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MURPHY’S LAW: Hassel Dazzles, Valentine Misfire, Good Day To Die Hard

Posted on: 12:51 am, February 14, 2013, by , updated on: 02:05am, February 14, 2013

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Chris Hassel made his ESPN debut Wednesday night on the Highlight Express. He won’t be on the Highlight Express long. Even on his first show, you can see Chris is destined for SportsCenter, and beyond.

Chris managed to say “Hawkeye state”, call Cyclone highlights, and do a Nebraska story without invoking Cooter Ray. All told, a good start.

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The Chris others don’t know is the Chris who sent me a text from the anchor desk during the show, thanking me for helping him get there. Believe me, his talent got him there…

Iowa State lost yet another road game the Cyclones should have won. Between Iowa State and Iowa, Groundhog Day won’t end. The two teams have work to do the next three weeks, or both will have “what if?” seasons.

Up three, under 10 seconds to play, Fred Hoiberg opts to foul. Same result as not fouling. Tie game, eventual loss in (double) overtime. I learned it’s always right to foul, or not…

Monday, one of our boys, who will remain unnamed, was trying to decide what to get his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. He mentioned one of his friends bought an edible fruit arrangement. Jenny immediately said, “That’s stupid. Don’t get her one of those.” What had I already ordered for Jenny this year? You guessed it. It arrived today.

jennyedibleJenny says she was picturing melons and such. This is chocolate-dipped strawberries arranged like a bouquet of flowers. And would you check that sweet vase? Ahhhh. Jenny says she loves it, and she only meant the edible arrangement was a bad idea for a teenage girl. I think she might be in spare-my-feelings mode, but I know she appreciates the effort. She is awesome.

Meantime, the boy went with the bear. Until he’s given away, he’s been working on my laptop…

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Have you seen one of those new Nike running shoes with the laces cockeyed? We found one at the Nike outlet on the way back from Iowa City. Colin decided to pose with it.

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Dang, that picture makes me laugh…

Mariano Rivera held a press conference to announce that he’s decided when he’s going to retire. He’ll hold another press conference when he’s ready to announce that. I hope no reporters had anything else to do…

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel blew out his knee. Noel is a guy who would have gone straight to the NBA if the league didn’t have its preposterous one-and-done rule. If a guy has the talent to make millions in the NBA, he should be allowed a living, just like a professional tennis player, or a teenage movie star. The collusion between the NBA and the NCAA is a joke. Sure, some kids who go from high school to the NBA wouldn’t make it, but what is the likelihood they’d have earned a degree if forced to go to one year of college? I don’t see the one-and-done being good for the college game either…

Southeast Polk went decades without a boys state championship team trophy. The Rams will have two by Saturday night…

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like taking your sweetheart to A Good Day To Die Hard. (I can’t wait to see this. Nothing lives up to the greatest action movie ever made, Die Hard, but I’m willing to see if McClane’s son breathes life back in to this series.)

a-good-day-to-die-hard1Uh-oh. Early reviews are awful. Many say this is the Rocky V of the Die Hard franchise. That’s not good…