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John Sears: 13 Fascinating Facts
• In 8th grade I cracked 3 vertebrae in my lower back from the stress of growing. I had to wear a back brace (full with ‘bendable’ metal rods) for 1 year. To make things more embarrassing for a 14 year old, the metal detector would go off at the airport and I had to take off my shirt, then show and explain that I had a back brace on.

• I played the piano for 4 years. I can still play ‘Yankee Doodle.’ I played the trumpet for a week in 6th grade.

• I was an intern at channel 13 in 2002. My very first interview was with Tito Ortiz (the light heavyweight champion of the world), this before MMA was really big. I interviewed him about the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight and whether or not he could take Tyson. He said Tyson wouldn’t last 30 seconds in the ring with him. Pretty sure that interview jumpstarted his career.

• I’ve had a high metabolism my whole life. I rarely ever gain weight, and yes I’ve tried. I used to drink three 2200 calorie protein shakes a day, it did nothing.

• I played baseball for 1 year in high school. I was a 1st baseman and could do the splits. In my very first at bat, on the very first pitch, I hit a homerun over the center field wall. Some say the ball still hasn’t landed. I retired after that season.

• My favorite sport to watch is football. My favorite sport to play is golf. When I was younger I played all sports, but was best at soccer and baseball.

• I was incredibly shy when I was younger.

• I had white/blonde hair growing up, it’s now brown. My wife has brown hair. Our daughter has red hair, go figure. I love it.

• I taught swim lessons for 5 years as a college summer job, proof that even I can somewhat get a tan. My very first job was at Soccer Connections, a soccer sporting goods store.

• One of the very first stories I covered as a ‘paid’ sports reporter was Boston vs St. Louis in the 2004 World Series. My first job was in Jefferson City, MO…Huge Cardinal territory.

• I’m a sucker for good pepperoni pizza, BBQ, lasagna, pancheros burritos, mint chocolate chip shakes and hot tamales.

• I had 2 pet iguana’s growing up. 1 named Iggy, the other Bo (after Bo Jackson).

• I (along with 2 buddies) used to sweep the floor at halftime of our boy’s high school basketball games. We would dress up in full costume while sweeping.

John Sears joined the Channel 13 Sports team in July of 2012 after spending almost 6 years at KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA as a Sports Reporter/Anchor. Prior to that John spent a year at KMEG in Sioux City and a year at KRCG in Jefferson City, MO. There’s a good chance John has covered every high school team in the state of Iowa, in some sport.

John is local, growing up his entire life in the Des Moines area. He attended Dowling High School and later the University of Iowa. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications. John has covered everything sports related. You name it; it’s likely he’s covered it.

In his spare time (not that he has much) John likes to play golf, coach his kids sports teams, go out to a good movie or comedy show, hang out with friends and family, and cheer on his beloved Chicago Bears. John and his wife Maria married in 2008 and are kept busy at home with their wild kids Adrienne, Jack, and Sam plus their beagle, Bob, and cat Belle.
If you have a story idea, feel free to email john. Or, you can follow him on twitter @johnsears.

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    By: John Sears I haven’t blogged in over a week so I have some catching up to do.  First, RVTV.  Awesome week.  outside of Andy’s voice sounding like a 95-year-old smoker by the end everything went very well.  Greenfield, Indianola, Knoxville, Pella were all great hosts.  Can’t wait till next year.  I promise to show off better dancing skillzzz. As for the Cy-Hawk game.  Some call it a great defensive battle.  I call it a game between an average team and […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Iowa Beats UNI, I’ll Have a 3-Weisman, Cyclones Roll

    By: John Sears Ok Hawkeye fans you can exhale.  Iowa still has never lost to an FCS team. I’m still surprised at how many people picked UNI to beat Iowa.  The Hawkeyes should never lose to an FCS team, EVER.  UNI has a very good team, ‘salty’ as the kids like to say.  That being said, they aren’t as good as Iowa.  The Iowa offense finally got things rolling and actually looked like something that resembled a D-1 offense.  AIRBHG strikes…Again, and […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Chippe-what?!?!, Boo Birds Out, Jok the Hawk

    By: John Sears Ok, where to start, where to start…Oh, I know Iowa football.  What an embarrassment.  I was at Kinnick Stadium and witnessed the disaster brought on by mighty Central Michigan.  Or should I call them the Chippewas?  No matter how the Iowa players or coaches want to spin it that loss is one of the worst in Kirk Ferentz’ tenure.  Brutal.  Absolutely brutal.  Fans have every right to boo, and they did.  Iowa should NEVER, and I repeat NEVER, lose to […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclones MUST Win, Haack the Devil, Replacement Refs

    By: John Sears I know it’s only game #4 of the season, and the first of 9 in the Big 12 but I’ll say it.  This is a MUST WIN for Iowa State Saturday vs Texas Tech.  The talk all spring, summer,and fall has been how this is Paul Rhoads’ best team yet and how the Clones expect to take the next step.  So, what’s the next step?  In my opinion, at least 7, maybe 8 wins.  To do that […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Floyd is Home, Feed the Weisman, ISU Offense a No-Show

    By: John Sears The Floyd of Rosedale is back in its rightful place.  The Hawkeyes are getting better, they’re still not a great team, but they’re better.  I had no idea what to expect against Minnesota, but Iowa battered the Gophers up and down the field.  It was nice to see Floyd being carried off by the black and gold.  Mark Weisman is a beast. After UNI I thought it was an aberration.  After Central Michigan I thought, its Central […]

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    By: John Sears Iowa State, well done. Cyclones earned that upset win over #15 TCU.  First win over a top 15 team on the road in 35 years.  35 years!!!  Give credit where credit is due.  Iowa State was more physical and made more big plays than the horned frogs.  Do I think ISU benefited because TCU’s starting QB didn’t play?  Of course, that’s not rocket science.  But regardless, the Cyclones still had to go out and make plays, they […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Spartans Shocked, Too Much Klein, Crazy Skydiver

    By: John Sears Ok, so who had Iowa beating Michigan State?  Put your hand down.  I thought Iowa would hang in the game but never thought they would win.  It was ugly, terrible conditions, no offense, and Kirk Ferentz loved it. Mark Weisman continues to impress, he was bottled up a lot of the game but came through with some BIG runs.  26 carries, 116 yards, and a TD.  Sparty has a rock solid defense, Weisman was tough as nails.  […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: What the #$%^&, QB? Anyone?, Rudock and Richardson Time

    By: John Sears Saturday was painful.  Whether you’re a Hawkeye or a Cyclone, Saturday was extremely painful. College football is crazy.  Iowa and ISU get crushed, Duke is bowl eligible.  That was the worst home game I’ve ever seen from Iowa, and trust me, I’ve seen a lot.  Statistically was it the worst in the Ferentz era?  No.  There have been 3 worse losses at Kinnick stadium under Ferentz, all 3 happened in Kirk’s first 2 years.  This was worse […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Three’s a Crowd, Vandy’s the Man, Adios Ozzie

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  • Murphy’s Law: Steele Returns, Hawks Flop, NFL in London?

    By: John Sears The Cyclones have a Quarterback, for now.  ‘Good’ Steele showed up Saturday night to torch the nation’s worst defense in Baylor. Jantz tied 2 school records, completions in a game (36), and passing TD’s (5).  Now, was Baylor’s D bad?  Yes.  But regardless, Jantz made the throws, he threw for 381 yards and managed the game.  Steele gets an ‘A-‘ from me.  Next week it ramps up, Oklahoma’s defense is much better than Baylor.  Props to the […]

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