Hardcore Hokies, Paris & Matt, the best shows on TV…

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Virginia Tech must feel like a jilted lover. How else can you explain the University blocking five Hokie wrestlers from following Tom Brands to Iowa. And why is it perfectly acceptable for a coach to skate on his contract but not players? If coaches aren’t held to their signatures than student-athletes shouldn’t be either.

Matt Leinart is growing tired of all the attention, so he’s dating… Paris Hilton?! Has there ever been more of a publicity hustler than this “superstar” with no discernible talent? Best line of the week comes from Andy Fales on SoundOFF: “Don’t blame Leinart. After being drafted by the Cardinals, he felt Paris was his only chance to score.”

Have you seen “United 93” yet? Incredible. A-. It’s emotionally draining, and should be. On the other end of the spectrum, Mission Impossible 3—or m:i:III? This is the best of the MI movies, by far, but not for one minute does it seem real. It’s impossible to not realize you’re watching Tom Cruise in a really well done Hollywood movie. Plus it freaks me out that Cruise cast a Katie Holmes look alike in the role of his love interest. At least she’s from Iowa. B+

Is there a better show on television right now than Grey’s Anatomy? The season finale was phenomenal. Part medical drama, part soap, all the characters seem real. Why can’t NBC have a show like this? Second favorite: House.

Whoever’s responsible for CycloneFanatic.com is winning a lot of daily visitors. I work with several Clone fans who have this site on their computer about every third time I walk by. The fanatic does have great insider info and is rarely wrong.

ALS sucks. I hate what this cruel disease has done to my friend, Rob Borsellino. It’s taken away Rob’s muscles but not his mind. His columns in the Des Moines Register have been as good as ever, and he’s given all of us a lesson in integrity and purpose, not to mention humor. I’ll never forget the lifetime Yankees fan revealing publicly for the first time that he had Lou Gehrig’s disease, and appreciating that at least he didn’t have something named after a Red Sox legend. We’re thinking of you and your family, Rob.

Is Kerry Wood back yet?

The new right field party deck at Principal Park is a brilliant idea. In fact, the whole place looks great.

LeBron James just may get me to watch the NBA again. This guy is the real deal. Although he’s starting to scare me with his be all things to all people corporate coached answers. He not only plays like Jordan, he talks like him.

713 and holding. Hopefully, I can write that next time too.

Do you buy that the Iowa Hawkeye football players involved in the cell phone investigation received no favorable consideration in exchange for all those tickets? Me either.

If critics are right, Da Vinci Code is a dud. Therefore, the only reason this movie will make a boatload of money this weekend is all the free publicity it received from protesters telling us to not see the movie. Ironic isn’t it?

Don’t forget a new web exclusive SoundOFF Extra each Wednesday morning at www.whotv.com

Thanks for the visit. Tell me what you want more of, and less of, at keith.murphy@whotv.com


  • Kelly

    Congrats on the new blog Keith! BTW…I love Grey’s Anatomy as well. I went to high school with “Syph Nurse”(Olivia). She’s from New Hampton ;)

  • Jeremy

    Keith, your my favorite reporter. I had to give you some props on my site, CycloneFanatic, to try and get people to your blog and see the great job.Great work on the rundown of the latest topics. I look forward to what you have to say as baseball heats up more.

  • timh4isu

    What is < HREF="http://iowastate.rivals.com" REL="nofollow">Cyclone Report.com<>, chopped liver? =)

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