He will always be “Governor Ray” to a generations of Iowans. … More A Governor For All Seasons
Pat Mitchell was the head football coach at Cedar Falls for so long, I thought he was the only football coach the Tigers ever had.
Mitchell’s passing last week not only an end of a great era for Cedar Falls athletics, but a major loss of one of the most iconic sports figures in Cedar Valley and Iowa prep history. … More A Tiger’s Roar: Pat Mitchell (1939-2015)
Remember when Wells Fargo Arena and the Iowa Events Center opened in 2005? Remember when people complained about paying $6 for a beer at Wells Fargo? Remember when the Polk County Board of Supervisors had that ridiculous iron-clad contract to put an AHL team inside Wells Fargo? Remember when people expected Wells Fargo and Des … More “March Madness” Finally Comes to Des Moines
It was going to happen. The question was “when”, “how”, and “who”? No matter how much kicking-and-screaming there was from the eastern side of the state, they were going to be corralled with the west and finally be under one system, with the rest of everyone else. Now, it’s here. It’s time to get acquainted. … More “There’s No Use Complaining…It’s Here”: A Guide to District Football Part 1
I took my first plane trip in 1984, flying from Waterloo, Iowa (ALO) to Dallas. All I recall is that we flew on Ozark Airlines (it was acquired by TWA in 1986). It’s weird that I remember a lot of things as a kid, but a plane ride was something I vaguely remember. To this … More Flight 232: 25 Years Later
If there was one lasting image, albeit a fitting one, this picture above said it best. Before the tip-off of Iowa State’s game versus Michigan, head coach Fred Hoiberg surprised many by walking out of the tunnel…with Johnny Orr by his side. For 14 seasons, Orr walked out of that same tunnel, pumps his fist … More Every Night Was “The Tonight Show” in Ames: Johnny Orr (1927-2013)
Alex Rodriguez is a piece of work. Or he is just as confusing to understand, because no one knows what’s he thinking of, doing next, or why he’s doing what he does. I think I have the appropriate song for him. The Beatles summed A-Rod up with this one. I think it’s perfect. Listen to … More Seeking Attention…For All of the Wrong Reasons