clock in the lobby of Assembly Hall where all of the fans in attendance could enjoy different Halloween activities ranging from, mummy wrapping, to pumpkin decorating. The team then had an inter-squad scrimmage, with previously injured freshman Stanford Robinson leading both teams in scoring. After the scrimmage, all of the children who wished to participate, were able to go out on to Branch McCracken court and takes pictures with the team. The highlight of everyone’s night came after, with a team autograph session with a massive candy giveaway. The weekend was fun for the whole family in a variety of different ways while also giving Hoosier Nation some expectations for their young, new squad.
Basketball’s Back and It’s Here to Stay
The football team was coming off an incredible weekend, beating Penn State for the first time in school history. They tried to keep the momentum rolling as they headed to East Lansing to face Big Ten rival Michigan State. We started off hot with a huge run up the middle on the opening drive of the game to take a quick 7-0 lead over Sparty. IU ran for more rushing yards on that one play than Michigan State had allowed on average per game. Our team fought hard and traded punches with Michigan State for a majority of the game. The 2nd and 3rd quarters were not so nice to us as IU was outscored 35-14 during that span. In the end, we were not able to overcome Michigan State and Jeremy Langford’s 4 touchdowns. IU was looking to start 2-0 in conference play for the first time in many years.
On the Sunday after the Penn State football game, men’s soccer played the Nittany Lions at Bill Armstrong. The Hoosier’s fought hard and played their hearts out. We had plenty of good looks on goal but just could not convert on any of them. The game is somewhat of a blur to me as I sit here now typing this up. The Hoosiers ended up dropping the game 2-0 to fall to 1-1 in conference play.
The following Friday on October 11th the Hoosiers travelled to Wisconsin to take on the arch rival Badgers. I don’t know what it is about Wisconsin, but they always know the right formula to beat us. The game started off beautifully with Tommy Thompson a.k.a. The Wizard a.k.a. The California Dreamboat scored 2 goals and the team was off to a blistering start. Then just like the majority of the season, the game took a turn for the worst. Wisconsin came back and cut the lead to 3-2, then tied it at 3-3 and then put the nail in the coffin by taking a 4-3 lead which ended up being the final score. To make matters worse, Tommy Thompson left the game with a knee injury which resulted in what may have been season ending knee surgery.
Last Tuesday the men’s soccer team hosted the nationally ranked Louisville Cardinals. The Hoosier Army was in full force that night, even tossing up baby powder at the beginning of the game and doing the “I Believe” chant too. Once again the Hoosier’s had multiple scoring opportunities but just couldn’t capitalize on them, unlike the Cardinals which took advantage of every chance they had in front of our goal. It didn’t help that we were without our Wizard Tommy Thompson either though. The Hoosier’s were held scoreless and dropped a heartbreaker 0-3. The men’s soccer team is travelling in uncharted waters this season. The fate of post season relies solely on the backs of our players and coaches. I know our team is better than what our record shows. There is still hope to end the season on a good note!
Now finally onto some bright news; basketball is back, and it’s here to stay! You heard me correctly folks, the men’s basketball team opens the 2013-2014 basketball season with an exhibition game this Saturday evening at 7p.m. versing the Division II powerhouse University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles. Now most of you guys probably aren’t too excited for this matchup but this is as exciting as it can get for a majority of southern Indiana residents. Many of my friends attend USI so it will be fun to see our Hoosiers hopefully dismantle the Eagles with ease. This is the first matchup between the two teams. I can honestly say that USI is my second favorite school after IU. Deep down I will be rooting for the little guys to play a good game, but of course I still want the Hoosiers to come out on top. This will be a great opportunity to witness something I thought I would never see during my time here at IU. I am beyond excited for this exhibition game and to get the season started!!!
Beef Steak, go Hoosiers!!!!
Taming the Lions
Last Saturday, on the 6th, our football team took the field bright and early to play the Penn State Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so this game was a “Think Pink” game. The Hoosiers were wearing helmets with Pink IU logos on the sides, along with pink wristbands and other gear to support the cause. There was also plenty of pink in the stands, as many students were wearing their pink 24 sports/1 cause t-shirts.
Prior to the start of the game, the Hoosiers went through warm-ups in wet and cold field conditions, as it had rained all morning. This didn’t keep students, or fans in general away, as there was a nice crowd on hand to watch their Hoosiers going into battle! The football team would not let their parade be rained on, either, as they hung up 44 points, and rolled late to earn the BIG victory. At a pivotal point in the game the crowd was extra rowdy, and some might even say, we caused Penn State to make crucial errors on offense due to the noise level. There was also a large number of students who stayed till the end which we love to see!
The defense made stop after stop, forcing double-digit Tap-Outs by the Penn State offense. Penn State did have a bright spot in Allen Robinson, as he seemed to find holes in the Hoosier defense for a lot of the afternoon, picking up 2 touchdowns for his efforts. The run defense was great, in particular, only giving up 70 rushing yards! The more and more the defense flew around making plays, the louder the fans got, ready to see another stop. Pretty much everything fell into place, and the offense had little problem doing the rest.
This victory marked the first time since 2000 that Indiana started the Big Ten with a victory. It is always nice to get back to above .500, like the Hoosiers did Saturday, pushing their record to 3-2. This also was the first time in program history that the Hoosiers had beaten the Nittany Lions. It was a wonderful afternoon indeed, and boy was it fun to watch! The only thing that is left to be said is, “Is it college football Saturday yet?” Let’s GO HOOSIERS!!!
--Tyler Brazill & David Hamman
The Week that Was
It was a jam-packed, fun-filled, historic weekend for Hoosier Nation. The excitement all began on Thursday night when the volleyball team faced #5 Penn State. For those of you that don’t know, Penn State’s volleyball program is comparable to Indiana’s basketball program. ESPN2 covered the game, which marked the first time ESPN had been to the UGym for volleyball or wrestling. The Hoosier Aces (the volleyball student section) made T-shirts for the occasion to go with the Red-Out theme. The UGym was rockin’, but it wasn’t enough to deter Penn State from winning in three, hard fought sets.
The following day was a day many had been eagerly waiting for since the end of last basketball season. Hoosier Hysteria – the public’s first glimpse at what our beloved basketball team has to offer for the season. Despite the event being held on a Friday, students and fans lined up as early as Thursday morning. By Friday afternoon, a line of red, as long as the Jordan River, had formed. The women’s team kicked off Hoosier Hysteria with a few drills and a quick scrimmage. After winning more games by early December than the previous year’s team, Coach Curt Miller looks for more improvement in his second season at the helm. The women’s team is very young but has a promising freshmen class along with some experienced seniors. Be sure to check their schedule and get to some games! Who knows, you might even get to witness a buzzer beater similar to the one against Purdue last season (I was there and it was amazing.). After the women’s team finished, the men’s team came out and the crowd went wild. The noise didn’t stop as Coach Crean spoke some inspirational words and thanked the fans for their support. Perhaps the most exciting thing about Hoosier Hysteria was the raising of a new banner that reads: Big Ten Champs 2013. Everyone knows that last season was special, so it only seemed fitting that the team that earned the first outright Big Ten Championship since 1993 – the year I was born – have their own banner. After the 3-point and dunk contest, which included Steve and Lori Zeller as judges, the scrimmage began. All went well until freshman Stanford Robinson went down with four seconds left in the game. Luckily he’s only expected to miss 6-10 days with a bruised knee, but he joins fellow freshmen Noah Vonleh (ankle), Troy Williams (hand), and Luke Fischer (shoulder) as others who are also nursing injuries. With four starters gone and many new faces, senior Will Sheehey and sophomore Yogi Ferrell look to lead the way this year. The season starts in less than a month and while we anxiously wait, one thing is for sure: There is nothing like Indiana Basketball.
On Saturday, the football team faced Penn State in its Big Ten opener. Many were unsure what to expect considering the team’s ups and downs to start the season. On ESPN’s “Streak for the Cash” game, 99% chose Penn State to win, but the Hoosiers did not disappoint! Fans that didn’t let the rain stop them were rewarded with quite the show. After a decent three quarters, the Hoosiers exploded for 23 points in the fourth quarter, which included two rushing touchdowns from QB Tre Roberson, a spectacular touchdown grab by Kofi Hughes from Nate Sudfield, and a safety. The Hoosiers beat the Nittany Lions 44-24 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY! The Hoosiers head to East Lansing this weekend to face a Michigan State team with a very stout defense. Kickoff is at noon on Saturday and will be aired on ESPN2. Don’t miss it!
Even though it was a very busy and hectic weekend, I wouldn’t have it any other way. GO HOOSIERS!
More Than a Game
Late last January, ESPN’s Dana O’Neil wrote a piece entitled “Basketball Means More in Indiana.” The article was beautifully written and captured a variety of insights as to what makes basketball in the Hoosier state so special. Despite her efforts, I couldn’t help but feel the article fell a little short. Something was missing. I thought about it for some time and then it occurred to me, Dana is not from Indiana. At no fault of hers, she did not grow up living and breathing the lifestyle that is Indiana basketball. Attempting to explain to someone what basketball means in Indiana is like trying to teach a foreign language. Maybe a person can grasp the concepts and memorize some facts, but until he has been completely immersed by it, he will never fully understand. As someone who grew up in your typical small, southern Indiana town, I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could provide a different perspective to the phenomena that is Indiana basketball.
Where this basketball craze begins is up for debate. Some would say players are born with basketball in their veins. Others argue that players are forged through practice from sunup to sundown. The majority would come to a consensus that when a child starts walking, it’s time for him to start learning to dribble, as well. It’s here that bedtime stories are replaced with old basketball war tales, recess is spent playing five-on-five, separating the men from the boys, and homework is brushed aside in the evening to get up a few extra shots with parents or a quick game of p-i-g with siblings. This is where it all begins.
As I drove home from Bloomington last Saturday, I attempted to count the number of basketball goals I passed along the way. I lost track somewhere around twenty. Pinned to a barn, on the side of a house, in the middle of a worn-down lawn, the hoops were everywhere I turned and not one looked out of place. These goals symbolize so much of what makes basketball in Indiana so great. There they were battered and bruised, but they stood the test of time. The older folk may argue that Indiana high school basketball lost its shine when it went to a class system in 1998; others would argue that it just intensified it.
The question on Friday nights is not if you are going to the game, but rather what time are you going to get there. Kids look up to varsity ball players as if they were gods descended down to earth. High school hoops, in this great state, is a bigger deal than college basketball in most states. Twelve of the thirteen largest high school gyms currently reside in Indiana and each is nearly filled to capacity for every home game. More than 41,000 people packed the Hoosier Dome in 1990 to watch Damon Bailey score his team’s final 11 points to secure a state title. This is the same state that produced John Wooden, Larry Bird, Calbert Cheaney, Oscar Robertson, and many other all-time greats.
If high school basketball is where you etch your name in the history books, college is where you cement it. Indiana is home to some of the greatest college programs in the history of the game. The last undefeated college season resides in Bloomington with the 1976 Hoosiers. Led by Kent Benson, Scott May, and Quinn Buckner, Indiana accumulated a 32-0 record resulting in a National Championship. It’s the same state that watched Larry Bird, the Hick from French Lick, lead Indiana State to the National Championship game against Magic Johnson. The state that recently watched Brad Stevens defy all odds and lead Butler to two consecutive title games. It is here where you find two of the most historic gyms in the entire nation in Assembly Hall and Hinkle Fieldhouse. It’s where children grow up and aspire to put on the candy-striped pants and run onto Branch McCracken court just once.
Everyone who grows up in Indiana is familiar with the movie “Hoosiers.” It is widely regarded as one of the greatest sports flicks of its time, of all time, for that matter. The beauty of the film is how accurately it represents the passion for basketball in this state. It is not dramatized for the box office; the emotion displayed is real. So when you’re in line for Hoosier Hysteria this weekend, just remember one thing: basketball in Indiana is not a game, it’s a way of life.
It had the makings of a perfect evening. The temperature was a perfect 68 and breezy. The crowd was the largest in school history. The students were having a great time. And most importantly, the Hoosiers were winning. The score was 2-0 and there were only 5:00 left in the game. I wish I could stop writing the blog entry right here and tell you that the evening ended perfect as well.
This past weekend, the Hoosier Army in conjunction with the IU Athletics Department took a road trip to Butler University to watch the Hoosiers take on a very successful Butler team. If you didn’t go make sure you mark in your calendar for next year. On the way to the game we were served delicious Bucceto’s pizza and some homemade cookies. Once we got to Butler, the IU students assumed their position near the field and formed the traveling Hoosier Army section. There were flags, and big heads, and even a vuvuzela. When I turned around and looked into the crowd, I could see more red than blue. The Hoosiers had arrived in grand fashion to watch Coach Yeagley and the soccer team.
The first half was tight. It was obvious that Butler wanted to play possession and send the occasional lob through ball to see if they could catch the Hoosiers off-guard. Not a chance. The defense was rock solid for both teams and the half ended in a draw. But if someone was keeping score of which student section was better, it wasn’t even close. The Hoosier Army was awesome, screaming chant after chant in support of the Hoosiers.
IU broke through with the first goal early in the second half. The crowd went nuts. Several minutes, we scored again. The crowd was even crazier! This was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had as a fan. The PA system even announced that Butler had set an attendance record for a Men’s Soccer game. Uh-huh, you’re welcome Butler. IU fans certainly travel in numbers. IU controlled the game for the majority of the second half. Until the 5:00 mark.
I’m not going to elaborate on the details after the 5:00 mark. If you want to know what happened in detail, you can go read a different article. IU gave up two goals late in the game, and let a goal go through in extra time to lose the game. It was frustrating, if not devastating. But the Hoosier fans left Butler with class and pride.
To ease the pain. We told jokes on the bus ride home. The highlight of them all was the Purple Passion joke. If you want to hear it, make sure you ask Ryan Howard. Once we arrived back in Bloomington, it occurred to me that the only explanation for the loss was that the Hoosier Army buses still had some seats open. If we had filled the bus and had a few more people to cheer on the Hoosiers, the outcome could have been different. Next year, let’s not take this risk. Go on the Hoosier Army road trip. It’s a great time, spent with some great people.
A Sigh of Relief
Phew. Finally we can take a step back and breathe a little. After what was a rollercoaster of a first month back on the job we finally had a relatively slow week in the SAB world. It was a much needed break as directors reached their breaking point, often not sleeping for three to four days. Alright, maybe that last part was a bit of a stretch, but it was nice to have some downtime for a change.
The sporting events for the week kicked off on Wednesday with Women’s Soccer racking up another victory, this time with a convincing 3-0 win over Xavier. The Hoosiers carried their hot start into Big Ten play by defeating Minnesota with a 1-0 score line. Coach Berbary has led her team to an astonishing 8-0-1 record and they have managed to garner national attention, entering Soccer America’s national rankings at 24th.
Coming off a national championship and returning, arguably, a more talented squad, no one expected the Men’s Soccer team to stumble out of the gates. The team has suffered three tragic (and mostly unfair) overtime losses early in the campaign. Thankfully this past weekend they started to right the ship, defeating Brown 2-1. The first goal was generated off a gorgeous set-piece form transfer Dylan Mares, while the second was a birthday goal for senior midfielder Nikita Kotlov. With that victory the Hooisers improved to 3-3-1. They travel to Butler on September 25th for what will be a fierce in-state battle.
The Volleyball team embarked on an extended two week road trip that saw them travel to North Carolina for the ACC/B1G Challenge. They squared off against both Duke and UNC ultimately falling to both. Despite the two loses they remain a staggering 8-3 overall and are poised to make some noise (I promise I didn’t mean to rhyme) in the upcoming Big Ten season.
After a slow start to the season Field Hockey has caught fire and shows no signs of slowing down. Not only are they winners of five straight, but they’ve allowed a mere two goals during that span. Conference play is on the horizon and things are looking up for the Hoosiers.
Saturday was a day of promise and hope in Bloomington. All week the campus had been buzzing about the upcoming football showdown with Missouri on Saturday night. Not only did it pit the up-and-coming Indiana Football team against a strong SEC school, it marked the only time a Big Ten school and a SEC school would face off in the regular season. When game time rolled around Memorial Stadium was filled nearly to capacity. Official attendance was 49, 149 marking the highest attended non-conference game since 1988. Unfortunately the game did not go as planned and the Hoosiers came up a bit short. Don’t give up on them just yet though, they have been blessed with a perfectly timed bye week just before the start of Big Ten play. This team still has some gas left in the tank.
Until next time, go Hoosiers!
SAB Fantasy Team
It’s that time of year again, and no, I don’t mean time to bust out hoodies and s’mores (not yet at least), I mean the time of year where guys (and ladies too!) spend countless hours obsessing over imaginary points from players and teams they couldn’t care less about – it’s a beautiful thing, really. If you’re like me, your dreams and aspirations of being (2-0) at this point of the year were thwarted by a week 1 loss. I took some time to dwell on how I could of possibly lost. My intuition of blaming my players was a great way to vent my anger – for a short while at least. After some heavy meditation and some consultation with the fantasy guru, I had an epiphany: the fault for my tainted record was not player production, but how I drafted. Well, I like to think of myself as someone who doesn’t “overreact”, yet a part of me was hesitant when I decided to dump my whole team in order to have a clean slate for my draft board. I’ll let you know how it turns out in the long run, but let me be the first to say I kicked BUTT last week – and once you look at my roster, you’ll see why.
My quarterback pick was Nate Sudfeld. This big sophomore had been rolling in the previous two weeks and I saw no reason why he would stop the current trend. For the first time in his career, Nate was listed as the starter on the depth chart – and boy did he produce for the Hoosiers. He was a source for many quality points this week for me, but there is a greater message in Nate’s continuous success – he is here to stay and help make the IU Football team better. Don’t believe me? Take a look at his stats from last weekend:
QB Rating: 89.1
At striker, my pickup was based on potential for success: Tommy Thompson. To anyone looking at the roster trying to make picks for their team, a 5’7” striker is a dubious selection at best – especially when the Hoosiers were accustomed to watching 6’1” Eriq Zavaleta net goals for their team. Oh, and did I mention Tommy is a freshman? He has harassed defenders all year with his speed and uncanny ability to know where his teammates are/will be. This has led to so many goal chances for the Hoosiers this season; unfortunately, they haven’t been able to capitalize on as many as they would like to. Tommy took the initiative this weekend, scoring two goals – both his 1st and 2nd career goals wearing his eight stars. He makes people better – he makes my fantasy team better.
For defense, I picked up Women’s Field Hockey. A championship recipe consists of forgetting the trying times of your season, and getting hot at the right time – just ask the Packers in 2011. The field hockey team lost their first two games, but has since won 4 straight. They have put up points in those four games, but the more impressive stat is the lack of goals they have let in. Over that four game stretch – in which they posted a solid 21 goals – they only allowed 1 measly goal. If I can have my choice of a defense, I want a squad that is going to lock down the opponents – simply put, IU Field Hockey.
The Flex by league standards is another position player used to bulk points up – my interpretation is a player that is FLEXible and can do it all: that would be Jordan Haverly. The red-shirt senior for the IU Volleyball team does it all. Whatever her team or coaches ask of her, she’s up for the challenge. If they go short and need her to play up front, she’s there to step in – if they need her for the back row to dig, she’s able. And if you haven’t seen Jordan’s serve, that’s worth the trip alone out to the U Gym. Jordan racked up a ton of digs and kills this weekend in the IU Hoosier Classic, and her effort was rewarded by being crowned the tournament’s MVP.
Every franchise needs a good owner (that’s me, so check), but to mentor and teach the players that franchise needs a solid coach. My coach selection was a rookie to the Cream & Crimson, but a hall-of-famer to the game. Amy Berbary leads an undefeated Women’s Soccer squad thru 7 games (6-0-1). She has earned some impressive wins this season, dominating opponents, but I was sold once I saw how they handled adversity. After letting up a goal during this weekend’s game in the first five minutes a weaker team would have deflated, but the poise portrayed by Coach Berbary was mirrored by the Lady Hoosiers. A fury of counter attacks was what Berbary ordered and that’s what the Hoosiers delivered – enough to capture a 2-1 win last weekend. A vital characteristic that all coaches should have is composure – Coach Berbary has all the ingredients necessary to cook up a successful season, but she’s just heating up. I just hope she doesn’t take MY job.
To all other fantasy owners: beware. My team, as you can clearly see, is stacked.
To future Hoosier opponents: good luck. You’re going to need it.
Another Week in the Books
Last Thursday, Student Athletic Board, held our fall call-out meeting in Assembly Hall. We started things off with the ever popular Crimson Club points, then had everyone make their way onto Branch McCracken Court for info sessions with our directors. We then had a raffle for Football tickets, Tom Crean bobble heads, and an iPod Touch. We had a great turnout and are excited about the interest from new members.
SAB has been extremely busy lately with sporting events. The past two weekends we saw action from Field Hockey, Football, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, and Volleyball. Field Hockey played its first games of the season against ranked foes Duke and Drexel. They didn’t come out on top, but they bounced back this past weekend to defeat St. Louis 11-0 and Radford 3-0. Football came up just short against Navy this weekend, but we are excited for them to rebound from that game and get a win against Bowling Green next Saturday.
Over at Armstrong Stadium women’s soccer has been lighting up the scoreboard. Saturday they beat Eastern Michigan 1-0, followed by a blowout of Eastern Kentucky winning 5-0. Senior Lisa Nouanesengsy had her third career hat trick during the game. The ladies are off to a 5-0-1 start under new head coach, Amy Berbary. The men have had some tough overtime losses, but they have a lot of games ahead of them. Don’t lose hope for the defending national champions. They are sure to make a turnaround as they move forward with their season. And finally Volleyball was on the road this week taking on South Carolina St., Coastal Carolina, and College of Charleston. The ladies took the first two games 3-0, but suffered their first loss of the season in the final game. They are 5-1 on the year so far.
There is another busy weekend ahead with field hockey, volleyball, football, and men’s and women’s soccer all having games. We hope to see many new faces there to help us out! Go Hoosiers!
It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish
The expectations surrounding the Indiana Men’s Soccer program are high year in and year out. This season, they were astronomical. Coming off an eighth national championship, losing only three key players, and bringing in a top ten recruiting class, the Hoosiers entered the season as the unanimous favorite to claim the National Championship, and our Ninth Star. Maybe that’s why it’s been surprising to watch this Indiana team stumble out of the gate. But just remember, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
Three straight games the Hoosiers have dominated large portions of the match, but have been unable to capitalize on the chances created. Three straight games they have suffered a heartbreaking defeat in extra time. It marks only the third time in the last decade that the Hoosiers have lost three consecutive matches, but as Jacob Bushue said after the defeat to WVU “You don’t need to worry about the season.”
People often forget that the 2012 campaign wasn’t always smooth sailing. Indiana dropped five games and drew three more. Then they did what great teams do, they learned from their losses, regrouped, and reached their potential. Caleb Konstanski said it best “3 straight OT losses would break most teams. IU Men’s soccer isn’t most teams.”
Before anyone jumps ship, just take a minute to relax and realize that the season is long, and we’re only at the beginning. Losing your leading goal scorer, starting a true freshman at center back and forward and an inexperienced goalkeeper, there was always going to be an adjustment period. This team is special, and they will prove it as the season goes on. Eight home games remain and the Hoosier Army needs to be out in full force for each one. Keep your faith, and the Ninth Star will align.
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
Back on the Job
This year SAB is starting a weekly blog that will give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at what exactly we do each week. We hope to shed further insight on how SAB truly is “the spirit behind Indiana athletics.”
This week was crazy to say the least. Both Monday and Tuesday were uneventful as far as athletics events were concerned, however students began their fall semester. Wednesday is when the long and crazy week really began. That evening we had our first (of many) pep rallies on Kirkwood. Cheerleaders, a band, and of course all the SAB Directors were there handing out posters and t-shirts to all of the Hoosiers we came across. When the band played “Indiana, Our Indiana” some people stopped and joined in. It was a great experience and a perfect way to get pumped up for the season opener against Indiana State.
Thursday was another big day. Indiana football was finally back. The football team is poised to make a post season run this season and crowd support, especially from the student section, will be more important than ever. With new traditions starting and a great team on the field, this season is shaping up to be one of the best ever for old IU. The student turnout was the best I have ever seen in my time at Indiana. We were filled nearly to capacity in the student section, which is a huge improvement from last season. All of the new traditions were in full force as well. Starting with swaying back and forth before the team runs out, yelling Hoosiers after every kickoff, the shark chomp on third down, and the tapouts after every defensive stop. Let’s not forget the insane, record-breaking amount of points the offense put up. The Hoosiers tallied 73 points, which broke the previous record of 69, as the most points scored in Memorial Stadium. Not only was it an awesome game, but because IU scored over 50 points and had more than 8 tapouts the fans are awarded a free hot dog at the next home game. If you haven’t already marked it on your calendar, the next game is this Saturday at 6pm against Navy. Get there early, be loud, be proud and Go Hoosiers.
Friday proved to be another eventful day for SAB. Two different sporting events were taking place at the same time. Men’s soccer was facing off against SMU in the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic and the Women’s Volleyball team was playing in the Indiana Invitational. Men’s soccer ended up winning 2-1 and the volleyball team swept Robert Morris 3-0.
Saturday the volleyball team had two games against Rutgers and Kent State. Once again the Hoosiers showed their dominance and swept Rutgers 3-0. In the night game, IU won the Invitational by beating Kent State 3-1. The next time your Lady Hoosiers will be in action at home is September 13th at 7pm against Wyoming.
On Sunday your defending men’s soccer national champions were back in action against UCLA. With a record-breaking attendance of over 7,500, Bill Armstrong Stadium was the place to be. The game didn’t disappoint either. The Hoosiers fought hard and dominated the entire second half, but unfortunately came up short in extra-time in a 1-0 game. The Hoosier Army was in full force and the energy was there the entire game. The Hoosiers are back in action next Sunday the 8th at 8pm against West Virginia.
Last week was jammed packed full of Hoosier spirit and events. From what I saw this past week, if we can keep up this energy and enthusiasm it will make for one unforgettable year.
This upcoming week proves to be another whopper. Tuesday we have the activities fair. Stop by the SAB booth to get more information about the call-out meeting and to see how you can get involved. Thursday will be our call-out meeting. It will take place in Assembly Hall at 7pm and we are going to have free giveaways. So until next time, GO HOOSIERS!!!
Cabin in the Woods..
Each year the Student Athletic Board ships off to Bradford Woods for the weekend for a fall retreat. This annual trip is used to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming school year, establish goals, become one with nature, and bond as an organization. This year, fourteen directors left the comfort of their spacious dorm rooms and top-notch apartments to rough it in the woods for a weekend they won’t soon forget.
The Board met at Assembly Hall and car pooled to the cabin, located just outside of Martinsville. Upon arrival to the campgrounds rooms were claimed with haste, food was unloaded, and furniture was rearranged. We soon settled down, so we could get the business end of the trip over with and move on to the fun activities. This time was used to generate new strategies and goals for student sections and chair involvement. We reviewed each sport individually and talked about everything from marketing to expectations.
The trip wasn’t all business though, and that soon became apparent. After finishing the work for the day, pizza had arrived and spirits were lifted. The pizza disappeared as quickly as it arrived. After dinner the male Board members went on to play some intense games of pickup basketball. A spectator could have easily mistaken the games for the NBA Finals. The girl Board members hung back and did…well they did whatever girls like to do.
After the exhausting games of basketball, everyone was back in the cabin and that’s when the night really took off. A euchre tournament (I’m still convinced it was rigged) started while some of the loudest games of Catchphrase ever played took place. After the tournament ended and every possible phrase in Catchphrase was used, social time set in. Board members caught up and topics ranging from ghost stories to Chief Keef’s lyrics and etiquette.
Time flew by and the before anyone could notice morning had arrived. Some square donuts were enjoyed, but then it was time to pack up and head back home. The fall retreat had come to a conclusion, and with it came the reality that the school year, for better or worse, was back. Unfortunately, the retreat could not last forever.
Three Reasons you should be excited for IU Football
Throughout Indiana history, the words “excitement” and “football” would rarely be found in the same sentence, but Head Coach Kevin Wilson is doing his best to change that mindset. This season, Indiana returns a Big Ten leading 19 starters who have laid the groundwork for a successful 2013-2014 campaign. The returning experience combined with an influx of incoming talent gives Hoosier fans a reason to be more than excited for football season to get underway. Here are three reasons Indiana fans should put their faith in football:
1. A Potent Offensive Attack
Ten of Indiana’s 19 starters return on the offensive side of the football. An offense that averaged 442 ypg, second in the B1G, and 30.8 ppg, fourth in the B1G, and is primed to repeat the same level of productivity. One large question that continues to loom over the team is who to lineup under center on the first day of the season. Tre Roberson, Cameron Coffman, and Nate Sudfeld all saw considerable time on the field last season, and bring something unique to the table. Regardless of whom the quarterback is, they’ll be in good hands. IU brings back perhaps the best receiving core in the Big Ten as well a playmaking running back in Stephen Houston. When Indiana’s offense takes the field on the 29th, it’s safe to say they will hit the ground running, or throwing.
2. A Deep Recruiting Class
2013 saw Indiana bring in one of the best and deepest recruiting classes in school history. The 44th ranked class consists of 23 total recruits, headlined by six 4-stars, according to ESPN. These recruits will help solidify a defensive line that needed improving. Combine these recruits with the wealth of experience at hand and you have a lethal combination.
3. 8 Home Games
Memorial Stadium will play host to an astounding 8 home football games this season. It all starts against in-state foe Indiana State on August 29th at 7pm and also features visits from Navy, Bowling Green, Missouri, Penn State, Minnesota, Illinois, and last (and certainly least) Purdue. Eight home football games gives this Indiana team a significant advantage as they look to establish themselves as a Big Ten powerhouse.
It’s easy to notice that the culture is changing around Indiana Football. Losing is no longer acceptable; and winning is now expected. The 2013 season promises to be an exciting one and has potential to be one of the best in IU history. Will you be there on the 29th to help Hoosier Football “Defend the Rock”?
New Board vs Old Board- A Battle for the Ages
Each year, the incoming Student Athletic Board squares off against the outgoing Board in a basketball game that takes place in Assembly Hall. Months of blood, sweat, tears, preparation, and trash talking come together for a clash of the Titans. One game defines bragging rights for a lifetime and, on April 11th, a game for the ages was played.
The new Board started out of the gates strong jumping to an early double-digit lead, shocking the massive crowd in attendance. The ball was shared, and the majority of the shots were falling for the new Board, despite some questionable officiating from Andrew Rosner. The new Board employed a 2-3 zone early, forcing the old board to struggle to find quality shots and into frequent turnovers. Then, near the end of the first half, the new Board’s early success came to a screeching halt as the old Board clawed their way back into the game.
A switch to man-to-man defense opened the floor for penetration and kick-outs for the old Board; they capitalized. The old Board caught fire, paced by three 3’s in four possessions by Nithin Krishnan. It appeared like the old Board simply could not miss as they extended their lead to double-digits entering halftime.
The new Board’s spirits would not be shattered, though, as they rallied the troops through some motivational speeches. Tactics were discussed, game plans were thrown out the window, but, in the end, it was simple what the new Board needed to do.
When the second half resumed, neither team could find the bottom of the basket early, almost seeming as if no one would score again. Those doubts were soon vanished as Anthony Rabas scored eight consecutive points to resurrect the new Board from certain death.
From that point on the new Board fought like Muhammad Ali and pulled within one basket. Justin Whelchel hit a turnaround jumper to tie the game with just under a minute remaining. The old Board dribbled down the clock and called a timeout with only ten seconds left. Coming out of the timeout, Krishnan got free for another three, but this time the iron wasn’t as kind and the shot missed. Sean Meehan grabbed the rebound, fought through foul after foul, and pulled up for a thirty-five foot shot as time expired.
The ball hung in the air for just under three days and finally hit the backboard and fell through. It was a shot that was reminiscent of Bryce Drew’s, minus the astronaut. The court was rightfully stormed. The new Board had prevailed victorious, in what might go down as the greatest game ever played.