It was the year we were introduced
to some guy in glasses from
January 2- In Tom Osborne's final game
January 3- Despite a then career high 26 points from Freshman Marcus Fizer, the Cyclones fall to Texas Tech 66-55 in their first Big 12 game of the season. It is ISU's 6th loss in nine games and drops them to 7-7 on the season.
January 20- With a blizzard blowing outside
of Hilton, the Cyclone women topple #5
January 25- The Denver Broncos win Super
Bowl XXXII, topping
January 26- Bill Clinton demonstratively wags his finger: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman…Ms. Lewinsky." Brent Blum learns a multitude of things from CNN that teachers, for whatever reason, aren't comfortable discussing.
January 27- Thanks to a scoring explosion
from Klay Edwards,
January 28- Junior guard Delvin Washington
leaves the ISU program to "focus on his academics."
February 7- The Winter Olympics open in
February 15- Dale Earnhardt wins his first Daytona 500.
February 17- Tara Lipinski wins the gold medal over fellow American Michelle Kwan after a thrilling long program. "Thrilling" may be a bit much, but I'm sure some enjoyed it.
February 20- The
February 28- The Cyclones lose their final
regular season game of the year to
March 4- The ISU women open the Big 12 Conference Tournament as the #2 seed by hammering Texas A&M 88-68 in the quarterfinals to move to a jaw-dropping 24-6 on the season.
March 5- The Cyclone men end their
rebuilding season with a 74-55 loss to
March 9- Bill Fennelly's group receives a
4 seed in the NCAA tournament, meaning
March 12- The Richmond Spiders upset
March 13- In the shot heard around the greater Indiana area, Bryce Drew hit a last-second, falling-down three as time expired to lead his Crusaders past Ole' Miss.
March 14- Senior Jayme Olson scores 16 of
her 18 points in the second half as 4 seed
March 16- Former Iowa coach C. Vivian Stringer and her Rutgers Scarlet Knights up-end the Cyclones 62-61 in front of the largest women's crowd at the time (9700) in Hilton Coliseum. It ends the best season in the history of ISU women's basketball.
March 21- The ISU wrestlers finish
6th at the NCAA Championships. Four-time All-American Dwight Hinson
finishes third at 126 and heavyweight Trenty Hynek places second.
March 23- Titanic ties a record after winning 11 Oscars. The other two films to share that distinction: "Ben-Hur" and "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." When hearing about this, Charlton Heston fought the urge to attack Leonardo DiCaprio with his dozens of rifles.
March 27- The drug Viagra is approved by the FDA. Meanwhile, Rafael Palmeiro and Bob Dole prepare themselves for a life full of punch lines.
April 17- "Major League: Back to the Minors" opens at box offices. It is a huge disappointment as movie goers question how Pedro Cerrano isn't involved in the project. Cerrano will forever be known as the best fastball hitter in baseball movie history. He is also a part in Blum's favorite conversation in movie history. Let me indulge myself:
Cerrano: Bats, they are sick. I cannot
hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I
ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.
Eddie Harris: You know you might think about taking Jesus Christ as your savior instead of fooling around with all this stuff.
Roger Dorn: S***, Harris.
Cerrano: Jesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curveball.
Eddie Harris: You trying to say Jesus Christ can't hit a curveball?
That kills me every time. Thanks for bearing with me.
April 20- ISU finalizes its basketball
recruiting class with the signing of "sharp-shooter" and JUCO All-American
May 7- Apple unveils the iMac. Russian chess champion Kasparov has his people contact the iMac's people in hopes of setting up a match to regain some integrity he lost in the defeat at the hands of the IBM "SuperComputer." Locally, Brent Blum dominates the computer in Minesweeper.
May 14- Seinfeld airs its final episode. Chris Williams weeps like a 12 year old girl.
June 14- The Chicago Bulls win their third straight NBA title after beating the Utah Jazz in 6 games.
July 1- Armageddon implodes into theatres.
July 8- The Backstreet Boys album debuts at #1. Consider yourself lucky you weren't in middle school like some during this period.
July 22- After two years of speculation,
Tim Floyd resigns his post at
July 24- Saving Private Ryan is released into theatres.
July 29- After a brief coaching search Iowa State A.D. Gene Smith announces the hiring of Utah State Coach Larry Eustachy. At his press conference Eustachy said: "This is not a stop for me. This is it for me. There will be no shortcuts. It will be very long-term for me."
August 1- The NBA Owners begin a 181 game lockout which eventually cuts the 98-99 season to 50 games.
September 5- ISU opened the football season with a televised contest against TCU and new coach Dennis Franchione. The Cyclones took a 21-14 lead entering the fourth quarter thanks to TD passes from Todd Bandhauer to Andy Stensrud and Michael Brantley. But the Horned Frogs put up 17 4th quarter points to win 31-21. TCU running backs Basil Mitchell and LaDanian Tomlinson ran wild for over 250 yards as TCU won for the first time in over a year and a half.
September 7- Google is founded, permitting people everywhere to look up dirt on their close friends and that cute girl down the hall.
September 8- "Trachsel delivers…lined into the corner..is it long enough??...Gone!!!..Mark McGwire has done it!!! 62!!!" Little known fact about that game: J.D. Drew played in his first career game when he pinch hit in the sixth. And more than likely tweaked his hamstring for the first time as well.
September 12- The Cyclones traveled to
September 14- Brent Blum turns 14 and fails his driving permit test. He is extremely distraught and contemplating the merits of riding a bicycle the rest of his life.
September 19- The Cyclones return home and shut-out the Ball State Cardinals 38-0. It is ISU's first shut-out in over 14 years. Double D rushes for 200 yards and 2 scores and Freshman Ennis Haywood records his first touchdown as a Cyclone, a tough earned nine-yard scamper.
September 26- Cyclone WR Damien Groce had a monster day but it wasn't enough to up-end Texas Tech. Groce caught 10 passes for 116 yards and three TD's. ISU contained the lesser Ricky Willimas to under 130 yards, but Tech had too much firepower winning 31-24. Groce's 3 TDs were the most by an ISU receiver in 48 years.
October 3- This time around the Cyclones
couldn't handle Ricky Williams. The Texas Longhorn ran for 350 yards on 37
October 10- A tired Cyclone defense struggled to contain #21 Mizzou at Jack Trice. Devin West had 252 yards on 40 carries and 2 TDs as the Tigers waltzed to a 35-19 win.
October 21- The New York Yankees sweep the San Diego Padres to win the World Series. Scott Brosius is named MVP. Yes, that Scott Brosius. He, Pat Borders, Livan Hernandez and John Wetteland all won MVP's in the ‘90s. Not the best decade for World Series heroes.
October 28- Britney Spears releases the single, "Hit me Baby one More Time." People are in an uproar over the innuendo in the song. If only they knew eight years later she would be the mother of two of Kevin Fedderline's offspring, they may have gone easier on the poor girl.
October 31- This one hurt. A Darren Davis
score with 6 minutes to play gave ISU a 14-10 lead in
November 21- The long year for Dan McCarney's
group ended with a high note. After a Kansas TD with 6 minutes left gave them a
20-13 lead, Todd Bandhauer decided he would not lose his final game. He led an 8
play 80 yard drive, capped off by a 5 yard Davis TD to tie it up.
November 23- In Larry Eustachy's 1st game at ISU, the Cyclones faced the always dangerous Chicago State Cougars. Thanks to a 16-0 1st half run, the Clones eased to a 79-48 win. Marcus Fizer and Martin Rancik had 19 and 18 points respectively.
November 26- Michael Nurse hit a buzzer-beating OT shot to beat St. Mary's in the Great Alaska Shootout 74-72. Fizer had 30.
November 27- In a second round match-up in the GAS, ISU met up with Kenyon Martin and #15 Cinci. ISU led 45-44 with 7 minutes to play, but couldn't hold on as the Bearcats won 60-52.
December 12- ISU (6-2) traveled east to 7-1
December 29- In the final game of 1998, Fizer put up 26 points and 15 rebounds over NAIA school Southern-New Orleans. ISU recoreded their second biggest beat-down in school history, winning 112-43. The ‘Clones entered 1999 with a 9-4 record.