by Kent Sterling
What the hell else is there to listen to on local sportstalk in Indianapolis than “Ahead of the Curve” with Fox 59’s Chris Hagan and me? Nothing. No station thinks enough of you to produce a local show.
It would be easy for Chris and I to breeze through the two hours knowing that there were no other choices for people on their way to West Lafayette and Bloomington for week two of the college football season, but that isn’t how we roll. Every week, we work to put together the best show possible.
Today, we will welcome the Indiana Pacers all-star Paul George to the show for the first time. Paul will be in West Lafayette with teammate George Hill tailgating prior to the Boilers matchup against Indiana State getting people jacked up for the auditions for the G2 Zone, and he’ll tell you why the Pacers run to Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals was no fluke.
We will also talk to one of the plaintiffs in the recently settled lawsuit against the NFL over the long term effects of repeated head trauma, and he should be a very familiar voice to Colts and Hoosiers fans. Bernard Whittington will talk about the $765 million settlement as well as the challenges faced by former NFL players. Bernard does great work with the NFL Alumni Association, and knows about what former players face following retirement.
We will also preview the Hoosiers game against the Midshipmen of Navy. Navy runs a triple option defense, and Indiana coach Kevin Wilson was nervous enough about this game to bank an extra three days of practice by scheduling Indiana State on a Thursday. Navy upset the Hoosiers last season, and coming off a 73-35 win over Indiana State, IU is feeling very productive.
The Colts are getting ready for a visit from what experts expect to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, and we will talk to the host of the Raiders pregame to find out why the Colts might have anything to fear from the Silver and Black.
The National League Central is heating up after the Cardinals 12-8 win in St. Louis last night. Yadier Molina was targeted by a fastball in the seventh inning, and hit one of the pitches that followed into the deep, dark night for a three-run jackerton. Adam Wainwright and Jason Locke will both try to reverse their recent skids tonight in a game for first place.
If that isn’t what they call “appointment listening” in radio management seminars, I don’t know what is. Today at 11a, or come back here later today for podcasts of the interviews.
It goes without saying that this will be the best two hours of my week, but I’ll say it anyway.