Thursday, March 03, 2011

Cyclones Win Again, Iowa Gets It Right, Happy Birthday Colin

  • From losing streak to winning streak---that's GOT to feel good for the Cyclones. Good for them.
  • Iowa ran into a revenge buzz saw at Michigan State. There was no doubt that would happen after the Hawks embarrassed Tom Izzo and the Spartans in Iowa City. Plus, Senior Night.
  • Former Spartan starter Korie Lucious played in two Final Fours before he got sideways with Izzo. Lucious is now headed to Iowa State, the latest Big Ten castoff to find a haven in Ames. Fred Hoiberg is taking some chances, but he's earned the right to find out if he can turn these guys around.
  • The Sports Illustrated cover story on a six month investigation into college football law-breakers found of the pre-season top 25 teams, Iowa tied for second with the most players having a police record (18). It's more unwanted negative national publicity for Iowa, but the university learned from previous mistakes and got out in front of the story. Iowa's sports information department pointed out all 18 players were charged with misdemeanors, and most were alcohol related. Does that make it okay? No. Does it matter? Yes. Iowa handled this well.
  • The Sports Illustrated article was convoluted and disappointed. It actually raised more questions than it answered.
  • I thought Ankeny's Maddie Manning was fouled on the final play against Linn-Mar, but it wasn't as clear cut as I expected from reading emails. I thought Manning would be hacked with brass knuckles. She wasn't, but I'd agree Kia Stokes did foul her. Refs have a hard job.
  • Good to see Kyle Orton supporting his Alma mater, Southeast Polk. Orton's in town for a passing camp with Sage Rosenfels.
  • East looked great. East and channel 13 alum Courtney Greene was in the house. She looked great too.
  • I received more birthday wishes this year than ever before. That feels really good. I appreciate it. Who doesn't like feeling special on his/her birthday.
  • And with that, happy birthday to my son, Colin. I can't believe he's 7.

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