MURPHY’S LAW: Bubble Inflation, Devyn Not Roy, Rider Pride

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Nice win for the Hawkeyes. Iowa blocked 12 shots. Gabe Olaseni had half of them, or as my elementary school math teacher, Mrs Jackson, taught me: six blocks. Then Olaseni showed up in the post-game interview and charmed with that cool British accent. I want a cool British accent. Our intern, Shane, has one. The ladies stop by the sports office just to hear him talk…

I digress…

The Hawkeye win has reignited the discussion whether Iowa put air back in the NCAA tourney bubble. Couldn’t hurt. I still think because Iowa only has 5 wins over top 100 teams, that the Hawks need to win the Big Ten tourney to make the dance, but reaching the title game should, at the least, put them in the discussion. Could the committee leave out a team with 22 wins from the best conference?…

I called Devyn Marble “Roy” Tuesday night. Technically, Roy is his first name, but I meant to say Devyn. Speaking of Roy and Devyn, two more points for Devyn, and they become the first Big Ten father/son duo to each score 1000 points. Roy scored more than 2000…

I did successfully call Doug McDermott “Doug”, instead of Greg. Doug won the Larry Bird Trophy for the second straight year. The Bird goes to the Valley’s best player. (That could be worded better.) If Doug wants a third Bird, he can return for his Senior season…

In the Register’s Hot Topics, I picked Iowa State to finish 4th, and Iowa 6th. I should be close. That still won’t make up for picking Illinois…

Bill Fennelly should be the Big 12 Coach of the Year. I have no doubt Fennelly would coach Baylor to a first place finish, but I’m not sure Kim Mulkey could lead Iowa State to a second. Fennely did…

Biggest game of the season for the Cyclone men Wednesday night. I think Iowa State finishes another perfect season at home*…

The metro 4-A teams are all underdogs at boys state basketball. Urbandale, Dowling, and Roosevelt take the court as the lower seeds. Roosevelt has not won a game at state since winning it all in 1978. I’d love to see the Riders advance. Our family will be there cheering. Well, our family minus me. I’m working back here…

Andre Tippett belongs in the College Football Hall of Fame. Glad to see him nominated…

Does every other commercial on television feature the Phillip Phillips song, “Home”. Not familiar with the song? Yes you are. Click here…

You can soon bring hockey sticks, golf clubs, and baseball bats on airplanes. That doesn’t sound like trouble…

1,000 flights were canceled in Chicago. I spent a month at O’Hare one day. I wish those stranded travelers the best…

After writing the blog last night, I watched “Miracle” until 2:30 A.M. It’s easy to do when a movie has a speech like this:

(*Bad officiating altered the outcome of what should have been a win against Kansas.)

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