MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclones Bowling, Hawkeyes vs Huskers, Kennedy Overload

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Iowa State plans to have the Jack Trice Stadium south end zone bowled in by the 2015 season. Good. It’s a needed move that Andy Fales and I have brought up many times on SoundOFF, as well as our radio show. ISU has made strides in appearing big time both on television, and to recruits, but there’s only so far you can go while having grass seating in all four corners.

There is some risk. ISU has done far more losing than winning in its football history, especially in conference. More seasons like the one the Cyclones just had, and eventually it won’t matter how nice the stadium looks, people will stay away. Empty seats look worse than empty hillsides. Which is why Iowa State should play it smart and not shoot too high on seating capacity. Far better to have a sold out 58,000 than sections of empty seats at 68,000.  Jamie Pollard gets this. 60,000 tops.

Think selling out stadiums is easy? Iowa has a much larger fan base than ISU, and after one 4-8 season, Iowa just went through its home schedule at Kinnick Stadium with zero games sold out. …

Huge win for Iowa Saturday. Season changer. It’s just one win, but it’s the difference between the possibility of 9-4 and a good bowl game, and 6-7 and a losing season. Those are the extremes, but fans tend to think the best after a big win, and the worst after a painful loss. It’s not a good Michigan team, but it’s still the Wolverines, and Iowa found a way. Anthony Hitchens made the Hawkeye play of the year. …

Also excited Nebraska won. The Huskers and Hawks both winning this past Saturday sends a jolt of energy into the would be rivalry. For it to really heat up, Iowa must win. The underdog Hawks have their best chance since Nebraska joined the Big Ten. …

Can’t wait to see the #23 Iowa basketball team finally play a tourney caliber team Thursday night: Xavier. It’s on the NBC Sports Network beginning at 6 p.m. At our house, that’s the hour leftovers begin. …

How ’bout that Uthoff dunk vs Penn. Uthoff went all Blake Griffin. …

Forget a letdown. #17 Iowa State bounced the Kangaroos of UMKC Monday night, 110-51. …

Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning is the greatest player rivalry in NFL history. Brady doesn’t own Manning, but he has a serious edge. It’s now 10 to 4 after Brady not only outplayed Manning Sunday night, but led the Patriots on one of the most improbable comebacks you’ll see, down 24-0 at the half. Only downside, the overtime pushed SoundOFF to near midnight.

It did give us the opportunity to play the Iowa Nice Guy video ESPN rejected for College Football Daily. Scott Siepker says it’s not the funniest, but it may be the edgiest:

Here’s Andy’s fifth grade class. Can you spot 10-year-old What’s Bugging Andy? (Answer at the end of blog.)

andy fifth gradeI watched six documentaries on the Kennedy assassination. The two standouts for me were Tom Brokaw’s and CNN’s. Slight edge to CNN because it created constant tension. Heck, I even watched Rob Lowe as Kennedy in Killing Kennedy. (Decent, but by the numbers.) I wasn’t born when Kennedy was killed, but it’s fascinating for many different reasons. …

Really enjoyed this feature story from Jodi Whitworth on the Iowa football game against Notre Dame that was never played:

The NHL expects 107,000 fans for the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium. Wonder how many can see the hockey puck. …

Jack Taylor and Grinnell College play a gimmicky game of basketball. It’s why Taylor can score 109 points in one game, and four days later net only three. Grinnell won both games, and Taylor kept his sense of humor:

Dan Winters love Christmas Vacation. He plans to wear this shirt daily until December 26th:

DAN WINTERS

 

And finally, Andy is in the third row, second from the right. He’s the kid wearing the Pizza Hut tablecloth. …

 

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