March Mad-links: March 12, 2011

                              When you start hearing yourself scream or jump out of your seats over the past couple of days, you know that the most exciting time of the year for sports fans has arrived:  March Madness in college basketball.  I hope everyone was able to get adjusted to Daylight Savings Time…

One Team Conquers a Conference…Again

Jim Nelson of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is a straight shooter and one of the best in covering high school and college wrestling.  He led his recap of the Iowa Conference Wrestling Championships with the “quote of the day” in my opinion: “If it had been a dual, Wartburg College would’ve won it, too.” Last…

National Sports Writing Honors for the Register and Others

  Individuals who walk into a newspaper newsroom everyday are assigned the task of reporting on stories, fact-checking, confirming sources, and writing it up so that the public is informed of what is going on.  I have the upmost appreciation for the reporters and people who work at the Des Moines Register and newspapers world wide. …

Sportsmanship Isn’t Just for Sports

Thursday night, I sat in on a lecture by Dr. P.M. Forni about civility as part of the “Better Together Iowa” series, hosted by Drake University, Character Counts in Iowa, IPTV, and Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, among several sponsors.  I won’t get into the intellectual discussion of what Forni said and what I…

“Just the Facts Ma’am”

Last month I wrote on how we should “get the facts” first and let things play out, rather than spouting about what we heard and posting it on Twitter, message boards and various social media platforms, without confirming it.   Sadly, many of us that can’t seem to abide by this, because we’re back at square one. Now, here’s my four cents worth, a few…