MURPHY’S LAW: ‘Clones in KC, Hawkeyes Believe, TG returns

Kansas City, here we come, but please be more kind. Iowa State has lost in the first round 1,2,3,4… 7 TIMES in a row. I don’t get it. I’m not going to tell you I’m an expert on the Cyclones (yet), but I’ve followed Big 12 sports since I was a kid.  I just don’t see how they have lost 8-straight games, and hold a 0-4 record at the Sprint Center. Last year, I spent two days hanging out at the Power and Light District watching the games. It was a blast. It was particularly entertaining right around the Iowa State-Texas game. Cyclone fans were pumped and energetic. Then they had to head home early. That won’t happen again. The conference, the fans, and more importantly the players deserve another shot at Kansas. I can see the Sprint Center already: Half Blue, Half Cardinal, and full of hostility. Cyclones just have to take care of the Sooners. They owe them one too.

I’ll be holding down the coverage from Kansas City. Feel free to come up and say ‘Hey’ if you see me down there. I’ll be tweeting pictures and giving updates (@Admire_OnAir) starting Wednesday morning.

Iowa starts its road to “Four Wins, in Four Days.” It might be a cheesy slogan to get the fans jazzed up about an unlikely run through the Big Ten Tournament, but I like it. Not for the fans, but because I think the players believe they can do it. And believing is half of the battle.

Not even a fade-away, prayer-of-a-shot could save the Statesmen in the NAIA Division II National Championship. Too bad their second loss had to come in the title game and to a school named Cardinal Stitch. Sounds like a catholic Disney character.

The 2013 NFL season is officially underway. Tony Gonzalez kicked it off by giving us all what we wanted to hear. The future Hall of Famer will be back for one more season.

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 If we’ve learned anything it’s that it’s any teams Super Bowl next year. Baltimore got its quarterback, but no Anquan Boldin, no Dannell Ellerbe, no Paul Kruger, no Ray Lewis and most likely no Ed Reed. Whew. Vikings sent Percy Harvin to Seattle, and cut Antoine Winfield. Adrian Peterson may get 500 carries next year. The Chiefs continue to make the biggest moves of the offseason. The Alex Smith deal is in the books. Then they get him a 4-million-dollar-per-year tight end, Anthony Fasano, and sign former Jets defensive tackle, Mike DeVito. Oh yeah, Chase Daniel is a Chief. Woohoo

Keith Update: Much like playoff teams sitting their star players in the final week, we sat Keith on Tuesday. We need him 100% during the ‘playoffs.’