Thursday, April 01, 2021

Decisive

 Given the rapid movement and high profile openings in college basketball coaching jobs, Pollard looks smart for having a plan and acting on it early. While Coach Otz probably wasn't on the radar of a lot of AD's, he's not an unknown commodity. Someone would have come calling if Pollard had lingered.


Here's hoping things shake out well for Ames.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Courage

 The cake that was the basketball season was baked in November, and all we fans could do was watch and wait to learn if it would be lousy or terrible. Terrible it was.


There were some games where I was unsure of what the game plan was on offense or defense, but for many others you could see the players still trying to run their stuff and make something happen. It would have been easy to pack it in mentally after 10 games, but this bunch kept plugging away. They just couldn't figure out how to win a game down the stretch. Good teams find a way, bad teams don't.


It's unfortunate Steve didn't find more success in Ames. It's funny how often the jerks get to keep their jobs, while the good guys have to find something else to do.



Sunday, January 03, 2021

The Undiscovered Country

 Iowa State Football now stands in territory it has never before known. 


The foundation appears solid enough to expect a bit of a walk around in this new place.


Enjoy the journey, for none of us know how long we will be able to stay. 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Opportunity

 I’m afraid this remarkable season, filled with so many firsts, will haunt me for falling short. 


You were facing a solid but not awesome OU team that you had already beaten in a season where your squad was probably the best in the league. You rally to come close but cant seal the deal, and can’t silence 108 years of demons. So the demons remain. Cute story, but the past dominates the minds of most observers. 

A return trip next season isn’t a crazy thought, but so many variables can swing against you. Coaches leave. Key players get hurt. Team chemistry sours. Fumbles bounce the other way. You don’t get the kick you need. Ask Kansas State. They’ve had one first place finish since 2003, and that was nine seasons ago. Outside of Norman, consistent winning in this league is hard.


Every day is a new opportunity. The big opportunities, the ones that change the trajectories of lives, are rare. Today was one. Opportunity missed.


Sunday, December 06, 2020

Finishing before things start

 It’s one thing to pull games out in the second half, it’s another to never let the opponent in the game in the first place. 


To dominate a good team with everything on the line was impressive.


The only thing left to do is to go win the whole dang thing.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Closers

 Three times this season, the Cyclones have found themselves down 10 or more and won. Today’s comeback was the most impressive as everything was on the table.


At the moment when every other Cyclone team failed when it entered the unexplored country of football success, this group found the way. Hold Texas to 7 points across the last three quarters. Grind out a late touchdown after struggling in the red zone all day. Do just enough on a final defensive stand to force the final play that goes your way. Just enough to likely earn a shot at the title.


A shot we’ve been waiting 108 years to arrive. Savor being on the stage.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Smothered

 Kansas State gained 62 yards on their first possession, but were stoned in their four plays inside the 10. 


They then gained 87 yards across the remaining 11 possessions in the game, and failed to score. Their second best possession was 7 plays for 28 yards and a turnover on downs. They gave up 5 3-and-outs. 


While it was fun watching the offense floor it when they had their chances, the job done by the defense was spectacular, and gives Cyclone fans hope in a rather important game in Austin on Friday.


All gas, no brakes.