A Tiger’s Roar: Pat Mitchell (1939-2015)

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.

“March Madness” Finally Comes to Des Moines

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…

Flight 232: 25 Years Later

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…