INDIANAPOLIS | Early deadlines and three area teams in the state finals left some key points in the notebook last Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. So it's time to empty them out here.
Why Bankers Life?: This sports scribbler liked the monikers Market Square Arena and Conseco Fieldhouse better. But Bankers Life? Really? I wish Marquette, Bowman Academy and Lake Central had played in a place with a different name.
How about Average Joe Fieldhouse? Bankers already have a life that few of us can imagine. Now they get government bailouts, praised by Rush Limbaugh and now, their own stadium. Maybe the high ATM fees of getting into the state games would be lower at Average Joe's?
The Daylight Savings Crime: What if Indiana had not changed its time zone policies in 2005? Remember when "Da Region" was on the same clock this time of the year with Indianapolis, instead of the Eastern vs. Central debate?
If Hoosiers' watches were all the same, maybe Bowman and Lake Central would've won the Class 3A and 4A state titles.
Bowman trailed Greensburg 44-35 at halftime in the 3A game before losing 89-76. Lake Central trailed Indianapolis Tech 27-12 at halftime before falling 63-59.
Bowman's Marvin Rea said he wanted his Eagles to give the Pirates 32 minutes of hell but could only muster four minutes of flames -- the last four minutes of the game. L.C. coach Dave Milausnic said he woke up Sunday morning wondering about a different strategy that could've changed the start.
If we were all on the same clock with a later start, who knows?
One good thing: All four games were competitive, thrilling and awesome. But one thing didn't happen which was good. Not one coach called a timeout with two seconds left to set up a 3-point shot to get to 100. On that Saturday anyway.
Class still goes a long way in Hoosierland.
The best of the best: Bowman's Rea was asked all last week if his team could claim Indiana's overall state championship because the Eagles had beaten both Tech and L.C. during the regular season. He deferred.
I won't. The best "team" in Indianapolis last Saturday was Greensburg. Period. These Pirates were the best coached, most talented and they executed at the highest level. Most were impressed watching those young men perform.
The "Glenn" rumor: Many fans were talking about Glenn Robinson III going into the Lake Central locker room before the game to give a pep talk to his former team. That never happened.
The Michigan star was at the game with some Wolverine teammates and family, but that was it. No Gene Hackman chats. Milausnic did say that he communicated with his former mates via social media.
I love Twitter. What a great thing it is for America.
Oh what a ride: Doug McAllister had a great run as the head coach at Highland, before he was asked to step down in a way that didn't leave him a lot of joy. So he came out of hoops retirement for one year, this year, at Lake Central.
"I'm just enjoying the ride," said McAllister, an assistant at L.C.
Hopefully, all of our teams had a blast and a lifetime of pride on what they accomplished, win or lose. Wish you all the best in your futures. And to the young'ns, let's do this again next year.