Sports and News Links – November 23, 2010

Sorry buddy, but I'm hungry too. I'll see you on Thursday. Will 1:00 work for you?

As the toll free lines at the Butterball turkey hot line starts to get busy, this is going to be a short week for all of us as the holiday season commences with Thanksgiving this week.

Let’s digest some news and sports articles that will be easy to gobble up (sorry for the pun).

GQ Magazine has come out with their Men of the Year in 2010.  Two of their profiles are worth a read.  Kevin Baker’s article of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and his perspective on the electorate landscape is insightful.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin/GQ)

The second profile, that of Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff caught my eye and merits your attention, as Ana Marie Cox asks Mullen to explain how his statement requesting that the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy on gays needed to be abolished.

Joe Favorito of Sports Marketing and PR Roundup blogs about the interest of Major League Baseball stadiums hosting college football games this past weekend. Illinois and Northwestern played at Wrigley Field and Notre Dame faced Army at the new Yankee Stadium.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association wrapped up the football season by hosting the state championships in all six classes (8-man, A, 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A).

The 4A championship game went down as one of the most memorable as West Des Moines Dowling Catholic, down 31-21, rallied from behind in the 4th quarter to tie Iowa City High and force overtime.  In the overtime session, after Dalton Parrott scores to put the Maroons ahead, the Little Hawks went for it on 4th down and Andrew McNulty’s pass was intercepted in the endzone to give Dowling Catholic it’s 3rd state title in 11 years, 38-31.

Jesse Gavin of “No It’s Iowa” and Josh Loeffelholz of Iowa Prep Fanatic posted the post-game interviews of DCHS coach Tom Wilson and several standout Maroons.  Paul Yeager, the voice of DCHS football on KWKY and of Public Paul and Media, posted the wrap-up of the game, including how assistant coach Craig McClain celebrated the exciting win.

Dowling Catholic's Connor Bravard throws a pass to Andrew Pick over City High's Adam Lavela. (Justin Haywood/The Des Moines Register)

That’s it for today’s links, but not without a post-script of thanks.  Thank you to Paul, Jesse, Dave Marcoulier, Brian Morris, Steve Young, Mike Ferlazzo, and the fans, bloggers, reporters, and individuals who made this prep football season possible.

Without the time and the work they put in each week to prepare to cover and tell the stories of every game across the state, our Friday nights in the fall would not be so special and fun.  I spent this season stringing scores and tweeting updates for KWKY and Dowling Catholic this season.

There is no way I would have traded this experience for something else.  I volunteered to do it as a way to help a great friend and class act in Paul, and to have some fun combining my love for sports and social media by tracking down scores and posting updates online for the fans and fellow media colleagues.

Saying thank you isn’t enough to express my gratitude.

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