Robert “Bob” Kessen

first_imgRobert “Bob” Thomas Kessen, of Aurora, Indiana passed away March 18, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born June 30, 1946 in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late William Thomas Kessen and Dolores (Schlachter) Kessen.He worked at Proctor & Gamble, retiring as a Supervisor after over 37 years of service.Bob was an avid sports fan who enjoyed bowling, but especially loved softball. He spent a lot of time outdoors fishing, camping and boating, but most of all he loved doing anything with his loved ones. He was very family oriented.Surviving are wife, Elaine Howard Kessen of Aurora, IN; children, Tina (Dan) Aloisio of Fairfield, OH; Robert (Jill) Kessen of West Chester, OH, Tom (Amy) Kessen of Monford Heights, OH, Michael Kessen of Dry Ridge, KY; stepson, Kelly Michael Jones of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Gloria (David) Shelton of FL; grandchildren, Amanda, Gregg, Tabitha, Sarah, Amber Jo, Ashlee, Josh, Paige, Alex, Savannah; and thirteen great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by parents, William Thomas Kessen and Dolores (Schlachter) Kessen.Friends will be received Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held immediately following at 6:30 pm.Contributions may be made to the North Bend Boat Club or Shriners Hospital for Children Cincinnati. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Big Ten fans get taste of fast pace

first_imgIf you like high-scoring, fast-paced action, tonight’s NCAA Championship between Kansas and Memphis is right up your alley.Watching the Final Four games this weekend, I was treated to a style of basketball many Big Ten fans are not accustomed to. Compared to the speedy tempo at which the Jayhawks and Tigers played Saturday, watching the Badgers run the court is like watching molasses slowly drip from a jar.Fundamentally, there’s nothing wrong with the way Bo Ryan’s team runs its offense. They eat up the clock, work the ball around the perimeter and (usually) wait to find an open shot. Most say it’s an art form that only basketball purists can appreciate, and it’s understandable why. It’s not too often that they’ll run a fast break and finish it off with a soaring slam or alley-oop, but when that does happen, the crowd goes nuts.Imagine seeing that time and time again, game in and game out. Pretty sweet image, right?It’s what Kansas and Memphis fans have been able to witness all year. With the likes of Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts — who scored 25 and 28 points, respectively, in the Tigers’ win over UCLA — pushing the tempo, Memphis put on an offensive clinic. And KU guards Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins have done the same for the Jayhawks.But if there isn’t anything broken with the Badgers, why fix it? Obviously, given UW’s recent appearance in the Sweet 16, Ryan and company did something right throughout the year to claim both the regular season and conference tournament titles. But it must be noted: that was in Big Ten play.In the Big Ten, teams prefer to take it slow and battle out a 67-66 win by working the ball down low and setting up a half-court offense. Bill Self’s Jayhawks and John Calipari’s Tigers, on the other hand, would much rather speed things up, winning comfortably by a 107-78 margin. Heck, they’d probably fall asleep just watching a classic Big Ten slugfest.Two completely different brands of basketball. And if you’re watching for pure entertainment value, choose the latter.Clearly, Wisconsin isn’t built to install this type of game. As we hear so often, Ryan recruits players who fit into his system. That means the Joe Krabbenhofts of the world, who don’t provide much flash but make up for it in hustle and grit. If Bo were to rework the playbook and move away from his swing offense, he’d have to change the way he went about recruiting. But that’s not Ryan, and that’s not the Big Ten.Instead, Badger fans, you’ll have to settle for watching this style of ball on television. And tonight’s national championship is the perfect script. It should play out to be a high-flying affair. The Jayhawks average 80.7 points per game, while the Tigers put up 80.2 per contest. (For reference, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten in scoring average with 75 a game. The Badgers? Just 67.3.)The only problem with teams that like to run the ball is they have the potential to run out of gas late in the game. When you’re scoring as much as these teams do and running the court frequently, it’s tough to maintain such a torrid pace the entire game.We saw this happen in the KU-UNC game. The Jayhawks jumped out to an enormous lead, as the Tar Heels trailed by as much as 28 in the first half. But Kansas slowed down after halftime, allowing North Carolina to battle back to within five points. While KU would eventually prevail with a nice 18-point victory, they showed signs of fatigue. If you’re going to run this style of offense, you better be in tip-top shape.I don’t anticipate ever seeing such a game at the Kohl Center — at least not if it’s a Big Ten battle. So for now, I’ll have to enjoy the fast-paced action from the comfort of my couch, where I’ll be crossing my fingers for a 103-100 championship.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you prefer the slow, gritty style of Big Ten basketball over the run-and-gun games of Kansas and Memphis, let him know at [email protected]last_img read more