Nic, Bupkis and Nichevo

About Nothing, by Nothing, with German-flavored cleavage occasionally thrown in for local color.

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

You can email me at NicBupkusNichevo at aol dot com. Aren't you excited?

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Unconscionably overdue.

It is INEXCUSABLE that this hasn't happened sooner.

One day after former Crispus Attucks High School basketball players publicly questioned why they weren't given the same treatment as the 1954 Milan state champions, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame executive committee announced Wednesday that the 1955 state champions would be inducted at a March 23 ceremony.

"There is no question the Crispus Attucks team of 1954-55 that won its first state title deserves to be inducted," said Roger Dickinson, executive director of the Hall of Fame. "What that team accomplished had national and social significance."

If you're not from Indiana and/or not a basketball junkie, please let me explain a few things. If you've ever seen the movie "Hoosiers", you've seen a movie based on that 1954 Milan championship - and the man who played the South Bend coach was in real life the coach of Crispus Attucks.

Crispus Attucks High School, the home of the legendary Oscar Robertson.

Crispus Attucks High School, the first team of color to win the state championship in a sport that was a state obsession, and in a state that was only one generation removed at the time from Klan control.

Crispus Attucks, the team that brought national attention to the amazing basketball being played in the African-American community and helped pave the way for future NBA greats as George McGinnis, Julius Irving and Wilt Chamberlain.

Milan was famous for being the tiny school who could. Crispus Attucks rewrote basketball history.


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