Homework assignment: Hoosier Hysteria

First off, an apology. If you’ve noticed a little less banter here, it’s because I’ve been off bantering elsewhere – Africa, to be more specific – and, like many others I know, trying my best to keep up with all the start-of-the-school-year happenings in Btown.

My colleagues and I have also been hard at work on launching a new and improved IU Bloomington Newsroom site, which we were excited to debut last month, and coming up with new and engaging ways to tell some of our most exciting stories, like this multimedia presentation that details the voyage home of the USS Indiana.

It’s been a busy semester for sure, but still, as I tell my 11-year-old son who conveniently forgets about his writing homework each night, there are no excuses. And I thought I might not get ANY forgiveness if I don’t start blogging before the unofficial beginning to fall in Btown, otherwise known as “Hoosier Hysteria.”

It's that time of year again for IU basketball.

It’s that time of year again for IU basketball.

Yes, it’s the beginning of basketball season at IU and the continuation of what has fast become one of the campus’ most anticipated traditions. This year’s Hoosier Hysteria event will take place on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) and include introductions of the 2013-14 Hoosiers men’s and women’s squads, skills contests and a men’s team scrimmage. It will conclude with the men’s team signing autographs on the concourse level of Assembly Hall for an hour after the program. More information for those interested in attending is available on the IU Hoosiers website.

Other schools have their own start-of-the-season traditions, but here in the heartland of hoops, we’ve got arguably the best one of all, a sentiment expressed quite well recently, I thought, by the trusty staff at the Indiana Daily Student.

Personally speaking, I’m excited for my son, who’s never experienced the event and is excited to attend – in his new candy-striped pants, no less. But first he needs to know: No homework, no hysteria.

Come to think of it, it’s a lesson for dad and son alike.

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