It’s Monday, so time for the “3 for 3” blog …
1: MARYLAND, RUTGERS IN BIG 14? … Buzz about Maryland and Rutgers considering moves to the Big Ten has people debating while they wait.
Why would the Big Ten — like most others, a football conference first and foremost — want to add two programs without knock-your-socks-off resumes in the sport? The old talk about Notre Dame, sure. But Maryland and Rutgers?
It’s all about TVs — which is code for “money.”
Adding Rutgers would mean adding New York City. Attention would spike if Ohio State or Michigan made conference road trips within a cab ride of Manhattan. Adding Maryland would mean the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area — and ditto on the Buckeyes and Wolverines traveling there.
All of a sudden, it would mean the Big Ten would have its football hooks into an unmatched set of metro areas — Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, New York and Baltimore-D.C.
You can almost hear the basic cable and advertising money flood into commissioner Jim Delany’s conference bank account.
And, one more time, a conference is about to reinforce that its name has nothing to do with the number of members. Institutions of higher learning, richer — but math challenged again.
2.ISU’S ‘REAL’ MAGIC NUMBER … This stat, from the Iowa State sports information department, held up — again — during Hawkeye rival Iowa State’s 51-23 win Saturday at Kansas.
The Cyclones’ magic number under coach Paul Rhoads is 24. When Iowa State holds teams under 24 points, its record is 21-1. When teams score 24 points or more, the mark dives to 3-23.
In addition to both teams contributing to that stat over the weekend, they share another piece of common ground: The next game for both teams is against West Virginia. Iowa State hosts the Mountaineers on Black Friday, while Kansas (bye) tries to snap a 20-game Big 12 losing skid next weekend.
Remember when quarterback Geno Smith was the Heisman Trophy front-runner?
West Virginia is in full Big 12 free-fall, losing five in a row after starting the season 5-0.
When Iowa State clinched a bowl berth last season with the stunning upset of then-No. 2 Oklahoma State, this was the message Rhoads had for his team:
3: FOOTBALL FIELD TRIP … So what happens on football coverage road trips when you land in cities like East Lansing, Mich., or Lawrence, Kan.?
Well, after covering Iowa State’s bowl-clinching win over Kansas on Saturday night in Lawrence, it meant a chance to check out a piece of Iowa in another state.
My friends in the band North of Grand, a Des Moines-based band who have played Gabe’s in Iowa City, were playing at The Jackpot in downtown Lawrence (nice timing), so I hustled to catch the end of their show after deadline.
The guys — Dan Ketelsen (who attended my now-name-changed high school of Dexfield back in the day), Pat Curtis, Sean Wilson and Matt Wellendorf — told me to hang out to watch a local band called The Dead Girls.
Wow. So. So. Good.
This song has some of that underneath feel of Radiohead on the album Pablo Honey.
North of Grand has hit another gear, too, with their new album “Farewell to Rockets.” They’ve always been great, but found an even bigger sound with the addition of Wellendorf on guitar a few years back.
The next local gig: Thursday, Nov. 29 at Vaudeville Mews on Fourth Street, downtown Des Moines.
Meet the band, while I go back to worrying about football. If, that is, you can get past the Evel Knievel motorcycle helmet Curtis sports at the beginning.
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Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football