Cyclones By a Touchdown
Ever been to Las Vegas? Ever been driving to the Hoover Dam or the Mojave Desert and seen one of those off the strip hotels and casinos and ask yourself “Huh, I wonder who stays there?” Well, I don’t have the answer for you. You should just go and find out. Regardless, the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa is one of those hotels and they released some early college football lines:
Opening lines from @southpointlv:— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 24, 2021
Ohio St -13 Ore
Bama -13 Miami
Clem -3.5 UGA
Penn St -3.5 Aub
OU -9 Texas
Bama -11 at UF
NDame -1 USC
OU -19 Neb
Iowa St -7 Iowa
Wis -4 Notre Dame
Ore -4 at Wash
NDame E UNC
Ohio St -13 at Mich
Army -6 Navy pic.twitter.com/7L2cVMf3BI
Indeed, you will see that your very own Iowa Hawkeyes are a touchdown underdog at Iowa State. And hey, that’s fair. The Cyclones played the Sooners close in the Big 12 Championship Game, handled Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl, and return Brock Purdy and Breece Hall. The counterpoint is that the Cyclones haven’t beaten Iowa since 2014 and while Matt Campbell has kept things close as of late, he still can’t figure out Kirk Ferentz. Does anyone remember the last time Iowa State was more than a 3-point favorite against Iowa?
Jordan Bohannon is recovering after being assaulted early Sunday morning and suffering a "serious head injury." There's a video circulating that I really don't care to watch but apparently he was sucker punched at a bar. This prompted many people on the toxic waste dump that is Twitter, a number of them being Iowa State fans, to insinuate that Bohannon "must've had it coming" due to his outspokenness. I can tell you that "he was trolling me" isn't actually a legal defense to sucker punching someone...or punching someone in general. We wish Jordan the best and a full and speedy recovery.
Gone Baby Gone: Megan Meyer
When you have a backcourt that includes Caitlin Clark, Kate Martin and Gabbie Marshall, there is sure to be some attrition. Lisa Bluder already lost guard Lauren Jensen to Creighton and now sophomore guard Megan Meyer has entered her name in the transfer portal. Meyer averaged a little under 10 minutes per game, along with 2.3 points and .7 rebounds. She’ll have three years of eligibility left following the transfer.
Best of luck, Megan!
Women’s Swimming/Diving Gets Their Coach
If you forgot, Iowa discontinued four sports in August of 2020, including women’s swimming and diving. Naturally, this resulted in a lawsuit because Iowa athletics department cannot walk down the street without tripping into the lawsuit pothole. In February, Barta announced that women’s swimming and diving would return and asked long time head coach Marc Long to take his old job. Long refused, and so one of his former assistants, Nathan Mundt, has been named head coach. Mundt served under Long from 2008-2016 and is (was?) the coach of a swim club in Iowa City.
Something somewhat concerning in that article:
In the 2019-20 season, 34 women’s swimmers and divers were on the Iowa athletics roster. In the 2020-21 season, that number shrunk to 24.
Is that bad? That seems bad.
Athlon has never been notoriously accurate when it comes to…anything…but boy do they write a lot and it is fun to read! They named Tyler Goodson, Tyler Linderbaum, Tory Taylor, and Charlie Jones first team All-Big Ten. A number of other Hawkeyes made the second and third teams.
Joe Lunardi has Iowa making the NCAA Tournament as an 11 seed, taking on USC in San Francisco.
Tyler Cook made the most of his contract at Detroit, including scoring 17 points in a game against the Denver Nuggets a few weeks ago. Of note, this the most points for a former Hawkeye in the NBA since Reggie Evans scored 17 points for the Kings back in 2014.
Dan Dakich is delivering DoorDash because he lost money gambling on the NCAA Tournament. There’s nothing to write about Dan Dakich that hasn’t already been written.
I recognize that no one really watches golf anymore since the downfall of Tiger Woods (this can either apply to the affair fallout or him crashing his car more recently) but if you hadn't heard, Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship this past weekend. Phil didn't go viral and hasn't gone viral since Winged Foot but the ongoing feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau did! If you need some background, you'll find it here. This past weekend, it's pretty clear the feud is still on:
The disdain he has for Bryson is the best thing going in golf these days. pic.twitter.com/1bwMkUx0iy— Ryan (@RJWinfield) May 25, 2021
I love a legitimate rivalry.