Introducing Hallie from the University of Iowa. I gotta tell ya, I’m usually not into girls with aggressive bangs but I like them on Hallie. A lot. I guess some girls can pull it off and some can’t. Hallie for sure can.
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The Gazette- Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery released a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming his son, Patrick, has thyroid cancer and will undergo surgery next week.
“Last week it was discovered that our son, Patrick, has a tumor on his thyroid. Patrick is currently undergoing tests and is scheduled to undergo surgery next Wednesday, March 19, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Once the mass is removed, additional tests will determine a further course of action. I was made aware of Patrick’s condition prior to traveling to East Lansing, Mich., last Wednesday. Margaret and I notified our players and staff of Patrick’s health issue after a biopsy was done on Monday (of this week). We appreciate your concern, and ask that you respect our family’s privacy as we address Patrick’s health.”
Awful, awful news. Cancer is the fucking worst. The details are few in this story other than his teenage son has thyroid cancer and is set to have surgery next week. Thoughts go out to the whole McCaffery family and we all hope for a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Patrick. Hawkeye Nation is rooting for you.
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – All five girls basketball coaches for Independence schools announced their resignations on Friday last week. Assistant coach Rob Ratchford said Monday that he and the other four coaches made that decision, after dealing with a recent string of unreasonable accusations and criticism from a handful of parents of players. Ratchford said he is well aware that as a coach, criticism comes with the territory. “You read things on social media and you try to ignore those kinds of things, people approaching you on game day and phone calls on game day, and phone calls after the game.” However, Ratchford said some parents have gotten out of hand, constantly questioning decisions made by coaching staff, and even threatening him in one case. “I received phone calls this week threatening to fight me, to come over to the house and fight him over summer basketball stuff,” Ratchford told us. So, Ratchford said he and head varsity coach Rod Conrad decided they had enough. Ratchford said the three other girls coaches agreed that resigning was the only way to send a clear message to overzealous parents.
Are these coaches kidding me with this? A couple parents call you some names, challenge you to a fist fight over summer league playing time and you immediately throw a hissy fit and quit? Spineless. Gutless. And some other negative adjective that questions these coaches toughness. Way to make a big display and take away from the actual games. If I’m the Independence School District I’m happy these guys quit. You don’t need guys who fold like a cheap suit any time a parent questions their coaching style or strategy. You’re not going to win with guys like that anyway. And news flash to the coaches who quit: You’re not the first high school coaches to have parents scream at you and you won’t be the last. It literally happens every day. You’re not taking some noble Civil Rights stand by walking out on your jobs. You just admitted you don’t have the moxy to coach high school basketball and now you have no job. Next man up. You need a coach who lets that stuff roll off his back and just keep coaching. Anywhere you coach this is going to happen might as well get used to it. People are going to think their kid is the best ever and will literally fight you over that. That’s not going to stop. Well maybe if you accept a challenge to one of the fist fights, win handily and then the other parents won’t challenge you anymore. But even then there’s no chance they stop.
GREENSBORO – North Carolina sophomore guard Marcus Paige has been voted the ACC’s Most Improved Player for the 2013-14 basketball season, and Virginia sophomore guard Justin Anderson is the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on Monday. UNC’s Paige, also voted to the All-ACC first team, is the only league player to rank among the conference’s top six in scoring (17.1 ppg) and in assists (4.5). The 6-foot-1 native of Iowa, has scored 30 plus points twice this season – 32 against Louisville and 35 at NC State – and 20 or more points 10 times. He ranks second in the ACC in free-throw percentage at .876.
Love it. Iowa’s Mr. Basketball from a couple years back. Always good to see an Iowan having success on one of the biggest of stages at one of the most historic college basketball schools. I mean, would I and everybody else around here preferred to have Marcus Paige join Fran McCaffery and the Hawks or Fred Hoiberg and the Cyclones after going to Linn-Mar High School? Could either team have used him especially now? Of course. Every single team in the country could use a guy like Paige. He’s a leader and a dynamic player. But some guys want to test their mettle at a place like North Carolina and it’s hard to argue with that. And he’s having a great season for Roy Williams averaging just over 17 points per game and 4.5 assists and leading UNC to the #4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. Earning him ACC’s Most Improved Player Award and being voted onto the All-ACC First Team. Pretty good honors for a kid from Iowa. And then there was his most recent heroics against NC State in an OT thriller. Scoring 31 of his 35 points including 7 three pointers after half time and then scoring the game winning lay up. The kid has stones. And I’m not saying he has stones because he’s from Cedar Rapids, but I’m saying he has stones because he’s from Cedar Rapids. Way to represent, Marcus.
Have you seen this commercial? Of course you have. It’s absolutely everywhere. It plays about 5,000 times a day. At least on the channels I watch it does. And if you haven’t seen it then there you go. Drink it in. I can’t escape it and I don’t want to. I get excited every time it comes on. It’s one of the many reasons DVR is the greatest invention since the wheel. I’m starting to develop a weird obsession with that chick’s ass and I don’t care who knows it. I wanna be friends with it. I wanna take it for walks. The girl’s name is Christine Donlon, she has about 12 followers on Twitter (@ChristineDonlon) and I think she was on How I Met Your Mother once. That’s all the information I was able to gather in the 5 seconds I spent researching her. However one thing is for certain, that ass is great and I look forward to see it some time later today when I’m watching The Big Bang Theory.
PS- Amy Poehler is a delight per usual. Big fan. Parks and Rec is just great.
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Introducing Maggie from the University of Iowa. It’s 50+ degrees here today for the first time in what feels like forever. Then Maggie has pictures of herself tailgating outside with her hot friends. I’m going to the nearest beer garden today is what I’m saying.
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DM Juice- If there’s two things Iowans seem to love, it’s pigs and booze. The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is bigger than ever. The same goes for the state’s microbrewery scene joined by a handful of Iowa-based liquor producers, including Templeton Rye. Now the makers of “the good stuff” are getting into the pig game with the Templeton Rye Pork Project. The experiment involves the company raising and selling heritage pigs fattened on a diet that includes spent Templeton Rye mash. According to the project’s site, a selection of Duroc pigs are currently being raised on farm in Woodward. “The pigs’ diet was specially formulated to best utilize the spent grain by-product from the production of Templeton Rye whiskey,” the project’s literature claims. The pigs will be fattened up to a goal of 210 pounds before being processed here in Iowa, per the site.
Boom! The Iowa story to end all Iowa stories! Ever since I started working here at Barstool whenever I tweet something there’s always at least one person that responds, no matter the subject of the tweet, with “So Iowa it hurts.” It never fails. I could tweet about needing food and water to keep my human body alive and somebody would undoubtedly respond with “So Iowa it hurts”. I don’t mind it. Comes with the territory. But this story here about fattening pigs on Templeton Rye mash is so fucking Iowa it hurts. It hurts in a good way, but it hurts. First of all, Templeton Rye is the life blood of Iowa. Find me an Iowan who says they don’t like Templeton Rye and I’ll show you a liar. I’m not even a big whiskey guy but I’ll throw down a couple glasses of Templeton if it’s around. There’s people around here who track shipments of Templeton, find the store it’s going to and buy as many bottles as they can carry. People go absolutely crazy for it. My roommate is a big whiskey guy and if the house caught on fire in the middle of the night he would save a bottle of Templeton before he’d wake me up. No doubt in my mind.
And now this latest news. The news that the owners of Templeton Rye will be selling pigs that were fattened on Templeton Rye mash. That sound you just heard was thousands of Iowans heads exploding. One thing is for sure, these Templeton Rye guys know exactly what they’re doing and it’s genius. No way this idea doesn’t go over like gangbusters around here. In the article I linked to there’s an e-mail address where people can ask about getting one of these pigs. There’s no way that inbox didn’t fill up in seconds. The fact that there will be bacon from a pig that was fed Templeton mash might cause riots. We’re talking pure anarchy. Some parts of the country go crazy and stampede other humans for Air Jordans and other parts of the country go crazy and stampede other humans for bacon from a pig that was fattened by whiskey mash. We’re the latter.