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home : columnists : columnists January 25, 2015


11/24/2012 3:47:00 AM
The power of perception

By Don Jellison
djellison@thetimes24-7.com


Perception. Fun word to work with. Your perception of something being great may not be my perception of something being great. I've often thought that my perception of something great in the world of high school athletic, or just plain old simple life, may not be as high as it should be.

Take any high school sport, for example. I've always thought winning a sectional championship is pretty big stuff. And, it is. But, setting a goal to win a state championship is even bigger.

Another word that gives me trouble is "better." I hate that word. Better than what? Is winning four games following a year of winning two games in a 20 game high school basketball season "better?"

All comes back to the perception you have of life.

Newspaper writers are constantly told by our bosses that we should "get out into the community." I try to do that, but my community usually ends up being a sports community. I go to church on Sundays, and folks want to talk sports. I go to the doctor. Same thing. No different when shopping or having a meal at a local restaurant.

People want to talk sports. They may believe I'm too dumb to talk about other things. Some people believe I'm too dumb to talk sports.

Nevertheless, as I've gotten out into the community of late, here are the three topics I've heard most discussed. In order.

3. The disappointment of another losing football team in Noblesville.

2. The excitement of the upcoming basketball season.

1. The new athletic conference that Noblesville may join, the MIC Conference. Noblesville, Hamilton Southeastern, Westfield and Fishers may join the MIC, or, the MIC-PlUS. The PLUS being all the other Hoosier Crossroads Conference school, minus the three Lafayette schools. The Lafayette schools weren't asked to join.

Of course, everything I'm writing about I'm only guessing, from rumors I hear. Nothing official, except an e-mail saying that this may happen. That's okay. I'm sure we'll get all the facts before any decision is made.

Actually, you can read more about what is happening with the Lafayette schools than what is happening with the Hamilton County schools. We know Lafayette Jeff, McCutcheon and Harrison have been contacted by the North Central Conference. The North Central Conference once was the prime conference in the state. The basketball centers of Indiana. Not so much anymore because of the huge enrollment drops at many of the NCC schools.

The North Central Conference currently includes Huntington North, Kokomo, Marion, Muncie Central, New Castle and Richmond. All are Class 4A or 5A in football and 3A or 4A in the four-class sports like boys and boys basketball, girls basketball, softball, volleyball and baseball.

Huntington North became a member of the NCC a few years ago after Lafayette Jeff, a charter member, danced off to the sugar land of the Hoosier Crossroads.

Also coming out of Lafayette is that the North Central has invited other schools from the Hoosier Crossroads and that one of those schools is Noblesville.

I haven't made up my mind about the Hoosier Crossroads (the Hamilton County schools) joining the MIC. I'll be ready by the time the HCC schools ask their communities for input. Rumor has it the HCC schools must reply to the MIC sometime in February.

However, nearly all the Noblesville folks I've listened to at church, or at a restaurant, or at the barber shop, etc. tell me that they are oppose to the Millers joining the MIC.

"Our teams will get killed," one Miller fan told me.

Really?

"Joining the MIC would be like throwing our football teams to the wolves," another fan said, pointing out that nearly all of Noblesville's football wins in the last five years have come against the three Lafayette schools. "We wouldn't win a game in the MIC."

Really?

Is that your perception, that if Noblesville would join the MIC our kids would get killed? In joining a conference, we're not looking at one season, not looking at next season. Most conferences last for years and years and years.

Instead of thinking that might happen, I better like as my perception something that NHS principal Jeff Bryant said to me a few weeks ago, when the MIC thing all came up.

"We're the 15th largest school in the state; we should be able to compete at that level."

Personally, I agree with Jeff.

Personally, I agree with those who believe Noblesville would get killed in the MIC.

I'm riding the fence.

As I wrote, I haven't made up my mind. I hope to do so before February, before Noblesville asks me, and you, for our input.





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