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13 fascinating facts about Chris Hassel:
• In 10th grade, I taught myself how to write upside down and backwards. You see, I had a science test that I was bound to fail, and all we could use was a plain white cover sheet. I wrote my notes on the back… and I could read them through the sheet.
• I was part of the 2001 4A state championship golf team at Muscatine High School as a junior.
• I was in position to head to state again my senior year. However, I was disqualified from districts because I beat up one of the opposing players on the 17th hole. He tried to penalize me for cussing. We qualified for state, but I wasn’t eligible to compete.
• I wake up at 1:30pm and go to bed around 3:30am. In the winter, I see about 3 hours of light each day.
• When I was in Kindergarten, I fell asleep on the back of the bus on the way to school. I woke up some two hours later to an empty bus at small home in the middle of the country. When I wandered into the house, the bus driver was watching ‘The Golden Girls’. I missed the entire day of school.
• On the first day of 7th grade, I told my math teacher I was allergic to lead. It was a lie. I was the only student allowed to do my homework with pen.
• When I sleep, I have to use a fan. A big fan. Industrial strength. My wife hates it. My ideal bed would sit in the center of the room with four fans hitting me from all directions on the floor and a ceiling fan up above.
• I ended my basketball career while yelling at my 9th grade girlfriend. Instead of attending an after-school practice, I decided to argue with her until I got my way. I didn’t get my way… and I was kicked off the team.
• I once went 2 years, IN COLLEGE, without eating a French fry. I’ll never go back on that diet.
• My 1st grade teacher’s name was Sister Ellia. She didn’t have eyes in the back of her head. She had mirrors on the sides of her glasses.
• On October 26th, 2002… I became the first Muscatine High School student to walk out of an ACT test. I was able to complete the “reading” section, before succumbing to the power of sports. Iowa was playing Michigan in football that day, and I simply couldn’t concentrate. I was the only one without a test score, but also the only one who saw the game.
• I was the first person in my class to begin shaving (I had a mustache in 3rd grade). Yet, two decades later, I still can’t grow a full beard. Go figure.
• I didn’t read a single book from 6th-12th grade. When we were asked to give book reports, I made up a title, and created my own story.

Iowa native Chris Hassel joined the Channel 13 Sports team in June 2007.

“I can’t believe they hired me,” exclaims Hassel. “And what’s nice is that there’s no act to follow.”

“When Chris showed up for his interview dressed in a suit and attempting to impress with his business acumen, we were concerned, partly because we had to look up the definition of acumen,” says Channel 13 Sports Director Keith Murphy. “But once he got the job, we saw the real Chris. He showed up for his first day of work in cargo shorts, jacked up on Mountain Dew, and doing impressions of Jim Zabel. We knew right then he’d fit in.”

Chris came to Channel 13 Sports from Davenport where he was a sports anchor/reporter for KLJB-Fox 18 TV. In addition to his television duties, he also served as the morning news anchor for WOC-AM Radio and Sports Director for St. Ambrose University’s TV and radio stations. He has also been involved in Learfield Sports Iowa Hawkeye Football broadcasts as a pre and post-game host. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

Chris enjoys being frustrated by the Cubs, yelling at his TV when the Bears are playing, and making sure he can have vacation his first year on the job so he can get married. Though his primary duties will be sports reporting, Chris will anchor some weekend sportscasts.

Recent Articles
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    By Chris Hassel A little over a week after it was falsely reported that Lolo Jones would not compete at the Drake Relays, Lolo says she’s coming home. The Des Moines native will compete in the 100m hurdles, next Saturday, at 3:07pm. Brian Brown was beaming ear-to-ear with the news when he stopped by the Murph n Andy show, today. We’re 100 days away from the 2012 Olympics, in London, and Lolo Jones isn’t the only local athlete with a […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Creekmur, Uthoff, Woodbury

    By Chris Hassel Iowa State gets another college basketball transfer — but this one is coming to Ames to play football. Chanse Creekmur is leaving the Arizona State basketball program to walk on to the Cyclone football team. Creekmur was a star quarterback at Marshalltown, leading the Bobcats to the 2009 4A championship game. He decided to play basketball in college, but says it was the wrong choice. The ISU quarterback situation could get even more interesting, next season. After […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Bubbles, Gumballs, and Zou Bisou’s

    By Chris Hassel Fran McCaffery is so good at throwing chairs that he’s been asked to throw something else — a first pitch. Franny Mac will throw out the first pitch at the Cubs/Giants game, August 31st, one day before the Hawks open the football season against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field. ‘The Bubble’ was put out of its misery today, in Iowa City. It took 35 minutes to deflate Iowa’s indoor football practice facility. They should’ve just popped it. […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: LoLo a NoGo, Johnson’s Record Shattered, Rose Injured

    By Chris Hassel Lolo was a no-go at the Drake Relays. I don’t know many people who were surprised she decided not to run. By the sound of it, it was a nice gesture by Lolo to even show up for the Relays. I don’t blame her for not running in 55-degree temps. I refuse to run outside when it’s below 60. Wallace Spearmon broke one of the most prestigious records in Drake Relays history, Saturday. Spearmon ran the 200m […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Friday Scattershots

    By Chris Hassel Former Hawkeye Jewel Hampton has been picked up by the 49ers. Hampton, who transferred to Southern Illinois after the 2010 season, is a pretty amazing story. After setting an Iowa freshman record with eight rushing touchdowns in 2008, he tore his ACL in 2009, and again in 2010. Two major knee injuries, and he will still get a shot to make an NFL team. Pretty unusual, and pretty impressive. Wisconsin transfer, Jarrod Uthoff, is reportedly going to […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Derby, Danny, Kirby

    Jerry Crawford told Andy Fales, Friday, that Dullahan was a ‘closer’. He was right. The Iowa-owned horse looked to be a non-factor, until the final 300 yards, when he shot to the outside and nearly caught the leaders. Had the race been 50 yards longer, Dullahan would’ve probably won. Instead, he settles for third — the second straight third-place finish for Crawford and company at the Derby. Paddy O’Prado in 2010. Dullahan in 2012. Now we’ll have to wait and […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Dullahan Out, Cozzetti (possibly) In, ZJ on Top

    By Chris Hassel As expcted, Dullahan won’t race in The Preakness, next Saturday. Owner, Jerry Crawford, learned a valuable lesson, two years ago, with Paddy O’Prado. Crawford elected to run Paddy in The Preakness, and he was unable to run in the The Belmont, after suffering an injury. Dullahan is expected to run at Belmont in 5 weeks. Despite the fact that Dullahan is out, we may still have an Iowa-owned horse to root for, next Saturday. Ankeny-owned, Cozzetti, has […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Na, Nelson, and Phyiscal Therapy

    By Chris Hassel Zach Johnson had a rough third round at The Players Championship, but I don’t blame him one bit. Zach struggled to a one-over 73, and it’s hard not to think Kevin Na was part of the reason. Na was fighting with his own mind the entire round. The guy was standing over the ball for 20 and 30 seconds at a time before pulling the trigger. Then, Na did something I have never seen before. He went […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Wood Retires, ‘Big’ Agreement, Birthday No-Show

    By Chris Hassel Kerry Wood’s career came to an emotional end, at Wrigley Field, Friday. The former phenom will be remembered as an underachiever, but Wood’s career was better than average. Wood was a part of four different playoff teams in Chicago, and he retires as the only player in history with 75 wins, 50 saves, and 10 strikeouts per 9 IP. Wood and Sammy Sosa were my two favorite Cubs, growing up. Wood was appointment television in the late […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Double Crown, NINETEEN Points, Tan Mom

    By Chris Hassel I’ll Have Another, has another. The horse that wasn’t favored to win the Derby, or the Preakness, has won both. What a dramatic finish at Pimlico. It looked like Bodemeister was going to run away with the win most everyone thought he would get, but I’ll Have Another ran him down at the wire. I’m going to be torn at The Belmont. Dullahan is going to try to get in the way of history. It could be […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Hot Haas, Game Theme, Sports Cache

    By Chris Hassel It’s a familiar scene at the Principal Charity Classic, this week. Big crowds, great weather, and Jay Haas is on top of the leaderboard. Haas won the event in 2007, and in 2008. He seems to be at or near the top of the leaderboard each and every year.(Dick Mast is tied for 6th at -5). R.A. Dickey just became my favorite big leaguer. The Mets pitcher walks up to the plate to The Games of Thrones […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Mast Rising, Tiger on Top, Babysitting

    By Chris Hassel Mike Goodes had the goods in the opening round of the Principal Charity Classic. Goodes fired a 7-under, 64, to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend. Several big names are within four shots of the lead, including: Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, and Kenny Perry. Dick Mast is also within four of the lead at 3-under. That’s Dick Mast. Tiger Woods is on top of the leaderboard, again. After three straight rough outings, Tiger is currently tied […]