Wednesday, June 17, 2015

And So Forth

Chicago Blackhawks Show Off the Stanley Cup At Wrigley Field


I'm wondering what this world is coming to. 

It's only June 17 and already the basketball and hockey seasons are over.

That's intended as a joke, by the way.


A tweet from Mike Mahon, a former Drake sports publicist:

Ron Adams

Finally in 20th year working in the , congrats to asst. coach , ex aide, reaching for first time.

Now Adams, like the rest of the gang from Golden State, can say they're champions.

The 67-year-old Adams was an assistant coach at Drake in the 1991-1992 season.

I guess one year on Rudy Washington's staff was enough.


They had a baseball game last night at Wrigley Field, and the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks brought their Stanley Cup over there
to celebrate.

Too bad the Cubs didn't show up.

They got four hits, they were flatter than a McDonald's pancake and were embarrassed, 6-0, by Cleveland.


Bird flu is no longer much of a problem, but the price of eggs remains outrageously high at the grocery stores.

I suppose that means the price of gas will go up, too.

Those gas people are always looking for another reason to jack the price up another dime.


By the way, don't look for me to be buying any eggs until the price drops.


Headline in today's paper:


I'm wondering why people at the paper here call every restaurant that sells barbecue a joint.


Still on the subject of newspapers, the Korea Times, an English language paper in South Korea, reported that the Chicago Bears--not the Blackhawks--won the Stanley Cup:

Like I keep saying, newspapering is a dying [if not already dead] business.

It appears that some of the headline writers are, indeed, dead.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Carnegie Hall, Here They Come

Valley High School's talented choral and orchestral groups presented a dress rehearsal tonight of the “Providence” performance they will stage June 15 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Tonight's performance drew a packed house in Valley's Performing Arts Center. Nobody has ever given me an A-plus for music appreciation, but the show sounded great to me.

I Wish Steve Prohm Well As Iowa State's New Basketball Coach. But I Don't Expect Him To Be Another Fred Hoiberg Because There's Only One Fred Hoiberg, and He's Now Coaching the Chicago Bulls Of the NBA


I wish 40-year-old Steve Prohm well as Iowa State's new basketball coach.  
Steve Prohm

He appears to have the credentials necessary to have success in the Big 12 Conference, one of the very best leagues in collegiate basketball. 

However,  I do not expect him to be another Fred Hoiberg, and I hope nobody else does either.

After all, there is only one Fred Hoiberg, and he now coaches the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. 

I'm still trying to get over that. 

I wrote a lot about Hoiberg when he played at Iowa State, and I knew the man as well as anyone. 

I had no idea he would someday return to Cyclone basketball as the head coach, and would have a 115-56 record in five seasons. 

I couldn't conceive he would go from a 16-16 break-in season in 2010-2011 to records of 23-11, 23-12, 28-8 and 25-9 afterward. 

But he did, which underscores the thought that Fred Hoiberg will be a success at whatever he does in life.

I'm sure he would've preferred that his last game as the Cyclones' coach wasn't a loss to lowly Alabama-Birmingham in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, but, hey, crap like that happens. 

I guess I thought Hoiberg would be Iowa State's coach until he grew tired of putting X's and O's on blackboards and clipboards.
Fred Hoiberg

But now he's gone. 

Kansas, Iowa and the other teams he kept beating are happy. 

Steve Prohm, who has been at a place called Murray Steve in Kentucky, is the new guy in Ames.  

Like I wrote earlier, I wish him well.

But his first name isn't Fred.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


You never know what's going to wind up in the letters to the editor section of the paper these days. 

Indeed, there was this letter the other day in the Des Moines Register:

Now that Fred Hoiberg is headed to Chicago, Register reporter John Naughton and his superb May 28 piece on Harrison Barnes [“From Ames to NBA, Barnes remains grounded”] present clear evidence that fact-based pieces, written with heart and sincerity, exist in stark contrast to what seems like copy-and-paste work of others. The most recent example has been the repeated speculation proffered by one longtime Register sports columnist, who is more interested in setting up doltish straw men and repeatedly insulting intelligence with what we know already.

Anyone with a Twitter account could glean all along that Freddy was out of here. But the tone of these seemingly endless number of “Hoiberg-might-be-leaving!” columns has been, “If you dummies thought this, think again! Here’s more speculation with the same exact facts from yesterday, and the day before, and the day before!” I enjoy the Register and will never end my subscription. But these columns pose more evidence that evolving media have been understandably difficult on print-based employees.

— Greg Goaley, Des Moines

Lots of media critics out there, I guess. Evidently, people in the news business are underestimating readers far too often these days. They don't realize how much attention people pay to news on the Internet, Twitter, Facebook and whatever.  Those same readers-turned-critics  can't be fooled when they notice that some media people credit sources for the basis of stories that say who is being interviewed for this coaching job or that coaching job. Readers see the same things on, and on their computers that the sportswriters see. So that stuff should no longer be regarded as local column material. Like I say, newspapers [that are losing circulation daily] can no longer fool their readers.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I have never met T. J. Otzelberger. I probably will never meet T. J. Otzelberger. T. J. Otzelberger is an assistant basketball coach at Iowa State, and I guess he's the favorite of some people to become the successor to Fred Hoiberg as the Cyclones' head coach. For all I know, T. J. Otzelberger may have what it takes to become the successful leader of Iowa State's top-flight program. But I also know that choosing an assistant coach to become the new head coach at a successful collegiate program is asking for trouble. I remember when Dick Schultz succeeded the highly-successful Ralph Miller at Iowa a number of years ago. Schultz, who had been Miller's No. 1 assistant, was a flop in the No. 1 job. I remember when Jim Hallihan was Johnny Orr's No. 1 assistant at Iowa State. Lots of people, including Orr, wanted Hallihan to be named the successor to Johnny. Gene Smith, then the athletic director, was not among them. Smith picked Tim Floyd to be the new coach. Floyd, who had been at New Orleans University, became a huge success with the Cyclones before becoming the Chicago Bulls' coach. [Sound familiar, now that Hoiberg was named the Bulls' coach this week?]. I don't know if Jeff Hornacek, a former Iowa State player who now coaches the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, is the right guy for the Iowa State job, either. And I don't know if some lesser-known collegiate coaches could equal or surpass what Hoiberg did in Ames. But I do know that Iowa State should interview 3 or 4 other guys before settling on Otzelberger for the job. If Cyclone officials think Otzelberger is the right guy after talking with a few other candidates, then they should hire him. And, if they do hire him, I wish him well. Actually, I still haven't faced reality. I thought Hoiberg would be at Iowa State forever, and I can't believe he has taken a job in the NBA, where coaches get eaten alive.

T. J. Otzelberger

Monday, June 1, 2015

I Never Thought It Would Happen


I never thought Fred Hoiberg would leave Iowa State for a coaching job in the NBA.

Fred Hoiberg

I was naive enough to think Hoiberg would spend the rest of his coaching years with the Cyclones.

I thought the Fred Hoiberg/Iowa State fit was perfect.

He was a good player for the Cyclones, and a sensational coach for them.

Iowa State fans in Ames and everywhere else worshiped at his feet.

He made the transition from the NBA front office to Iowa State coach flawlessly.

In practically no time, he became of the best coaches in collegiate basketball.

I figured he would continue winning games and championships at Iowa State as long as he wanted to coach. 

Even though I'm at least somewhat surprised that Hoiberg will be the Chicago Bulls' next coach and that the NBA will be his next league, I have no doubt that he will be a huge success in his next gig.

Fred Hoiberg does not know the meaning of the word failure.

Good luck, Fred.  

I thoroughly enjoyed covering your games when you were an Iowa State player, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching your Cyclones play when you became the university's coach.

I'll miss seeing you calling the shots in Iowa State games in the future.

To me, Cyclone basketball won't be the same.