We really will be full tilt into football this week. Iowa and Iowa State hold their media days, and even high school football begins practice on Wednesday.
Count me in on the boat that can't wait to get out and see some football games, though I gotta admit it's a little weird to think that summer has gone by so fast. If there is one downside to football season, it means we're not too far from cold weather and winter. Still, I'm a native Iowan who grew up in a family that couldn't afford tickets to Iowa or Iowa State games. How much do you think I'm gonna dig my first experiences on the sidelines?
National expectations around both Iowa and Iowa State are low. I think both will be in for better years than most outside the state are expecting. Iowa always plays better when they don't have sky high expectations, and ISU always seems to find a way to pull a few rabbits out of their hat (Nebraska and Texas wins).
We got some calls on SoundOFF from viewers particularly miffed (to the point of obscenity) about the backflip celebration that Martensdale-St. Marys had after winning their 87th straight game and second consecutive 1A State Title. Was it a little much? Yeah. But these are 15-18 year old kids, many of whom played their last high school game. Boys will be boys, and I've seen worse even at the college level. I'm not sure how much of these complaints are legit or sour grapes. One thing I do know is that the Blue Devils knew a lot of people around the state rooted against them this year, and they fed off it.
Andy Fales was a bit ticked the Cardinals lost to the Cubs tonight. Look, I get that his team is in a pennant race, but the Cards are now 7-2 against the Cubs and had a six game winning streak against Chicago snapped tonight. You can throw the dog a bone every now and then Mr. Fales.
So last night I'm driving home after the show and grabbing a quick drink at the QuickTrip store on Ingersoll near the station. It's between 12:30 and 1 AM, and this place is PACKED. Everything from kids to 20 somethings to middle aged people were there as much to hang out as they were there for buying stuff or getting gas. Heck, when I left I was stopped on the road just by the place because some drunk girl in a very nice black dress suddenly got out of the passenger seat and stumbled across the street and into the store.
|Can't Say The Highlight Of My Saturday Night Out Is A Stop At QT|
Not that I'm bragging about my swinging bachelor night life (which usually consists of me either-A. Staying way to late at the station or B. Playing video games because I don't have the money to go out), nor am I taking a dig at QuickTrip or any convenience stores (I worked at a few back in high school/college after all). I guess I just wonder how or when did the QT become the hip, now, with it and wow spot of Des Moines?