Terry Hutchens fights for his life – and we suspend our frustrations over

Terry Hutchens needs our prayers today.

It would be easy to wake up this morning pissed off about the Pacers loss to the Cavs last night or that Darius Leonard and Andrew Luck getting screwed in the Pro Bowl selection process.

Today is National Signing Day for college football, and that means being upset about Indiana’s class being ranked #11 in the Big 10.

Indiana Basketball fans have been distressed about the lack of a bonafide third scorer – as odd as that is.

There is a lot going on to be stressed about in sports and virtually everything else.  Holiday shopping, overwhelming greed in business and politics, and rampant dishonesty might have you a little rancorous this morning.

Every once in awhile though, you get a totally unexpected piece of news that separates the frivolous from the profound.

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Sports journalist Terry Hutchens was involved in a car wreck Monday night on 116th Street at I-69 in Fishers, and this morning he’s fighting for his life.

Hutch covers Indiana University football and basketball for CNHI Newspapers.  He’s an unendingly nice person with a solid sense of humor, a good heart, and a love of singing.

His family loves him.  His peers respect him.  Parishioners at Holy Spirit at Geist enjoy his voice as part of the choir.  And his life may be near its end after living and working as he always had until Monday night.

Interpret the lessons as you will.  Reflect on the fragility of life, and what priorities you choose to exercise.  Be as nice to others as Hutch has always been.  Enjoy this holiday season with a renewed verve.

But do that a little later.

Right now, say a prayer for Hutch and his family.

Kent Sterling hosts the fastest growing sportstalk show in Indianapolis on CBS Sports 1430 every weekday from 3p-7p, and writes about Indiana sports at kentsterling.com.