MURPHY’S LAW: Davis No Huddle, Bilas Schools NCAA, Marriage Proposal Hoax

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25 years ago, the Cubs played their first night game. One reason given, to help the Cubs end their long drought and get to the World Series. How’s that working out? …

Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis says in Iowa’s first four practices, the Hawkeyes didn’t huddle. Anything resembling up-tempo is bound to excite Iowa fans. You still have to execute though. Vince Lombardi thought the Packers could beat teams with one well-executed sweep. And did. …

Far more people watched a meaningless exhibition game between the Dolphins and Cowboys than watched NBA, MLB, or NHL playoff games. Football rules. …

Iowa State released its 2013-2014 basketball schedule Thursday. For the first time in 75 years, ISU will not play Drake. We knew that was coming. It still stinks to see it as reality. That decision is not good for anyone. …

Tip of the cap to Jay Bilas for absolutely pantsing the NCAA and its hypocrisy.  In one day, Bilas exposed the NCAA’s ridiculous claim that it doesn’t profit from selling merchandise of particular players. Of course it does. Within 24 hours, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the NCAA would get out of the business of selling school-related items on NCAASports.com. …

Many adults worry about the pressure on the kids who play in the Little League World Series, as Urbandale hopes to do again. Urbandale’s manager, Robert Ball, told me kids are resilient, and put the tough games behind them faster than the parents and coaches do. He’s right. …

Mike Abramson, marketing vice-president for the New Britain Rock Cats, tells me more than a million people have watched this fake marriage proposal:

Those are Rock Cats employees acting out the scene. Abramson says he avoided the media for a day, but never told anyone it was real, and eventually when asked, admitted the hoax (though he prefers the word “fake”). There are bigger concerns, but minor league organizations shouldn’t be attempting to dupe the public, no matter how trivial, or how much attention. What’s next, a staged fight in the stands? Hey, it could go viral. …