I haven't had any time to think. My mind is as jumbled as the BCS standings. I feel like Jessica Simpson staring at a math problem. I can't make sense of a thing right now. In these cases, I tend to process information in short, incoherent phrases as complete thoughts are entirely too difficult. So, I present to you my rambling rambles.
-I had a strong suspicion Dan McCarney was going to be let go after the
-When I regained some semblance of
thought, my mind reverted back to 12 years ago when my dad lugged me up to Mac's
first game at
-Timing is crazy. Only two days after Dan McCarney announced he is leaving ISU, Greg McDermott coached his first win as a Cyclone and Cael Sanderson won his first match.
-Mike Taylor plays the game of basketball like a kid hopped up on pixie stix. You know those plastic tubes filled with pure sugar. I picture Mike before the game rummaging through his pillow sack of Big League Chew, Tootsie Rolls, and fun size snickers bars. It's great to see someone who is enjoying themselves while playing a "game."
-Cory and Wesley make it very difficult on a broadcasting team. Somebody needs to come up with a differentiating moniker for one of the freshmen forwards. They are starting to sound like a pharmaceutical company. And goodness knows, that is not good.
-I'm mildly uncomfortable with the NFL's all-time leading rusher participating with guys like Mario Lopez and Joey Lawrence to win a dance competition. Call me insensitive. Was Doogie Howser already booked?
-My favorite part of broadcasting the games on Friday and Saturday night was the reading of the beer commercial liners during the game. I felt like I should break out my best Harry Carey or Mike Shannon impersonation.
-I can't decide if I am a Kelvin Sampson fan or not. Something bugs me about Kelvin. Then again it might just be his former association with Edjuardo Najera that still stings me.
-The TV show Friday Night
Lights is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I mean who can turn away
from a show where the paralyzed quarterback's girlfriend is having "relations"
with the fullback, who happens to be the quarterback's best friend? I know I'm
four years removed from high-school, but where was this type of action when I
was younger? I thought it was a big deal in high-school when one of the band
members got caught drinking on a cruise boat. I guess I should have lived in
-Lou Holtz is terrible. Doug Gottlieb is worse.
-Iowa State Journalism professors don't understand that covering the biggest sports story at ISU this decade is a legitimate excuse to miss class. You'd hate to have some real world experience.
-Here's a question that has been nagging at me: What would this team's record be if Seneca Wallace was the quarterback?
- I guess this year's ISU game was
-Anybody else excited at the potential of next year's basketball team? Think about this lineup:
F-Wesley J (plus 20 pounds)
F- Thompson (plus a year of maturity)
Brackins, Cory J, Dunson, Marsden,
-I would love to see
-The most memorable part of the week and the thing I will take with me the rest of my life about Dan McCarney happened on Monday night. Sensing this may be the last time to be around the man that made ISU respectable again, I traveled to Applebee's to take in the call-in show. When Coach Mac walked in the place erupted and gave him a standing ovation. There was barely any room to stand as assistant coaches, players, friends and family gathered to give Mac a final send-off in his last of many lasts this week. Mac could have just accepted the applause, finished the show, and went off into the sunset. But that isn't how he operates. He did his show in as professional of manner as he always does and thanked each and every one of the callers. He was only getting started.
During one of the breaks, the
manager of Applebee's announced over the loud speaker that, "Coach McCarney is
going to buy everybody in the house a round of drinks and as much cake as they
want." And indeed that is what he did. The 250 plus folks at Applebee's received
a beverage and some delicious dessert on the man that had already given so much