MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclone Slump, Hawkeye Hope, Playing Hookie

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How can it be the Cyclones haven’t won a men’s Big 12 tourney basketball game since 2005? Good gosh, that was a long time ago. Tom Cruise was jumping on Oprah’s couch, and Kanye West was singing about gold-diggers, and he didn’t even have Kim Kardashian in mind…

The Cyclones used to own KC. The way the Chiefs own KC. Bad example. Anyway, it ends Thursday. Iowa State will beat Oklahoma in the rubber match. ISU blew out the Sooners in Ames. The Sooners embarrassed the Cyclones in Norman. Tie-breaker goes to the better team, and that’s Iowa State. If it’s not, I’ll be right back here tomorrow night admitting I was wrong…

What’s the best excuse for a lonnnnnnng lunch when a game tips off at 11:30 a.m.? Send your best suggestions to keith.murphy@whotv.com We’ll keep them anonymous, but we need to know what works…

There is no decision a conference has made recently that’s worse than the Big 12 splitting up the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Kansas City. Wait, I put too much stink on that statement. Conferences have made MANY stupid decisions in the past few years, almost all fueled by greed, but this one ranks near the top of the dumb-meter…

I don’t blame Bill Fennelly for giving Baylor’s Kim Mulkey the cold shoulder, even though he says he didn’t. Mulkey firing up the crowd while leading by 35, and leaving in starters in until nearly four minutes to go up by 100. Come on, Kim, you’re a good coach, but I could lead Baylor to the national title with Brittney Griner at center. Show some class…

Iowa will beat Northwestern Thursday night. After that happens, Hawkeye fans will really start thinking about just how close they are to their first NCAA tournament bid in years. It’s nice to have the discussion return…

Notre Dame is playing basketball in socks that can only be described as grinch legs…

Wes Welker is no dummy. Leaving Tom Brady? Peyton Manning is a solid next move…

Lynn Melling just dropped off a DVD movie she says I must see. It’s called, “Dust To Glory”. It’s about the most dangerous race in the world, involving motorcycles, dune buggies, and ATV’s. If Lynn had brought me Downton Abbey, I would have been less surprised. Apparently Lynn has a daredevil just waiting to get out…

Nothing helps a school’s recognition like a winning sports team. Can’t tell you how many people asked me this week where William Penn is…

Brian Urlacher is reportedly talking with the Vikings. I know Vikes and Bears fans who will have trouble with this one (if it were to happen). Times have changed though. Wes Welker is about to catch passes from Peyton Manning instead of Tom Brady. Did I already mention that?…

Shonn Greene will play for the Titans. That doesn’t seem right. Then again, the Jets were once the Titans, so maybe it does…

Not all Cyclone fans want Kevin Jackson signed to more years as Iowa State’s wrestling coach. However, ISU is showing improvement, Jackson clearly cares, and it makes sense to give your gold medalist the benefit of the doubt…

Thanks again for all the well-wishes. Doing better every day…