Ken Dilger was one, right? I have a few cousins that went to Heritage Hills.
Still... they say never meet your heroes. So I try not to put any of my idols on pedestals. I love Peyton Manning, but I've heard a few rumors about things he did during his days in Indy that make me wish I'd never put him on a pedestal. Still love the guy for everything he did while a Colt, but I also understand he's a human being, not a superhero.
Same reason I hate to see documentaries about Michael Jordan. I idolized him as a kid. I also idolized Reggie Miller, so hearing about some of his transgressions while he was a Pacer is heart-breaking.
Many thanks... You're very kind and generous with your praise. Honestly, explaining the media is getting harder and harder to do. There's plenty of media that I'm not at all comfortable with. I don't want to sound like the old guy who says "back in my day, this never would have been allowed to happen." But, so often, that's the truth.
Most of my years working were the 80's, 90's and 2000's... and the internet was at its dawn in my later years. Since I've mostly left, the internet has exploded. It not only dominates the media landscape, it shapes it as well... because everyone is now in a hurry to put out material. The drive to be first is powerful. More powerful than the drive to be right, to be acurate. That doesn't help anyone.
So when I post here about the media, I try to explain, to give context. I'm not trying to defend, though it may come across like that from time to time. Much of the problems that all of us face with the media, is that most major organizations have been shrinking for 12-15 years. Smaller staffs, with fewer people asked to do more. And there are fewer sets of eyes to go over material. So if someone makes a mistake, there are fewer people around to catch the mistake before it gets on the air, or before it gets printed. When people here ask the question "How did that happen?" that's usually the answer. Media newsrooms are operating at a skeleton level. So few people in most newsrooms. When I started and for most of my years, newsrooms buzzed like a beehive. They were packed and everyone was going somewhere doing something. Now, newsrooms have so few people in them you wonder how anything gets done. It's very sad to me. Anyway... that's the world we live in right now. I have more thoughts on this (no surprise!) but this isn't the forum for that. So, I'll leave it here unless someone else wants to continue this.... I'm always here....
I really don't do predictions but most every year there are around five teams in both conferences who over achieve or under achieve according to the so called sports gurus or experts.
There is just way too many variables that can change the outlook of any team.