If the freezing air doesn't do it, then the fact that IPFW is opening its basketball practice Friday should make you realize that winter is almost here.
The Mastodons begin practice Friday for the 2009-10 season, and if there is a year in which IPFW could make a name for itself, maybe this is it.
The consensus around the Summit League is that Oakland will be loaded, and should win the regular season title. But IPFW could make some noise, particularly if 6-foot-6 forward Deilvez Yearby can do this season what he did last.
He was the Summit League's 6th Man of the Year with his 9.1 points and 6 .3 rebounds per game. But it was Yearby, remember, who was dominating in IPFW's win over Oral Roberts last year with a 20-point, 10-rebound, 7-block performance.
The only starter IPFW lost from last year's 13-17 team was David Carson. Those returning are guards Ben Botts, Nick Daniels and Zach Plackemeier, and center Trey McCorkle.
Could be a good year ... or at least better.