MURPHY’S LAW: 30-Year-Old Virgin

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Lolo Jones jokes on HBO’s Real Sports, that if someone is ready to make a sequel to The 40-Year-Old Virgin, she’s 29 and about to become the 30-Year-Old Virgin. In a candid and amusing conversation with HBO’s terrific reporter, Mary Carillo, Jones says being a virgin is the hardest thing she’s ever done. The show premiers in Iowa Tuesday night at 9 p.m.  Here’s a preview, with permission from HBO (Channel 13 provided extensive video to Real Sports for the story). Click here

I respect Lolo talking about this private matter, as it could give someone else the courage to wait, if that’s his or her desire. Not easy.

Lolo is clearly going to be a face of the Olympics. She’s also the subject of an inspiring documentary by ESPN Films. In that movie, which replays Wednesday at 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. on ESPNU, Lolo reveals that when she lived in Des Moines, she became a professional shoplifter beginning in sixth grade. Not earrings. Food. Lolo’s family was impoverished, and for a time, homeless.

No surprise, the film shows Lolo is a tireless hard-worker in her goal of winning Olympic gold. Four years comes down to 12 seconds. No pressure there.

Carlos Marmol wore an I-Cubs uniform at Principal Park Monday night, but Marmol’s not expected to pitch until Friday in Memphis.

Dallas Clark is now a Tampa Bay Buc. It’ll take getting used to not seeing him in a Colts uniform.

The Big Ten won’t match-up Iowa and Wisconsin in football four out of six years, but will continue protecting the pretend rivalry with Purdue. Not everything about conference expansion is positive.

ESPN pulled Pam Ward off college football games. The cheer you hear is from Hawkeye fans.

I was sorry to see Bee Gee Robin Gibb died of cancer. The Bee Gees were easy targets, but they had some monster hits, and for a couple years in the late 70s were as big as any band has ever been.

I sure wish Bodemeister would again take on I’ll Have Another in the Belmont.

The Clements vs Manatts is getting uglier, and it can’t be good for Iowa Speedway.

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