MURPHY’S LAW: ‘Horny’ gets hired, Thanks 54, I-Cubs rolling

By: John Sears

Jeff Hornacek is the new Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns.  Like his entire life Hornacek worked hard, paid his dues, and is now reaping the rewards.   Hornacek was a walk-on at Iowa State before transforming in to an All-Big 12 player, then a 14 year vet in the NBA.  He even made an All-Star team while playing in the league.  I remember Hornacek as a deadly shooter and an incredibly smart, hard-nosed player.  He and John Stockton wore those really short Utah Jazz shorts, but man could he shoot.  ‘Horny’ (yes that is the nickname Jerry Sloan referred to him as) became an assistant in 2007 with the Jazz, worked his way up the ladder and now is the man in charge of the Suns, the team that drafted him in 1986.

Courtesy:  Cyclones.com

Courtesy: Cyclones.com

Hornacek is just the 2nd Cyclone graduate to ever become a head coach in either the NBA, NFL, or MLB.  The other…Take a guess.  Rod Rust.  Rust coached the New England Patriots in 1990.  The Pats finished 1-15 that season and Rust was fired after just 1 year.  There’s your ‘I bet you’ll never guess who…’ question the next time you’re at a bar.

Zach Johnson finished 3rd at the Crowne Plaza Invitational after firing a 66 in the final round.  Johnson was struggling this year, with just 3 top 25 finishes.  Johnson should earn about $450,000 for his 3rd place finish, which is almost the exact amount he’s made in 12 events this year.  Good week.

My favorite Bears player, Brian Urlacher, retired this week.  Tip of the cap to Urlacher.  I loved watching him play.  13 years with the same team.  I’m so glad he didn’t end up playing for a paycheck for the Vikings or some other team.  Urlacher is a Bear, and a first ballot hall of famer.

The Iowa Cubs have won 5 in a row and 8 of their last 9.  Solid pitching, timely hitting are carrying the I-Cubs.  At 23-25 Iowa is just 3 1/2 games back in their division.  I hope they keep it up, the summer will be more fun covering baseball.

I’m not a huge NBA fan, but I do watch some of the playoffs.  Would there be a worse finals than San Antonio vs Indiana?  Yes. Memphis vs Indiana would be worse.  But that won’t happen, the Grizzlies are done.  David Stern is praying every night the Heat beat the Pacers and face the Spurs for the title.  His ratings life depends on it.

Rutgers…What the heck?  It’s like watching a slow train wreck.

Congrats to my cousin Cole on graduating from Valley high school.  Well done.  I graduated from high school 13 years ago.  I’m getting old.  graduation_cap



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