Football… Optimism … 13 Cares

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Hello and Happy Monday, gang!
I hope the past few weeks have treated you well. I’ve been a blog slacker and now it’s time to get back in the groove.

Football
Wow, wow, wow. What a Saturday for both Iowa and Iowa State. It won’t surprise any of you that I was glued to the tube beginning at 11:30am. Many of you might also know that I did not agree with the Huskers being a 20 point favorite. If you’re a regular listener of Murph and Andy’s radio show, you likely heard me say I refused to make a prediction about the game and that “Anything can happen … even in Lincoln.” I had no idea. During the game I could hear my dad’s voice in my head (groaning), “Turnovers will kill ya!” That statement was never more true than during the ISU – NE game. Many crazy Big Red fans might be saying, “We beat ourselves,” which I don’t necessarily disagree with, but Iowa State showed up HUGE. I have to admit, even though I was frustrated with my team’s performance, I was also thrilled for the Cyclones. I think Paul Rhoads seems like a great guy who is genuinely happy to be coaching this team and I was genuinely happy to see him get such a big win. Of course the evening was all about the Hawkeyes. This was a fun game to watch. What a great performance by both teams – especially on defense. It was amazing to watch both Iowa and Michigan State hold the line in the red zone, and the fourth quarter was AMAZING! From the Spartans’ crazy hook and ladder play to Ricky Stanzi’s cool under pressure pass with only two seconds left … whew! Congrats to both the Cyclones and the Hawkeyes!

Optimism
Thanks to everyone for their comments and emails regarding attitude – even those of you who disagree with me. It’s been interesting reading your different perspectives on this topic and of course all are appreciated. I received a card in the mail from a viewer/blog reader about the attitude post. Inside the card Vicki sent is a quote from Helen Keller … “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Vicki herself writes, “We are so surrounded by negativity and it is refreshing to to see something that is positive. It really is just a mind set but sometimes so hard to accomplish.” I agree Vicki – it can be work! Thanks for the encouragement.

13 Cares
And positive is exactly what we’re trying to be (and highlight) with our 13 Cares stories. I hope you’ll tune in this Wednesday at six o’clock when we profile some special kids and their parents. In the story you’ll see them having a really fun Halloween party, but what they have in common is not a love of sweets – it’s life threatening illness. See how they’ve coped with spending birthdays and holidays in emergency rooms and hospitals, and how a special support group has formed as a result. And remember, if you can’t watch it live, you can catch all of our stories in the video player of the WHO-TV homepage!

One last thing before I sign off … Welcome Back, Lynn! :)
Have a great week,
EEK
Erin.Kiernan@whotv.com