I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
So I’ve been away for a week. What did I miss? Let’s take a look.
The Ames High baseball season came to an end with a loss to Waukee in the first round of substate. That’s too bad, because the Little Cyclones had a darn good regular season, with more 21 wins and a handful of victories against ranked foes. A great crop of Juniors are due back next season. I’m looking forward to what they do as seniors.
The Roland-Story baseball squad is off to state. They’ll play in the 2A quarterfinals next Monday. You can bet our friend Paul Clark of CycloneReport.com fame will have plenty of coverage at Roland-Story.com. We'll have updates as well, of course.
Looks like I missed out on Big 12 football media days. I ain’t sorry about that. Seems like a lot of hassle for a few stories more than a month from the start of the season. But that’s just me.
I didn’t miss the birth of the Royal Baby in England. That would be impossible. I wish I had, though. Why does the media put so much into coverage of a powerless monarchy that hasn’t influenced our shores in some 230-plus years? More importantly, why do so many Americans care? I don’t get it.
Speaking of important births, my favorite baseball player, Joe Mauer, was on hand as his wife gave birth to Twins. And he plays for the Twins! How about that intersection of random occurrences? Isn’t it amazing? No? Yeah, probably not, but still worth more attention than the Royal Birth isn’t it?