What an exceptional piece by Rick Reilly.
The Colts were never my team, but I’ve been around enough fans to know what an impact this man has had in Hoosierville. I’ve also found it really difficult to root for many professional athletes these days (Not you, Steve.); however, this man has never ceased to inspire.
Lou Gehrig was “The Iron Horse”, who helped carry the good ol’ Yankee boys through their heydays. You, Peyton, have been the blood, sweat, and soul pounded into the soles of each and every Colt for more than a decade, and (though the circumstances were entirely different) you took every stride with as much dignity as that classy Iron Horse — that kind of poise deserves a major league thank you.
Hey, you even opened a Northwest Indiana girl’s eyes to professional sports outside of Chicagoland. Reggie Miller couldn’t even to that.
What an exceptional piece by Rick Reilly.
My little brother’s elementary is too cool for school!
Hoosier women are making strides in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Gary mayoral elections.
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
Reports of “sabotage” hit U.S. news wires June 8, 1951, after the largest plane disaster in peacetime history occurred in and around Richmond, Indiana.
Life reported, “Three pilots were killed; some of the planes, shredded to pieces, left only holes in the ground. How could it have happened to eight planes simultaneously? They had flown into a mild electrical storm. Could that be the answer? Or did the maintenance crews slip up? Or was it sabotage?”
There were 71 planes in the Air Force flight from Austin, Texas.
The Sandusky Register (then the Sandusky Register-Star) had a frightening report from a Mrs. Fred Musser:
“She thought she and her five children were caught in an enemy bombing raid. One plane crashed almost in their front yard. ‘I heard the planes zooming around, and then heard a noise that sounded like thunder — only a lot worse,’ Mrs. Musser said. ‘I ran outdoors and saw the first plane go down across the road from the Perfect Circle Plant and then suddenly, there was an explosion almost right over my head. I thought sure it was an air raid and that those planes were dropping bombs.’ Plane parts smashed four windows in the Musser house and tore several holes in the frame walls.”
Have you ever noticed that the phrase “Follow me on Twitter” seems a lot more common than “Friend me on Facebook”?
Alterian and Sevans Strategy decided to look into this phenomenon. The two tracked 3.3 million such “asks” in March by running keyword searches on various platforms including Flickr, Blogger, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Twitter. The researchers found a whopping 95.9% of the requests related to Twitter. The most popular come-on: “Follow me.” Most of the time, this message was relayed on Twitter.
Although you might assume that the only people who would read the message “follow me” would be people who already follow you, Sarah Evans, president of Sevans Strategy, points out that the message can also be retweeted and found in searches.
Meanwhile, research shows that people are a lot less bold on Facebook, which only accounted for 2.2% of asks. Just 0.03% of asks came from Foursquare. One caveat: The researchers only looked at public Facebook Pages, which means a huge amount were left out. Still, Evans says, “Our best guess was that there wouldn’t be any private pages asking people to ‘Like’ them.” It may also be that Facebook is more of a personal medium than Twitter, though marketers of late seem to have no problem asking consumers to “Like” them.
Men and women were also pretty much equally likely to ask, though men were a lot bolder on Facebook. Other findings showed that Americans were way more forward than Canadians, and that Indiana led the 50 states in asks. Perhaps in the future, the Hoosier State could be renamed the “Ask Me” state.