History in Indy!

Indianapolis- We are stationed at the media center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lunch has been served and gotta say IMS can put a spread together!

We just witnessed history here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sam Schmidt who is paralyzed just raced one of the greatest racers in the world 77-year-old Mario Andretti. So yes you read that right paralyzed from the neck down Sam Schmidt is competing in a race. Some may say he has nothing to prove and this may be true. However that didn’t stop the 52 year old Sam Schmidt from the challenge. The drivers drove a 4 lap race around the “Indy Road Course”.

IMS prez Doug Boles thought the idea was pretty nuts himself. To quote Doug Boles “I got a note from Sam sometime last fall, early winter, saying, ‘Hey, I’d like to do a head-to-head race next May against Mario Andretti,’ and I thought he was crazy,” Boles said. “But I thought Mario might be even crazier, and I didn’t know that you could actually convince Mario to do that, but Mario actually agreed.

Photo Credit Indy Car
Photo Credit Indy Car

It was an amazing scene here at IMS. Mario won the race and Sam Schmidt was quick to challenge a rematch. It was clear Sam Schmidt was very emotional about the experience. The “The Mayor of Hinchtown” waved the flag! James Hinchcliff the 2011 Verizon IndyCar series Rookie of the Year. Driver of the #5 Indy car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. is a driver for Sam Schmidt.

The grid is set for the Indy Car GP with will Power on the “POLE” and setting a new Track record 1 minute, 10.2014 seconds — on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course. Penske claimed the top two spots on the speed chart! Penske looks to dominate today’s race. Even after a disappointing qualification for Simon Pagenaud who will be starting back in 6th position.

Indianapolis Colts star QB Andre Luck will give the “Race Command” and Retired Colts outside line backer Robert Mathis will drive the Pace Car for the Indy Car GP.

I spent some time walking the pits and garages and I can tell you the teams are ready…the fans are here..and so are we!

ED KRACZ: Could Derek Barnett be the next Reggie White?

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The following article is contributed by Ed Kracz NFL contributor for the Balance, Beat writer for the The Philadelphia Eagles and Calkins Media
ED KRACZ: Could Derek Barnett be the next Reggie White?

PHILADELPHIA — Had there been a roof, it would have blown off. This was the first outdoor draft in National Football League history so the ear-splitting noise that a crowd of about 80,000 gathered on the Ben Franklin Parkway simply rose to the heavens when it was announced the Eagles were on the clock.

After nearly 10 minutes passed, league commissioner Roger Goodell strode across the stage at the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the Rocky theme song blasting.

Then came the pick: pass rusher Derek Barnett from the University of Tennessee.

Maybe someone up in the heavens heard the roars. Maybe even Reggie White himself heard them, because the late, great defensive end, who gave the Eagles so many great years and memories, must know Barnett.

It was Barnett who broke his sack record at Tennessee. The Nashville, Tennessee, native was the first freshman to start on the d-line for Tennessee in 2014, and he responded by having three straight double-digit sack seasons. If he can do that in the NFL, he could be this team’s next White.

It’s a tall order, though, especially because there are some knocks on him. Speed and burst are two.

But 32 sacks are 32 sacks.

“What Derek is proficient at is at the top of his rush, when Derek gets there, he has the bend and can finish,” vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas said. “He can really close. He has a variety of moves, speed, he can use power and he can finish when he gets to the top of the rush. I think there is a high ceiling for Derek. He’s going to get better, improve his hand technique. He said after he was drafted, he’s only scratching the surface of his potential and I fully expect him to reach it.”

There is no questioning that Barnett is a person of a high-character, and in this draft, where red flags popped up on players like a South Jersey beach when rip tides are present, that is saying something.

Running back Dalvin Cook was still on the board when the Eagles made their pick but several off-field incidents may have steered them away. Same with linebacker Reuben Foster. The Eagles could’ve had him but maybe the diluted urine sample during the NFL Scouting Combine scared them away.

“We’re real excited to get Derek,” executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said. “He was the highest-rated player on our board. We’re always built along the lines but, at same time, take highest-rated guy. He fits our scheme, he fits our culture and I think we got a tremendous player and a tremendous person. Everyone in this city will see the kind of person he is. He has unbelievable character, a hard worker and is really productive.”

Pass rushers are hard to find, and the Eagles believe they found one.

He may not have tested well at the Scouting Combine but Douglas said that was the case with Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs. That didn’t stop Douglas’ employer at the time — the Ravens and Ozzie Newsome — from taking Suggs, who became the league’s defensive player of the year shortly after being drafted.

“Both players didn’t test outrageously well but both are highly productive players, high toughness, great people,” Douglas said. “Again, his production is unmatched.”

Roseman defended Barnett’s testing by saying that Barnett had the flu at the Combine and at his pro day he had a hamstring issue.

As expected, this draft was about as unpredictable as any in recent memory.

So many mock drafts had defensive players coming off the board early and often. It was the other way around. Seven of the first 10 picks were offensive picks.

For the Eagles, who are looking to complete the puzzle around quarterback Carson Wentz, that was not a good thing.

Three of the top 10 players were receivers who had all been heavily linked to the Birds: Corey Davis, Mike Williams and John Ross. Another offensive player the Eagles no doubt coveted was Christian McCaffrey. The Stanford running back went to the Carolina Panthers, which was where most experts thought he would go.

The good news was, there were three trades before the Eagles’ turn came at No. 14. All three of those teams trading up took quarterbacks, which pushed talent down the board.

“We spent a lot of time going through scenarios and we did not have any scenarios with what happened here,” Roseman said. “It was real interesting how it went.”

When all that shuffling was complete, the Eagles had plenty of talent from which to choose, especially on defense. There was one offensive weapon they could’ve had and that was Alabama tight end O.J. Howard. Imagine a two-tight end set of him and Zach Ertz. That would’ve been scary.

In the end, though, defense was the direction they found too difficult to ignore.

They could have taken Alabama defensive tackle Johnathan Allen, who was the 2016 Chuck Bednarik and Bronco Nagurski Award on the nation’s top defense and had 10.5 sacks. Maybe if Allen was an end, he would have been the pick, because there was a clear need on the edge after the release of Connor Barwin.

So it’s one down and seven more picks to go.

The next two come Friday night, where the Birds own the 43rd and 99th overall picks.

Maybe the puzzle piece around Wentz will come then. Maybe a cornerback or two.

“There are a lot of different turns and twists as we go forward,” Roseman said, “but this is a good start for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Ed Kracz: 215-949-3070; ekracz@calkins.com; @kracze

The Balance Presents Super Bowl 50 Party/Special

Welcome to the annual Balance Super Bowl Party/Special broadcast.

This should be your 1st stop on Super Bowl Sunday. Today we invite freinds of the show back to talk nothing but Super Bowl

Host of the Balance El Presidente Tom Marquis and special guest Co-Host Ed Kracz Ed Kracz beat writer covering the Philadelphia Eagles for Calkins Media bring you all The Super Bowl storylines with a “Balance Twist”

This is a “Podcast” Format so 2 hours commercial free Super Bowl Talk

Mo of the Co Host of @BSSportstheFan Show, Matt Hicks from 1070 the fan in Indy,Kent Sterling of the Kent Sterling Show,Jason Hammer of the Hammer and Nigel show all are just a few of the guest expected to call into today’s show.

We will have serious breakdowns, with some comic relief, and we will probably fall the “The Rails’ from time to time..But Hey its Super Bowl Sunday

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On today’s show we talk to Roger Holtsclaw from onpitroad.com and Turn4 promotions he will be calling us from the Pits at “Winter Meltdown” at Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Contiuing our Race Talk Steve Wilson calling to talk #NASCAR and Tony Stewart #Rolex24, and of course we being the “Daytona 500” Talk

Second half Super Bowl 50 talk begins Rich Nye “The Sports Guy” calls us and talks about the legacy of #18 Peyton Manning. Rich brings vast experience and hometown perspective to his sports reporting for WTHR, Channel 13, and covered Peyton Manning as a Colt in its entirety

Then Wrapping things up “the Great Nick Bosak joins us to talk Super Bowl, and this and that

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The Balance Air Date 1/23/2016

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On todays show we talk to Turn Four Promotions and Sylvia Porter promoter of Anderson Motorspeedway in South Carloina. Also Dustin Albino writer for Speedway Digest talks #NASCAR and gives a report from media week in Charlotte.

Derrick Schultz from Fox Sports 975 Query & Schultz show talk #NFL Championship weekend and The Brady/Manningg matchup as well as Newton/Palmer matchup

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The Best of The Balance 2015 Air Date 12/26/2015

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Today’s episode features interviews from previously recorded episodes.

Ralph Sheheen
Ariel Biggs
The original debut shows for co host that one Radio Guy Rick Riggin/Jordan The Intern

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The Balance Air Date 12/5/2015

Did you miss this weeks LIVe episode of the Balance? Host Tom Marquis and Co-Host Rick Riggin alson with Jordan “The Intern” Talked College Football Playoffs/College Hoops. Phillip B Wilson called in to talk Colts, and we even thru in some MLB,NBA and the Balance Extra

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This Week on The Balance – 12/5/2015

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Airdate: December 5, 2015: 9-11a EST
Host: Tom Marquis
Co-host: Rick Riggin

Join your host, “El Presidente” Tom Marquis, co-host, “That One Radio Guy” Rick Riggin, and “The Intern” Jordan Maly breakdown this week’s top sports news.

The Balance Team – This is the ONE place where fanatics can come together and talk about their favorite teams. The Balance brings you an analytical breakdown of sports from a Fans point of view.

This week’s line up:

  • 9:05 – 9:30a: Your host, Tom, co-host, Rick, plus Jordan break down Big Ten Championship in Indy and all the college football conference championship games
  • 9:35 – 10:00a: Tom, Rick, and Jordan are “Shooting the 3” – yep, you guessed it college hoops are back
  • 10:05 – 10:30a: Phil B Wilson, beat writer for the Colts, Publisher of the Scout and Author of 100 Things Colts Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things…Fans Should Know) join the guys for some Colts vs Steelers talk
  • 10:35 – 11:00a: Host, Tom Marquis, and the guys jump in to NBA talk
  • 11:02 – 11:17a: The Balance Extra…Now that’s all you get…Download the podcast on iTunes to hear The Balance Extra

You don’t want to miss this week’s show. You can catch it LIVE Saturday 9-11a EST on Blog Talk Radio here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance/2015/12/05/the-balance-air-date-1252015. Also, feel free to call in to discuss any sport topic with host Tom Marquis and co-host Rick Riggin at (917) 889-8516.

Encore episode Indiana Talks/TuneIn http://indianatalks.com 10:00 PM-12:00 AM

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