Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Danica in Newton, Reagan at WHO, Deace in Your Face.

Danica Patrick and the IRL boys racing side by side at nearly 200 miles an hour in NEWTON!? I'm there.

The Iowa Speedway found the perfect public face when it picked Rusty Wallace to design the track. The guy is no figurehead---he's involved with everything---and he's tireless about promoting racing. Wednesday morning we interviewed him by satellite in front of the Brooklyn Bridge, later that afternoon he was back in Newton checking on the track, then he flew back to Indianapolis for the 500.

Ronald Reagan, Jim Zabel, Jon Miller. No pressure on Jon. All he's doing is following two legends. One for broadcasting, the other for leading the free world. Van Harden and WHO picked the perfect guy. I know Jon, I like him, I trust him, and I think he's very talented. Cyclone fans may worry that Jon won't give them a fair shake, but he's not like that. He's not anti-Clone---it just sounds like that when he's fooling around with Deace. Jon grew up wanting to one day take over for Zabel, and even though Z hasn't officially "retired", and will no doubt outlive Jon and me, it's good to have a solid guy around while Jim blows his nose with his piles of hot, stinky cash. Never buying a drink adds up.

I've had a lot of e-mails from people wondering what's going to happen with Steve Deace. They hear Steve on WHO Radio more and more, and fear---or in some cases, hope---that Steve will get out of sports. Some day Steve will spend more time on politics and news, I have no doubt. If he doesn't, he'll implode. He's an extremely bright and opinionated guy and there's only so many ways you can debate whether Dan McCarney has taken ISU to the next level. When/if Steve moves on, I think a lot of people will miss him more than they realize. Three hours of sports talk radio a day is very challenging, and he's good at it. I don't agree with all of what Steve says, but he never makes a disagreement personal. Major talent.

Are the Cubs trying to kill me? How can you let a triple-A team like the Marlins sweep? Wait 'til next year.

Great job protesters of the Da Vinci Code. All you did was ensure millions of people who might not have been interested, suddenly had to see the movie. Bad reviews and bad buzz didn't stop this movie from the second largest worldwide box office weekend EVER (behind one of the Stars Wars movies with bad acting... in other words, a recent one). Telling people to NOT see a movie is like putting up a sign that says "WET PAINT. DON'T TOUCH". It's a lock people will go the other way.

Pat Robertson claims he can leg press 2,000 pounds. When did Robertson lose it? NFL lineman can't leg press 2,000 pounds, but Robertson can?

That commercial where Jordan misses, Jeter is late, and the ball goes off Clarke's fingertips freaks me out. But it's cool.

What happened to CSI Miami? That plot where Horatio falls for the bad acting super model and then marries her before she's shot on their wedding day was completely unbelievable. Didn't buy it for a second. Come on, Horatio. Say something like, "I guess I'm single again", flip your sunglasses on and blast the Who. Let's get back to basics.

"Lost" is kind of losing me. It's amazing in every way, but so joyless that it's almost unpleasant this season.

I'm glad some of the dumber things I've done, and stupid pictures I've posed for, were taken before the internet. These days, if it's scandalous, it's out there. Just ask the Iowa baseball team.

I remember one time a couple at a Cyclone football game asked me if I'd have my picture taken holding their baby. I said I'd be glad to. They snapped the picture and off I went. A few days later the photo was passed around on the net. The baby, unbeknownst to me, had a pacifier in her mouth that read "HAWKS SUCK". Live and learn.

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