MURPHY’S LAW: NBA Afro, Fair Food, RVTV Route

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With the first pick, in the 2013 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select… Anthony Bennett of UNLV. Wait, what? I didn’t see that one coming…

Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira owned draft night with his afro for the ages…


Commissioner Stern looks happy in this picture, but his final draft night performance could not have been shakier. Stern sounded like he was reading each name for the first time. Stern even struggled with names like “Roberson”…

Some people on Twitter are mad at Lolo again. Here’s why:

Rachel Jeantel looked so irritated during the cross-examination that I burned it on DVD and I’m going to sell it as Madea goes to court.

— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) June 27, 2013

According to the Iowa State Fair’s website, these are the new foods for 2013:

  • Shrimp Corndog – Bringing the beach to Iowa, the Shrimp Corndog, available at the Po-Boy Stand, is a savory snack featuring three fresh shrimp dipped in corndog batter, fried to golden perfection and topped with a sweet jalapeno glaze.
  • Smoothie On-a-stick – The Smoothie On-a-stick at Turkey Time Concessions will offer Fairgoers a sweet and healthy way to cool down. The strawberry smoothie is frozen, put on a stick and ready to be eaten on any hot August Fair day.
  • Bacon Wrapped Riblet On-a-stick – The Bacon Wrapped Riblet On-a-stick, available at the Bud Tent, is a pork riblet wrapped in bacon, hickory smoked and then basted with barbeque sauce.
  • Fried Brownie On-a-stick, a chocolate brownie deep-fried and topped with chocolate sauce and powdered sugar, available at Fyfe Concessions.
  • Soft Salted Chocolate-Dipped Almond Pretzel On-a-stick, a soft pretzel dipped in chocolate almond bark sprinkled with slivered almonds and a dash of salt, available at the Old Fashioned Root Beer & Pretzels stand.
  • Coconut Mountain On-a-stick, a soft and chewy coconut ball rolled in coconut flakes and dipped in fresh chocolate; available at Oasis Concessions.
  • Sweet Corn Corndog, a hot dog dipped in batter enriched with fried sweet corn; available at Campbell’s Concessions.
  • Rib Shack Cowboy, a mix of cowboy beans, brisket or pork, cole slaw, a signature chip and barbeque sauce in a spice-flavored waffle

Shrimp corndog? No thank you. Smoothie On-a-stick? As Erin Kiernan said, that already has a name: Popsicle. That Fried Brownie On-a-stick looks like a winner though…

The Hawkeyes recent downturn in football is not hurting in-state recruiting. Iowa has verbal commitments from five of the state’s top six recruits. Urbandale’s Allen Lazard, a notable exception since he’s the state’s #1 recruit. Lazard says he’s all-in on Iowa State…

The Iowa Speedway could really use a big crowd, and Brad Keselowski will help. The defending Sprint Cup champ says he’ll race the U.S. Cellular 250 in August. Keselowski won the first NASCAR Nationwide race at Newton in 2009 when he outdueled Kyle Bush in front of 55,000+ fans…

The more we learn about Aaron Hernandez, the less surprising it is to learn he’s in jail…

Sports Illustrated cover 19 years ago today:

oj siEerie…

Former Cyclone athletic director Bruce Van de Velde is stepping down at Louisiana Tech. No reason given, but having your team win nine football games, and not going to a bowl must be near the top of the list…

Fleetwood Mac put on a great show at Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday night. Lindsey Buckingham is the MVP, but Steve Nicks the star…


Jenny took this picture of 64-year old (!) Stevie Nicks

And we’re excited to announce the RVTV route, in what is likely the final RVTV tour (at least for a while). We’ve, of course, parked the RV at Iowa State in Ames many times, but the other four towns are all RVTV first-timers:

Monday: Creston

Tuesday: Jefferson

Wednesday: Webster City

Thursday: Iowa Falls

Friday/Saturday: Ames

The Cy-Hawk street parties in each town have become my favorite part of the week. It’s a good reminder of how far-reaching the game is, and how much it means to so many. Hope to see you on the road to Ames…