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Old Poem

My brother, who is visiting for the holidays, found a poem I wrote circa 2005. I copy it here.

Isn’t it a miracle

that we are all linked up

Isn’t a miracle that God has found us?

a dark God has found us

I’m just an Iowa boy from a one-horse town

on the net just to pass the time

chatting with cousins from Singapore now

Suddenly they meet a fellow Hawkeye

Nobody knows why, nobody knows how

Isn’t it a miracle

that we are all linked up?

Isn’t it a miracle that God has found us?

A dark God has found us

He’s from Cornville and he knows me

I know them

and he does too

a network of friends

You know me, and I know you!

Conference Realignment Grades: Big Ten

The Big Ten has solidified its position as one of the strongest and most cohesive conferences in the nation in the latest round of conference realignment. Let’s assess how they’ve fared.

2010 Big Ten

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

2015 Big Ten

East: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers

West: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin

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As you can see, the Big Ten made a couple of additions, moving themselves up from 11 to 14 members. Here’s how it all went down…

2009: Big Ten announces decision to expand, kicking off conference realignment.

2010: Nebraska of the Big 12 applies to join the Big Ten in 2011 and is accepted.

2011: Nebraska joins Big Ten.

2012: Maryland leaves the ACC to join the Big Ten and is accepted. Rutgers of the Big East accepts invitation to join the Big Ten.

2014: Maryland and Rutgers join Big Ten.

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The Big Ten was probably the single most important conference relating to realignment in the last half decade. The league’s announcement to expand is what kicked off this whole realignment craze in the first place. The Big Ten expanded geographically both east and west and did so with television money in mind. Pretty much the quintessential conference realignment tactics in this last cycle of moves. They are also the only conference that was able to poach schools from 3 different Power leagues.

So how do I assess these moves? Well in the short term I would say that they’ve been good for the conference. However, I am concerned with the long term effects that the expansion eastward might bring. The move to add Nebraska to the league is a great one, few other schools more perfectly fit the Big Ten’s image. The Cornhuskers are a traditional football power on par with Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State and are an extremely valuable asset to the conference. Perhaps the only gripe would be the fact that Nebraska isn’t quite up to the conference average academically, and was kicked out of the AAU as a result. The move to add Maryland and Rutgers had quite a different motive behind it. The Big Ten moved east in order to more open up the populated markets of the Mid-Atlantic States. Rutgers and Maryland fit the profile of a Big Ten school in the academic sense, but they have essentially no connection to any Big Ten member institutions other than Penn State, who themselves are an outlier from the Big Ten’s nominally Midwest profile. It’s rumored that the Terps and Scarlet Knights were added because Penn State was starting to get antsy as the only Northwest school in the league. This sounds very concerning to me. First of all, I’m not sold on the idea of a bi-regional conference period. The other Power conferences who tried having a bi-regional conference were the ACC, Big 12, and Big East, and aside from the ACC, which has much more geography going for it than the other two, it has clearly not worked in their favor. The Maryland and Rutgers moves were made without any credence to tradition or geography, it appears as though money was the only motivating factor. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why this move was made and I understand the importance of increasing television revenue. But you can increase you market share by making a better product or you can increase it by weakening your competition. Only the first option actually increases the the value for the consumer. The moves to add Maryland and Rutgers were calculated to increase the money the Big Ten brought in without increasing the value of the product and we as consumers and football fans lose in that respect. Besides, I don’t think Maryland and especially Rutgers own their markets as much as the Big Ten would like. I can see New Jersey, but if you tell me having Rutgers in your conference gives you a presence in New York City I just can’t believe you. From what I understand there are a large number of Big Ten fans who don’t believe that the Terps and Knights belong in the league either. The Big Ten is one of the most cohesive units in college sports, it’s worrying that it’s apparently caused a rift in some of the fans bases. I can understand why Minnesota and Iowa fans would not be thrilled to go play in College Park or Piscataway, or why they should even watch those games on the Big ten network. Odds are those teams will never compete for the conference crown any way what with the murderer’s row being assembled in the Big Ten’s East Division. There are so many reasons to dislike this move…

And yet, I give the Big Ten a B+ for their expansion moves. That’s right, after all the whining and moaning I went through I still think they still did a good job. It COULD have been so much better, hell I think they would have been fine with just the 12 members and had stood pat. They moves they made were to strengthen the league financially and that’s what happened. I hope it doesn’t blow up down the road like I imagine it might, but the Big Ten is still one of the strongest and most stable conference in the nation. 

Iowa will travel to Nebraska in 2016

It’s that time of year where schools are slowly getting their schedules for the 2015-16 wrestling season, and while none of the Division I wrestling schools in our state have released their schedules, we can start to get a picture based on other teams that have. For instance, we know both UNI and ISU will travel to Virginia Tech based on Tech releasing their schedule a while back. It is through…

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Trumping the Polls: Trump Leads in New Hampshire, Near Top in Iowa

Looks like the Donald is trumping the polls these days. Two NBC News/Marist polls released on Sunday show that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading among voters in New Hampshire, and he’s doing quite well in Iowa too.

The first poll, which drew data from nearly 1,000 registered voters, showed Trump leading the GOP primary race with 21% support in New Hampshire. In second place is Jeb Bush, clocking in at 14%. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a bit ahead in Iowa, at 19%, but Trump isn’t lagging too far behind, at 17%, in the Hawkeye State poll.

The polls were conducted before and after Trump’s comments about Senator John McCain’s war past, and it’s interesting to see how that controversy might have influenced potential GOP primary voters. After Trump denounced McCain earlier this month, saying that he was “a war hero because he was captured,” the polls show that his numbers dropped in New Hampshire but rose slightly in Iowa.

Not known to be a quiet one, Trump lashed out at Walker at an event in Iowa on Saturday. Speaking to a crowd of more than 1,400 people in Oskaloosa, Trump said “the gloves were off,” adding that Walker’s home state of Wisconsin was an economic mess. The comments came in response to one of Walker’s fundraisers, who recently called the real estate mogul a “dumb dumb.”

Despite his strong showing, the majority of voters are far from loving Trump, even in the Republican community. According to The Wall Street Journal, 53% of the New Hampshire GOP electorate has a negative view of the candidate, as does 44% of Iowa’s Republican voters. The two states, which hold early elections, are considered critical to presidential candidates.

Another NBC/Marist poll released on Sunday found that in the race for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton has a big lead in Iowa, at 55% support, leaving the Independent Bernie Sanders (26%) and the Democrat Martin O’Malley (4%) far behind. In New Hampshire, Clinton is ahead at 47%, with Sanders at 34%.

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Peak Trumpnado? Republican 'Insiders' Are Banking On It

About three quarters of Republican early-state insiders say they believe Donald Trump has peaked, but Politico reports, many acknowledge that may also be wishful thinking. Among New Hampshire Republican insiders, 73% say Trump has ‘peaked’, while, as Politico details, 81% of Hawkeye State Republicans said the same.

Politico’s weekly bipartisan Caucus survey some of the views from top operatives, strategists and activists in Iowa and New Hampshire,

“The McCain smear and giving out Graham’s cellphone? What an asshole,” vented a New Hampshire Republican, who says Trump has peaked. “Trumpism does not represent some deeper sentiment within the party, nor has he tapped into something a more conventional candidate can now co-opt. His candidacy has as much substance and meaning as cotton candy. I didn’t like him before. Now I loathe him.”

“I hope and pray that he has peaked,” added another Granite State Republican, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order to speak freely. “The GOP has a chance in 2016 and it diminishes each time Trump increases his poll numbers.”

“Everybody is still watching to see what he will do next,” a Granite State Republican said. “It’s like riding down the highway and seeing an accident in the other direction — you know [you] shouldn’t look but you do. I think by September he will begin a downward descent as people get totally sick of his antics.”

Democrats have a different view…

“GOP establishment (especially in early states) and some media are in a panic right now about Trump, and are quick to develop a storyline that he can’t last,” said a New Hampshire Democrat, who like all participants answered through an online submission form. “The truth is otherwise. The base loves him, he keeps showing top tier status nationally and in early states, he (like Hillary) has 100 percent name ID, and unlike all others, doesn’t need either traditional donors or dark money ones. While there are some parallels to [Ross] Perot, this is a new phenomenon and existing precedent doesn’t apply. Who knows where this goes?”

Another added, “If peaking is poll numbers, maybe, but this guy is far from done. He has no reason to drop out. He is going to be the focus of the first debate.”

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For now we suspect the Trumpnado rolls on…

h/t @ianbremmer

We give The Donald the last word…

@mitchellvii @thehill @slone Here’s a crazy thought. Maybe Trump is gaining traction because HE’S RIGHT?”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2015












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About three quarters of Republican early-state insiders say they believe Donald Trump has peaked, but Politico reports, many acknowledge that may also be wishful thinking. Among New Hampshire Republican insiders, 73% say Trump has ‘peaked’, while, as Politico details, 81% of Hawkeye State Republicans said the same.

Politico’s weekly bipartisan Caucus survey some of the views from top operatives, strategists and activists in Iowa and New Hampshire,

“The McCain smear and giving out Graham’s cellphone? What an asshole,” vented a New Hampshire Republican, who says Trump has peaked. “Trumpism does not represent some deeper sentiment within the party, nor has he tapped into something a more conventional candidate can now co-opt. His candidacy has as much substance and meaning as cotton candy. I didn’t like him before. Now I loathe him.”

“I hope and pray that he has peaked,” added another Granite State Republican, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order to speak freely. “The GOP has a chance in 2016 and it diminishes each time Trump increases his poll numbers.”

“Everybody is still watching to see what he will do next,” a Granite State Republican said. “It’s like riding down the highway and seeing an accident in the other direction — you know [you] shouldn’t look but you do. I think by September he will begin a downward descent as people get totally sick of his antics.”

Democrats have a different view…

“GOP establishment (especially in early states) and some media are in a panic right now about Trump, and are quick to develop a storyline that he can’t last,” said a New Hampshire Democrat, who like all participants answered through an online submission form. “The truth is otherwise. The base loves him, he keeps showing top tier status nationally and in early states, he (like Hillary) has 100 percent name ID, and unlike all others, doesn’t need either traditional donors or dark money ones. While there are some parallels to [Ross] Perot, this is a new phenomenon and existing precedent doesn’t apply. Who knows where this goes?”

Another added, “If peaking is poll numbers, maybe, but this guy is far from done. He has no reason to drop out. He is going to be the focus of the first debate.”

*  *  *
For now we suspect the Trumpnado rolls on…

h/t @ianbremmer

We give The Donald the last word…

@mitchellvii @thehill @slone Here’s a crazy thought. Maybe Trump is gaining traction because HE’S RIGHT?”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2015










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Santorum to Buy Minivan to Meet with All of His Iowa Supporters

IOWA (The Nil Admirari): Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been meeting with large crowds of supporters numbering from one to as many as five people at diners and other venues across Iowa.  In order to accommodate such numbers, the former Pennsylvania senator announced today he will be purchasing a minivan so he can meet with all of his supporters in the Hawkeye State.

“Everything is going great and exceeding my wildest expectations. I love these intimate gatherings where I can talk directly with Iowans and am excited to buy a minivan so I can meet with all of my supporters in Iowa,” said Santorum.


Santorum did not seem to hear a question from a member of the press about his lagging poll numbers in Iowa and other states.

“Oh, boy. Listen to that crowd,” stated Santorum.

Santorum hinted a second minivan may be needed for all of his supporters in New Hampshire.

Santorum to Buy Minivan to Meet with All of His Iowa Supporters

IOWA (The Nil Admirari): Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been meeting with large crowds of supporters numbering from one to as many as five people at diners and other venues across Iowa.  In order to accommodate such numbers, the former Pennsylvania senator announced today he will be purchasing a minivan so he can meet with all of his supporters in the Hawkeye State.

“Everything is going great and exceeding my wildest expectations. I love these intimate gatherings where I can talk directly with Iowans and am excited to buy a minivan so I can meet with all of my supporters in Iowa,” said Santorum.


Santorum did not seem to hear a question from a member of the press about his lagging poll numbers in Iowa and other states.

“Oh, boy. Listen to that crowd,” stated Santorum.

Santorum hinted a second minivan may be needed for all of his supporters in New Hampshire.