Life is strange.
You scratch off a 50-dollar winner and race out to collect only for your foot to discover Fido from next door has left another steaming surprise in your front yard. The insignificance of this turn of events is soon brought to light when your wallet is forced to come to terms with the fact the service engine soon light has just come on in your car.
Sundays are the closest thing we have to the days of the Roman Gladiator. Men larger than life, some for weighing over three bills and others for doing seemingly impossible things, all running into each other with enough force to break bones and jar the brain matter of the strongest men history has known.
They appear superhuman to the guy who lounges his Sundays away in the Lazy Boy lamenting the junior high coach who elected to hand the ball to Jimmy instead of him.
And while we perceive those in the NFL as leaders of charmed lives, the recent news of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano’s impending battle with Leukemia should serve as a clear indicator these men are in fact human beings not unlike you and I. There is no transcendental message here other than life is short and often has a way of surprising us when we least expect it.
This holds true whether you’re paid to knock the paint off Jay Cutler’s helmet or scrape the grease out of the fryer at McDonalds.
The battle Pagano and so many others are forced to wage should serve as inspiration for those struggling to face another day with their overbearing boss or obnoxious cube mate. Lost in the hectic nature of a 21st century life and holiday traffic is the fact that every day you put your feet on the floor with a clear mind and good health is worth far more than any winning lottery ticket.
Now is not the time to critique the forces of nature or probe for hidden meaning; that is best left to someone with a much more impressive resume and an eternity to work on it. Your time is better spent sharing a smile with the people in your life.
Cast aside the jaded predilections Coach Wannaputuonthebench fostered in you and stop to look at the moon or bask in the happiness your dog gets from peeing on a tree.
Of course the Colts have no choice but try and move on. And though the boys in blue will have had much to process in seven days, Green Bay is still going to try to put 100 points on the scoreboard Sunday no matter how shattered Indy’s spirit is. After all, given the events of two weeks ago, the Pack can’t afford to lose another game they should have won.
The Hollywood in all of us expects to see the Colts use Pagano’s situation as fuel for a ride to the front but the cold hard truth remains Indianapolis won’t win every game left on their schedule or play for a Super Bowl this year. Interim coach Bruce Arians made it clear the Colts need to keep their focus and can’t afford to be “over-hyped about trying to do something extra”; but he never said they can’t go out and play with the heart, guts and toughness Pagano will no doubt display during his biggest battle.
Stay “Chuckstrong” Coach.
Life is strange.
Stars advance to sectional title game
Once the Western Boone defense got going, their was little North Montgomery could do in the Sectional 25 semifinal Friday at Frankfort. After allowing North Montgomery to shoot close to 50 percent in the first quarter, the Stars held the Chargers to 25.7 percent the rest of the game and cruised to a 54-34 victory.
Upset-minded Eagles fall just short against Carmel
NOBLESVILLE - Zionsville gave two-time defending class 4A state champion Carmel absolutely everything it could handle in their opening round IHSAA Sectional match-up at Noblesville on Wednesday night. After losing at home to Carmel by 17 just four w
Tigers' season comes to an end vs. Frankfort
The Lebanon defense was poised to help the Tigers take down sectional favorite Frankfort in the opening round of Sectional 25 Tuesday night. But unfortunately for the Tigers, their offense couldn't help them out. The Tigers shot 34.9 percent from the field and fell to Frankfort 50-37.
DeCoursey makes history at state meet
Zionsville junior Kyle DeCoursey made history Saturday, March 1, at the IHSAA Boys State Swimming Finals at the IUPUI Natatorium. DeCoursey became the first male state champion in Zionsville swimming history, winning the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 20.59.
County well-represented on All-Sagamore girls basketball team
The two Boone County schools were well-represented on the 2013-14 Girls Basketball All-Sagamore Conference team. Of the 30 girls honored, nine came from Boone County schools.
Noblesville's defense shuts down Lebanon
Noblesville prides itself on holding teams under 50 points and the Millers did that and more in their final regular season game on Friday. Noblesville (14-6) overwhelmed Lebanon (9-11) with its defensive pressure over the final three quarters and cruised to a 72-31 at the Mill.
Mavericks cruise past Eagles in regular season finale
There wasn't a whole lot that went right for the Zionsville Eagles boys basketball team Friday night at McCutcheon. The Eagles started 1 of 13 from the field, fell behind 18-2 and never recovered in a 51-34 loss to the Mavericks. .|Lafayette -- There wasn't a whole lot that went right for the Zionsville Eagles boys basketball team Friday night at McCutcheon. The Eagles started 1 of 13 from the field, fell behind 18-2 and never recovered in a 51-34 loss to the Mavericks. Zionsvi
Gophers hold off Stars 60-52
Sometimes it just isn't your night. Such was the case with the Western Boone boys basketball team Thursday night at Clinton Prairie.
No. 11 Huskies run past Stars 76-59
The Western Boone boys basketball team ran into a buzzsaw Tuesday night in the form of the Hamilton Heights Huskies. Hamilton Heights used a 23-1 run spanning the end of the first and the beginning of the second quarters and never looked back in a 76-59 win against the Stars.
Stars' run ends in regional final
The Western Boone girls basketball team got off to a great start in the regional final Saturday night against Bishop Chatard, making it appear like their three overtime game from the afternoon semifinals against Tri-West was going to have little impact. But midway through the second quarter, the Stars hit a wall and Chatard gradually pulled away in the second half to win the regional 54-40, ending the Stars' season with an 18-6 record.
- Stars advance to sectional title game