Category Archives: Sports

Feb 22

Maple Menace vanquished

Overnight (Iowa time), Team USA won the women’s hockey gold medal for the first time since the first time it was featured in the Olympics, in 1998. It took hockey’s overtime, a shootout, and then an extra shootout. NPR ran a … Continue reading

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Feb 08

Vengeance, justice, hockey

The Winter Olympics, with some actual events but a much-too-large complement of non-sports on both the rink and the slope, start today. There’s a good chance I won’t be able to see much if any of it, but there was … Continue reading

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Feb 04

Yet for some reason I STILL haven’t gotten the call

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants Fumble Entire Football Category, To Coach Trebek’s Dismay (NPR)

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Jan 22

ISU in two of top 10 college football games of 2017

Every year, Bill Connelly of SB Nation ranks the top 100 college football games of the season. This year, two Iowa State losses, and one huge win, made their way on the list, at #84 (Oklahoma State), #8 (Oklahoma), and … Continue reading

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Jan 09

It’s the state of Iowa’s fault, again

If Iowa State hadn’t beaten Oklahoma, the Sooners would have gone undefeated. The College Football Playoff semifinals would have been (1) Oklahoma vs. (4) Alabama and (2) Clemson vs. (3) Georgia. We might not have avoided an all-SEC final, but … Continue reading

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Dec 07

1989

A streak ended Wednesday night. The last time the Iowa women had won in Hilton Coliseum, Bill Fennelly was not ISU’s coach. The USSR existed; the Big 12 Conference didn’t. Taylor Swift was four days old. (That’s right, she’s eligible … Continue reading

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Dec 04

Give me Liberty or give me…wait a minute

December 30, 2012: Scene from the parade on Beale Street a day before the 2012 Liberty Bowl. Will ISU fans overwhelm Memphis again for an underwhelming bowl assignment? Once Iowa State got bowl-eligible this season, hopes were high. A bowl … Continue reading

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Nov 30

ISU’s 2017 season has parallels with 2005

December 31, 2005: Midfield of Reliant Stadium for the 2005 Houston Bowl between Iowa State and TCU. ISU lost the game 24-21 and finished 7-5; the following year, the regular season expanded to 12 games. Iowa State football is 7-5. … Continue reading

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Nov 26

Video highlight of Saturday’s game

Bill Snyder has single-handedly whittled Kansas State’s series deficit against Iowa State to one game. He isn’t just a wizard, he’s a dang vampire, sapping our spirits. (Michigan men, you think YOU have refs working against you? It is to … Continue reading

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Nov 14

Gravity, and defiance of it

Iowa State dug deep into the depth chart for a quarterback in a game no one outside the locker room thought was winnable. It was 1992, 25 years ago to the day. Iowa State 19, Nebraska 10. But in the big … Continue reading

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