MURPHY’S LAW: Doc Holliday on NCAA, Back in Black, I-State Logo

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Either punish Johnny Manziel, or don’t. The NCAA’s 30 minute suspension is a joke. If anything, the NCAA made the second half matter to Texas A&M fans. Even if A&M leads Rice by 30, Aggie fans want to watch Johnny Football’s debut. …

Most indefensible finding by the NCAA: Manziel is suspended for allowing a third-party to make money off Manziel’s autograph. You know, like the millions Texas A&M and the NCAA make off Manziel’s autograph. To paraphrase Doc Holliday, “It appears the NCAA’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.”. … (Go to :56 for the real thing.)

Props to Iowa and Iowa State for loosening moneymaking concession incentives to keep people hydrated and safe Saturday. …

With an expected game-time temperature of 95 degrees Saturday, the Gazette’s Scott Dochterman asked Kirk Ferentz an interesting question, “Do you have any interest in wearing white jerseys at home instead of black?”.  It would break tradition, but keep the Hawks cooler. Ferentz admitted he hadn’t thought of that, and seemed intrigued, but Sports Information Director Steve Roe confirms Iowa will be back in black. …

The Register’s Bryce Miller wrote a terrific story on former Hawkeye and Roughrider Randy Duncan. Duncan had the talent of Gavin Grey, but is more like Atticus Finch.  …

http://hawkcentral.com/2013/08/24/iowa-sports-icon-randy-duncan-faces-biggest-foe-in-highlight-reel-life/

Heat index will push 100 for Football Friday. I can’t remember a hotter start to the Iowa high school season, and this will be my 24th. …

ESPN’s Chris Hassel–Did I just type that?–tweets the following:

Chris goes on to say the I-State logo is “awful”, and not identifiable. I’ll have to disagree with my good friend. The logo is not widely known outside Iowa, but nothing helps that like winning. That mark is also victim of its predecessors, as in way too many of them. Iowa State changes its logo more than  Billy Cundiff changes teams. That had to stop, and it has. The colors are finally cardinal and gold, and the logo, while not exciting, avoids appearing trendy, and should hold up for some time. Let it. …

Good to see our friend, Scott Siepker, aka the Iowa Nice Guy, back on ESPN, and back promoting our state at every opportunity. This week, Scott gave the Hawks and Clones much love, while ripping Nebraska, and taking credit for Gene Chizik’s firing. That’s a solid start. …

“Olbermann” is an interesting new addition to the sports television landscape. Keith Olbermann may be as talented as he thinks he is. There’s no doubt he’s polarizing. Olbermann’s first few shows find him lashing out at the media for making stories out of nothing. No one does this more than ESPN. If Olbermann has the free rein to crap where he eats, it will be endlessly entertaining. If he’s somewhat muzzled, and that’s what I expect, he’ll still be worth watching, but compromised. …

Madden 25 is out. I know this because I’ve never seen Cade and Colin do their homework so fast. …

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