IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Random thoughts on the morning of the start of another work week in the Heartland and the home of the Iowa Hawkeyes...
Correct me if I am wrong, but, in a way, isn't the leadership of college football on the verge of doubling down on the headache that's been haunting them for a little over a decade? Let's be honest. One of the topics that has commanded the most angst among those who allow themselves to get all "angst-ed" over college football's Bowl Championship Series was the process that arrived at the two teams that would compete for the crystal football. Now, today, we're talking four teams...which I'm OK with because, as I've said before, a playoff simply became inevitable. For many, the real question - and the one that the power brokers are still wrestling with, among a handful of others - is this: "How do we determine which four teams are the four teams?" History says good luck with that one!
Kudos to Chris Doyle for his recent professional achievement. I don't know Chris really well, but I what I know I like a lot: Personable, intelligent, extremely competent, well respected by his peers in the UI's football operation and in his profession. He also commands respect from those under his tutelage which is a benefit to those under his tutelage. To read about Chris' recent success, click HERE.
ESPN's Adam Rittenberg had a nice piece last week about our linebackers Morris and Kirksey. You can read it HERE. I like their speed. I like their experience. I like the fact that they've been under the direction of the guy noted in the previous paragraph for a couple of years. I'll go out on a limb and suggest James and Christian will be big pieces of a defensive unit that surprises some folks this fall.
Sara Evans is the headliner at this year's FRYfest concert. She an attractive young lady who has a connection to college football which is a good thing because FRYfest is always staged the Friday prior to the first home football game of the Hawkeyes by our good friends at the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau. That means this year fans of Ferentz's squad and fans of the Cyclones in town Friday night can opt to enjoy a little country down on Coralville's Iowa River Landing. Now, back to Mrs. Evans and her connection my all-time favorite game... Her connection to college football? Sara is married to former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker. To learn more about FRYfest, the annual celebration of all that is black and gold and Hawkeyes, and to purchase tickets to Evans' performance, click HERE.
Oh, yeah, Sara has also competed and sang on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" which, I have to admit, gets a little air time in the Klatt house for logs of reasons including the fact that it routinely leads into ABC's "Castle," one of my very few television favorites.
Here's a warning/reminder: It's lawn mowing season, so I now have about 90 minutes a week to ponder topics for this weekly aggregation. Here's one that came to mind early Saturday evening when I was racing against Mother Nature's next shot of moisture: Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs' first-year general manager, needs to deal Carlos Marmol. Let's be candid...the Cubbie Bears aren't likely to win the National League Central this summer but that near certainty doesn't mean fans should have to watch as their closer - who has struggled mightily to find consistency for well over a year - turns a 3-0 victory over a very good L.A. Dodger team into 4-3 loss. Raise your hand if you're a Cubs fan and agree with me.
It's NCAA Regionals time for Mark Hankins' UI men's golf team. You can follow the Hawkeyes HERE and you can follow the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship HERE.
The UI is selling the street banners that helped dress up the greater Iowa City area for the recent 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials. If you're a wrestling fan and want to know more, call the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431.
The fans have spoken and I like what they had to say when it came to the trophy that will be the property of the winner of the Iowa-Iowa State football game. Kudos to the fans and the good folks at Iowa Corn. Now, on to the hard work of fabricating the masterpiece. Click HERE to take a look the winning design.
Kudos to our good friend Bob Bowlsby on his recent change of hats. I consider myself very fortunate to have worked for Bob. I have no doubt that he'll be great in his new role. He's been a huge success in every one of his previous career stops and I see no reason why he won't be in this one.
Lastly, if you're in need of a pick me up, find Larry Wieczorek. Iowa's personal head coach just has that way about him. Always smiling, always walking on the bright side of the street. And, why not, in addition to being a half-filled-glass kind of guy, he's got another very competitive squad in 2013 including one of the nation's very best high jumpers, Jeffrey Herron. Click HERE to read the "24 Hawks to Watch" feature on Iowa's newest school record holder.