Thursday, June 19, 2008

Scattershots: No more slow sports summers in Iowa.

Iowa has become a year-round hot spot for sports. Look at this weekend's options: Iowa Corn Indy 250, Hy-Vee Triathlon, I-Cubs, Barnstormers, Menace... to name a few. This is good for my job security and your entertainment options.
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Shawn Johnson is a lock for the Olympic team, she just needs to stay healthy at the Olympic Trials. The Des Moines Register reports that Shawn's coach, Liang Chow, would not let her load sandbags for his flooded gym, and it didn't take long to see how smart Chow is. Shawn's father, Doug, tore his bicep helping clean the mess. Doctors told Doug he needed surgery immediately, but Doug said it would have to wait until after the Olympic Trials. If you're a father, you understand.
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Speaking of sucking it up, can you believe Tiger Woods played his first, second, third, fourth, and fifth rounds of golf in two months over a five day period with a torn ACL and a double stress fracture in his lower leg, AND WON THE U.S. OPEN?! I've already said Tiger's the most clutch athlete I've ever seen, not to mention the greatest sports star of my lifetime, but apparently he's also the guttiest golfer of all time. Even if you don't like Tiger---and there are some haters out there, just like there were for Jordan---you have to respect him.
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I already miss Tim Russert. It's increasingly rare to find a national journalist who just wants straight answers, not ammunition for one's own beliefs.
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How 'bout the four NFL players from Aplington-Parkersburg teaming up to help their hometown and school. We're not surprised.
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Great hustle by the folks who run the Hy-Vee Triathlon to find a way to keep the "tri" in triathlon. The event exceeded all expectations last year, but to lose Olympic qualifier status this year would have been a harsh blow, though no one's fault. Good work.
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I'm not real knowledgeable about triathletes, so when I learned I'd interview Jarrod Shoemaker Thursday, it really didn't mean much to me... that is until I ate breakfast Thursday morning and noticed Jarrod on my box of Wheaties. Really nice guy too, and he's already qualified for Beijing. The only way most of us can get on a box of Wheaties is one of those cheesy photo-shopped pictures at Adventureland.
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The Big Ten Network will land on Mediacom soon, which is good news for many of us. The BTN just reached a deal with Comcast, and though Mediacom's Phyllis Peters tells me the BTN offered Comcast flexibility it didn't previously offer Mediacom, I think it's only a matter of time. Everyone benefits, including HDTV addicts like me. Well, not everyone. I suppose some people will watch BTN about as much as I watch Lifetime.
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Hard not to root for Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon at the Iowa Corn Indy 250. The teammates will donate their prize money to Iowa's flood and tornado victims. A 1-2 finish would mean a couple hundred thousand dollars to people who could really use the cash.
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Let's hope for no parking problems in Newton. Word is it's all good.
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We'll be stopping there on our way back from Wrigley Field. The Cubs and White Sox knock heads with both teams in first place; that's never happened. Wouldn't happen this year if the Cubs kept playing the Rays. Once they took the devil out of Tampa Bay, the team started winning. Well, that and pitching.
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Did you see I-Cubs pitcher Kevin Hart stop a line drive with his head Wednesday night? The sound was horrific, and Hart's fortunate to escape with a mild concussion.
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The Des Moines Bucs have a good promotion going. Buy a season ticket, and if the Bucs lose their home opener, you get half your money back. Wonder if fans will root for a win or loss that night? Real fans want the win, unless they just filled their tank with gas.
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Andy was right. Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro was stupid, and not funny-stupid like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. I still laughed, but not very often, and not for long.
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Guru Pitka looks awful. I said the same thing about Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and loved it, but I think Guru Pitka is a stinkbomb. If you take one for the team and see it, let me know.
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Time for the Barnstormers to win a game. Beer can only do so much.
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Oh, and to answer one of the feedback questions, yes, I'm going to Wrigley Field for my wife's birthday. She seems to be okay with it, but I'll find out for sure next March. If I get a "couple's day at the spa", we'll have our answer.

Have fun.
Keith

7 comments:

Brad S said...

Enjoy the spa!

shane - marshalltown said...

If you're married, can you still get the "Happy Ending" or is that considered a no-no???

Ryan S. said...

Shane, you are a disease.

Melinda said...

I did see and hear Kevin Hart get hit last Wed. night. I still can't believe he was able to get up and walk off the field. We hadn't been to an I-Cubs game in a while, so we took our son for his
5th birthday (figured he'd be entertained by "The Chicken"). Just didn't expect to see a player about killed while playing!
Looks like you picked a good weekend to see the Chicago Cubs! I know I would've had fun. :)

shane - marshalltown said...

"Shane, you are a disease."

Which one Ryan? I'm hoping for something memorable or at least one that can't be cured...

Anonymous said...

"Iowa has become a year-round hot spot for sports. Look at this weekend's options: Iowa Corn Indy 250, Hy-Vee Triathlon, I-Cubs, Barnstormers, Menace... to name a few."

Yeah, thats why DM is blowing up on ESPN. Look out Boston here we come, and we ain't bring Marty Tirrell with us!

Anonymous said...

So... did Chris Hassel read the statement from KXNO/Marty Tirrell verbatim, or did he change a "the","and" and "so" in there?

COME ON. I know you guys like Marty and everything, but if you're going to report something happened, do it. Don't "dance around" and say everything BUT what happened. And, if no one will confirm exactly what Marty did say, THEN SAY THAT. There's no shame in saying "we attempted to find out *exactly what* MT said on-air that resulted in the suspension, but no one at KXNO would tell us". Telling viewers you dont' know is better than saying "something happened"... it gives the impression you're holding out on people.

Don Imus said something stupid and the world learned about it. So did Rush Limbaugh, even Dog the freaking Bounty Hunter. So why does Marty Tirrell get the shield and the kid gloves?

Dan