Posts Tagged ‘Frank Vogel’

Pacers to appear on ‘The Bachelor’

The Indiana Pacers will appear on a future episode of 'The Bachelor'.

The Indiana Pacers will appear on a future episode of ‘The Bachelor’.

By Jeff Case

One of the most popular reality TV shows over the last 20 seasons has been ABC’s “The Bachelor”. This season’s eligible guy is Ben Higgins, a software salesman who lives in Denver, but hails from Indiana. He attended Indiana University. where he hung out with the stars on the team back then, future NBA first-round draft picks Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller. 

(According to the Indianapolis Star, Higgins and Zeller became friends and are still pals today).

As part of the show, Higgins is traveling back to his home state and the Pacers will be a part of an upcoming episode. has more on why Higgins is back in his native state and how the Pacers got into the episode, which will feature George Hill, Paul George and coach Frank Vogel (and they’ve got a photo gallery from the taping, too):

Pacers fans will see some familiar faces on the next episode of “The Bachelor.” Paul George, George Hill, and Coach Frank Vogel are special guests on next Monday’s episode on ABC.

Current Bachelor Ben Higgins is a Warsaw, Ind. native and filming for this particular episode took place in his hometown. Ben’s date for the episode was Lauren B.

This isn’t the first time a member of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment family has appeared on a show from “The Bachelor” franchise. Indiana Fever All-Star forward Tamika Catchings appeared on an episode of “The Bachelorette in 2014.

Fan Attends D-League Game, Wins $100,000


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA D-League is filled with stories of players hoping to make it to the NBA and hit the proverbial jackpot. For Holly Vogel, a season ticket holder for the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, it happened quite literally.

As an Indiana native and someone who has played basketball her entire life, Vogel has always loved hoops. (Even though she is a Pacers fan, Vogel has no relation to Frank, she stresses.) After relocating to Ft. Wayne a year ago, she attended a couple of D-League games, enjoyed the experience, and decided to buy season tickets. As a high school math teacher and assistant basketball coach, Vogel fit D-League games into her busy schedule. At a game back in March, Vogel’s section of seats was selected as the Hoosier Lottery Lucky Section, and she was given a prize pack containing two scratch-off tickets.

“By the time the game was over,” Vogel recalls, “it was late, I was tired, it was a school night, so I just threw it into my car.”

Fast forward to the long Memorial Day weekend, when Vogel had a free moment to clean out her car on Saturday afternoon.

“I found the tickets and I thought, Sweet!” She scratched off the first ticket and won nothing. “I was like, ‘This is why I never win anything.'”

Then she scratched off the second ticket.

“I looked at it and thought, Oh cool, I won $100!”

Then she looked again.

“I thought, ‘Wait, I won $1,000!'”

Vogel looked a third time, and it was then she realized she’d hit the big one: $100,000, with the taxes pre-paid.

Unsure of how to react, she showed the ticket to her fiancé. “He flipped it over and started looking at the back. I told him, ‘No, look at the front, that’s the part I scratched off.’ But he was looking on the back to see if it was a fake, because apparently the fake ones say THIS IS A FAKE on the back.”

Satisfied with the veracity but still in shock, Vogel and her fiancé called her parents and told them the good news, and then her fiancé’s parents. “And they were both excited, so we were like, ‘I guess we can be excited, too.'”

Because it was a Saturday, Vogel had to wait until the week to claim her prize. And because it was Memorial Day weekend, the Lottery office was closed on Monday. So after a long day at school on Tuesday, Vogel went and picked up her over-sized check.

Vogel and her fiancé plan on using the winnings on their wedding next February, as well as for a down payment on a house. “Although I was talking to my fiancé last night,” she says, “and I pointed out that if hadn’t already started planning this wedding, we could afford to have a destination wedding. But he said no, we’ve already started the planning.”

Oh, and Vogel also has one more plan for her winnings: “I’m definitely going to renew my season tickets.”

Frank Vogel’s Stupid Human Trick

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –A few weeks ago, a friend of mine turned up with a couple of tickets to a taping of Late Show with David Letterman. Now, I grew up on Dave, staying up way too late throughout middle and high school to watch his NBC show. When he bounced to CBS, I bounced with him. When I started interviewing people for a living, I watched Dave and appreciated just how good he is at talking to his guests — getting them to comment on sensitive subjects, making the conversation relevant and interesting all the while sprinkling in humor and jokes. As I grew up I stopped watching as often, but I can not understate how profound an effect Dave, and particularly his sense of humor, had upon making me, me.

I moved to New York City a little over a decade ago and have walked past the Ed Sullivan Theater in midtown Manhattan hundreds of times, but I’d never gone in, never made an attempt to go to a taping. And then the opportunity fell into my lap — and with the legendary “Jungle” Jack Hanna as the guest, no less. I was all in.

We got there early and were seated in the balcony, and I was so excited I was nearly buzzing. As Paul Schaffer and the CBS Orchestra warmed up the audience with The Police’s “Synchronicity II,” in my head I allowed myself to play out elaborate scenarios as to what might happen if Dave ended up doing something involving the audience and I got to meet him. Just in case, I tried to think of one question I could ask Dave if I found myself face-to-face, so I wouldn’t totally freeze up and be comedy fodder for Dave. It didn’t take me long to decide that I would ask Dave how he felt about the title chances of the Indiana Pacers.

I never got anywhere close to Dave that night, which was fine, because the entire experience was so perfect and true to what I hoped it would be like that I have no complaints. But I still think my question would have been a hit. As anyone who watches Late Show with David Letterman every night can tell you, Dave’s favorite NBA team is the Indiana Pacers — Letterman was born in Indianapolis and went to nearby Ball State University. Dave’s given us his Top Ten Reasons he love the Pacers — “4. It’s still fun to say Detlef Schrempf.” — and Pacers legend Reggie Miller has been a frequent guest.

So perhaps it’s only fitting that current Pacers coach Frank Vogel appeared on the Letterman show before he actually got the gig with the Pacers. Way back in 1986, as the TNT crew recently pointed out, Vogel was a contestant on Stupid Human Tricks, where he showed off some fancy ballhandling.

As Dave might have said, “Remember, this is not an exhibition, it is a competition. Wagering is encouraged.”

(via B/R)

Horry Scale: LeBron Keeps The Crown

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER I have been on the job here at the All Ball Blog since the playoffs started, and somehow we have not had a true Horry Scale-worthy shot in the postseason. There have been a few close calls, sure, but no true buzzer-beating game-winners. That is, until last night, when LeBron James scored a bucket at the buzzer to give the Miami Heat a 103-102 OT win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

For those of you who are new around these parts, like myself, The Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (was it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or did it need more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

How does King James rate? Break down!


Actually, the shot itself wasn’t all that difficult. It was a layup. Lefty, sure, but still, it was a layup. And basically a wide-open layup, at that. Could the shot have been more difficult? For sure. (For instance, it could have been a jumper, open or contested.) But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t difficulty involved in the play, because the real difficulty was drawing up a play to get LeBron so wide open. Watching the play again, Erik Spoelstra initially used LeBron as a decoy, pretending to a set a screen for a cutting Ray Allen, and then ‘Bron spun and flashed to the ball, received the pass, turned and basically just sprinted right by his defender, Paul George. All that early movement had the Heat players running to corners, leaving the middle of the floor wide open, not only of Heat players but also Indiana defenders.

This brings up another way that this play could have been more difficult: If big Roy Hibbert had been in the game guarding the paint for the Pacers. Hibbert averaged 2.6 blocks this season for Indiana, and he had two Wednesday. Indiana coach Frank Vogel removed Hibbert on defense a few times down the stretch, because he didn’t want Hibbert to get stuck on a switch against a smaller player, or have to go out and guard Chris Bosh on the perimeter. And maybe this is just me, but if it were up to me, I’d rather lose on a long jumper from Bosh than a layup by LeBron.

What do you think, Roy, want to second-guess what would have happened if you’d been out there on the play?


Game Situation

The stakes were pretty high, as far as the Heat were concerned: Overtime. Dwyane Wade? Fouled out. Timeouts remaining? None. Heat? Down one. Two-point-two seconds on the clock. Doesn’t get much more tense than that.


It wasn’t the NBA Finals, but being in the playoffs, in the Conference finals, it was as close as you can get without actually getting there. And it wasn’t an elimination game, but other than all that, it doesn’t get much more important.


Whoever was directing this game for TNT did one of my favorite things, where as soon as the shot dropped, they switched to a camera way up at the top of the stadium so we could see the arena explode as the home team stole the win at the buzzer. It’s hard to see in the video above, but LeBron basically did the “stoic” celebration — staying calm, like he’s been in that situation before. My favorite celebration might have been the one from Dwyane Wade on the bench, who jumped about four feet into the air. Sore knee? Who me?



4 Horrys. I may be more lenient than previous teachers you guys have had here, but for me, LeBron’s game-winner ticked all the boxes. The only thing keeping it from being a Five Horry shot for me was that it was a layup. But then, that was due as much to LeBron’s insane athletic ability as it was to anything else. Also, I can’t come right out of the gate awarding Five Horrys to people. So there are still heights waiting to be reached.

What do you think?

(Hibbert gif via @CJZero)

Frank Vogel makes his late night debut

by Micah Hart

It hasn’t been determined yet if Pacers’ interim head coach Frank Vogel will get the full-time gig in Indiana (though Larry Bird has said he’s the front-runner), but if things don’t work out for him, it’s good to know he’s got a future as a halftime act (scroll to 5:02):

I’d like to see the Pacers challenge him — if he can do this while coaching a game, the job is his.

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Last night in a … change of pace

by Micah Hart

Most people were probably focused on the Heat-Clippers or Celtics-Magic games yesterday (if not entirely on a certain football game), but slightly below the radar might have been the Pacers’ 105-86 road win in New Jersey. With the win, Indy is now a perfect 4-0 under interim head coach Frank Vogel. Small sample size? Sure. But Vogel guaranteed a playoff berth when he stepped in for Jim O’Brien a week ago, and so far his team is backing up his words. Perhaps we’ll know if this turnaround is legit after Tuesday night, when the Pacers travel to Miami to take on the streaking Heat.

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