MURPHY’S LAW: Ames Last, Hawkeye Starter, Gabby Gone

Posted on: 10:42 pm, August 21, 2013, by , updated on: 01:41am, August 22, 2013

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Yahoo’s Pat Forde makes his choice for worst town in the Big 12: Ames. Can’t agree with that. I spent a month in Stillwater one weekend, and a year in Manhattan one day. Maybe I just went to the wrong places. Never made it to Waco. Not on the bucket list either. …

Iowa State picks up a 4-star transfer, and this time it’s not basketball. D’vario Montgomery caught passes in high school from Cyclone QB Sam Richardson. He’d like to catch more in college. He’ll have to wait a year after leaving South Florida. If Montgomery and fellow 4-star recruit Allen Lazard of Urbandale both make it to the first game in 2014, ISU would have the potential for its best receiver duo ever. …

ISU coach Paul Rhoads tells the Register’s Randy Peterson that starting defensive end Willie Scott will play against UNI. Rhoads suspended Scott indefinitely back in April when police arrested Scott for possession of a controlled substance. Scott continued practicing, and played well in the spring game. Wait, what? He practiced and played while suspended indefinitely? It’s quite possible Rhoads dished internal punishment and took away privileges. Maybe more here than meets the eye. Some would even debate whether the offense warranted suspension. However, if he’s going to practice, and going to play, don’t say Scott’s suspended. Call it something else. …

Rhoads and Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard welcoming students to the Iowa State dorms has become an annual tradition. It’s a good one. Sure there’s PR involved, but you gain fans when they make a connection. Many of those students called or texted others to say they just met Rhoads. And as Pollard knows, fans who become graduates, can one day turn into donors. …

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Jake Rudock should be named Iowa’s starting quarterback any day now, perhaps by the time you’ve finished this sentence, unless I make it a really long sentence, which would be kind of obnoxious, and not in the spirit of a welcoming blog. I digress. Rudock will start, but if he or Iowa falters, fans will call for C.J. Beathard. Loudly. Rudock, on the limited intel available, appears more of a manager, and Beathard more of a playmaker. You know which fans find more exciting. Then again, fans calling for the back-up during rough times is nearly a sports cliche. …

Bravo to Iowa for the Kinnick Stadium Wall of Fame. Great idea. Fans will love it. Nothing beats pointing up to the picture and jersey and explaining to a son or granddaughter why that player is on the Wall. …

Sorry to learn former Dowling Maroon Amara Darboh will miss the entire Michigan season with a foot injury. Darboh played on special teams last season, and looked ready to start for the Wolverines. He’ll return with three seasons of eligibility remaining. …

Speaking of Dowling, John Sears says we should look for his alma mater at #1 in the first 4A top ten. Coach Tom Wilson would prefer John be wrong. At least at the start of the season. …

The Hawkeyes European Tour will make Iowa a better basketball team in the Bahamas. The loss will most help Iowa, since that was really the only close call. But did Pierre Pierce have to hit the game-winning shot for whatever French team that was? It doesn’t get worse than that. …

Why does Yasiel Puig seem so grumpy? If you make it out of Cuba to the United States, and live the life of Puig, it seems smiles should come easier. …

Miguel Cabrera deserves more praise and attention. He’s doing things with a baseball bat we may never see again. There are several theories why Cabrera isn’t a bigger star, including nationality, but I think it’s simpler. We’re no longer sure we can believe what we’re seeing. …

Albert Pujols could end up the worst free agent signing in history. The Cardinals knew what they were doing. …

Gabby Douglas lived and trained in West Des Moines for more than two years. She seemed to like Iowa, but she was here for one reason: Liang Chow. Chow took a raw but erratic talent, and turned Douglas into the best gymnast in the world. Gabby’s a star now. It’s not surprising she wants to live in California. It’s hard to image she could top her Olympics in London, and without Chow coaching her, it won’t be easy. Thing I remember most about Gabby at the Olympic Homecoming at the Knapp Center is that her jacket seemed to glow in the dark. …

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If anyone in your circle plays fantasy football, you’re well aware. …

NFL teams that really annoy people: ’72 Dolphins, ’85 Bears, ’92 Cowboys, ’04 Patriots. Who are we missing? …

Tip of the flat-billed cap to channel 13′s Michael Admire. He did an outstanding job covering the Urbandale Little League team at the World Series. The kids and their families made it easy to root for Urbandale. …

School should not start before the State Fair ends. …

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