Monday, April 25, 2016

Another Reason Hunting Is Not One Of My Sports

KCRG reports the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says an Oelwein man was fatally injured while turkey hunting. Officials say the incident happened in Fayette County around 3 p.m. Saturday, just north of Maynard. The DNR says another person in the hunting group of 63-year-old Michael Adams fired a 12-gauge shotgun, and shot Adams in the face and chest area. Authorities pronounced Adams dead at the scene. The DNR is investigating the incident

Friday, April 8, 2016

Coffee Time With Al


My Neighbor Al was here for a cup of Italian Dark Roast at mid-morning. 

He's not much of a baseball fan. 

But, while looking through the paper at Hy-Vee earlier in the day,  Al said he noticed a page 1 picture.  

The photo showed an usher at Sec Taylor Stadium holding an umbrella. 

"If that was the best picture the paper could get on opening day at the ballpark, I wonder what the second-best picture was?" Al asked.  

It was a question I couldn't answer.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A guy says the sad situation in which Drake's basketball program finds itself reminds him of people abandoning a sinking ship.

Murray Wier, The Whirling Dervish


I've written about Murray Wier in the past.

He was a standout player for coach Pops
Murray Wier
Harrison's Hawkeye basketball team when I saw my first game at  Iowa Fieldhouse in the 1940s.

I had ridden in a Crandic [that stood for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City] rail car from--you're right--  Cedar Rapids to Iowa City with two other people to see the game.

Murray Wier, who stood no taller than 5 feet 10 inches, was known as a "whirling dervish" on basketball courts.

The dictionary describes a whirling dervish as "a person whose behavior resembles a rapid, spinning object."

I never wrote much about whirling dervishes, but I think Bert McGrane or Grantland Rice did.

Whatever, Murray Wier played an excellent basketball game that first night I saw him when I was 12 years of age, and Pops Harrison's Hawkeyes beat coach Piggy Lambert's Purdue team [which probably had no whirling dervish on its roster].

I've had fond memories of Murray Wier's playing ability ever since. He deserved to be the consensus all-American he became at Iowa.

Sorry to inform you that Murray Wier died today at the age of 89 at his home in Georgetown, TX.

I have my doubts that there will ever be a whirling dervish to match him.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Well, my Villanova juggernaut is halfway there, thanks to a 95-51 blowout victory over an Oklahoma team that not only couldn't find either basket, but somehow was a total no-show in the arena at Houston. I've never seen anything like it, and neither had the Final Four. If North Carolina, which clobbered Syracuse, 83-66, in tonight's other semifinal round game, wants to forfeit Monday's game, it's fine with me.

Villanova Is My Team


I know it can't happen, but I wish it would.

I'd like to see three of the four teams lose that are in tonight's semifinal round of the NCAA Final Four basketball event.

I'd like Villanova crowned as the champion.

Sooner rather than later.

If I could get the other three teams to lose, Villanova could hoist its national championship trophy tonight instead of waiting until Monday night.

Villanova is a university of 10,482 students [6,394 of them undergraduates] from suburban Philadelphia.

It's a Catholic school, and a priest sits on the bench during games.

The man of the cloth even participates in the postgame handshakes with opposing players and coaches.

The Catholic part of this and the priest on the bench aren't why I want Villanova to win.

I want Villanova to win because Oklahoma, the team it's playing in the first semifinal round game, has always been a big winner in major college events, and Syracuse and North Carolina [which play in the second game] are among The Official Cheaters In Division I Basketball.

Things are so bad at Syracuse that longtime coach Jim Boeheim was suspended for the first nine games of this season because of consistent  rule-breaking. 

I think Boeheim should have been fired.

Now I just want him out of the tournament.