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 chance to compete. Gabby Douglas and Shawn Johnson continue to train at Chows Gymnastics in West Des Moines. Gabby should definitely make the team, but Shawn has some work to do.
Andy is getting ready for his second trip to the Kentucky Derby in three years. He will be at Churchill Downs to cover Iowa-owned horse, Dullahan. Andy says he’s going to purchase a seersucker suit so he can fit in with all the derby types. It will likely be the one time Andy will be allowed to wear a seersucker on TV. I’m jealous.
The greatest coaching career in the history of women’s sports came to and end right here in Des Moines. Pat Summitt announced her retirement after 38 years as head coach at Tennessee. I’m not at all surprised by the announcement after seeing her on the bench at Wells Fargo Arena. Summitt was a shell of her former self after being diagnosed with dementia. It was very sad to see the expressionless look on her face. It was the right move to step aside. She will take on a much smaller role inside the Tennessee athletics department.
The Jarrod Uthoff situation keeps getting weirder. Today the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that a source is saying Uthoff hasn’t even appealed Bo Ryan’s list of restricted programs. Wisconsin says it hasn’t received anything from Uthoff. Meanwhile, Uthoff says he definitely sent in an appeal. Did he send it to the wrong address? Did someone at Wisconsin throw it away? Who knows, but it’s quite strange.
LeBron says winning a third MVP would ‘mean a lot’. To him perhaps, but not anyone else. No one remembers how many MVP awards someone has won. All that matters is how many rings you have. LeBron has another opportunity to get his first, this season. I’d love nothing more than to see him come up short for a 9th straight season.
Today, for the first time in my life, I took a bite of pizza that I couldn’t swallow. Don’t try Gusto’s Thai Kwan Dough. It’s awful. Fortunately, I had already eaten three pieces of an unknown Gusto pizza that were absolutely incredible. The name isn’t on the menu, but it had thick chunks of meatballs, banana peppers, and mushrooms. I’m a simple pizza kind of guy, but it was fantastic.