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MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclones Rush, Taylor Made, Trooper Tackle

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Patriots just got hosed. I’m sure many people enjoyed that. Brady under-threw, but Gronk was half-tackled well before the ball arrived. Flag thrown for a reason. Officials shouldn’t have picked it up. No doubt interference.  …

Can’t wait for December 13th. Even if we’ll have to wait until 8:35 PM for tip-off. ISU #21 in the AP poll, Iowa 25th in USA Today Coaches poll. According to The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Kirk Haaland, Iowa and ISU have only met once in basketball with both teams ranked: 1987. That could change in less than a month. …

Fran McCaffery has more balanced depth than any team I can remember in Iowa. …

Fred Hoiberg can recruit. We already knew that. Dude can coach too. Should be no doubters remaining. …

The Cyclone Catharsis at Hilton Coliseum Sunday is understandable. No, I can’t recall a mid-November court-storming, but that fan base needed something to cheer. It was pent-up. If students want to rush the court after a win over the #7 rated team in the country,  I’ve got no problem with it. …

If you do storm the court, just know that this could happen:

(Thanks to Adam Gray and our friends at Cyclone Fanatic for the video.)

Loved the moment when Johnny Orr and his former star player, Fred Hoiberg, entered at the same time. Fred, not surprisingly, stayed a step behind to give Johnny the floor. Hoiberg appeared to fight back tears. …

Grinnell’s Jack Taylor scored 100 points in a game for the second time. Taylor dropped 109 on Crossroads, 29 off his college basketball record of 138. Grinnell’s “system” makes it possible, but Taylor still had to hit shots, and he made 35 of them, including 24 threes. …

Just saw a commercial where a wife asks her husband if they can give each other Powerball tickets for their anniversary. That is so romantic. …

Power in NAIA sports has shifted to Des Moines. Saturday, Grand View University hosts national tournament games in three sports: football, women’s volleyball, and men’s soccer. Viking power. …

Best hit of the weekend goes to an Oklahoma state trooper. If you run on the football field, expect to get tackled.

My buddy Ed Wilson tells me the forecast for Saturday night’s game at Jack Trice Stadium calls for a low wind chill of zero. The Hawkeye game, aided by sunshine, should feel like it’s in the 20s. Still cold, but not arctic. …

Anyone know if Dwayne Bowe got on the plane in Denver. There’s a chance Bowe fell in love with Colorado. …

A man arrested for allegedly being WAY too drunk to drive blamed Michigan football for his sloppy state. Specifically offensive coordinator Al Borges. Hawkeye fans hope Michigan’s offense stays sloppy Saturday. Meantime, ISU’s offensive coordinator, Courtney Messingham, has been blamed for many things, but thankfully not that. …

Jimmie Johnson just won his sixth Cup championship. This would be a much bigger deal if more people had passion for Johnson, one way or another. JJ should be a transcendent superstar, but he’s just not. …



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