Twas the night before the CyHawk game when all through the state, well let’s face it, there’s plenty of creatures stirring about with high school football tonight.
But the big game is 5 p.m. tomorrow in Ames. It’s being broadcast on Fox Sports 1, for those of you unable to make it to Jack Trice Stadium.
CyHawk week kicked off with a bang here in Creston with RVTV’s arrival in downtown Creston Monday.
I have to hand it to you, Creston. Fans showed up in droves on Monday for WHO-TV’s final RVTV tour.
Andy Fales of WHO-TV said it was by far the best turnout for a kickoff city in RVTV history, and at the time, he believed it to be one of the bigger crowds in general.
Crowds for the annual week-long tour have seemingly gotten bigger and bigger with each town the SoundOff guys have visited this week, but Creston should still be proud of the showing it put on for RVTV.
The downtown tailgate provided a fun atmosphere, and in return for hosting RVTV, the city of Creston received plenty of positive coverage on the Channel 13 news.
And let’s not forget about the downton Creston area. It looked great for RVTV, with all of the Cyclone and Hawkeye flags flying and with all the window paintings.
And it was fun to relive the Kyle McCann era for the Hawkeyes with John Sears’ story on McCann during the 10 p.m. news Monday night.
If only I weren’t still haunted by visions of Sears dancing with the Creston Salts and Peppers.
Possibly the biggest winner of RVTV’s visit to Creston, however, was Tony Groumoutis of A&G Restaurant and Lounge.
“Tony the Greek,” as Keith Murphy and Fales called him Tuesday afternoon on their sports talk radio show on KXnO, made quite the impression on the SoundOff guys with his stories and encounters with celebrities and restauranteurs.
Sitting there Monday night watching the Houston Texas complete an improbable second-half comeback win over the San Diego Chargers and listening to Tony’s countless stories made for a fun time for all involved.
Fales recounted several of those stories in his best “Tony the Greek” voice during Tuesday’s radio show.
Murphy and Fales agreed that he will go down as one of the all-time great characters to come out of RVTV.
I’m sure that any fans of the Murph & Andy radio show listening to Tuesday’s show will stop by A&G if they ever venture to Creston.
As for the CyHawk Rivalry game, it seems like neither fan base is too confident in its team’s ability to win the game.
Both teams are in desperate need of a win in the game, but I think Iowa State might need the win more than Iowa does. An 0-2 start to the season for Iowa State would be crushing, especially with the tough conference schedule looming ahead for the Cyclones.
The biggest question I have regarding Iowa State entering the game is were the Cyclones overlooking Northern Iowa in the opener, or is the defense really that susceptible to being gashed by the run.
If the latter is the case, then it could be a long evening for Cyclone fans if Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock get going in the rushing game for the Hawkeyes.
And football fans, don’t forget — there’s a little game being played in the south leading into Saturday’s CyHawk game.
I have a feeling Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide will “roll” all over Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies.
The Aggies were lucky to have a bye week leading into last week’s contest and to catch Alabama the week after the LSU contest.
Given time, there’s no better coach at creating a game plan than Saban. He’ll find a way to keep Manziel in check this time around.
A big thanks is in order to CNA assistant managing editor Kyle Wilson for helping out last week with high school football coverage.
Wilson made his return to the sidelines, covering high school football, allowing me to return to St. Louis for a short vacation to do one of my absolute favorite things on this planet — see The Killers perform live.
So off to LouFest I went, to see not only Las Vegas rockers The Killers, but my two other favorite bands in Ra Ra Riot and Fitz and the Tantrums.
It was my sixth time seeing The Killers perform and my third time seeing Ra Ra Riot.
Luckily, they played on separate days.
Sunday, I arrived at Forest Park in St. Louis a little before noon, bought myself lunch and a water a bottle and sat down and ate.
I drank half of the bottle of water with my lunch, went to the water refill station and refilled it, while also filling my spray bottle.
At noon, I made my way to the barrier in front of the main stage. On the left side of the stage, directly in front of where The Killers’ guitarist Dave Keuning (of Pella!) would stand.
In that one spot, I stood for eight and a half hours, not once leaving to get food, water or to go to the bathroom. Eight and a half hours I stayed there, waiting for the start of the The Killers’ set.
While waiting, I found a new favorite in Youngblood Hawke, and even caught one of the band’s drumsticks at the conclusion of its set.
I also met some new friends, including a pair of girls from Iowa City, who stood next to me during The Killers’ set.
Ten and a half hours (until the end of The Killers’ set) I stood in one spot, with just my one water bottle and my spray bottle to keep myself cool in the mid-90s temperature.
And no matter how crazy you all probably now think I am, it was totally worth it.
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