Monday, October 27, 2008

Cyclone frustration, January Hawkeyes, and crappy candy corn.

  • It's too soon to panic in Ames, but I completely understand football fans being disappointed and frustrated. Iowa State finished last season like a team going somewhere, and a couple wins against over-matched opponents to start this year looked promising. It was a mirage. Iowa State is the worst team in the Big 12, and it's increasingly clear there's no cheating a five year plan.
  • I believed early on that Gene Chizik didn't really understand what he was getting into. He thought he did, but when you come from Texas and Auburn, you just aren't prepared for the talent drop-off in Ames. You think you are, but you aren't. Yes, Chizik and staff need to make smarter adjustments to do more with less, but at the end of the day, it's almost always about talent. Iowa State needs better players. Chizik needs more time. It's going to take a lot of both.
  • I sat in the upper deck of Jack Trice Stadium Saturday night, dressed like an Alaskan, and pretty much unrecognized, which was nice. It gave me an opportunity to overhear what fans are thinking. In a word: frustration. No major college football program has more patient fans than Iowa State, but they're getting worried. Don't. Not yet. It's too soon. See Pinkel and Mangino.
  • Is it just me, or can you subtract 15 degrees from the forecast when you're going to Jack Trice Stadium in October or November? No wonder Jim Walden tried the ill-advised triple option. It is a wind tunnel.
  • If Iowa State's going to win another game, it will be at Colorado.
  • This just in: There's an Aggie receiver wide open across the middle.
  • The new AP poll shows 0 votes for the Iowa Hawkeyes, yet Iowa remains very much alive for a New Year's Day bowl. The fans are the 12th man. Iowa has to win at Illinois Saturday to keep that January vibe alive. Chris Hassel will begin reporting from the U of Illinois campus Friday, if he's not attacked by an offended Illini fan.
  • I thought I had reached the age where I'm too old to pretend I could still be a Major Leaguer, but I haven't. Thank you Jamie Moyer.
  • Sooner or later Andy Samberg has to make another funny digital short. He struck gold with the Chronicles of Narnia rap, "Lazy Sunday", and the immortal love song, "D--- in a Box", but lately Samberg's videos are more stupid-stupid than stupid-funny.
  • Shawn Terrell texted me from Metallica and said "these guys can really play". Shawn hopes to have his hearing back by the time he returns to work Tuesday.
  • Andy doesn't think he looks anything like Dwight Schrute on the Office. I think he does. If the whotv.com online vote holds, we'll find out Sunday on our Halloween show. I don't care what wins for me as long as it's not a Wheaties box.
  • Why does anyone hand out candy corn? Do you like it? Do you know anybody who likes the taste of candy corn? There's a reason this crap is only served up once a year.
  • The Iowa Chops fight more than the Brands brothers. I like that.
  • I just filled up my Explorer for $41. That, after once spending $79. We deserved some kind of break this year.
  • Who the heck is Spencer Pratt? Chris wants to punch him in the forehead, but I don't even know who Pratt is.
  • Only one more week of political ads that assume we're all stupid!

Keith

29 comments:

Melinda said...

What??? You don't like candy corn??? We've gone through so many bags of it, I've lost count! I think I bought a bag as soon as they had it out in the stores. :)

Adam said...

When I was a kid, I would throw away the candy corn immediately after my Dad inspected the candy....

Anonymous said...

Eat a candy corn piece with a couple dry roasted peanuts...it tastes like a salted nut roll. Pretty sure it's the only way to eat candy corn.

Anonymous said...

The fact that Hassel knows who Spencer Pratt is just highlights the fact that he watches television made for 17-year old girls. Nice.

schagg said...

I have two words for Shawn. Ear & Plugs. they saved my ear drums from disintegrating on Sunday (also at the Metallica concert). great seats, 4th row up right in the center. In fact you'd be hard pressed to find any bad seat at 'The Well'. I've got pics from my Blackberry if Shawn or anyone wants them.

shane - marshalltown said...

The candy corn+peanuts= salted nut roll thing is true! Keith, you could've expressed your hatred of that multi-colored, tasty treat a LITTLE sooner!! Oh well, just refuse the shipment...thanks and sorry...

Adam...we were supposed to have our parents inspect the candy before eating it??? hmm...I should've known that Snicker's bar didn't have a "fish hook prize" in it...my dad's such a lyin' son of a...

I'm seriously offended by Keith's remarks about candy corn for some reason, so I'm going back to it...go pick on popcorn balls and fruit Keith!!! Or worse, PENNIES IN A BAGGY!!! What the hell was THAT crap about?? PENNIES!?!?

Anonymous said...

It is disappointing to be a Cyclone fan. I get tired of hearing "another game, another opportunity". The fact is that we aren't going to get talent in Ames because no one wants to play for a school with a proven record of starting off good and ending up bad. Maybe it will change someday but not anytime in the near future. This goes for football and mens basketball.

rob said...

candy corn rocks! don't understand the kernel hate ;-)

shane - marshalltown said...

I agree Rob...next thing you know Keith's going to wait til the week before the fair and unleash some hate on corn dogs!

Melinda said...

Oh good, I'm glad to hear that there's a few people left that like candy corn! Murph, you do know that you have to buy the Brachs brand, right? I'll admit there's some nasty imitations out there.

C-Marshalltown said...

Okay - it's just wrong. What is Thanksgiving without candy corn? (And those little candy pumpkins too!)

Melinda said...

Okay, I just noticed that Murph has gotten more responses to his hatred of candy corn than the Iowa State Cyclones and their losing woes. Ha!

Look out Murph, you might get bags of candy corn for Christmas this year in your stocking! :)

Kirk Diggler said...

A giant candy corn. That's my vote for your Halloween costume.

shane - marshalltown said...

Well of course he's getting response from the "pro-candy corn..ers"!! You don't just take a shot at an "American original" and not suffer serious consequences and repercussions!!

And agreed, those little pumpkins ain't so bad either c!

schagg said...

candy corn, is neither candy nor corn. it's an abomination. discuss.

mcbrewski said...

candy corn

shane - marshalltown said...

"candy corn, is neither candy nor corn. it's an abomination. discuss."

Schagg is un-American, possibly even a pinko, commie bastard...

Discussed.

shane - marshalltown said...

That was a low blow on 60 Second SoundOFF last night Murphy....low blow!!

You couldn't see it, but I did that thing where I point at my eyes, then point at you, to indicate that I've got my eye on you...it was quite intimidating, if I do say so myself...

Melinda said...

I just happened to catch the sports last night and was laughing when you brought up the candy corn! Wow, not much going on right now in the sports world! I guess I wasn't surprised to hear that Andy doesn't like candy corn (the Cardinals fan), but you Murph??? Come on, you have to stick with the Cubbies and candy corn!
Okay, I really have no idea what the Cubs and candy corn have to do with one another! Haha! Guess we need some good football games to watch tomorrow! Or I'm just hyped up on all that candy my kids brought home!

Kirk Diggler said...

Hey Murph,
John Madden and Al Michaels just talked about how they love candy corn and brought Bill Belichek a bowl of candy corn yesterday. They said he gobbled it up.
You lose Murph, you lose.

shane - marshalltown said...

Has anyone else noticed that despite the attention the "candy corn wars" are getting, Keith has yet to do a poll on the subject???

Keith and Andy know they'd lose this battle...oh yes, they know!!! Yet they refuse to acknowledge and accept that Iowa, is indeed...

a "Candy Corn State"!!!

Sing it with me now..."The word is fight fight fight for CANDY CORN...that tasty little candy treeeat..."

C-Marshalltown said...

Shane, you should have your own blog on here - you really crack me up!!!!

Anonymous said...

Go away Shane.

shane - marshalltown said...

I can't go away...they keep me chained up in here...

Thanks c...maybe they could pay me with...candy corn!?!?

Kirk Diggler said...

Murph,
I noticed in the highlights of the Dowling/Johnston game tonight, a referee on the sidelines was openly jumping up and down for joy when Dowling blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.
Am I missing somthing there? Cause if that's what it appeared, that is extremely scandalous.

shane - marshalltown said...

I didn't see the highlights Kirk, but it may have been one of the guys who works the chains or a ball guy, they're usually provided by the home school...not actual refs.

Kirk Diggler said...

Yeah I thought of that, but I wasn't sure if those guys wore the actual official's uniforms. Your probably right, it did look odd though.

Kirk Diggler said...

Marty Tirade was just talking about it, you can see the video at whotv.com. Go to the sports page and click on the Johnston/Dowling game.

Anonymous said...

FYI, the video of the Dowling/Johnston game on the website appears to not be working.