May 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe and his wife Nicole Briscoe watch the Indiana Pacers play against the Miami Heat during game six of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miam defeated Indiana 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 will go off today on a sweltering Sunday with all of the classic pomp and circumstance that makes the start of the race something any sports fan must experience. In the mid-90's, when the Indiana Pacers were still in the midst of their deep playoff runs on race day, the pre-race ceremonies always included a mention in the invocation. Along with the prayers for a safe race, Archbishop-Emeritus Buechlein would always include, "...and God bless our Pacers."
The Pacers came three days short of extending their playoff run to be part of the pre-race ceremony. Yes, it has only been three days since the deciding Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat. Just feels like a month.
After the jump, check out some links of interest. Enjoy the race!
- Pacers Head Into Offseason After Losing To Miami Heat - YouTube
- Loss to Heat nothing to cry about for Pacers - FS Indiana
- Pacers owner Simon says team is back, but he's ready to take next step | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- NBA fines Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelsta for comments about NBA playoffs. - fox59.com
- Pacers Offseason, Part 1 – How Much Money Do They Have to Add Players? | Eight Points, Nine Seconds
- Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for | ProBasketballTalk
- Second-guessing Pacers coach Frank Vogel for his coaching in Game 6 of the Indiana-Miami series
- James, Heat say they’re eager for ‘the challenge’ of repeat trip to Eastern Conference finals - The Washington Post
- Robbins: Magic can’t afford delays in their front-office search – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel
- Indiana Pacers’ top players not enough against Miami Heat - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
- It took a while, but Heat roster -- all of it-- now humming | NBA.com
- Isiah Thomas hoping for return to college or NBA - ESPN
- The Indiana Pacers? Gone till November | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
- Ex-Pacers Son Drawing Interest From IU