It is the best of times...and the best of times. This is a tale of two Indianas. The one Indiana you know-- Indiana University... Number 1 in the polls and improving. But what about that other Indiana-- the Indiana Pacers? The state's NBA team is quietly Number 3 in the Eastern Conference, and while the Knicks, Nets, Bulls-- and especially the Miami Heat-- get the credit, Indiana just keeps winning-- quietly.
This is not a team with recognizable stars. Indiana's most recognizable face-- Danny Granger-- would not be confused with LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, or other top-tier stars. And that doesn't even speak to the other players on the Pacer roster. All they do is win-- and win big, like last night over the New York Knicks.
The other Indiana-- Indiana University-- has the recognizable stars-- like Luke Zeller, Jordan Hulls, and Victor Oladipo. But even though everybody knows their names, they have one thing in common with that NBA Indiana team-- they both don't care who gets the credit. They just win.
It is the best of times...and the best of times... to be an Indiana fan. Love them both-- they both deserve your affection. They do it the right way-- the Indiana way. In both cases, it's all about the results-- not the men who make it happen.
That's my take-- I'm Tom Lee.