Friday, June 22, 2007

Lickliter Has Offered Both 2009 Studs from Minnesota

My source in the Twin Cities has told me that the Iowa Hawkeyes have, in fact, offered both of the big guns from the 2009 class in the state of Minnesota. Both play for Pulley's AAU squad up in the Cities and are arguably the two best in the 09 class in MN.

Rodney Williams just recently received his offer. 6'6" PF, 185 lb. Probably the second or third best player in the state.

Royce White received his earlier in the month. 6'7" PF, 190 lb. Probably the best player in the state in his class.

However, Tubby has been all over these two since day one and both kids really like him.

He also mentioned Mike Broghammer as another possible recruit, but couldn't get confirmation of an offer.

40 Year Old Coach Marries 16 Year Old Athlete

16 year old Windy Hagar married her 40 year old track coach, Brenton Wuchae.

File this baby under "WTF?!"

Are you kidding me? First off the chick's name is Windy. Yes, Windy. Nice job, parents. Secondly, the parents now say her life is over... I don't know what is worse, her parents signing the consent form or publically proclaim her life to be over. Wow. I am not normally one to put the blame on the parents when it comes to problems with kids, but this one screams out "bad parenting." Ugh. Good luck to the newlyweds, I'm sure the quarter of century in age difference will give them to talk about; that, or the fact that he could have a daughter her age. VMI Basketball couldn't be happier you chose to wear that shirt for the picture, Brenton.

ABC NEWS Article

Local Carolina News Article (WCNC, NBC Affiliate)

Video Interview with the Mother

I particularly like the article from The State Port Pilot, the newspaper's slogan is, "A Good Newspaper in a Good Community." Nice...

Thursday, June 21, 2007

New Iowa Recruit Basically Says the Hawkeyes Are Better than the Cyclones

Hawk Central Article

Prater, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Omaha Central High School said he grew up watching Iowa and Nebraska. He ultimately selected the Hawkeyes over Iowa State.

“It was a tough choice to make because at Iowa State, I have a close friend there, (quarterback) Phillip Bates, and I talk to him on the phone a lot,” Prater said. “But Iowa, their coaching staff, their record against Iowa State in football and basketball games and wrestling matches and their schedule and all that, that pretty much drew me in.'

“I kept on bringing up the good factors for Iowa and the good factors for Iowa State and I tried to balance them out because Iowa State has a new coaching staff and all that and Iowa won the match-up last year.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Apparently Employs Elementary Students

Below is an image supplied by that helps better illustrate the delivery process involved with their company...

Wow... that was deep.

Listen, I like Amazon, but when did they start hiring 6 year olds to help explain their business processes? You might want to rethink that approach, Amazon.

Monday, June 18, 2007

My Favorite 30 Albums of All-Time

Artists appear only once in the list. My Top 30 albums, along with my favorite tune on the album.
In no particular order, except Guster is easily the best of all albums and groups. I reserve the right to change this list at any time… because I know I’ll think of replacements and omissions. Sure, The Beatles rock... so does KISS, but they just did not make my list.

TOP 30

Guster – Lost and Gone Forever – Happier

Pearl Jam – Ten – Black

Green Day – American Idiot – Jesus of Suburbia

System of a Down – Mezmerize – B.Y.O.B.

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV – Black Dog

Dave Matthews Band – Live in Central Park – Dancing Nancies

Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth – Every Day Is Exactly the Same

Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Under the Bridge

Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name

Sublime – Sublime – Caress Me Down

Live – Lightning Crashes – I Alone

Ozzy Osbourne – The Ozzman Cometh – No More Tears

Radiohead – OK Computer – Paranoid Android

Rolling Stones – 40 Licks - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Michael Jackson – Thriller – Billie Jean

Staind – Break the Cycle - Outside

Garth Brooks – In Pieces – One Night a Day

Alice in Chains – The Essential Alice in Chains – Heaven Beside You

Nirvana – Nevermind - Lithium

Damien Rice – O – The Blower’s Daughter

Oasis – (What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Don’t Look Back in Anger

Cake – Fashion Nugget – Sad Songs and Waltzes

Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape – Monkey Wrench

Blue Traveler – Four - Hook

Stone Temple Pilots – Core - Plush

The Offspring – Smash – Come Out and Play

Soundgarden – Down on the Upside – Blow Up the Outside World

Bon Jovi – Crossroad – I’ll Be There For You

Silverchair – Frogstomp – Tomorrow


No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom – Tragic Kingdom

Thursday, June 14, 2007

2007 Prime Time League (PTL) Draft Complete

Here are the 2007 rosters, courtesy of the Gazette:

PTL rosters

Tony Freeman, Iowa; Matt Gatens, Iowa City High; Matt Schneiderman, ex-Northern Iowa; Dallas Hodges, Wayne St.; Brennan Swayzer, ex-Kirkwood; Kaylon Williams, C.R. Kennedy; Brian Haak, Northern Iowa; Josh Molstead, Northern Iowa; Jamey Meyer, St. Ambrose; Riley Larson, Cornell; Bryant Kucera, Kirkwood.

Eric Coleman, Northern Iowa; Lucas O'Rear, Northern Iowa; J.R. Angle, Iowa; Jake Kelly, Iowa; Mike Walker, Southern Methodist; Eric Johnson, Wayne St.; Joe Gentile, ex-W.D.M. Valley; Travis Rhone, Wayne St. (football); Jay Williams, ex-Kirkwood; Eric Washpun, Iowa City High.

Jarryd Cole, Iowa; Kevin Sams, ex-Drake; Seth Gorney, Iowa; Duez Henderson, ex-Iowa; Dell Mims, SECC; Steven Clayton, ex-DMACC; Rodney Jackson, Mt. Mercy; Ray Vasser, ex-Kirkwood; Van Williams, ex-Kirkwood; Butch Wright, ex-Chicago DuSavile H.S.; Clark Anderson, ex-Linn-Mar.

Jordan Eglseder, Northern Iowa; Jeff Peterson, Iowa; Adam Koch, Northern Iowa; Jared Josten, Northern Iowa; Kyle Schlaack, ex-Winona St.; Danny Bohall, Iowa; John Lickliter, Franklin Central High; Jeff Horner, ex-Iowa; Jordan Stoermer, Iowa City West; Brad Axdahl, ex-Coe.

Aliou Keita, ex-Drake; Cyrus Tate, Iowa; John Little, ex-Northern Iowa; Matt Burks, ex-IUPUI; Andrew Naeve, ex-Cornell U.; Roberto Mafra, SECC; Drew Lundberg, Northern Iowa; Jon Montgomery, Northern Iowa; Chris Aasland, ex-Mankato St.; Nick Larson, ex-Upper Iowa; Jacey Heuer, Wartburg.

David Palmer, Iowa; Brooks McKowen, ex-Northern Iowa; Dain Swetalla, Augustana (Ill.); Jason Price, ex-Iowa; Adam Viet, Northern Iowa; Kerwin Dunham, Northern Iowa; Don Stokes, ex-Chicago DuSavile High; Kevin Andrews, SW Minnesota St.; Marques Brathwaite, ex-Mt Mercy; Josh Oglesby, C.R. Washington.

Kurt Looby, Iowa; Justin Johnson, Iowa; Marcus Leloux, ex-Northwestern College; Kwadzo Ahelegbe, Northern Iowa; Carlton Reed, Northern Iowa; Nathan Vanhofwegen, ex-Hope; Tony Wilcox, ex-European Pro; Joe Green, Northern Iowa; Reed McManigal, ex-Mason City; Brett Putz, ex-Forest City; Scott Sturm,
ex-Clinton C.C.

Grant Stout, ex-Northern Iowa; Darryl Moore, ex-Iowa; Travis Brown, Northern Iowa; Brad Joens, ex-Wayne St.; Brent Barz, Northern Iowa; Luis Garcia, SECC; Tyson Colvin, ex-Upper Iowa; Ali Farokhmanesh, Kirkwood; Robbie Lehman, Simpson; Matt Morrison, Solon.

Where the Hawks went (at least by my count):

Tony Freeman - 1st overall pick
Jarryd Cole - 3rd overall pick
David Palmer - 6th overall pick
Kurt Looby - 7th overall pick
Justin Johnson - 10th overall pick
Cyrus Tate - 12th overall pick
Jeff Peterson - 13th overall pick
Matt Gatens - 16th overall pick (only playing 4 games)
JR Angle - 18th overall pick
Seth Gorney - 19th overall pick
Jake Kelly - 31st overall pick
Dan Bohall - 45th overall pick

Interesting Notes: Freeman went 6th last year, Tate was the 8th overall last year, Palmer was 7th last year. Freeman and Palmer move up, Tate moves down. Horner was drafted late because he will only be able to play 3 games this summer.

Tony Freeman - the #1 pick overall

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Keep Ron Zook out of Wrigley...

A travesty occurred on Saturday. Ron Zook was allowed to sing the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley... again. For the account of his first performance, check out this blog. For some unknown reason, those in charge of scheduling guest conductors at the Friendly Confines thought it would be a superb idea to bring back the guy who has to use notes while singing one of the most well-known songs in American history. You'd think ol' Zooker would have taken time to do a bit of studying between putting a crappy product on the field and posing for dance pictures. Guess not. Note cards are great for 5th grade presentations, not to go in front of a nationwide audience. Video of, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" , is below. I don't suggest you click on the link if you want to keep your lunch, however. Credit to SPORTSbyBROOKS for link to video from WGN.

Ron Zook