SOUNDOFF VIDEO: I Think 5/20/12

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Time for, I Think.

Keith:

Iowa Speedway

Another great weekend for the Iowa Speedway.

A sprint cup race seems inevitable when packed stands are again shown on national TV, and drivers rave at every chance.

Stenhouse

No one more than Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  He'd like the entire Nationwide Series at Iowa Speedway.

If Stenhouse had cruise control, he could have used it today.

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick said her goal was to finish on the lead lap.  If her goal had been to hit the wall and finish 30th, she'd feel better.

I’ll Have Another

I think the Preakness had what the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 lacked:  drama.

"I'll Have Another" running down Bodemeister on the back stretch was one of the year's most thrilling moments.

Big 12/SEC

I think the Big 12 partnering with the SEC at the top of the college football food chain is shrewd.

The Big 12 goes from life support to power broker in one year.

Lebron

I think Lebron James showed today why he's arguably the most talented basketball player of all time.

James still needs a ring to join any conversation of "all-time greats".

Kerry Wood

I think Kerry Wood retiring after striking out a batter on three pitches was a good time to exit.

Wood didn't stay healthy long enough to live up to the hype, but he still provided enough thrills to make a Cubs fan misty.

Van Halen

I saw Van Halen last night, which was a relief.  I figured they'd break up before the show started.

David Lee looked 57, but I'm glad I got to see Eddie play guitar.

By the way, opening act:

Kool and the Gang

Kool and the Gang.

Wait, what? Kool and the Gang opening for Van Halen???

Was the Gap Band booked?

Did the Kentucky Headhunters break up?

 

Andy:

Preakness

I think there`s something potentially wrong with this picture: Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed...I`ll Have Another?  It`s like the nobility takes a drunken step off the curb and twists an ankle! But that was an awesome Preakness.  But with Dullahan running the Belmont, I`m in a tough spot.  With my apologies to the Donegal Racing guys, I gotta go with my heart and pull for the Triple Crown hopeful.  I`d like another I`ll Have Another.

Iowa Speedway

Other than sunnier skies, I`m not sure anything could`ve gone better for the Iowa Speedway.  A dominant performance by the Nationwide points leader, who clearly  loves this track.

Big 12

For the last two years at this time we`ve been ringing the death knell for the Big 12 conference. But now, it looks as solid as a nose guard in a three-point stance.  Any ground shared with the SEC is high and dry.

Kerry Wood

I think even Cardinals fans can tip their hat to Kerry Wood.  I remember wincing at the sight of him in 1998, but a Hall of Fame arms doesn`t equal a Hall of Fame career, and as they say, that`s baseball.

Boring Time

You know, on Friday, I was all set to talk about how boring this time of year is in sports, but after all that, I think I need to reconsider.

Twin Peaks

Finally, tonight...I thought that Twin Peaks was a strange name for a restaurant opening in West Des Moines, where the highest point is the air conditioning unit on the roof of the Barnes and Noble... but it opened this weekend.  Now, I haven`t been there, yet, but I can tell you right now, this place is gonna need some sort of gimmick because selling mountain food in Iowa is never gonna cut it.