MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclones Banked, Hall of Shame, My Team Is Better Than Your Team

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That hurts. And helps. An Iowa State team searching for an identity, found one, and nearly won at #6 Kansas; something that happens about one out of every one hundred games played in the Phog.

KU’s  Ben McLemore banked in a three to force overtime. He can say he called bank. He didn’t call bank. It was a good shooter, having a great night, catching a lucky break. If ISU fouls, and sends Kansas to the line, the Cyclones likely score the upset of the college basketball season. Fred Hoiberg knows that’s an easy call with the benefit of hindsight, and he didn’t want to risk losing on a tapped out second free throw attempt. Hoiberg also made the great decision to start Georges Niang. Hoiberg can coach, though he should have put KU on the line.

Iowa State learned just how good it can be. If the Cyclones are encouraged by their effort, and not discouraged by the result, they should make another run at the NCAA tournament. The Big 12 appears down, and the Clones just proved they can hang with anyone when the threes fall.

But dang. What a kick to the stones…

UNI is in trouble. Another home loss? You just don’t expect this from a Ben Jacobson-coached team…

Iowa’s Big Ten schedule starts as rough as it gets. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State. It’s too early for a must-win, but Thursday’s game against Michigan State comes close. Hawks need to show they can beat a good team at home. They saw first hand what a really good team looks like, because Iowa stood around and watched the Wolverines dunk for most of the second half Sunday…

The gap between the best three or four women’s teams and the rest of college basketball remains a gulf. Just ask #25 Iowa State after that trip to #1 Baylor…

The Chicago Tribune reports Brian Kelly interviewed with the Eagles. You know what that means? That means Notre Dame is about to give Kelly a big raise and a contract extension…

Is Katherine Webb’s 15 minutes up yet? 

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Apparently not…

I love the Baseball Hall of Fame. My parents took me to Cooperstown when I was a little baseball-loving boy in Vermont. They bought me a Willie Stargell jersey, and a Johnny Bench. It was one of my best days ever. Three years ago, my wife and I returned to the Hall. No jerseys this time, but I felt like a kid again.

The Hall of Fame is at a crossroads. No one knows what to do with the players from the steroids era. Those with first ballot credentials who any reasonable person suspects cheated–Bonds, Clemens, Sosa–and those who no one knows used PED’s, but went through body and power surges–Bagwell, Piazza–are all out. Even a guy with 3,000 hits and not even a whisper of suspicion–Biggio–can’t get in. Meantime, great players whose numbers don’t measure up to the steroid era–Murphy, McGriff, Raines–are falling off the ballot.

It’s a mess. I HATE what the cheaters did to the record book I cherished above all others. I also understand the temptation of fame and fortune. Steroids work, and it seems most were using. Meantime, it appears the Hall already has members who used performance enhancing drugs. So what do we do?

I reluctantly suggest we’re going to need to do what’s always been done, and vote for players relative to how they performed against others in their eras. Yes, that means some guys who stayed clean won’t have Hall of Fame careers, but they’re not getting in anyway, and their bodies should be in far better shape. Perhaps the Hall needs to more clearly separate players by decades or eras, so when you see a bust of Bonds, and his ridiculous numbers, you know why.

Baseball writers can’t be judge and jury. It’s not fair, and it’s not reasonable. I doubt the Hall will ever be what it was, and that’s a shame. But something must be done, or it will soon be nothing…

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