Drying Out & Warming Up

We got through the rain, and now it’s back to sunshine and warmth.

It’s time to dry out across Central Indiana.  Highs today will reach 60 degrees with mostly sunny skies.  Wednesday, more of the same is coming our way.

Thursday, the chance for rain moves back into the forecast, as well as cooler temps in the 50s.

We might see a few lingering showers Friday morning, but then we dry out for the rest of the day and temps climb to 60 f0r Saturday.

We’re watching a developing soaker for Sunday, we’ll keep you posted.

That was a short but sweet forecast!  Enjoy the next few days.

Bracket, bracket…we all fall down!

Who can help answer the health care debate? Ali Farokhmanesh, that’s who.

Talk about a weekend of Madness! (With apologies to the ’80s band, I’m talking hoops and health care. Although “Our House” *is* the ringtone on my phone.)

Even if Butler’s appearance in the Sweet 16 isn’t too much of a surprise, how they got there is pretty impressive. Upstart Murray State gave them a handful, but the Bulldogs fought through it and are halfway toward the exciting 50-block trip to the Final Four.

And who thought Purdue would be the Indiana surprise in the Round of 16? Talk about gutting out a win! Even though having two teams advance makes for a logistical nightmare for the sports department and coverage on the web is increased, it’s cool to have local teams still going after it. And technically, as we speak, IUPUI is alive and well in the CBI, tied in overtime with Princeton. Update on that before this post is over.

Everyone’s talking Kansas, of course, and I’m just about as guilty as anyone for getting on that train. It’s odd, because as they announced KU as the top seed of the tournament on Selection Sunday, I thought “Don’t pick Kansas. They always flame out. DON’T pick Kansas.”

So I picked Kansas. On several brackets.

In the flurry of mostly-for-bragging-rights brackets I picked this year, I think five of six end up with the Jayhawks on top. Fortunately, in the WTHR Bracket Challenge, I’m the only “expert” on our staff to NOT have KU as my champion. But watch out, Kentucky. My jinxability knows no bounds.

Kansas is bracket death. To steal a sports cliche, “You have to make them beat you.” They either win the title, or seem to flame out dramatically. Why would we think this year would be any different.

Thankfully, with the pool hopes destroyed, I can root unabashedly for the slew of mid-majors left in the tournament. Butler, St. Mary’s, Cornell and, of course, bracket-killer Northern Iowa. Speaking of, how…um.. “extremely bold” is Ali Farokhmanesh? And who thought “Farokhmanesh” would become a household name in just 36 hours?

Game-winning three? He’ll take it. Game-sealing three with no one around and 30 seconds to kill on the shot clock? He’ll take that, too. Need to buy a vowel? Ali’s on it for ya.

Seriously. This guy has probably collected more phone numbers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa than a census worker this week. Butler and Purdue have uphill climbs in the regional semifinals, both facing #1 seeds, but Farokhmanesh has shown that seeds aren’t nothing but a number. As for the Panthers’ matchup, they meet Michigan State, so unless you’re a Spartan or one of those Big Ten fans that think “wins are good for the conference,” it’s pretty easy to root for Ali to continue to shock the world.

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So then, after a weekend of nail-biting hoops action, we turned our attention to CSPAN and a historical vote on health care.

(BTW, IUPUI lost in double overtime to Princeton tonight.)

I don’t know enough about the bill, the pros, the cons, or which states are getting ponies out of the deal, but I know one thing: That 7th grade Civics class taught me nothing. I had absolutely no clue what was going on during any part of the “process,’ except that it was taking so long. I’m just glad Jimmy Stewart never showed up with his copy of the Constitution.

In the end, it all worked out nicely from a TV standpoint, though. The vote came in just before the 11pm news, giving us fresh news for the Nightbeat. True “breaking news,” if you will.

One of those weekends where you just exhale at the end and race home to your pillow.

On A Roll

I’m trying to whip myself back into shape… here’s how my journey is going so far.

It’s been a little more than a month since I declared my fitness goals.  And, so far, I seem to be on track.

Just a recap… I’ve cut out all fast food, all soda and caffeine, and started a workout plan.

I feel much better now that I’m eating healthier balanced meals.  Trust me, I’m still craving my White Castle Chicken Ring Sandwiches, but I haven’t given into “what I crave,” just yet!

I’m lifting weights two days a week with a trainer, and doing cardio five days a week.  I’m addicted to spinning classes, so if one fits into my schedule, that’s fun exercise for me!

So, how are things going?  Pretty good I think.  I haven’t lost weight, but I’ve lost inches.  Thanks to being active and eating right… things are on a roll right now.  I’ve also started running, so I’m enjoying challenging myself with that.  Maybe the Mini Marathon is in my future!

I got a little off track with food this week when my mom was visiting.  I didn’t restrict myself as much as I usually do, but I kept up with my exercise, so hopefully it all balanced out! 

It’s all in the name of getting healthy!  Only about three weeks are left until my wedding, so I’m hitting the gym extra hard over the next few weeks.  The funny thing is… I’m addicted to all of this… so even after all the craziness of getting married is over, I am definitely going to keep up with my routine.  I have never felt better, and that’s an easy addiction to feed.

Messy Monday

Today will be the worst day of the week… soggy, windy, and cold.

Not a fan of the rain?  You won’t like today’s forecast then.  Highs today will struggle to reach the upper 40s with scattered showers.  Off and on rain is likely throughout the day with wind gusts out of the NE up to 30 mph.

Tonight, the showers become more scattered as lows drop to the upper 30s.

Tuesday, we warm up and dry out.  Highs rebound to around 60 degrees.  We’ll see that same weather story play out on Wednesday.

Our next chance for rain moves in Thursday and Friday.

Soggy Night Ahead

Rain is moving in, and it’s here to stay through Monday night.

Scattered showers are likely overnight as temps drop into the low 40s.  Wind gusts up to 30 mph are likely, so it’s going to be soggy and breezy.

Monday, highs struggle to reach the upper 40s with scattered showers and winds up to 20 mph.  By monday night, up to .50″ of rain is possible with a few isolated spots getting more.

Tuesday and Wednesday temps in the 60s return with sunshine.

We start tracking more rain Thursday and Friday.

Rain Moving In

Get ready to carry your umbrella today and for the start of the work week.

Spotty sprinkles are possible around Central Indiana this morning, with more steady rain developing for the afternoon.  Highs will reach the mid 50s.

Overnight, steady rain is likely and lows drop to the low 40s.  A soggy and windy night is likely with winds up to 20 mph out of the Northeast.

Monday, more rain.  Showers will be scattered, but, keep the rain gear heavy.  Temperatures take a dip as highs struggle to reach 50 degrees.  By Monday afternoon, up to a half inch of rain is possible.  So, we’re not expecting much, but it’s going to be pesky.

Tuesday, sunshine returns as do temps in the low 60s.

Our next chance for rain moves in Thursday and Friday.

Rain Knocking on the Door

Get ready for our warm sunny days to come to an end.

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine this week, because clouds will be back in the forecast, including a chance for rain this weekend.

Highs today will reach the low 60s with increasing clouds.  Spotty showers are possible late this afternoon into Sunday morning.  Right now, it looks like the rain will be hit or miss until we get to tomorrow.

Sunday, highs cool off to the low to mid 50s.  Scattered showers are likely, especially in the afternoon.

Monday, the rain sticks around and temperatures are even colder.  Highs won’t even hit 50 degrees… we’ll be a few degrees shy of that.

Sunshine makes a return Tuesday with temperatures near 60 degrees.

Ready for Purdue tipoff in Spokane

Spokane, Washington – Purdue plays in about one hour here in the Northwest, a long way from the Final Four in Indianapolis. Purdue looks like a long shot. A Final Four favorite just a month ago, now the Boilermakers are many experts’ target for an upset today at the hands of 13th seed Siena.

Spokane, Washington – Purdue plays in about one hour here in the Northwest, a long way from the Final Four in Indianapolis. Purdue looks like a long shot. A Final Four favorite just a month ago, now the Boilermakers are many experts’ target for an upset today at the hands of 13th seed Siena.

While I can’t see Purdue getting any farther than the Sweet 16 (and that would be a good accomplishment for this now vulnerable squad), I do believe they will win today. Siena is a good team with 27 wins, champions of the MAAC. The Saints are in the NCAA tourney for the third straight year and have pulled off upsets in their first round game the last two years. The last time Siena lost was to Butler February 20th. The Bulldogs proved just how good they are Thursday in a first round blowout of UTEP (I’ve got Butler in the Final Four and I don’t think I look too crazy anymore).

But Siena has not beaten anybody that would impress you. The Saints played some good teams: Temple, Georgia Tech, Northern Iowa and Butler. Siena lost all of those games. Purdue may not be what it once was. But the Boilermakers are still good enough to beat the Saints. The 2nd round will be a little trickier. Check back with me on that.

A couple more thoughts before tipoff:

-Purdue has won 11 straight first round NCAA tournament games. That’s an impressive run that will not end today.

-Senior Keaton Grant has played in 99 victories, the most of any player in Purdue history. A win today would make a nice even 100. I’m afraid that’s where it will stop.

If Robbie Hummel comes back healthy next fall, Purdue will be a potential number one team in the nation. Until then, Boilermaker fans may have to settle for one and done.

Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter

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Purdue players on Siena game

Quotes from Purdue basketball players, who face Siena without star Robbie Hummel Friday afternoon.

“We’ve had a few ups and downs, which was expected, but it’s the tournament now and the only thing we can do is just try to move forward and stay strong as a team and go out and get ready to try to win our ball game tomorrow,” said E’Twaun Moore, junior guard.

“I really didn’t have time to feel sorry for us. We’re in the middle of the Big Ten championship. We were able to accomplish that. So for the most part our team just handled the whole situation well. We knew we had to move on and just be ready to play,” said JuJuan Johnson, junior forward.

“I’m about 75 percent right now. Hopefully get a little bit better tomorrow – that’ll take a lot of pressure off if I’m feeling better, so hopefully get a little better percentage tomorrow when it’s time to play,” said Lewis Jackson, point guard.