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Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Pictured in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A; September 2008 photo by me, South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June 3 is 'IU Day' on the Big Ten Network; Isiah Thomas

June 3 is 'IU Day' on the Big Ten Network, DirecTV Channel 610
TV schedule is below some of my icons borrowed from my
South Beach Hoosier blog,

GREAT SCOTT, IT'S INDIANA!

Great Scott, It\
Scott May Shoots Down Michigan, April 5, 1976

THE CHAMPS!

The Champs!
Hoosier Hero Isiah Thomas, April 4, 1981


IU All-American and Olympian StevE Alford on the cover of the 1987 Media guide

INDIANA HOOSIER SPIRIT AT ASSEMBLY HALL

Indiana Hoosier Spirit at Assembly Hall
IU cheerleaders doing a 360° circle turn at half-court.


IU head basketball coach Tom Crean at his press conference
in Bloomington. With his hiring, South Beach Hoosier's prediction
-and wish- came true!
Now, we can finally get back to the IU tradition: an emphasis on
playing smart, playing hard, playing as a team -and winning with class.
And graduating!
No more one-and-done recruits!


The Championship Banners: 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
Assembly Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/sports/c-varsityclub/spec-rel/060309aab.html

Today is 'IU Day' on the Big Ten Network

June 3, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - June 3rd on the Big Ten Network has been named "IU Day,"

and all programming on Wednesday will be involving the Indiana Hoosiers!

COMPLETE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
6:00 a.m.- The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 1990 - Kentucky @ Indiana [Basketball]
8:00 a.m.- The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 2006 - Iowa @ Indiana [Football]
10:00 a.m.- Big Ten Short Stories: Indiana Hoosiers
10:30 a.m.- #1 NBA Draft Picks
11:00 a.m.- Men's Soccer: Indiana @ Ohio State
1:00 p.m.- Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate: Indiana
2:30 p.m.- Big Ten Short Stories: Indiana Hoosiers
3:00 p.m.- The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 1999 - Illinois @ Indiana [Football]
5:00 p.m.- Men's Golf: Match Play Championship
8:00 p.m.- The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 1987 NCAA Tournament Championship - Indiana vs. Syracuse
9:30 p.m.- Big Ten Short Stories: Indiana Hoosiers
10:00 p.m.- The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 1981 NCAA Tournament Championship - IU vs. North Carolina
12:00 a.m.- The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 2007 - Purdue @ Indiana [Football]
2:00 a.m.- Big Ten Short Stories: Indiana Hoosiers
2:30 a.m.- #1 NBA Draft Picks
3:00 a.m.- Men's Golf: Match Play Championship


In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation
"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007

Those of you who have written, called or wondered
when I was FINALLY going to be writing something
about Isiah being hired as head coach at FIU, and
the Miami media's tempest-in-a-teapot over his hiring,
should know that something was already written weeks
ago on him and the over-the-top media coverage,
where lots of usually sober TV and print reporters
were sloppy with facts and heavy with insinuations
in ways that you rarely see on local news coverage
-even in Miami!

It's in cold storage right now, waiting for the right time
to bring it out, a day that is fast approaching.

South Beach Hoosier/Hallandale Beach Blog
South Beach Hoosier/Hallandale Beach Blog

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Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Aventura.

If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But seldom if ever see...

This is particularly true in the Broward County city I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, north of Aventura and south of Hollywood and right on the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent. Sadly for its beleaguered residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with tremendous potential because of its terrific location and well-educated populace, yet its citizens have almost become numb to HB City Hall's frequent outrages and screw-ups, the result of YEARS of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, residents and Small Business owners wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road for others to solve in the future.

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North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers
Before I was a Hoosier, I was an NMB Charger, Class of 1979.

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation
"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007.