12/20/1949

12/20/1949

It’s 4:40 in the morning, 12/20/1949, and 26 year old Ruth Stokstad, who can’t roll over, tells the wall “It’s time Lloydie” hoping that the sound will reflect off the thin wall and Lloyd “Coach” Stokstad will wake up and hear...
The Frying Pan – Iowa-Minnesota 11.13.2021

The Frying Pan – Iowa-Minnesota 11.13.2021

Question: How does Iowa win that game without  Alex Padilla. Answer: It doesn’t. If you are the BMOC and you get hurt before the big dance and someone else has to dance with the Homecoming queen, you do want the show to go on, but it is something to live with if...
Over the Rainbow – Iowa Northwestern 11.6.21

Over the Rainbow – Iowa Northwestern 11.6.21

It may amaze you to know that some people don’t actually like The Wizard of Oz. I think it has to do with watching it for the first time at an age when flying monkey kidnappers and wicked witches seem all too real. Even so, for most there is a lot of fun in...
Iowa-Wisconsin 10.30.2021

Iowa-Wisconsin 10.30.2021

I guess the Iowa hope here was that both offenses would be anemic, the defenses would rule, and special teams would tip the balance for Iowa. Not so, after all. As it turns out, here in Iowa we forgot to consider the WcgWdgW factor, which is normally referred to as...
Coming out of the closet

Coming out of the closet

Not to diminish in any way the often fraught decisions that people make in deciding to publicly declare a new sexual orientation, but there really is a sort of resistance to be overcome at times in making major changes to your tennis game. In my case I’m...