Three years have gone by
1. Who was the first major-league player to hit a pair of home runs in an All-Star Game?
2. Name the last of the six major-league teams that longtime skipper (1967-88) Dick Williams managed.
3. Can you name two of the first three quarterbacks in SEC history to have at least 35 passing and 35 rushing touchdowns during their career?
4. LeBron James played in eight consecutive NBA Finals (2011-18). Name two of the three players who played in more.
5. An American has been drafted No. 1 overall eight times in the history of the NHL Entry Draft. How many of them were selected between 2000 and 2019?
6. Who was the last Cup driver before Chase Elliott in 2018-19 to win back-to-back races at Watkins Glen?
7. Who was the last female tennis player younger than Coco Gauff in 2019 (15 years old) to win her first WTA tournament?
1. Pittsburgh’s Arky Vaughn, in 1941.
2. The Seattle Mariners, in 1988.
3. Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald.
4. Bill Russell (10 consecutive), Sam Jones (nine) and Tom Heinsohn (nine).
6. Marcos Ambrose, in 2011-12.
7. The Czech Republic’s Nicole Vaidisova, who was a younger 15 when she won in 2004.
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Iowa basketball has certainly had a productive stretch, as they shut down the schedule for a week’s worth of final semester exams. The Hawkeye women are 8-2, post Meghan Gustafson, after an impressive win at Iowa State. Monica Czinano has taken over the center position with authority. The 6’3” sophomore from Watertown, MN. has stepped right in the void left by the consensus All-American Gustafson and has held her own. The Iowa guards as expected lead the way with seniors Kathleen Doyle and McKenzie Meyer providing that valuable leadership a young roster needs. Czinano, Meyer and Doyle all average 15 points.
The Hawkeye men followed suit with a spectacular effort at both ends of the floor of Hilton Coliseum, scoring 18 of the first 22 points, rolled to a 15 point halftime lead and won 84-68. National player of the week Luka Garza continued his masterful work inside scoring 21 points while grabbing 11 rebounds, Garza’s 6th double-double of the young season. The Hawks made 18-20 free throws and flustered the Cyclones with a combination of man-to-man and zone defenses. Guard/forward Joe Weiskamp has rediscovered his shooting touch after battling the flu for a week. Weiskamp knocked down 23 in a win over Minnesota, making 5 three point goals, then followed up with a 13 point, 8 rebound effort against the Cyclones. Iowa is 8-3 at finals break with Cincinnati up next on December 21st in Chicago at the United Center. The Hawkeye’s three losses are to teams with a combined record of 24-6.
Iowa football heads west this weekend for the December 27th Holiday Bowl with the University of Southern California, one of the games blue blood programs. USC claims eleven national championships and a half dozen Heisman trophy winners. This years team is 8-4 and beat south division champ Utah. Iowa is 9-3, its defeats coming to Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin by a combined fourteen points.
USC throws the football all over the field. Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis has completed 260-372 passes for an incredible 71% completion ratio with 28 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Receiver Michael Pittman has 95 catches and 11 touchdowns.
I’m confident the Iowa defense will do its job. The offense needs to run the football and control time of possession. In other words, play Iowa football.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the wonderful readers of The Golden View. May 2020 bring you all you hope and wish for.