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Iowa snaps four-game skid to Purdue, 70-55

The last time an Iowa men’s basketball team beat Purdue, Jordan Bohannon was a wide-eyed freshman who was still cementing his role into the starting lineup for an extremely young Iowa team in the winter of 2017. Iowa beat #17 Purdue 83-78 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in January of 2017. Four years later, the Hawkeyes came back into Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a ranking of #4 in the country, looking to snap a four-game losing streak against Matt Painter’s Boilermakers. In fact, the Hawkeyes haven’t come close to beating Purdue in the four meetings since January 2017, with an average margin of … Continued

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McDonald’s, the NFL and MLB

Forbes says that every day, despite the fact that healthier options exist, McDonalds serves 47 million people worldwide.  McDonald’s has mastered the art of figuring out and then giving people what they want.  Just like McDonald’s, the NFL is constantly trying to tweak its product to maximize profits.  Because of this aggressive business plan, the NFL will always be more popular than Major League Baseball.  The other half of this situation is that Major League Baseball, just like those healthier options, will always be better. NFL fans criticize MLB for a variety of reasons.  The game is too slow.  The … Continued

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This week the University of Mississippi’s men’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in the round of 32.  That fact is nothing remarkable.  What is remarkable; however, is the dichotomy that exists in the state regarding the symbols used by the university and in the state flag and what that dichotomy tells us about our society. In 2001 the state legislature in Mississippi passed a bill that would provide for a public referendum on changing the state’s flag’s design.  The issue that many people had with its design was that the canton of the flag had … Continued

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The Hawkeye softball team made its final long road trip of the year over Spring Break out to Louisville, KY before returning for their home opener this past weekend.  After rainy weather cancelled the Hawkeyes’ first two games, the Hawkeyes padded their win column but unfortunately weren’t able to keep that momentum going through the weekend. The Hawkeyes arrived in Louisville, KY last Monday prepared to take on the 24th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels and the Cardinals of Ball State, but the rain clouds had other plans for the day and all games at the tournament that day were … Continued

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Wounding a wild animal is not a good idea because it envokes the fight or flight reaction.  Many times the animal will choose to fight for its life and the result for its attacker can be brutal. The Hawkeye softball team faced four opponents this weekend at the Miken Invitational in College Park, MD. Three of those four got the brunt of the Hawkeyes’ fight.  After St. John’s clipped Iowa’s wings 3-1 to open up the tournament, Iowa decided that it would stand its ground and fight in the next three games. The second game was against the host school … Continued

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If there is a bias against west coast and southeastern NCAA softball teams, no one told the Hawkeyes this past weekend. The University of Iowa’s softball team went out to the Easton Invitational in Fullerton, California this weekend to be the fifth team in the tournament.  The field of Iowa’s opponents included CSU-Bakersfield, the host school Cal-State Fullerton, #24 Oregon State and #16 Stanford. Instead of getting to play the unranked teams in a warm-up fashion for the ranked teams, the Hawkeyes went head first into the gauntlet and opened up the tournament on Friday afternoon with #16 Stanford.  Coming … Continued

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We hold this truth to be self-evident, that Jeffrey Loria is the worst owner in baseball. We acknowledge that he is endowed by his money and position with certain rights, among which is the power to run the baseball team he owns any way he sees fit. However, in order to secure those rights, expectations are instituted among the Marlins’ fan base, deriving the permanence of that power to maintain control of the team from the consent of the fans. Among those are an honest attempt to put the best possible product out on the field and an atmosphere of … Continued

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Most of the time when a Big Ten softball team hits the road in February, they hope to compete with their host schools and avoid injuries. If they are able to steal a game or two over a ranked opponent, that’s not only an upset by the rankings, but also a marquee win for the program. The University of Iowa’s softball team had two such opportunities for statement wins this weekend at the Bama Bash, an annual softball tournament hosted by the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide are the current top ranked team in the coaches’ poll and the … Continued

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After a couple of months off for the lull between semesters the men and women of the University of Iowa’s baseball and softball teams took part in public events to introduce the coaches and athletes to the fans. The Hawkeye Softball team hosted its annual “Meet The Hawks” night on January 29th at the Indoor Practice Facility.  This year was the first time the event was held in the new facility and also the first time the event featured drills for younger players.  The event opened with the team running through defensive drills for the fans present.  After the team … Continued

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The University of Iowa women’s basketball team has played more than half of its schedule, with a road game at Michigan State looming tonight.  At this point, the Hawkeyes sit at 13-4 overall and 2-1 in conference, in a three way tie with the Spartans and Minnesota for second place.  Those three teams sit just a game behind another triumvirate of teams (Michigan, Purdue and Penn State), whom are currently undefeated in Big Ten play. With 13 conference games left to be played, the Hawkeyes’ destiny sits firmly in their own control.  The question remains:  can the Hawkeyes win the … Continued

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Two weeks remain in the NFL regular season and 15 of the 32 teams in the league have been eliminated from playoff contention.  If you’re a fan of one of those teams, you might feel like checking out for the year.  Offered here for you is an alternative.  It’s time to look ahead to 2013 and think about what your team may do during the offseason.  Team by team there are specific needs, cap space (current based on current roster configuration.  It’s very hard to guess which players will be released and/or traded during the offseason which can dramatically affect … Continued

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