IC Cold Links: Indianaoplis 500 Mention Always A Sign Of Success For Pacers

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!

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