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April 4, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
The man who made perhaps the most famous shot in cinematic hoops history never played high school basketball. "I tried out three years in a row," Maris Valainis says, "and I got cut three years in a row." But as Jimmy Chitwood in the venerated 1986 film "Hoosiers," Valainis calmly sinks the game-winning jumper to give the Hickory High Huskers the 1952 Indiana state title. Movie fans haven't forgotten. Valainis says he's still recognized from his portrayal of Chitwood, whose shy, reserved personality is similar to his own. "When I'm playing, yes," says Valainis, whose picture-perfect shooting form can still be seen in Southland pickup games, "and when I'm out sometimes too. "If I'm in a social situation, I'll get a lot of, ‘You look really familiar to me.' And then finally someone will figure it out, which is amazing to me that 25 years later people would remember.
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March 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Seeded teams 1 INDIANA: The Hoosiers' six losses came against NCAA tournament teams. Their mix of high-scoring offense and ugh defense cinched a top-four seeding despite a Big Ten semifinal loss. 2 MIAMI: Experience and a strong backcourt led the 'Canes to their first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles. And they have a clear path to a regional final. 3 MARQUETTE: The Golden Eagles represent a tough matchup along the front line. Forward Jamil Wilson has come on as a scorer and rebounder at the end of the season.
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March 7, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times
A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to vote for the 10 best sports movies of all time. And 9,280 ballots later, we unveil your picks. No. 1: "Hoosiers" (1,392 first-place votes, 42,874 points) This is the best sports movie ever made. Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) comes to Hickory, Ind., to coach the high school basketball team. To the people of Hickory, the team, the Hickory Huskers, is more important than life itself. And none of them can understand why Dale, a former big-time college basketball coach, would come to the middle of nowhere to coach.
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Victor Oladipo "wasn't even close" to 100% healthy, Indiana Coach Tom Crean said of his star player Tuesday night. He was referring to the junior guard's sprained left ankle, which had kept him out of the second half of the Hoosiers' previous game three days earlier. But mentally Oladipo was all there, and that was enough to help No. 1 Indiana get past No. 4 Michigan State, 72-68, to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. “There's no doubt his foot hurt,” Crean said of Oladipo.
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February 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Victor Oladipo "wasn't even close" to 100% healthy, Indiana Coach Tom Crean said of his star player Tuesday night. He was referring to the junior guard's sprained left ankle, which had kept him out of the second half of the Hoosiers' previous game three days earlier. But mentally Oladipo was all there, and that was enough to help No. 1 Indiana get past No. 4 Michigan State, 72-68, to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. “There's no doubt his foot hurt,” Crean said of Oladipo.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1986 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
Come on, you movie know-it-alls, you holiday-season cynics, resist "Hoosiers" if you can. (It opens Friday at UA Coronet for a one-week Oscar-qualifying run.) But why would you want to? It's as engaging, as modest, as utterly American and as thrilling as the true-life story it's based on. In that one, the basketball team from Indiana's Milan High School (that's pronounced Mile-an), enrollment 164, played its way to the 1954 Indiana State basketball championships.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 1987
A surprise hit with audiences and critics , "Hoosiers" has been the season's Cinderella story. Set in the ' 50s, the film is loosely based on a true-life giant-killer saga: the 1954 Indiana tournament drive of minuscule Milan High (enrollment: 164). For many, it distills the heart and soul of hardwood floors, screaming cheerleaders and furious rallies.
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March 13, 2008 | DANA PARSONS
Holed up in a Bradenton, Fla., motel Sunday night, I did what any tourist would do who'd traveled cross-country for vacation -- I turned on the TV. The gods smiled; "Hoosiers" was on the air again. Man, how many ways do I love that movie? How many times have I seen it? And it's not just me. A couple years ago, ESPN dubbed it the best sports movie of the last 25 years. I spent four boyhood years in small-town Nebraska where my father coached the Marquette Cubs and took them to the state basketball tournament, so it's no surprise that "Hoosiers" moves me. Every time the camera shows Gene Hackman throwing a chest pass in practice or the single-file line of cars making road trips over Indiana country highways or those 1950s gyms and Midwestern farms, it all comes back.
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June 15, 2000 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Chitwood, the kid from Hickory High School whose jump shot in the 1954 Indiana state basketball championship gave berth to the movie "Hoosiers," walked around a picket fence and stuck out his hand, friendly as could be. Only, his real name is Bobby Plump. You understand. The town's brooding basketball stud couldn't be named "Plump," of course. So, the movie folks took a small liberty. No harm in that. And, it was little Milan High that he shot to the championship, not Hickory High.
SPORTS
December 22, 1990 | From Associated Press
When Indiana needed a lift in the second half Friday night against Iowa State, Calbert Cheaney and Eric Anderson provided it. Cheaney scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half and Anderson had nine of his 18 during a 19-4 run that enabled the sixth-ranked Hoosiers to beat the Cyclones, 87-76, at Ames, Iowa. Indiana (10-1) blew a 10-point lead in the first half, fell behind at the start of the second half, but then took control of the game.
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January 13, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
When No. 15 Ohio State held off a late rally by No. 2 Michigan for a 56-53 victory on Sunday, college basketball had no more unbeaten teams. The first of the last three unbeaten teams to go down was No. 4 Arizona on Thursday night at Oregon, 70-66. Then No. 1 Duke was knocked off, 84-76, at No. 20 North Carolina State on Saturday. On Monday, when the Associated Press releases its weekly poll, there probably will be a new No. 1 team. But who? Well, No. 3 Louisville would be the most likely candidate.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012
Rather than launch a follow-up to Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth" live tour, "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones is partially apologizing for his recent comments against the successful CBS sitcom. The 19-year-old actor made headlines Monday after appearing in a testimonial posted by the Forerunner Christian Church in which he labeled the long-running program "filth" and urged people not to watch it - in addition to noting his desire to no longer be part of the series.
NATIONAL
May 5, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The tea party upstart who is trying to dislodge one of the U.S. Senate's most respected Republicans is about to cry. Minutes into his stump speech at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner here, as hundreds of Republicans poke at chicken and mini-potatoes, Richard Mourdock chokes up, his voice cracking over the sound system, all the way to the bar at the back of the room. "Honestly, as I look at our nation's capital, I feel more frustrated with Republicans than Democrats," says Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer.
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March 19, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Taking the pulse of Indiana basketball requires a visit to Nick's English Pub, which is little more than an angrily tossed chair away from the Bloomington campus. People come for three things, manager Pete Mikolaitis said: to talk Hoosiers basketball, eat strombolis and play "sink the biz," a drinking game in which you pour from a 60-ounce pitcher of beer into a glass adrift in a 48-ounce bucket of beer. You sink it, you drink it. "It's been a popular drinking game here for 20 to 30 years, maybe longer," Mikolaitis said.
SPORTS
March 7, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times
A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to vote for the 10 best sports movies of all time. And 9,280 ballots later, we unveil your picks. No. 1: "Hoosiers" (1,392 first-place votes, 42,874 points) This is the best sports movie ever made. Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) comes to Hickory, Ind., to coach the high school basketball team. To the people of Hickory, the team, the Hickory Huskers, is more important than life itself. And none of them can understand why Dale, a former big-time college basketball coach, would come to the middle of nowhere to coach.
FOOD
December 29, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Molotov had his cocktail; I have mine - a fiery Bloody Mary, three parts tomato juice, 1 part vodka. Crumble in bits of crispy bacon, add a splash or two of horseradish and hot sauce for extra tingle. There's more to this classic drink, but that's the basic plotline, the can't-miss equation. Stick with me a moment and you'll know more about Bloody Marys than you do your own mom. True, mothers are hard to know - so saintly, so selfless, I don't even try anymore. By comparison, Bloodys are easy to understand.
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April 21, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I'll make it." --Jimmy Chitwood, "Hoosiers" Jerry Dawson has officiated dozens of recreation league basketball games at the small Salvation Army gym on Edinger Avenue. But something was bothering Dawson on this April evening, something he couldn't quite place. Maris Valainis stood out among the 10 guys playing in the 6-feet-4-and-under league game that night. Dawson recognized that jump shot, the one so perfect it should be cast in gold and sitting atop a trophy.
SPORTS
March 13, 1987
Norm Ellenberger grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he was a prep star in the mid-1950s. He went to Butler University in Indianapolis, which played its home games at Hinkle Field House. He then launched a coaching career that came crashing down in 1979 when he was caught in a recruiting scandal at the University of New Mexico. Now, he's making a comeback as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas El Paso.
FOOD
December 29, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Here are some good Bloody Mary mixes to get you started. • Hoosier Momma, not for wimps, this new kid on the block may become the gold standard; available in Southern California only by mail order at http://www.hoosiermomma.com . • Zing Zang, award-winning peppery blend, almost as thick and turbo-charged as Hoosier Momma, and available in most supermarkets and liquor stores. • Dr. Swami & Bone Daddy's, another rich blend. Rule of thumb, if it's red as a firetruck, it's no good.
NEWS
January 27, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, seen as a rising star among conservatives, announced to his supporters that he will not mount a presidential run in 2012. Though he stopped short of a formal announcement, Pence strongly suggested that he will instead seek the governorship of Indiana next year. "In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana," Pence told supporters in an e-mail message sent Thursday afternoon. "We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
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