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Contact: Michelle Derr
Phone: 317.407.8540
Email: michelle@indyprosports.com

Courtney Force, many others join The Balance live remote from Lucas Oil Raceway

You never know who will stop by The Balance this Saturday morning

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – This Saturday morning, September 1st, the Balance Radio Show will be broadcasting live from the MAC Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.  The broadcast will be live from 9am to 11am EST on BlogTalkRadio.

Courtney Force (John Force Racing) will be the headliner guest, joining the program during the 10:00 hour.  After qualifying for her debut event at the wheel of the Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car, (Courtney) Force beat Bob Tasca III in round one, becoming just the second John Force Racing driver ever to win his or her first round with the sport’s most successful team.  Force is currently 6th in points standing, entering the season’s final competition this weekend.

Other scheduled guests include Vance & Hines drivers Andrew Hines and Ed Krawic along with Brandon Baker from John Force Racing. With all the activity around Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend, you never know who will stop by to say hello to The Balance.

We’re excited to announce that Cliff Tanner and Pete LaFaucia will be joining The Balance host, Tom Marquis, on this weekend’s show. Join us Saturday morning!



The Balance is the ONE place where fanatics can come together and talk about their favorite teams. The Balance brings an analytical breakdown of sports from a Fans point of view. Hosted by Tom Marquis, The Balance bring breaking news, commentary, stats, standings, audio, highlights, and more! We also have a growing social media presence. The Balance is LIVE on Saturday mornings from 9-11a EST. The Balance Radio Network is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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The 2012 Balance Fantasy Draft Results

So if you missed The annual draft party at BW3’S in Avon last night you missed a great time and the hottest wings known to man. Yes Brian Jessen and I did the tradition of ordering the Blazin. Red Flag should have been when they brought wings out and they were black. WOW…yeah I am no afraid to admit I had to order Milk. I literally felt like my stomach was of going to explode. All I can say is your not a real man until you eat a Blazin wing at BW3’s whewww mommy. Our Social Media director Michelle Derr was not as brave,however she did eat the second hottest and was a real trooper. It was a great time.

Ok down to business. I noticed some of the team owners were on “autopilot” which is fine however you be looking at your line up and say words that will make you cover the ears of children. Well don’t sweat it to much you can add/drop or trade until you get your team perfect. We have a couple weeks untill the real son starts

Also I will be setting the schedules and and divisions today.

Good luck this season. I am looking forward to some fantastic match ups this year.

Here are the official draft results from the 2012 Balance Fantasy Football Draft

Round: 1
(1) Team Fork – Arian Foster RB
** (2) Pigskin Pirates – LeSean McCoy RB
(3) Rar’s Heros – Aaron Rodgers QB
(4) Soggy Bottom  Boys – Ray Rice RB
(5) True PackerFan – Drew Brees QB
(6) Victorious Secret – Eli Manning QB
(7) Bitchin Barbies – Tom Brady QB
(8) Team chapman – Maurice Jones-Drew RB
(9) Indianapolis Enforcers – Matthew Stafford QB
(10) Dornville Destroyers – Calvin Johnson WR
(11) Indy Triple Threat – Chris Johnson RB
(12) jwaescolts jwae – Larry Fitzgerald WR

Round: 2
(13) jwaescolts jwae – Andre Johnson WR
(14) Indy Triple Threat – Greg Jennings WR
(15) Dornville Destroyers – Marshawn Lynch RB
(16) Indianapolis Enforcers – Rob Gronkowski TE
(17) Team chapman – Roddy White WR
(18) Bitchin Barbies – Matt Forte RB
(19) Victorious Secret – Reggie Wayne WR
(20) True PackerFan – Fred Jackson RB
(21) Soggy Bottom  Boys – DeMarco Murray RB
(22) Rar’s Heros – Wes Welker WR
** (23) Pigskin Pirates – Adrian Peterson RB
(24) Team Fork – Darren McFadden RB

Round: 3
(25) Team Fork – Cam Newton QB
** (26) Pigskin Pirates – Peyton Manning QB
(27) Rar’s Heros – Jamaal Charles RB
(28) Soggy Bottom  Boys – Mike Wallace WR
(29) True PackerFan – Jordy Nelson WR
(30) Victorious Secret – Hakeem Nicks WR
(31) Bitchin Barbies – Jimmy Graham TE
(32) Team chapman – A.J. Green WR
(33) Indianapolis Enforcers – Victor Cruz WR
(34) Dornville Destroyers – Ryan Mathews RB
(35) Indy Triple Threat – Michael Vick QB
(36) jwaescolts jwae – Steven Jackson RB

Round: 4
(37) jwaescolts jwae – Julio Jones WR
(38) Indy Triple Threat – Frank Gore RB
(39) Dornville Destroyers – Brandon Marshall WR
(40) Indianapolis Enforcers – Michael Turner RB
(41) Team chapman – Trent Richardson RB
(42) Bitchin Barbies – Steve Smith WR
(43) Victorious Secret – Dez Bryant WR
(44) True PackerFan – Ahmad Bradshaw RB
(45) Soggy Bottom  Boys – Darren Sproles RB
(46) Rar’s Heros – Willis McGahee RB
** (47) Pigskin Pirates – Marques Colston WR
(48) Team Fork – Brandon Lloyd WR

Round: 5
(49) Team Fork – Miles Austin WR
** (50) Pigskin Pirates – BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB
(51) Rar’s Heros – Tony Romo QB
(52) Soggy Bottom  Boys – Vincent Jackson WR
(53) True PackerFan – Percy Harvin WR
(54) Victorious Secret – Steve Johnson WR
(55) Bitchin Barbies – Reggie Bush RB
(56) Team chapman – Jonathan Stewart RB
(57) Indianapolis Enforcers – Dwayne Bowe WR
(58) Dornville Destroyers – Stevan Ridley RB
(59) Indy Triple Threat – Antonio Gates TE
(60) jwaescolts jwae – Shonn Greene RB

Round: 6
(61) jwaescolts jwae – Vernon Davis TE
(62) Indy Triple Threat – Jeremy Maclin WR
(63) Dornville Destroyers – Philip Rivers QB
(64) Indianapolis Enforcers – Stephen Gostkowski K
(65) Team chapman – Jermichael Finley TE
(66) Bitchin Barbies – Roy Helu RB
(67) Victorious Secret – Beanie Wells RB
(68) True PackerFan – Matt Schaub QB[b][/b]

The Balance 8/25/2012 9:00 EST


Welcome to The Balance.

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.

We bring breaking news, commentary, scores, stats, standings, audio and highlights!

We will provide great interviews and sound Bytes…..

You don’t wanna miss the Balance !!!

On This weeks show

Airdate: August 25 , 2012

Host: Tom Marquis


The Balance and Indy Pro Sports

1209 Country Club Rd

Country Club Industrial Park

Indianapolis, IN 46234

Phone (317) 903-8063

Email tom@indyprosports.com


9:05-9:30: Cliff Tanner– Radio Speed Talk

9:30-10:00: Evan Williams – Purdue University

9:30-10:00: Jimmy Cavanaugh – Indiana University

10:00-10:15: Breakdown of the Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins Game

10:15-10:55: BAMF Fantasy Football Huddle




Welcome to The Balance.

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.

We bring breaking news, commentary, scores, stats, standings, audio and highlights!

We will provide great interviews and sound Bytes…..

You don’t wanna miss the Balance !!!

On This weeks show

Airdate: August 18, 2012

Host: Tom Marquis


The Balance and Indy Pro Sports

1209 Country Club Rd

Country Club Industrial Park

Indianapolis, IN 46234

Phone (317) 903-8063

Email tom@indyprosports.com


9:05-9:30: Pete – Radio Speed Talk

9:30-9:45: Leslie Harley – Families for HoPE

9:45-10:00: Ed Kratz – Eagles

10:00-10:15: Jeff Curts – BearsClaws

10:15-10:30: Jay Graves – Jay Graves Report

10:30-10:55: BAMF Fantasy Football Huddle

10:55-11:00: Wrap Up

Another Horse/Brian Jenson

Written by “Super Colts Fan” Brian Jenson

At least he is in blue again, the lighter blue would of been a nicer shade. I don’t really see what he sees in the Denver Broncos, but then again I’m not a NFL veteran QB. We are outsiders looking in at what we are all asking, “why of all 3 teams that it came down to, the Broncos”? Honestly, I don’t really know much about that team except for Tim Tebow, and now they are looking to trade him. What do you expect though? They just signed one of the best QB’s this league has ever seen. Only Peyton can answer the question, ‘why Denver?’ I personally would’ve picked Tennessee over Denver in a heartbeat.

After watching the press conference I feel like Peyton did make the right choice. I honestly believe that they will make a attempt to strengthen their team and go deep into the playoffs. If he thinks that this team is the best fit for him, then the Broncos it is. We can’t sit here and criticize him for his decision to go there. He obviously sees something there that will get him another ring or believes that they will give him the best option to do so.

Let’s look at the bright side of this story though. We probably will suck again for the next 3 years, maybe not, who knows. At least this will give us some kind of winning feeling knowing that Peyton is out there winning games. I mean, come on man, if you have been a Colts fan for this long you have to still be a Peyton fan. So even if you don’t like his choice,  just remember he is the professional here, not us. Deal with it and go buy your Manning Broncos jersey and put it on over your Colts tee and watch some Denver Broncos football. Only if they are on at a different time as our games though of course……

Boiler Down!/ Evan Williams

Purdue can’t hold onto lead, season ends with 63-60 loss to Kansas

It would’ve been too good to be true. It was something you would expect to see in a movie; the hardened veteran leading his underdog team to victory over the heavy favorite. This Hollywood script ending just wasn’t meant to be as Robbie Hummel and Purdue were unable to pull off the upset of Kansas and fall in the round of 32 for the second consecutive season. In a game that the tenth-seeded Purdue had no business being within 20 points of second-seeded Kansas, Coach Matt Painter and his squad executed their game plan for 39 minutes. As you know, a college game last for 40 minutes, and Purdue came up just a minute short of victory.  It is tough knowing that Purdue (22-13) was just a minute away from upsetting the Jayhawks (29-6) and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the past four seasons.

Purdue need someone to step up big time if they wanted a chance to upset Kansas, and they got that game from none other than Robbie Hummel. Hummel went off in the first half by hitting his first four shots, including three from beyond the arc. Kansas threw a multitude of defenders at Hummel, but no one could stop him, including National Player of the Year favorite Thomas Robinson. Robbie scored 22 points on 7 of 8 shooting and helped Purdue take a halftime lead of 36-30.

The game stayed in Purdue’s favor throughout the second half, until the final minutes of the contest. With under a minute remaining, the Boilers held a 60-59 lead when Lewis Jackson turned the ball over at the top of the key which lead to a Kansas bucket with 23.3 seconds remaining. Hummel got an open look at the other end on a three point shot but it rimmed out and Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor took the ball to the other end for a dunk to put the Jayhawks up for good with 2.5 seconds left. Ryne Smith got a decent look at a potential game-tying three, but it hit off the rim to secure the Kansas victory.

Robbie Hummel finished with 26 points and nine rebounds for Purdue, while D.J. Byrd and Terone Johnson each added 10 points. Lewis Jackson had five points and five assists and Ryne Smith added three points as the seniors concluded their careers at Purdue. The Boilermakers did a great job at limiting Thomas Robinson early on. They were able to frustrate the Player of the Year candidate with constant double teams and held him well below his scoring average for the season. Coach Painter used many different lineups in this game and it proved to be effective. Painter’s coaching in this game was a big reason why Purdue had a chance to knock off Kansas.

Even with Purdue being in control for most of the game, I felt there were still some bad calls that went against the Boilers. Ryne Smith was called for an intentional foul early on during a play where it definitely looked like he made a clean strip of the ball. The referees also missed a pretty obvious call when Kansas center Jeff Withey interfered on a layup attempt by Anthony Johnson as he yanked on the net causing the shot the rim out. Of course Purdue could’ve made a couple of the free throws they missed, but the outcome could’ve been in Purdue’s favor had the right calls been made.

As the game ended, all attention was drawn to Robbie Hummel as his adversity filled career with the Boilermakers came to a heartbreaking end. Even if you are not a Purdue fan, you have to respect everything that Robbie Hummel has done with all he has gone through. It was really difficult seeing Robbie’s career end like that. Being so close to winning like the Boilers were, only to let it slip away. Like I said earlier, it would’ve been too good to be true had Rob hit a game winner to send Purdue to the Sweet Sixteen. I have a strong belief that Robbie is one of the greatest to ever put on the old gold and black. Though there may have been others with better statistics and more accolades, no one can match the determination, perseverance, leadership, toughness to go along with the talent that Robbie Hummel played with.  It is hard to believe that that was the last time I will ever see Hummel suit up for Purdue and lead the Boilermakers into battle. I’ve been following Hummel since his high school days when he played for Valparaiso in the Duneland Conference with my LaPorte Slicers. Even when he was a rival, I still was a fan of Rob’s and have been one for the past five seasons at Purdue.

When I sat down and read Gregg Doyel’s article on Hummel’s career today on CBS Sports, I broke down.  I wasn’t expecting to, but I just couldn’t help it. When someone who has had such an impact on the team and school you love is gone, it hurts knowing they will never put on a Purdue jersey again. Though the honor of having your number hanging in the rafters of Mackey Arena is reserved for All-Americans and 2,000 point scorers, it is only right that Robbie Hummel’s #4 is up there next season.


With that, we come to the end of the Baby Boiler era. A group of guys that brought Purdue back to national prominence in the college basketball world. Even before the Baby Boilers, Purdue fans should remember the contributions that guys like Carl Landry, David Teague, Chris Kramer, and Keaton Grant brought to the program. Along with them, JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith were also the driving forces behind Purdue returning to the national scene. They have built the foundation that is Purdue basketball of the future, and you can count on it that the Boilermakers are here to stay. There will always be the “what if” questions surrounding the legacy of the Baby Boilers. As I know in my heart that Purdue would have at least one Final Four appearance had everything turned out how it should have.  All I can say is thank you, Rob, Lewis, and Ryne for everything you have done for our great university. You will always be beloved members of the Boilermaker family.

We now usher in a new era of Purdue basketball, and I have a lot of faith that the best is yet to come. Coach Painter will lead Purdue to its breakthrough and he has brought in the right guys to do so. D.J. Byrd will be our senior leader next year coming off his Honorable Mention All-Conference selection and being the Sixth Man of the Year. Terone Johnson is turning into an elite scorer as we saw in the last part of the season and we should expect to see him as one of the leaders of next year’s team. Travis Carroll, Anthony Johnson, and Sandi Marcius played some of their best basketball late in the season and I feel they are going to make big strides this coming year. Jacob Lawson will have time to bulk up and really get involved in the Purdue system. Painter will also be bringing in a very talented group of freshman with redshirt Donnie Hale, Rapheal Davis, AJ Hammons, Ronnie Johnson, and Jay Simpson.  Even with the losses of three great players, Purdue is here to stay.  Though I am disappointed that Purdue’s season is over, I am already excited for next year and know that Boilermaker basketball will continue to succeed.

Purdue holds off /Evan Williams

Written by Evan Williams

Purdue holds off late St. Mary’s run, advance with 72-69 win

Purdue was in control of their second round matchup with St. Mary’s for the majority of the game, until the final few minutes when it got interesting. Purdue had led by as many as 13, but the Gaels made a late push and actually took the lead 69-68 with under 1:30 to play. The big moment came when St. Mary’s Clint Steindl travelled on the inbound play giving the ball back to the Boilers. Lewis Jackson then sank a pair of free throws to give the Boilers a lead. Rob Jones, who led St. Mary’s and all scorers with 23 points, missed a three pointer at the buzzer to secure the 72-69 Purdue victory. Purdue (22-12) advances to face the winner of Kansas and Detroit, while St. Mary’s (27-6) season has come to an end.

A combination of a balanced game from Purdue and some horrible shooting from the Gaels in the first half helped the Boilers garner a 31-24 lead going into halftime. Purdue went with a smaller lineup by starting D.J. Byrd in place of Travis Carroll and it seemed to pay off. Sophomore Terone Johnson dominated St. Mary’s in the first half as he went for 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Johnson ended up leading Purdue leading scorer on the night with 21 points. I think that we are starting to see the transformation of Terone into an elite player for the Boilers. After coming off of the bench for the good part of his first season and a half, Johnson has started eight straight games and has been an offensive machine.

Lewis Jackson scored 18 points for Purdue with 15 coming in the second half including his clutch free throws. Robbie Hummel and Anthony Johnson each scored 10 for the Boilermakers.

The key for Purdue in this game was their ability to shutdown St. Mary’s best player, Matthew Dellavedova. Dellavedova went just 3 of 10 from the field and 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Gaels really struggled offensively in the first half, as they shot 1 of 15 from three and just 31.4% overall.

St. Mary’s turned it around after the break by keeping up with Purdue all half.  The Boilermakers then had some troubles on the both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball as the Gaels went on 14-2 run to erase a ten point deficit. Dellavedova hit a pair of free throws to pull the Gaels within two with less than two minutes to play. Jorden Page then hit a three ball to give St. Mary’s its first lead, 69-68. After the Gaels Steindl was called for the travel, that’s when Jackson hit his free throws with the Boilers season on the line. Purdue went up 70-69 and were able to pad their lead after Robbie Hummel hit a pair. Jones then missed his three point attempt as the buzzer sounded to give Purdue its 14th consecutive opening round victory in the NCAA tournament.

The tenth-seeded Boilers will now face off against the Kansas/Detroit winner on Sunday in the round of 32. Purdue is looking to return to the Sweet Sixteen after losing to VCU in last year’s NCAA tourney in the round of 32.


We want to hear The Voice of the Boiler Nation…BOILER UP!

The Final Four

Oh you thought I was going to write another article about March Madness…All in due time..

I am talking about “MANNING” watch. We believe Peyton Manning has a short list of four team So lets take a look shall we?

  • “Good Ole Rocky Top “Peyton has a history with  Tennessee with great memories. He has made a surprising announcement about his football future that has made people in Tennessee deliriously happy, he declared that he would stay at Tennessee for his senior season instead of turning pro. David Climer, The Tennessean:

Some of those close to Manning say he seems particularly intrigued by the possibility of finishing his football-playing life in the same state that gave rise to his legend as a college quarterback. Titans owner Bud Adams has sweetened the pot by dangling a front-office spot, upon retirement, in front of Manning. Who knows? There might even be a share of the franchise in his future, if that’s what it takes.

  • “Mile High”… The Denver Broncos are reportedly one of Manning’s top two choices. John Elway is making The Broncos sound very attractive to Manning. The smart money is on the Broncos. Having John Elway in the front office gives them an edge — one great quarterback bonding with another.

Manning would probably prefer staying in the AFC, and he wants to go where he can win right away. The Broncos won the AFC West without Manning last season. They are a franchise headed in the right direction with Elway and coach John Fox. Manning could help take them to the next level.

  • “Out In the Desert” The Cardinals have star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and went to the Super Bowl after the 2008 season….Not going to spend much time here b/c I don’t believe its a real possibility
  • “Swimming with the Dolphins” …Really you have got to be kidding why did Peyton even waste his energy.  I mean what a slap in the face. Hey Peyton come play in Miami we have Brandon Marshall…Oh wait a tick no we don’t.  Another clear sign the only time Peyton Manning will be in South Beach will be to relax in his condo and play some golf with Trump!

So to me the only choices are Denver and Tennessee…If I were a betting man. Which I am BTW go with the Titans. They offer Peyton a 401K…and a blank check!


So fans what are your thoughts…So go spilling your guts about why he should have stayed with the Colts. That story has been told and I am tired of hearing it.

Reggie Wayne Stays a Colt!

So much for Reggie Wayne and Peyton Manning, who was released by the Colts last week, ending up on the same tem.

Wayne, 33, has been a vital partof the Colts offense for years, first as the complimentary receiver to Marvin Harrison, then as Manning’s No. 1 option.

In 2011, the five-time Pro Bowler still excelled even as Manning missed the entire season after neck surgery. Wayne had 75 receptions for 960 yards and four touchdowns.

In 2010, Wayne had a career-high 111 receptions for 1,355 yards and six touchdowns. He has 11,708 career receiving yards, putting him 22nd on the all-time list. He is one of only 26 receivers in NFL history to have more than 11,000 yards.

Fans this is where your voice counts…Lets hear it!

IndyCar goes Hollywood

IndyCar  inked a deal with DreamWorks Animation to make “Turbo to hit theaters in the summer of 2013.

The animated movie features an ordinary garden snail that dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500, and gets a chance to do just that after a freak accident leaves it with extraordinary speed.

The film is scheduled for release July 19, 2013, and is the biggest deal yet for IndyCar’s Entertainment division.

Filmmakers hope the racing snail can become as big a hit as the Cars series that featured a talking, NASCAR-style race car.