Bryce Miller’s 3 for 3: Ex-Hawk Bo Porter’s creative math, big week for Iowa women’s hoops and mat-a-palooza
The 3 for 3 blog, pauses for warmer thoughts of spring …
1: AGE IS JUST A NUMBER — At 40, new Houston Astros boss Bo Porter is the youngest manager in Major League Baseball.
That’s only according to birthday candles, though, Porter said.
“In any field, it’s what you’ve learned and how many years you’ve been in that field,” said Porter, the former player who now must turn around a franchise that lost 107 games last season. “This is the first manager’s job, with the title next to my name. It’s not the first time I’ve managed, though, in terms of regimen and putting your mindset there.
“I’m a firm believer in, ‘If you want to be it, you need to be it before you become it.’ ”
Talent in two sports allowed Porter to excel in football and baseball at Iowa, where he lettered as a defensive back from 1992-94 while also playing center field for the Hawkeyes.
Porter played three seasons in the major leagues, first with the Chicago Cubs in 1999.
That experience started him down a path that led to the job running a big-league dugout.
“I don’t see myself as a rookie manager or whatever labels you have with the title next to your name,” he said. “With that being said, I realize there are only 30 of these jobs and it takes a person with many skill sets to do it.
“So I respect anyone who’s done this job.”
In the Des Moines Sunday Register, Porter explained his strategy to turn around the Astros (READ HERE).
Porter talks about his new job in Houston:
2: BIG WEEK FOR IOWA — When the Iowa women’s basketball team won at then-No. 23 Michigan last month, the Hawkeyes moved to 16-5 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten.
More reason for optimism: The next three games waiting on the schedule all appeared winnable, including Northwestern and Minnesota — each with losing conference records.
Iowa dropped all three, however, and prepare to face the top three teams in the Big Ten this week.
The biggest game could be tonight: Nebraska sits third in the conference standings, and needed a five-game win streak to get there. After that, tougher matchups against nationally ranked Penn State (No. 8 last week) and Purdue (No. 13) await.
Iowa’s struggles rest in its shooting stats, where the team shot better from 3-point range (39.6 percent) than 2-point range (35.5) during the losing skid.
I wrote about clutch-shooting guard Jaime Printy right after the Michigan win (READ HERE) and the team’s first ranking since 2011.
Iowa, which hosts two rounds of the upcoming NCAA Tournament, could face its biggest game of the regular season tonight against the Cornhuskers.
3. STATE WRESTLING CENTRAL — The best place, bar none, to follow the state wrestling tournament is on DesMoinesRegister.com.
Brackets for this week already are posted (FIND HERE).
Another cool feature is a database with every champ in state history. (HERE).
You can also check out a photo gallery with all of Iowa’s four-time champions. (HERE)
The tournament schedule is HERE.
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