MURPHY’S LAW: Gandolfini Gone Too Soon, Wild Game Sells Wild Tickets, Cyclone Becomes Duck

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A good actor makes us feel like we know him. James Gandolfini was a good actor. Maybe too good. Friends say he was a sweet, gentle man constantly mistaken for the character he played so brilliantly, Tony Soprano.

I didn’t know Galdofini, but because he’s so familiar to me, I feel a sense of loss. Gone way too soon at age 51 of an apparent heart attack. The age adds to the sting. Anytime we’re reminded we can be seemingly healthy one day, and gone the next, it’s a sobering reminder of our mortality.

Most will remember Gandolfini for his iconic role in The Sopranos, but he was memorable in so many movies. The Last Castle, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Mexican, True Romance, and Zero Dark Thirty–to name a few. Can’t believe he’s gone…

James Gandolfini. photo: Barry Wetcher

Another absolute classic from the Blackhawks and Bruins. The Blackhawks win a wild one, 6-5 in overtime. Speaking of wild, if I’m the Iowa Wild, I’m selling season tickets door-to-door right now. This Stanley Cup has been an infomercial for hockey…

Richard Amardi took it well when he lost his basketball scholarship at Iowa State. I think Amardi knew from the jump it was a possibility. I don’t condone the conditional scholarship, but appreciate the transparency. Amardi also knew he’d be fine. He’s accepted a full ride to Oregon where he’ll play for Dana Altman. Good for Amardi…

The Iowa Cubs were tied for first place for a few minutes Wednesday night. Then the Redbirds won, and the Cubs fell a half game out…

I’m reading the book, “The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the night that changed boxing forever”. It’s a gripping read of one of the more shocking things we’ve ever seen in sports. The author, George Willis, came on our radio show Wednesday. Willis says Tyson’s not as bad a man as he seemed, or Holyfield as good…

I still can't believe Tyson bit Holyfield. Twice!

I still can’t believe Tyson bit Holyfield. Twice!

Sticking with my pick of Heat in 7, but I can’t wait to find out what happens. History tells us the team that wins game 3 when the series was tied at 1 goes on to win 90% of the time. That was the Spurs. And history tells us the home team in game 7 almost always wins. That’s the Heat…

Picked up free tickets at the Iowa Hall of Pride for our kids to see the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium. We’re too old for the freebies, but 20 to 25 dollars to see all these Olympic gold medalists seems fair…

Cool to see 100 meter dash American record holder Tyson Gay working out at Des Moines Roosevelt. Gay wanted a quiet track, and Roosevelt alum Lolo Jones pointed Tyson in the right direction…

Keith Murphy

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