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For Steve and Lorri so loved Indiana they gave the Hoosiers their third begotten son.

#FF: Indiana High School Hoops

Now that Indiana high school basketball is in full swing, here's a #FF list of some of my favorite follows for Hoosier high school (and some national/regional) hoops:

All my love and respect to those who brave these cold, winter nights to bring us all the latest news and scores from across Indiana's high school gyms. Thanks for all you do, guys.

A Chronic #IUBB #FollowFriday List

Your 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers


IU Athletics

IU Media

IU Student Media

IU Bloggers & Such

IUBB Alums

The Banners

The Fakes

The Hugh Kellenberger Exit Interview

Wherein Hugh & I spend a couple hours at Nick's,
knock back some pitchers, and discuss his days in B-town

The Grove, Rowan Oak, the bbq, and now Hugh and his family. 

D'Angelo Roberts Gives UVA's Corey Mosley A Dirt Nap

Somewhere, Smokey is clowning.

The Official Remix of #TheMovement

I think I recognize some of the clip art.

h/t ndfan2

Hanner Perea Treats Rims Like Chris Brown Treats His Girlfriends

In 38 other states, what Hanner does to rims is considered felony abuse. Fortunately, Indiana is not one of those states.


Chronic's Cocktail Hour with Greg & Nathan

 My conversation with former IDS writers and recent IU graduates Greg Rosenstein and Nathan Hart.

Chronic's Cocktail Hour with Greg & Nathan from Chronic Hoosier on Vimeo.

Petey's Journey To The Island Of Misfit Mascots

As you may have heard by now, new Purdue Pete didn't last so long in West Laffatthat.

Despite spending over a year engineering a mascot makeover that would no longer scare the shit out of young Boiler fans, Morgan Burke & Co. (d/b/a FailTrain, Inc.,) kept their hot hand going (read: continued fucking up miserably at their jobs) and unveiled the new Purdue Pete at their spring game.

Needless to say, he was fired after one day on the job......on his day off.

The Hoosier Chronicles has obtained exclusive images showing the moments New Petey made his fatal misstep and later arriving in his new home.

Like most Purdue guys, women took to new Pete like vagina repellent.

Pete's arrival on the Island of Misfit Mascots.

Indiana Mr. Basketball & IU

With today's announcement, Cody Zeller becomes the 26th Indiana Mr. Basketball winner to play for the Hoosiers.

Some Indiana Mr. Basketball facts:
  • IU has had 30% more Indiana Mr. Basketball winners (26) than all other in-state schools combined (20): Purdue-10, Notre Dame- 2, Butler- 2, Evansville-2, Anderson-1, Ball State-1, Indiana Central- 1, Valparaiso- 1.
  • In the 72 years since the honor was first awarded, only 10 IU rosters have lacked an Indiana Mr. Basketball winner.
  • When Cody joins Jordy Hulls in Bloomington this fall, they will represent the 13th time multiple Indiana Mr. Basketball winners have teamed up at IU: Hulls/Zeller, Gordon/Ratliff, Coverdale/Jeffries, Bailey/Graham, Graham/Jones, Edwards/Jones, Alford/Brooks, Bouchie/Tolbert, McGinnis/Shepherd, Van Arsdale/Van Arsdale, Rayl/Van Arsdale/Van Arsdale, Garrett/Masters, Garrett/Masters/Schwartz.

FAIL Has A New Face

After years of terrorizing children with his hard plastic face, rapist's grin, and lustful gaze, Purdue University decided it was time to give their beloved mascot, Purdue Pete, a make-over.

And despite the University's usual bumblefucking inadvertent leaking of new Pete's image earlier in the week, thousands hundreds dozens of Boiler fans showed up at Ross-Ade Stadium today to witness the ceremonial passing of the hammer to the newest conductor of the Fail Train. (Apparently, however, Petey's hammer isn't making the transition. Cue fucktarded facebook group.)

In honor of Pete's continued metamorphosis, let's look back at the many faces of failure:

Tom Davis Just Doesn't Fucking Get It

Day 3 of the Tom Davis shitshow is upon us.

Since I last posted yesterday, Tom has continued to express his disbelief about how his "simple tweet" could cause such a stir.(Actually, Tom, it's several tweets, and they're just not that simple).

Judging from his timeline, he's "endured" a rather unpleasant experience since he told not 1 but 2 committed/signed high school basketball players where to play on Saturday, people have contacted his boss about having him fired, and he generally just doesn't understand what could be so wrong with sending a "tweet" to high school boys.

Ethics In Journalism and NCAA Violations: What They Don't Teach You At Butler

Most sports editors are well-versed in sports and writing. 

They are also supposed to be skilled in other journalistic matters such as objectivity, ethics, and, perhaps, those pesky little issues surrounding prospective NCAA student-athletes.

Enter Tom Davis, Sports Editor at the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

Last night, during the IHSAA 4A title game, our guy Tom (a proud Butler alum) decided to Tweet 2013 commit Colin Hartman about his choice in colleges.

Did I mention Tom is a Butler alum and the sports editor at the News-Sentinel? Because I spent the better part of my drive back home thinking about how someone in his position could be so stupid. It's just crazy stupid, right?

Thus, I woke up this morning fully expecting to see that Tom had either deleted his Tweet or, at the very least, apologized for it.

Well, I guess I just don't know Tom, because this is how he responded.

So, I guess that's one way to respond to sticking your foot in your mouth....by pushing it even deeper til it starts coming out your ass.

The guy had every chance to come up with some excuse, any excuse, to justify his unprofessional (and possibly NCAA infringing) comments: my teen-aged daughter hacked my account, I was drinking on prescription meds, I have mild Tourette Syndrome, anything! 

Nah. Tom decided to discount the impact of his comments and then went on to patronize the offended IU fans.

I probably wouldn't have taken that approach. His timeline today supports this conclusion (and explains his recent silence).

And just when you thought the tomfoolery had reached its peak, I happened to see Colin wasn't the only committed recruit to which Tom offered up his advice to yesterday:

The @Crisman01 would be Joe Crisman, a senior shooting guard from Munster who's currently committed signed to Loyla (IL).  

The @CoachDaneFife, well, you probably know who he is already. That'd be the same Coach Dane Fife of the IPFW Mastodons Men's Basketball team...the hometown college team covered by Tom Davis' Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

So, yeah, there's a pattern emerging about Tom's eagerness to advise high school boys on where to play basketball, preferably at teams in which Tom Davis has a vested interest in.

Something tells me this whole thing doesn't turn out too well for poor Tom.

At best, his comments were highly unprofessional and thoroughly indefensible from a member of the print media, no less an editor. At worst, they constitute NCAA infractions and could cost him his job, possibly editorial career.

As always, I welcome your comments and insights, but I'm going to take a stab and say you'd probably rather direct them towards the people to which Mr. Davis is accountable.

Let me help you out with that:

Kerry Hubartt, Editor, The News-Sentinel, 260-461-8239, khubartt@news-sentinel.com
Michael Christman, Fort Wayne Newspapers CEO & President, 260-461-8324, mchristman@fwn.fortwayne.com

P.S.  I told you, Tom. You were warned about #TheMovement.

Step to the Movement

As I prepare to make my hoops pilgrimage to the IHSAA State Finals, I'm wishing I'd have made a shirt to rep #TheMovement today.

#TheMovement Is Building...

To all my little Jeremaniacs, say your prayers, take your vitamins and you will never go wrong. -Tom Crean

All Aboard!

Well, what do you know? It's March, and Petey's talking some shit with IU left out of the big dance for the 3rd straight year.

But for all the smack coming from W. Laffatthat about Purdue's recent success and IU's "dusty banners," let's take just a brief look at Purdue's NCAA tournament history before the Fail Train leaves the station later tonight:
  • Purdue remains tied for the nation's longest NCAA Men's Basketball Championship draught: 71 yrs & counting.
  • Purdue is tied for 8th place among teams with the most NCAA appearances without a championship: 24 tournament appearances.
  • It's been 42 years since the Boilermakers' only national championship appearance in 1969- a loss, of course.
  • Purdue has made it to the Final Four only twice, most recently in 1980. Since that time, IU has made twice as many Final Four appearances and won 2 national championships.
  • The black & gold have 20% less Elite 8 appearances (4) than IU has national championships (5); IU has 11 Elite 8 appearances.
  • The Boilers have 9 Sweet 16 appearances compared to IU's 19.
  • JaJuan Johnson is Purdue's 24th All American. IU has produced 75% more All Americans (42).
  • JJ also marks Purdue's 3rd Big 10 POY. IU has produced that many in the last decade (Haston, Jeffries, and White) and 600% more B1G POY's overall (18).
  • By the time Purdue made its 1st NCAA tournament appearance (1969), IU had already won 2 championships.
  • As tumultuous as the past decade has been for the Hoosiers, IU and Purdue have both been to the big dance 7 times each since 2000.
So, there's a little statistical perspective about Purdue's tournament success (or lacktherof). Nonetheless, there's still plenty of room available on the Fail Train before its traditional March derailment, sign up below.
Boiler Application

We'll see you fuckers next year. #BannersBitches

Chronic's March Sadness Bracket Challenge

Just because the Season on the Drink has come to an end doesn't mean the party is over.

It's March in Bloomington and that can only mean 2 things: watching basketball & drinking. 

I like basketball & drinking. I'm guessing you do, too.

Thus, I've created the IU March Sadness Bracket Challenge to help facilitate a more enjoyable Hoosier-less tournament experience.

The rules are simple:
1)Visit ESPN's Tournament Challenge page: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/en/frontpage
2) Register & enter group name: "IU March Sadness"
3) Password: "Tijan"
4)Complete & save your bracket
5)Winner receives an autographed bottle of the Nectar of the Gods at the completion of the tournament*.
*Winner must verify legal drinking age to receive the goodness (otherwise minors receive cash equivalent) and live within the continental US (I'm not spending $30 to ship a $20 bottle to Tokyo- as badly as it might be needed now).

Good luck. 

Chronic's Cocktail Hour with Dustin, Hugh, Greg, & Nathan

What happens when you take four respected members of the IU basketball beat, tuck them in a back room at Yogi's Bar & Grill, and allow me to force alcohol and IU hoops conversation upon them?

This edition of Chronic's Cocktail Hour is what happens.

Now, what happens when you entrust me to properly record and preserve said conversation?

Well.....maybe the first 30 minutes of audio disappear when my piece of shit recorder times-out without auto-saving fucking happens. Oh. Shit. (Sorry, guys.)

So, whaddya miss? Some really good stuff, unfortunately. The HT's Dustin Dopirak & Hugh Kellenberger, the IDS' Greg Rosenstein & Nathan Hart, and I discussed what this team is lacking (trust/leadership/toughness/effort/accountability) and whether and how IU gets it back.

The recorded portion of the conversation picks up as Nathan concludes, and Hugh continues, speaking about Crean holding players accountable with playing time.

Voices in order of appearance: N. Hart, H. Kellenberger, C. Hoosier, G Rosenstein, D. Dopirak.

So, yeah. I'm the worst podcast engineer ever. Proven it. Twice now. (I blame none of this on Jameson.)

Everything else I blame on trust and accountability. Cheers, bitches.

Chronic's Cocktail Hour with Dustin Dopirak

Wherein I get shitfaced while Dustin talks IU.

So You Wanna Be A Boiler?

On the heels of their 2nd consecutive sweet sixteen appearance, 98% of all douchebags an increasing  number of people have expressed interest in becoming Boilermaker fans. 

However, having previously experienced the chaos of a rapidly evacuating bandwagon, Purdue is attempting to create a more orderly manner in which its fans may assign, and soon retract, their loyalties to the black and gold.  Thus, Purdue is implementing an official fan admission process, wherein all new fans are required to submit the application form found below.
Boiler Application

Do with this information what you will, but by no means would I ever want you to complete this document and mail it to the Paint Crew or Matt Painter, or use the remaining balance of your IU copy card to print hundreds of these forms for distribution around the West Lafayette campus tomorrow afternoon.  Those would all be very, very bad ideas, and I expressly condemn your acting upon them.

The Pritch Slap vs. The Sheebag

On a week when multiple winter storms pounded Assembly Hall's exterior, even the gym's newly repaired roof couldn't protect the rims from the awe-casian thunder unleashed upon them by Tom Pritchard & Will Sheehey.

Both dunks were featured as Sports Center's #1 Top Play (although #ThePritch's was bumped to #3 the following morning- wtf?).  Both dunks blew the roof off the Hall and brought the fans and players, alike, to their feet in amazed disbelief at the sheer nastiness of both slams.

So, let the debate begin. Which dunk was the nastiest? Let's review:

Talk about a tough call. 

On the one hand, Pritchard's dunk was as amazing as it was improbable. Seriously. The Pritch: a) crashed the lane with purpose; b) jumped that high; c) was able to pull the ball back from that far behind his head; & d) finished it off with authority, despite taking moderate contact on the finish. Thanks for playing, Ralph Sampson III, you just got Pritch Slapped.

On the other hand, Will's tomahonkey was entirely beastly and completely self-made. Will starts by ball-faking Eric May into a statute 23' from the hoop. He then slashes into the paint and, by the time he reaches the elbow, he's clearly resolved to take it strong to the rack. Once Basabe rotates over and challenges the dunk, well, he gets Sheebagged in the worst way. 

Tom dropped Victor's jaw & blew a little girl's mind. Will put his junk all up in Basabe's flavor & elicited an "Oh. My. God." from Elston on the bench.  Tom reminded Verdell of MJ's martian escapades, while Will reminded me of another Hoosier who's proficient at tomafucking the rim.

So, there you have it. A double-shot of vanilla funk to start your Super Bowl Sunday morning. What say you? Which was the better dunk?