MURPHY’S LAW: Winning Ugly, Valentine’s Broquet, Iowa Nice

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Well, Iowa made that interesting. Penn State is bad. Really bad. But a win is a win, especially on the road. Hawks win by 2. Had they lost, most fans would check out on this season…

Devyn Marble follows his 21 against Northwestern with 22 at Penn State. He’s better against bad teams, but I think we can say the slump is over…

I always enjoy Bobby Hansen and Eric Heft on the radio. Both explain the complex in simple terms, and see the game in ways most of us just don’t…

Love seeing Chris Hassel and Zubin Mehenti together on ESPN. I doubt two Des Moines vets have combined on a national broadcast many times. They’re a good team too…

Wednesday night, the Cyclones won ESPN’s Highlight Express wildcard game pick ‘em contest. Thursday night it’s the Hawkeyes. Hassel could be ballot-stuffing. Bless him…

Jenny gave me the perfect Valentine’s present, and it was not an edible arrangement:

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Just kidding. Huffington Post calls this a bro-quet. I do know many guys who would LOVE this…

Jenny actually got me a massage from the talented Addie Palmer on Ingersoll. Massages usually make me uncomfortable, but Addie puts me at ease, and I’m just a neck and shoulders guy. I’ve had surgery on both areas, so it feels GOOD…

When I was a little boy in Wilmington, Vermont, one of my strongest memories is watching the Wheelers make maple syrup on their farm. Recently, when Reverend David Raymond and his wife Dorothy, of Lamb’s Grove, traveled through Vermont, they happened to stop at the Wheeler’s maple syrup stand. When Henry Wheeler saw the Raymonds’ Iowa plates, he asked about one of “Wilmington’s boys”. The Raymonds, whom I’ve never met, not only sent me pictures, they sent me some of the world’s best maple syrup. Now that’s Iowa nice…

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Michael Jordan says he’d put Kobe Bryant ahead of LeBron James. That’s Jordan’s way of  saying LeBron has not even worked his way into the conversation of greatest ever yet. Jordan’s right…

Oscar Pistorius being arrested for murder is the second kick to the gut for the Drake Relays this year. The Blade Runner in the 400 was going to be the marquee event of this year’s Relays. This, on the heels of a different kind of shocker, Relays sweetheart Suzy Favor-Hamilton recently worked in Vegas, and elsewhere, as a high-priced call girl…

You can try to tell people what state wrestling is like, but until they experience it for themselves, it doesn’t translate. It is NUTS. In a mostly good way…

When I got home, the Nicholas Sparks book “Safe Haven” was on my laptop. Is it possible my wife wants me to read this? Didn’t this guy write The Notebook?

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