Every Night Was “The Tonight Show” in Ames: Johnny Orr (1927-2013)

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…

Seeking Attention…For All of the Wrong Reasons

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…

It’s Time to Pay It Forward, Des Moines

Today, the city of Des Moines received another glowing accolade, this time from the Kansas City Star. Over the past few years and recently, publications, notable well-known people, and a good part of the nation have taken notice on how nice, progressive, and promising Des Moines is. “We come a long way, baby”* indeed. As I…

De-cluttering a Few Things: July 15, 2013

A few thoughts to de-clutter as I start preparing for the prep football season, which starts in about 45 days. Aaron Hernandez:  unless this story turns into O.J. Simpson part deux, Hernandez is in big trouble. Then again, anything can happen in a trial (see O.J., Duke Lacrosse, Casey Anthony, et al.). The point is…

The Voices Of An Era

It’s going to take a while to wrap my mind around the fact Jim Zabel has died, even though he was 91 years old. – Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette Thursday night was an evening I did not want to happen. As it has been said, all good things must end, but as Mike Hlas…