SIOUX CITY -- Janus, a Roman god of the first rank, never rang up long distance for a touchdown in Memphis, Tennessee.

Like Iowa State, he didn't always get the right call, either, but with great vision because his head could look forward and backward, was able to ring out the old and ring in the new.

All together then. "Should auld acquaintance be forgot. And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot? And days o' lang syne. Once again, that time of year to look back and simultaneously look ahead.

Saturday, Iowa State fans weren't looking forward to listening and watching Tommy Tuberville and Mike Patrick call the Cyclones televised Liberty Bowl duel with Memphis.

There was a history there. The duo is famous for some ribald internet "hot mic'' conversation.

Tuberville did his best to mollify Cyclone faithful, Patrick wasn't quite as accommodating.

Bradford back

Until Friday night's Cotton Bowl hadn't realized former Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was back in the college ranks and playing for Southern Cal.

Several times during Ohio State's thorough whipping of USC, expert analyst Brock Huard referred to Trojan quarterback Sam Darnold as former Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford.

Not surprising, really, as it was apparent Huard and play-by-play guy Bob Wischusen were openly cheering for USC success.

Ford first

The Journal's interesting story about Bishop Heelan graduate Beth Ford's rise in the business world brought to mind Ford's accomplishments on the basketball court for the Crusaders.

In the 1981-82 season the 5-foot-11 Ford averaged 15.5 points as Coach Tom Arend continued the school's buildup to the school and Our Town's first appearance in an Iowa Girls State Tournament.

In the six-player era, Ford gave the Crusaders another offensive gear to support leading scorer Lynne Murtha, who averaged 27.9 points.

Heelan, after an 0-3 start, finished 14-6 overall and 8-2 in the old Sioux Delta Conference.

Two seasons later, in the Sweet Sixteen, Heelan lost to Ackley-Geneva In the opening round of the tourney,

Pinstripe fadeout

Coincidence, maybe.

Boston University was the first college football team to play a game in baseball ballyards Fenway Park in Boston and the old Yankee Stadium in New York City in the same season.

It all transpired in 1948, the same year the University of Iowa journeyed to Boston to beat Boston University 34-14 in that school's rickety Nickerson Field.

BU played New York University in '48 in Fenway and Fordham in Yankee Stadium.

BU, which discontinued football after the 1997 season, was 6-2 in 1948, its other loss to Muhlenberg.

Iowa, of course, clipped Boston College 27-20 in the Pinstripe Bowl in the new Yankee Stadium across the street from where the old one stood.

Northern Iowa also played Boston U. in a rebuilt Nickerson Field in 1993, losing a first-round Division I-AA playoff contest.

Bogus QB list

One major detriment of instant internet info is the ability of some to designate themselves expert in the assessment of athletic talent.

The opinion page of most newspapers, of course, is far more reliable than the blogosphere.

Anyway, the list of the 10 best college quarterbacks (by an author I forgot to jot down) is certainly a seasonal ribald classic.

Here it from 10 to 1:

John Elway, Stanford; Sam Bradford, Oklahoma; Vince Young, Texas; Doug Flutie, Boston College; Archie Manning, Mississippi; Tommy Frazier, Nebraska; Roger Staubach, Navy; Roman Gabriel, North Carolina State; Peyton Manning, Tennessee; Tim Tebow, Florida.

Tebow? Purdue alone can champion 10 quarterbacks better than Tebow.


Statewide observers of Class 5A high school girls basketball acumen pretty much consider it non-existent west of the Waukee school district line.

That doesn't mean every Central Iowa and Cedar Rapids program borders on the almighty.

Looking back to last season, for the first time ever, Cedar Rapids powers Washington and Kennedy turned in sub-.500 seasons.

Football factory

Fortunate for Sioux City there is no longer a Sioux Interstate Conference, in football, at least.

It remains to be seen if Sioux Falls Washington continues its domination in South Dakota.

The Warriors have won three straight big class titles, but lose several Division I signees, including linebacker Seth Benson with Iowa, kicker Brock Walter with Minnesota and lineman Will Farniok with Nebraska.

Also, Zach Heins, a 6-6, 230-pound tight end, spurned some D1 interest to sign with FCS South Dakota State.

Don't be surprised if the 6-2, 210-pound Benson plays as a true freshman for Hawkeyes, who lose three starting linebackers.

Nelson is constructed in the mold of another South Dakotan who starred for the Hawks, Chad Greenway.

Folks in Jefferson might remember Nelson's mother, JoElle Byre, who scored 40 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Washington when the Warriors ended Jefferson's 67-game girls basketball winning streak on Nov. 7, 1980, 88-78.