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1. Who holds the New York Yankees pitching record for most appearances in a season?
2. Name the player before Joey Votto (2016-18) to start at least 202 consecutive games for the Cincinnati Reds.
3. Who was the first quarterback in Washington Redskins history to have three seasons for 25 or more TD passes?
4. Name the last time before the 2018-19 season (Kansas State, Texas Tech) that Kansas was not at least co-champion of the Big 12 men’s basketball regular season?
5. Who was the only Toronto Maple Leafs player before Mitch Marner in 2019 to score on a penalty shot in the
6. Colton Herta, 18, became the youngest race winner in IndyCar history in 2019. Who had been the youngest winner?
7. When was the last time the French Open had a men’s singles semifinalist older than Roger Federer (37 in 2019)?
1. Paul Quantrill, with 86 in 2004.
2. Pete Rose started 370 consecutive games (1973-76).
3. Kirk Cousins (2015-17).
4. The 2003-04 season, when Oklahoma State was the regular-season champion.
5. Mats Sundin, in 1999.
6. Graham Rahal was 19 when he won a race in 2008.
7. It was 1968, when 40-year-old Pancho Gonzalez reached the semifinals of the French Open.
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Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz met the media Friday morning at the annual Big Ten media kickoff days in Chicago. It’s a special year for college football, the 150th anniversary and the 130th year for the Hawkeyes on the gridiron. While there are questions in Iowa City, there’s plenty of excitement and optimism too. Four outstanding players left early for the NFL including a pair of tight ends in T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant. Both were selected in the first round, the first time one school sent two players from the same position in the 1st round. The incredible feat created an immediate gap. Who succeeds a pair of All-Americans? I’m not sure that’s possible, but next in are Shaun Beyer and Nate Wieting. The latter was just named to the John Mackey award watch list. Beyer is a bruiser from Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The wide receivers will be critical to early season success, while the tight ends catch up on experience and why not. After all that position group, as much as any, had a big say in the New Years Day Outback Bowl win over Mississippi State. Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Brandon Smith are poised for a big season, what with veteran quarterback Nate Stanley poised for his senior season. He’s set to become Iowa’s all time leader for touchdown throws. Stanley trails Hawkeye great Chuck Long by 22 and has averaged 25 TD throws a season since stepping into the starter’s role.
With only six plays of 20 plus yards last season, Iowa’s running backs need to do their part. Mekhi Sargent is the clear number one tailback, with Toren Young in waiting with Ivory Kelly-Martin. Several freshmen could enter the mix as well.
Despite losing lineman Anthony Nelson and safety Amani Hooker to the pros, the defense appears to be more athletic and perhaps faster. Pre-season all conference end A.J. Epenesa could be the best pass rusher in the league after pacing the pack with 10-1/2 sacks in limited play a year ago. Geno Stone will be the new centerpiece at safety in Iowa’s effective 4-2-5 alignment.
Players and patrons are getting excited for the August 31st opener with Miami, Ohio. Come to think of it....so am I!