This was the first Saturday since August that we didn't have a team in Iowa playing college football. Very strange and weird. I already miss the sidelines at Kinnick, Jack Trice and yes, even the UNI Dome. Though I don't miss having to smell the exposed sewer line on the Dome field.
Herman wanted to stay for the Pinstripe Bowl and will. Players and the rest of the coaches were clear they wanted him for the final game. Helps continuity, and sometimes we see teams play a bit harder for an outgoing coach.
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Something must be in the water at Iowa State when these coaches speak in postgame. Christy Johnson-Lynch isn't quite Paul Rhoads, but she did have a pretty good and emotional speech after the Cyclones defeated Minnesota (it starts at about 1:40): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlz1dHCzVT4&feature=channel_video_title
The Northern Iowa football team looked like a national title contender in FCS for much of the year. But they never seemed to recover from their big 27-19 loss in late October at North Dakota State. Had they won there the Panthers would have won the Valley outright and had either the one or two seed in the playoffs. Instead they never really were the same, even in victory. Going into the postseason, and even into the game, UNI had a better regular season resume than Montana, and Mark Farley still seemed upset about it in postgame last night. But when you lose by 38 it's more than muted.
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Robert Griffin III was the deserving Heisman Trophy winner, don't get me wrong. I just wish there had been more suspense. Announcers were practically consoling Andrew Luck for finishing runner-up 20 minutes before the actual announcement.
NL MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for use of performance enhancing drugs. Braun called it "BS" and is claiming there was no intentional use. I'll wait to see how it plays out before passing judgment on him. He doesn't have a freakish build or anything of that nature that would lead you to believe he's on PEDs. However, it would be naive to think athletes aren't doing them. Just because they have more tests doesn't mean there are less ways to mask use. As long as games are played someone will always look for that "extra edge", and that will include cheating too.
Army and Navy never seem to be any good on the field. Does anyone care? It's one of the greatest rivalries in sports, and these are some of the greatest people in the world.