Truth’s Tuesday Top Five– 3:30 p.m. Kick-Off is Prime Time for Indiana by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

In my tenure here at Indiana, I have been filled to the brim with Saturday noon kick-offs, but this year has deviated from the norm.  It’s undeniable that the Hoosiers will play their fair share of 12 o’clock games, but their first true test and Big Ten opponent will have to wait till 3:30 to face the mighty Hoosiers.

I believe I speak for all students when I say 3:30 is a prime time for football and here is why:

5) Pre-gaming for the tailgate is no longer a hassle- The persistent feeling that follows you that can best be described as, HAVING to drink, is a feeling that never ends well.  Lately, this feeling has become way more common than it used to.  Occasionally, I feel as if I am almost supposed to drink rather than wanting to drink.  To all those freshmen and sophomores, you likely think I’m half nuts, but when your a senior drinking is just not as appealing.  However, with all that being said, tailgating is the one college event that I will do until I’m six feet under ground.  And believe it or not parents, pre-gaming for tailgates is part of tailgating.  Just accept it.

4) “Brunch” tailgates- Possibly the most anticipated tailgate of the season for this lone reason.  A college students wallet is paper thin, so free food and beverages are a bright light in a dark room.  Typically, my Uncle Bill marinates brats in beer, onions, and butter–a delightful treat–but this tailgate I expect him to whip up some eggs, bacon, and sausage prior to the brat fest.  Sometimes you publicly have to call out a member of your squad in order for them to step up their game.

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Truth’s Tuesday Top Five: “Quick Bites” at Indiana University by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

Hey, hey.  Another Tuesday, so I get to pleasure the audience with yet another edition of Truth’s Tuesday Top Five.

Patience is not a virtue of mine, so when I’m eating on campus I look for two things: quality of food and speed.  “Quick bites” are those food joints where the entrée is constructed quickly enough so the consumer has the option of taking it with them or eating in.

So, here we go:

5) Pita Pit- Never thought Pita Pit would make this list, but after the concoction I ordered today, Pita Pit earned this spot.  One minor complaint is the lack of meat placed on the sandwich, but with the option to double the amount, I quickly spent the extra two bucks to compile the meat.  Pita Pit is located on Indiana and Kirkwood directly across from the Staple Gates.

4) Butch’s- Located on 7th and Walnut, this “quick bite” claims to own the biggest menu in Bloomington.  From pizza to grill food, to breakfast sandwiches, Butch’s diverse menu pleases every college student.  Their sandwiches are large enough to fill an extremely hungry or hung over appetite, which for many students is what we look for as long as the price is reasonable.

3) Bloomington Sandwich Company- Not a regular stop for me due to its location on North College, but Bloomington Sandwich Company is delicious!  Over a half pound of meat and cheese on their signature sub, creatively named Bloomington Sandwich Co. sub.  With its downtown location, sitting outside illuminates the college atmosphere that Bloomington provides.

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Truth’s Tuesday Top Five: Big Ten Quarterbacks that Need Big Years by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

Throwing the pig skin in the Big Ten is not for the faint of heart or the mentally weak, that’s for sure. Come late October, early November the temperature drops, wind starts to swirl throughout stadiums, and sleet or snow may become apparent. Attempting to toss the football 15 yards to a slanting wide receiver becomes much more difficult.

Big Ten football is undoubtably grueling, especially when facing defenses such as Ohio State, Iowa, and Linebacker U. So today, I have taken the time to rank the Big Ten quarterbacks that need to have gigantic years if their squads are to succeed:

5) Robert Marve (Purdue)- Can not say I know much about Marve, other than I

Marve with Miami in 2007

knew he was a stud entering his collegiate career. I vaguely remember his tenure with Miami, but talent wise I know he is the cream of the crop. He better be because he has big shoes to fill. Joey Elliot was second in the Big Ten in passing yards, 252.2, and touchdowns, 22. Marve will certainly be tested early as the Boilermakers open with in-state rival Notre Dame, September 4th.

4) Ricky Stanzi (Iowa)- Some quarterbacks are judged on productivity and statistics, while others are judged for winning games. Ricky Stanzi is the Ben Rothlisberger of college football. Ironically, their teams have the same colors. Stanzi only threw for 219.7 yards per game. When your defense only gives up roughly 15 points a game, you can afford to do that. If Stanzi can avoid mistakes by taking care of the ball, Ohio State will have their hands full at Kinnick Stadium on November 20th.



Truth’s Tuesday Top Five: Essential Tailgating Items by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

We certainly win every tailgate

Today, I left the friendly con finds of home and moved into my college house.  Moving in was tough, especially since Indiana applies the no alcohol sales rule on Sundays.  The only thing worse than moving in is moving in without a few cold beers to quench your thirst.

As I moved in I realized I forgot two things: golf clubs and my tailgating gear.  With football season sneaking up on us, my tailgating gear is 74 miles north of me.  It’s Tuesday, so I’ll give my top five essential IU tailgating items:

5) Overalls- Most likely not on many tailgater’s lists, but overalls imitate the mascot of a true Hoosier.  Also, the durability and coziness provided are a rare, but satisfying combination.  They can virtually be worn any time during football season and basketball season making them the most versatile clothing item to date.  The overalls were one of my proudest purchases last year.

4) Drinking glove- Learned of this my freshman year.  When fall arrives the weather can be sneaky brisk, especially with an ice cold “fresh one” in your left hand.  Always carry a winter glove with you during these tailgates, preferably your non dominant hand.  This way, if a football is tossed your way, a brat needs consuming, or a dip must be scooped, your coordinated hand is free.



Truth’s Tuesday Top Five: Ranking the Big Ten Football Coaches by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

As football season gears up, my patiently waiting skills get put to the test. College football is a wonderful time of the year, as my Saturdays become filled with IU tailgates and games followed by trips to Nicks and Yogi’s to watch the other games.

Coaching fascinates me mainly because they are responsible for absolutely everything. Their team loses, it’s their fault. Your offense goes three-n-out, it’s their fault. Defense gives up 31.8 points a game, it’s their fault. If you lose too many games, your players don’t get fired, they get fired. I have a strong admiration for coaches, so today I have decided to rank the Big Ten coaches:

5) Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) – Maybe the surprise on the board to some, but I like Fitzgerald. He is 27-23 at Northwestern taking the Wildcats to two bowl games in his first four seasons. My respect generated from the 2010 Outback Bowl where Northwestern tried to climb a mountain they hadn’t climbed since 1949, and that is win a postseason contest. At halftime, Auburn lead 21-7, but a furious comeback pushed the game into overtime. I’m a huge fan of trick plays or “trickery”, and Fitzgerald’s gutting call to run the fumblerooski (spelled something like that) on the five yard line was epic. The play resulted poorly for the Wildcats, but what gonads to run that play. I instantly became a Pat Fitzgerald fan.

4) Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) – A rocky start for Ferentz at Iowa in 1999 when he won only one game finishing last in the Big Ten. In his 11 years as the Iowa head coach, Ferentz has posted an 81-55 record, which is impressive considering his first two years he combined for an overall record of 4-19 with only three total Big Ten victories. Last year Iowa lost at the Horseshoe in overtime that crushed their hopes of an outright Big Ten Championship. Now in his 12th year, Iowa is predicted to finish second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State. I think the Hawkeyes can top the Buckeyes this year especially considering the Buckeyes must travel to Kinnick Stadium on November 20th.

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Truth’s Tuesday Top Five: Five Questions on Indiana’s Upcoming Football Season by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

The Big Ten is year in and year out one of the toughest, most demanding football conferences in the country.   Indiana is typically located in the cellar of the conference by the end of the year, but the long term tide seems to be changing.

The new stadium addition to the North end zone, which holds a stellar weight room, and the new massive scoreboard, sets a different mood around Memorial Stadium.  A typical IU football year consisted of me predicting excellence by stating the Hoosiers will go 8-4 and destined for a warm weather bowl, but by the end of October those predictions become obsolete.  So this year, I have stopped drinking the Kool-Aid and decided to predict nothing, but instead to ask five questions I would like to see answered this upcoming season:

5) Will Darius Willis stay healthy? – It is very simple.  If the Hoosiers can productively run the ball simply enough to cause the defense to play honest, this offense could be explosive.  Willis is Indiana’s only chance at that, but injuries have plagued him along with inconsistency.  If Willis can stand up to the blows he will surely take, then look for IU to sprinkle in the running attack more and more.  Plus he is just a sophomore.

4) Will our defense ever stop somebody? – Can we please get off the damn field this year?  IU was the worst team in the Big Ten during Big Ten conference play in stopping fourth down conversions.  In fact, IU’s stout defense never stopped anyone on fourth down, as the opposition succeeded a remarkable 100% (3 for 3) of the time.  Opponent third down conversion percentage in Big Ten play for 2009 was also treacherous, as IU allowed teams to gain a first down 52.2% of the time.

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Truth’s Tuesday Top Five: New Additions to IU by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

According to ShareRanks.com, Indiana University ranks 16 on America’s prettiest college campuses.  Thomas Gaines, in The Campus as a Work of Art, declared IU one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses.  The scenic Jordan River that slices through campus, the brick pathway veined through Dunn Woods, along with the historical Arboretum makes that stride to class all the more peaceful.

Students who haven’t stepped foot on campus since last year will recognize the administration’s attempt to better this beautiful campus. So here are Indiana’s top five new key additions to enhance their already stellar campus scenery:

5) Medians put throughout campus’s busy streets: My cousin’s lease expired yesterday, so I ventured to B-Town to help him move in.  First recognizable addition to campus, entering from North Fee Lane was the medians placed at bus stops located outside of Kelley Business School, Foster, and Briscoe.  Turned left onto 10th Street and stationed at the crosswalk connecting the Kelley School of Business and the Library another median was constructed.  The new medians are strategically placed at high traffic areas to prevent cars from whipping by buses and potentially plowing a student.

4) Football jerseys: The new football jerseys will make the scenery on

Hideous old IU jerseys

the football field a little bit more bearable.  The Cream n’ Crimson game revealed the new uniform design and I think they are pretty sharp.  Even if you don’t like them, they crush the jerseys we wore in the Antwaan Randle El era.

3) Kilroy’s on Kirkwood upgrade: A new upstairs along with a walk-out patio will cause Kilroy’s on Kirkwood (simply known as Kilroy’s) to resemble Kilroy’s Sports (better known as Sports) located on 7th and Walnut.  Regularly Kilroy’s packs like sardines with hysterically under-aged drunks, so I prefer Sports’ larger complex.  However, $2 dollar Tuesday’s is a guaranteed good time, which makes Tuesday’s, the worst day of the week, more tolerable.

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