Great job, Indiana Pacers! You enjoyed a successful season. Taking out the New York Knicks and making it to Game Seven against the evil Miami Heat—just one game shy of going to the Finals—still counts as terrific in my book.
As for last nights’ game, I just have two words.
I can’t stand how Miami Heat handles themselves both on and off the floor (and the Heat player who looks like Johnny Depp playing Tonto in the new Lone Ranger movie is just way too much).
So let’s forget those jerks and move on to some basketball action this weekend that’s both exciting and fun.
As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I think the film Hoosiers (written by the wonderful Angelo Pizzo) is the best sports film ever. The film follows the story of the Milan basketball team from the tiny town of Milan, Indiana, which won the Indiana Basketball Championship in 1954 against Muncie Central.
For those who haven’t seen the film (shame on you), let me put this in perspective. For Milan to beat Muncie would be similar to the Miami Heat getting beaten by a high school team from Ohio. It’s David versus Goliath. The whole story is hard to believe and would be if it wasn’t true which it is. That’s what makes it so terrific.
Having the Pacers lose was pretty tough on me, I’ll admit. For a girl from Indiana, life just isn’t the same when basketball season is over. That’s why I’m so excited about an event this weekend that focuses on the triumphant Milan basketball team’s improbable victory all those years ago.
This Saturday, the town of Milan will dedicate a museum celebrating the 1954 team. This isn’t just some small town ribbon cutting. It’s a big event. If you want to take a road trip to do something incredibly fun and totally all-American, journey over to Milan and join in the festivities.
Developing the museum has truly been a Herculean task orchestrated by a handful of the local citizens. Among those who took on the task is Roselyn McKittrick who was one of the project’s biggest boosters. Bobby Plump is another one who made the dream a reality in more ways than one. He’s the player who took the “last shot” making all this possible. He’s also a marketing genius. Plump made the brilliant move of opening a restaurant in Indianapolis called . . . what else . . . Plump’s Last Shot. Also, not to be forgotten is the Tourism Director, Katherine Taul, and Marianne Wiggers, a huge advocate for all things Milan. Finally, Angelo Pizzo was obviously instrumental in giving the team the recognition it deserves.
The event is going to be a blast. There will be a parade, twirlers, an auction, a private showing of Hoosiers, and an autograph session. There’s even a sock hop! Even if you don’t know a thing about basketball (don’t tell anyone) but you yearn for the Fifties, you won’t want to miss this event. You can get all the details at www.milan54.org.
The museum has actually been in existence for a while and has already hosted visitors from around the world, but Saturday is the official opening. As the late Dennis Hopper said in the movie, this Saturday is gonna be a “real wingdinger!”