Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Valley/Dowling, Magic/Bird, Ali/Cosell

4 degrees on my drive home. Get better, not bitter...

The Iowa High School Athletic Association's new divisions for class 4A are bound to please some and disappoint others. There's no way to make 24 fan bases happy. I think the IHSAA did a good job with a complex problem. There's more travel, but it's now evenly distributed. Competitive balance is better with one or two perennial football powers in each division.

Each school will be allowed to prioritize its pre-division rivalry games, so the Valley-Dowlings of the state will continue.  Only the five division games will count toward which teams make the playoffs, and four of six teams in each division will make the post-season. That's too many for me. It won't be too many for the kids who get to say they made the playoffs...

The play Magic/Bird will open on Broadway in April. I'm not sure how they'll stage this, but I'd love to see it...
The movie is good too.

Brent Blum comes up with this hard to believe nugget: Iowa State is the only men's basketball program in a BCS conference to not play in a post-season event since '05. No NCAA, NIT, CBI, etc. Nothing...

It looked like Iowa had another conference road win Tuesday, but the Hawks couldn't hang on. It sure is nice to have Iowa and Iowa State relevant in conference play again. No threat to win a title, but at least interesting, and a threat to win on most any night...

Muhammad Ali is 70. I remember watching the replays of his fights on Wide World of Sports when I was a kid. I'm currently reading the biography, "Howard Cosell", which has several chapters devoted solely to the unique relationship between Ali and Cosell. Each made the other more famous. Cosell seems mostly forgotten now, but there was a time in the 70s when he rivaled Johnny Carson as the biggest star on television...
The Greatest. Cosell was good too.

Most Sports Illustrated covers? Not Ali with 38. Michael Jordan with 49...
I miss Mike.

3 comments:

Taylor said...

Who is Johnny Carson?

Anonymous said...

As a young fan attending basketball games at Hilton, I thought 'Heeeere's Johnny' was made FOR Johnny Orr. I realized my mistake when I became older and found out all about Johnny Carson.

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