Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Broadcasting can be a cruel business, but some people earned the right to go out on their own terms. KIOA's Dic Youngs is one of the those people. What were they thinking?...

I'm still watching ESPN's The Bronx is Burning, but it could have been better with two easy decisions. 1) Take those ridiculous Dumbo ears off actor John Turturro. Yes, Billy Martin had prominent ears, but he didn't look like a Slug Bug with both doors wide open. 2) Drop the jarring Son of Sam detective scenes. It feels like you just accidentally hit the clicker and ended up on a bad episode of CSI-The Bronx. As Shawn Terrell suggests, they should have just used news reel footage to capture the community panic feeling...

The Bourne Ultimatum is awesome. If you loved the first two Bournes, and I did, you'll love this one too. It is a hold your breath, dig your nails into the arms of your chair, thrill ride from start to finish. I nearly had motion sickness from the "you are there" camera work. A-
In 40 Year Old Virgin one of the characters (Paul Rudd) says ''You know, I always thought that Matt Damon was, like, a Streisand, but I think that he's rockin' the s--- in this one.'' I never thought Damon was a "Streisand", but he is rockin' the s--- in this entire trilogy. Come back for more, Matt...

For you parents with small kids, Underdog is tolerable, although they made the mad scientist a little too scary for my 3 year old, Colin. He said three times, "I no like that guy". I no like the movie much, but as these predictable outings go, it was okay. C

I still can't believe that ridiculous erectile dysfunction ad, Viva Viagra. 30 years since we lost the King, and he has to put up with this!? I can hear him rolling. As I said on SoundOFF, what's next... Burning Love for Chlamydia?

ISU and Iowa football media day shows both teams feeling confident about their upcoming seasons. This makes them exactly like every other college football team in America...

Props to Iowa State for upgrading its look considerably. The gold pants keep the Clones from looking like, as Heather said, "McDonald's french fry boxes with legs". I like that description of the awful red-on-red look better than my bloodclots...

I don't see how Iowa can win fewer than seven games...

Barry Bonds did it. It was hard to watch, and hard not to watch...

Here's a discussion I recently had with one of this blog's readers. I always appreciate civil discourse:

Anonymous said...
Well, Keith, Urbandale just won a state baseball title not too long ago. I don't think they should get to have it though, or at least, there should be an asterisk by their name in the book. I'm sure most of the kids have been taking creatine and other performance enhancing supplements. They are cheaters too!
August 3, 2007 2:40:00 PM CDT
Keith Murphy said...
Bonds didn't peak in his late thirties by using creatine and flintstone chewables, but I'm sure you already knew that. Hank Aaron sure knows it.
August 4, 2007 11:17:00 AM CDT
Anonymous said...
That's not the point. The point is, creatine is a performance enhancing supplement. We just as well level out the playing field if we are going to be calling people cheaters right? If Bonds did steroids, they were not illegal to use in baseball at the time he did use them. What if creatine became illegal? There's no difference. It doens't matter anyways, Bonds will have the record anyways and it will be in the record book without an asterisk. Have a nice day.
August 6, 2007 10:15:00 AM CDT
Keith Murphy said...
Steroids and HGH, among others, were illegal and dangerous at the time Bonds, and many others, used them. Creatine, as we debate, is safe and legal. To say there's no difference is like saying beer is the same as heroine. Creatine doesn't cause your feed and head to grow, your emotions to rage, and your heart to potentially explode. As noted, Bonds was always a great player, he just wouldn't be where he is without widespread and relentless cheating, but neither would many others. He's just the most talented of the abusers.Unfortunately, the whole era needs an asterisk.
August 6, 2007 10:40:00 AM CDT
Keith Murphy said...
p.s. Just to follow up your point about steroids not being illegal at the times Bonds used them. Yes, in fact, they were illegal. They weren't "banned" by baseball yet, but they were still against the law. Let's hope baseball assumed it didn't need to ban substances and acts that are against the law. Do we need crack listed as a banned substance? Should armed robbery be against baseball rules? Or can we safely assume if it's against the law or illegal, you don't do it?
August 6, 2007 10:44:00 AM CDT


I enjoyed the discussion with "anonymous", though I wish he or she would sign in next time. It's nice to put a name with a viewpoint...

Thanks for all the feedback.

Keith

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What did they do to Dic Youngs? Couldn't find the story on whotv

Keith Murphy said...

Dic announced his "retirement" even though word is he wasn't ready. Dic, as you'd expect, was too classy to say he was forced. He stayed on the high road.

Shawn said...

That's what I thought about the Iowa team last year as well Keith. I hate to say it, but I think they will be a better team just due to the fact that Tate is gone. He had a lot of talent and a lot of fire but he was a horrible leader.

Anonymous said...

Barry Bonds is the new Home Run King! Now, the slogan should be: Barry Bonds, not chasing history, but making history!


P.S. I appreciated your responses to my Bonds posts. Although I have my view and you have yours, I still have to respect the Murph! I'm sorry if I had upset you or anything of that nature recently.

Keith Murphy said...

I'm not upset. I appreciate and enjoy the debate. No one has the right to tell you how you should feel, only how they feel.

I respect most all other opinions, even with those I don't agree. Keep it coming.

Anonymous said...

If they do lose more than 7 their fans will have more excuses than hair on their (not your's Keith) head, and if they win 7 or more they will be god's greatest gift to football...as a recent transplant who honestly really never heard much of anything about football in the state of Iowa, it's some of the fans that make it so hard to cheer for the black and gold - the team and players I like - some fans though, wow...

Anonymous said...

I just saw your "I Think" segment. Thank you for saying the whole era needs an asterisk. I agree with you 100% on that. That's at least one thing that we can agree upon through this whole Bonds debacle.

Enough about baseball, let's touch on college football for a second. I am an Iowa fan, but I would not say I am a typical Iowa fan as noted by a previous poster. I had no excuses last year, there were none. Iowa should have wond more games than what they had, but I feel this year will be better than last year. A new beginning. I feel Farentz has rekindled his fire! It will be a great season. We'll have to see, if all the players stay healthy, what they can do. It will be an interesting one. Look for the team to play better as a team instead of individuals this year.

On a side note, I am also rooting for Colorado football this year. I have a lot of respect for Hawkins. Don't be shocked at how many games they will win this year.