-Vivian Stringer was dropping F-bombs? I didn't see that, or hear it, but I have heard plenty of coaches turn court-side seats into an R rating. Larry Eustachy and Johnny Orr could both make Chris Rock blush.
How do you feel about profanity? I used to swear more than I do these days. I'll still do it for comic effect on occasion, which some would say is wrong. I'd say check out Steve Martin at the rental car counter in Planes, Trains & Automobiles or the wedding singer in Old School. Most other times I remember some advice a coach gave me once, "find a more intelligent way to communicate". That's often too much to ask, but avoiding George Carlin's seven words you can never say on TV, keeps me from accidentally saying one of them on TV, not to mention in front of the kids. Ask any parent, we all have stories of an overheard word our kid couldn't stop saying. Funny, until he blurts it out at daycare or church.
The silliest thing I say is "son of a biscuit". I picked that one up from Gary Thompson. Gary is so square, he never swears. He's everybody's all-American.
-For those of you who miss SoundOff, Shane's right, you can listen to the audio, or if you just want to see some of the video clips, including What's Bugging Andy, they're almost always online the next day in the video player on the whotv.com sports page.
-Kirk Ferentz had to do something. He did a good job of finally acknowledging the big, embarrassing elephant in the room: 14 or so arrested Hawkeyes in one year. Maybe a life coach will help, and it can't hurt.
-Are there fans anywhere coming off a three win season more optimistic than Cyclone fans? It's still too soon to schedule vacation time in late December anytime soon, but Iowa State's relatively strong finish does look promising.
-How did things work out for Tyler Smith?
-Before Celebrity Apprentice, the only thing I knew about Trace Adkins was that he sang Honky Tonk Badonkadonk. This guy is sharp. He doesn't say much, but when he does, it matters. I hope he wins. (Ratings tell me I just lost 80% of you.)
-Can't wait for the Iowa Speedway to open again. We had a blast out there last year.
-Welcome back Barnstormers. If you have kids who enjoy video games, chances are good they won't be bored.
-I'm going to my first Stars game of the season Friday night. I usually see a few, but haven't made it this year. I'm anxious to see if the atmosphere has improved. I know the hockey is good.
-Can't accuse the Iowa Energy of stocking the roster with unknowns. Haluska, Horner, Thomas, Stinson... we know these guys. It's just hard to become emotionally invested in the NBDL, but the franchise is doing all it can to make us care.
-32 degrees and snowing on March 27th?! I'm almost ready to start swearing more.
-If you read this before Friday night's at 10 p.m. newscast (3/28), and you have pride in the role wrestling plays in our state, don't miss Brad Argo's special report . It's terrific. (The story should also end up in the video player at whotv.com at some point.)
-Finally, if you get a chance, check out this week's Cityview. Andy brought it to my attention. Remember the time of year and enjoy: http://www.dmcityview.com/ The cover story is on the new pro basketball team, The Des Moines Dribblers.
-Hope to see you Sunday night. Andy and I will discuss what makes us Iowans.
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