MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclone Comeback, Hawkeye Hope, Jack Not John

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again–or in this case, write it. Nothing brings people together like their shared interest in the outcome of a big game…

I left my dentist, after the most rushed, and appreciated, x-rays and cleanings of my life. I arrived at Channel 13 to already see people from several different departments gathering around televisions to watch Iowa State against Oklahoma. It was not hard to decide who was for whom early. Cheers and groans dominated the first half as Iowa State looked destined for yet another early exit in KC…

Down 13 with under nine minutes to play, ISU rallied behind the point guard play of Bubu Palo. Wait, what? Yes, Bubu Palo sparked ISU, and veteran guard Korie Lucious told his coach, Fred Hoiberg, to leave Bubu in. It worked. The Cyclones started raining threes, and Oklahoma warmed up the bus. At one point, Channel 13 anchor Dan Winters, an ISU alum, cut himself shaving while celebrating a three. Note to Dan: Don’t watch a game you care about while holding a sharp object. Unless you’re fencing…

Cyclone fans and players say they want another shot at Kansas. They’re about to get it. Iowa State deserved to sweep KU this season, instead it’s 0-2. That still doesn’t fill me with confidence that the Cyclones are about to get their karmic due. I’d love to see it though. The atmosphere at the Sprint Center is going to be as electric as it’s been. Beyonce couldn’t kill the power…

The Hawkeye game was not exciting. That’s not Iowa’s fault. Northwestern just isn’t good. It looks like Iowa is playing Waukee. No disrespect to Waukee, it’s a high school team. Iowa did what it should, win easily, and it was nice to see Mike Gesell back on the court. It’s March 15th, and if Iowa upsets Michigan State, the Hawkeyes are back on the NCAA tourney bubble. That’s the kind of progress Fran McCafferry promised, and the man has delivered. No way I’m betting against Tom Izzo though. Not this time of year…

Mark Phelps worked his butt off at Drake. The man really wanted to succeed. He did win more than most, but Sandy Hatfield Clubb had to make a change. Phelps had the misfortune of following Keno Davis’ championship season. Davis, and his father, showed what’s possible at Drake, and possible with real student-athletes. Phelps is actually an interesting, engaging guy, but he never showed that to the public, and that sealed his fate. You have to win, or win people over, sooner of later, both. Just ask Dan McCarney…

Drake head coach, Mark Phelps

I know how hard it was for my friend, Andy Fales, to deliver What’s Bugging Andy? Sunday night, but once I heard it, and the impact it had on Drake boosters and administrators, I had an idea what was coming. Five years are a long sample size these days…

If every Mediacom employee was like the guy who showed up at our house Wednesday, Nate, Mediacom would be in every house…

Glad to have John Sears returning Friday. We’ve missed John, but glad he had a chance to bond with his mini-me, Jack. I like the name Jack. I never understood why a John would be called a Jack—you don’t even save a letter or syllable, so I like John and Maria naming him Jack…

Michael Admire may or may not have ridden a mechanical bull in Kansas City, but he has definitely reported several informative and entertaining stories. All would have improved by bull-riding…

Rocky, the original, is just starting. I’m out until 2:30 a.m. Not as much boxing as you might think in the best picture winner. Just great storytelling…

I end where I started. I can’t wait for basketball Friday night…



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