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    Guess what Good Old Curt Cavin-dish did Thursday night?????

    He reported on the Purdue-IU game, girls basketball that is.

    I am a Purdue backer so I am a bit biased here. For those out-of-staters and women's hoops nincompoops, the Purdue women have dominated the Midwest like Notre Dame did in Football during the Holtz Era. The Purdue program has held its reputation up there with La Tech, Lady Vols, and UConn over the last ten years with four different head coaches no less. Last year's final four sall the Purdue team make it within one basket of the national championship - to Notre Dame of all teams

    Back to Curt. I know Red had to attend a school that matched his hair color and is an IU backer. IU women do not share their mens success in hoops, much the opposite.

    Anyway ole Curt's headline is something like "The 11th ranked Boilers knock-off archrival Indiana."

    That is like saying Juan Montoya holds on to beat Indy Veteran Eleanor St. James to win the 2000 Indy 500.

    There is a local Star beat writer by the name of Pat McKee that handles all womens collegiate local sports and does a heck of a job of objectively hitting all schools and their local recruits.

    Now why was someone covering Pat's beat (Pat was covering an interstate girls HS invitational in Chicago this weekend.)???? And why was it the Racing Expert filling in???

    I appreciate the fact the Purdue (and IU for that matter) made the front page of the sports section in the middle of the NFL playoffs and IU's (mens) 4-0 Big 11 start.

    Really, should not Curt have been running up and down Georgetown road buzzing on the effects of Red Pit Bull getting all the scoop for his Pit Pass column. How about a Chili Bowl snoop or something. Teams headed for testing or something.

    Sorry for the Rant, the article just seemed out-of-place today.

    My own NDBarb feel-good-story (though not nearly as critical or heartfelt):

    My grandfather was a huge Purdue backer and then was overcome with a stroke in the late 80's. Through an excruciating and lengthy rehab process he made a 95% recovery (his left leg has a little problem, but the other two work fine, so I am told). He was really torn up that he could not go to see HIS boys play basketball. I was told how the women's team did not draw very well and had GA seating and that I could probably sit him in the arena without managing ANY stairs. I checked it out got Granny's approval and suprised him with a trip to a playoff game (my first womens game also). He liked it so much he wanted season tickets for the next year. 15 years lator, Pop still has his season tix on the top row of the lower arena. I still try to make it up to a game when his drivers (a bunch of oldfart Bobby Knight loving Hoosiers that got hooked on the Purdue Women) cannot make it. We have had a total of 6 season tickets annually and usually they all get used. There were some rough rough times as anyone with a stroke ridden relative can attest, but that old turkey traveled to 4 of the 6 NCAA tournament games the year Purdue won it all (without me, darnit). Well Pop is 91 now and truthfully starting to fade, but there is nothing like sharing a beer with granddad at an on campus pub after a game. He is usually the life of the Yacht Club party, when we head there (He also likes a certain establishment on 7th St. if you get my drift fellow Boilers). This year he made it to a Football game in Ross-Ade at age 91. When the game was over we snuck out onto the field for a few Photo-Ops. I hope I can be that active 60 years from now.

    Heck another story. His high school made the State football championship game in the HoosierDome. We first went to the IMS muesem (he has not been to the track since before it closed for the big one) I was welling up listening to him describe the events of his life in regard to the various eras of cars. I did not think he was much of a race fan, but he knew, man did he know those older cars and DRIVERS. Well, after meeting some of his blokes, his team won the championship (any guesses) and we went to Hooters. Pop would rather have hit the Pike, but we were headed the other direction. We got a bunch of hot wings. and when they came we were currently out of beer. Pop bit into a wing and his mouth was on fire - As soon as the waitress brought another pitcher he grabbed it and proceeded to down about all of it straight from the spigot. Needless to say, virtually every waitress in the place visited the table to entertain their new friend. How did Granny ever keep him honest???????

    I always thought babies we chick magnets, but I got one on all of you!
    Natural Born Cynic

    What irks me (maybe its too soon for the truth), DW was a 16-oval WIN specialist, yet the vast majority those boohooing for him, hardcarders & fans, alike are the same ones trying to kill anything with more than 9 deg banking & 4 corners, where Dan ultimately made his home...

  • #2
    Originally posted by NDGator:
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    Anyway ole Curt's headline is something like "The 11th ranked Boilers knock-off archrival Indiana."

    That is like saying Juan Montoya holds on to beat Indy Veteran Eleanor St. James to win the 2000 Indy 500.
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    Gator,

    In Curt's defense, there are a few problems here.

    1) Writer does not write headline - copy editor at the desk does.

    2) Choosing to cover women's basketball was likely the editor's call, not his. In newspapers, off-season doesn't mean the beat writer is in off-season too. In addition to monitoring the beat, writers are often called into other duties. This often means either working the desk laying out the paper or copy editing and/or covering various events like the one above.

    Number two does not mean that when he's not at the game he's not "running up and down Georgetown road."

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    • #3
      Man, I just hope I'm VERTICAL at 91!!!!!

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      • #4
        Folks, at this time there is no news to report, although, if he subscribed to TSL he may have learned something tonight.

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        • #5
          Pat McKee may be the only writer at the Star who cares about women's sports but to be fair here he also is the lead high school basketball writer at the Indianapolis Star.

          Thursday night Pat was at the Indianapolis City Tourney (btw, so was I, a college friend coaches at Chatard which was playing that night)

          Boys high school basketball does take priority in Indiana.

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          • #6
            Since the Gannett Scar does not care much about auto racing (as evidenced in its lack of consistent coverage) I figure Cavin needs to either go where they send him, or he needs the money.
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            • #7
              J-Dot,

              Does this mean the copy editor is to blame for all of Robin's SCARcasim?

              I think Robin did do a few pieces on the Colts/Pacers when they saturated the paper during preseason/playoff specials.

              I also noticed Mark Montieth in the paper what is his beat? Everyone has one specific item, what is Mark's?
              Natural Born Cynic

              What irks me (maybe its too soon for the truth), DW was a 16-oval WIN specialist, yet the vast majority those boohooing for him, hardcarders & fans, alike are the same ones trying to kill anything with more than 9 deg banking & 4 corners, where Dan ultimately made his home...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NDGator:
                <STRONG>I also noticed Mark Montieth in the paper what is his beat? Everyone has one specific item, what is Mark's?</STRONG>
                Mark is lead Pacer reporter

                I would have expected them to have either their IU or Purdue beat writer covering the game rather than Cavin.

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                • #9
                  I think the Star needs to hire good ole' Matt Shrum if they want a good super snooper!!!!!
                  Is it May yet?
                  Take me back to a world gone away-James Pankow

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by frodo13:
                    <STRONG>I think the Star needs to hire good ole' Matt Shrum if they want a good super snooper!!!!!</STRONG>
                    Agreed

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by frodo13:
                      I think the Star needs to hire good ole' Matt Shrum if they want a good super snooper!!!!!
                      Their subscriber count would jump a few thousand.

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                      • #12
                        as every race fan in indy knows, since the star was bought out it's sold out. there is no more opinions, rumors, or gossip about racing or hardly any other sport.

                        curt has bills just like we all do, and if all of want to see this lack of motorsports coverage change maybe we should write the editor and advertisers of the paper (i know i have). circulation and advertising dollars are all that matters to a newspaper.

                        also, back in the good ole' days of the indy star teams, drivers, and fans had a great media outlet for their concerns--especially if it went against the grain. robin miller wasn't the best, but at least he didn't just print a copy of the box score!
                        "speed costs money, how fast do you want to go?"

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                        • #13
                          Outside of the month of May the Indy Scar never had much auto racing coverage. If it was to be found it was on the last page or at least in the last few pages. The honors for not much racing coverage should not go to Gannett. In fact there seems to be more motor sports stories now than in the past IMO.
                          As far as any coverage outside the Speedway and USAC, it was never available. When NASCAR came to town, and became the beast that it is then the local paper covered it. The same with F1.
                          I've subscribed to NSSN for over 30 years, and that was the only way to keep up with racing news. Now with the internet it's a lot easier to keep up with what's happening.
                          Have a very blessed day!

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                          • #14
                            It's like this: The Star is ran by a bunch of bleedin idiots who have no clue what to report on. In other words, they have no "instinct" to follow up on. It's just like what's written in Proverbs: a proffit has no honor in his own country! Such is the same in Indy. Racing has no honor in its own home! Please though for the good of racing: IndyStar, get your bleepin head out of your arse!

                            trow

                            [ January 20, 2002: Message edited by: trow ]
                            http://brianswish.trackforum.com/brianswish_main.htm/

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                            • #15
                              I've often told people, throughout the years, that if you wanted to find out anything about auto racing, don't read the Indy Star, except during the month of May. It's not a new policy by the new ownership.
                              Have a very blessed day!

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