STEVE HANLON: The gift that keeps on giving

2013-12-26T18:00:00Z 2014-01-02T19:42:30Z STEVE HANLON: The gift that keeps on givingSteve Hanlon, (219) 933-4198
December 26, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Here's hoping you found everything you wanted under your tree on Wednesday. A Duck Dynasty beard. An Air Supply 8-track. A red and green Abdominizer. Or just a cup of egg nog.

In searching through my bag of prep notebooks I found a few gifts I'd like to pass out. And please, this isn't the time for Santa jokes.

A big bag of a clue: This goes to the Associated Press's Class 3A all-state football team. Not one player from state-champion Andrean made the initial list. Not one player from runner-up Indianapolis Brebeuf either.

The sports writer from the Goshen area who put the list together might want to put the egg nog down.

A small box of belief: I was somewhat impressed watching Roosevelt's boys basketball team beat Indianapolis Marshall on Monday. Yes, the Panthers had 30-plus turnovers. Yes, 'Velt missed way too many free throws to be considered a good team.

But there is talent on this roster. Talent alone is like a sleigh without any reindeer. But if it all comes together, which it can, look out. Coach Marcus Jefferson is doing his best resurrection job. Listen to him and watch what happens.

A tip from the scribe: Watch the movie Argo if you haven't yet. Great stuff and historically accurate.

A hockey puck in Griffith: If "A Christmas Story" was based in Texas instead of Northwest Indiana would we all still love it as much as we do? We relate to it because we see our lives in the frames.

But what if Darren McGavin was wearing a ten-gallon hat? Then, sorry to say, the "leg lamp" would be stupid.

A new league: It's time for the schools in the urban area to form a conference. East Chicago, Hammond and Gary, including Bowman Academy, need to start a new conference. Morton could join the NCC for football only and stay in the neighborhood in everything else.

"Have a holly, jolly Christmas..."

Just had to say: I love Burl Ives and the death of the DAC's double round robin basketball schedule. Look at all the new and exciting games it has opened the door for. Well, for those who chose to go that way.

Lake Central-Bowman was classic region hoops. Would love to see Merrillville play Bowman and E.C. Central. Talk about packed gymnasiums.

100 cookies: Hopefully, Bowman coach Marvin Rea got 100 gingerbread cookies on Christmas morning. One for each win of his career. Rea hit the century mark in wins on Dec. 10 at Chesterton.

A bigger bag of a clue for area critics: I've heard more than one person say that region boys basketball is down this winter. What games are they going to? Roosevelt, West Side, E.C. Central and Bowman went 4-0 on Monday in Indianapolis.

Lake Central, E.C. and maybe, Munster, has a shot of making a March run in 4A. Bowman in 3A. Bishop Noll in 2A. Kouts in Class A. Wouldn't be surprised to see three playing in a semistate again.

Region boys hoops is just fine, like my new pair of green corduroys and matching cardigan.

Ho. Ho. Ho.

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