Monthly Archives: December 2010

Hoiberg’s team can play

The Iowa State men won at Virginia on Thursday night. The Cyclones improved to 12-2. All I can say is “Wow!”

Fred Hoiberg could be headed to the NCAA Tournament in his first year as ISU’s coach.

Go Cyclones.


Happy New Year to one and all. Party safely tonight — cops are out and the roads could be treacherous.


Maisa and I are looking forward to watching the Tournament of Roses Parade tomorrow morning, a tradition we started last year.

Ten o’clock on ABC, NBC and RFD. We’ll be watching the NBC feed.

ABC uses ESPN announcers — and I already have too much ESPN in my life. RFD promises extensive coverage of the horses in the parade, and I don’t necessarily need that. So NBC it is.


Cut my lower lip shaving yesterday, and I swear it bled for six hours. I needed a cut doctor like in boxing. Mercy.


The year 2010 certainly brought some sadness to our families’ lives. It also brought a large helping of joy as we watched Maisa continue to grow and learn.

I hope 2010 had more ups than downs for you. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2011.

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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized


Missing my Lake Show

I think I’ve watched about five quarters of Lakers basketball this season. Very depressing.

Although the way they have played lately, I haven’t missed much. They snapped a losing streak last night by beating New Orleans.

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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


Iowa football finishes 8-5

The Iowa football team beat No. 14 Missouri 27-24 on Tuesday night at the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

The Hawkeyes finished the 2010 season with an 8-5 record and a wagon full of what-might-have-beens. Each of Iowa’s five losses was the result of a fourth-quarter collapse.

Missouri finished 10-3 and has to be wondering how an offensive line like Iowa’s managed to lose five games. Marcus Coker was the beneficiary of massive holes opened up by Iowa’s linemen, setting a school bowl record with 219 rushing yards.

There were two key plays in the game:

  • Micah Hyde returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown with 5 minutes left, giving the Hawkeyes a lead after they had squandered it. Hyde’s pick came after a rare blitz by the Hawkeye defense. Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert was all out of sorts due to that blitz play, and he lofted up an ill-advised floater that Hyde easily intercepted.
  • On the next series, officials used replay to overturn a 4th-down catch that would have given Mizzou a first down in field-goal range. A very questionable call, and it gave Iowa its third straight bowl victory.


I’m not sure you can have “unsung heroes” on an underachieving 8-5 team. But if the 2010 Hawkeyes had an unsung hero, it would be the offensive line.

The big fellas up front were the biggest question mark entering the season. They ended up being the team’s most solid, consistent group. Starting with the Arizona game on Sept. 18, Iowa began to experience major issues at virtually every position except offensive line.

The O-line played poorly at Arizona, as evidenced by the constant pressure Ricky Stanzi faced. But that was the last time the line had a bad game. Kudos to that unit for showing tremendous improvement.

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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


Insight Bowl: Iowa vs. Missouri, 9 p.m. CST today (ESPN)

We’ll see what the Hawkeyes learned from their disappointing 7-5 regular season tonight when they play Missouri in Tempe, Ariz.

The Tigers are 10-2. Beating them would be very impressive. It also would be one of Kirk Ferentz’s best coaching efforts — given all the chaos of the last couple months.

Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. Central on ESPN.

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Posted by on December 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


Santa spoiled Maisa

Santa was very generous to Maisa this year. She received a new Dora doll, a 140-piece grocery set, a grocery cart, a grocery cash register, a Kai-Lan book and a Cat in the Hat book.

She also received a lot of nice things from my family back in Farley, including a 41-piece tea set and a book from Gramma Kramer. Daddy has a hard time keeping track of Maisa’s gifts, so I won’t try to mention all of them at the risk of forgetting someone’s gift. I’ll just say THANK YOU to everyone instead. 🙂


Daddy also did pretty well. Jill always spoils me with gifts — despite the fact that I’m an awful gift-giver (probably the worst in the entire state of Iowa).

Jill gave me a new programmable coffeemaker, which I used this morning and I really like. It was cool hearing the coffee brewing at 7:30 this morning when I was half-asleep.

Jill also got me a new pair of gym shorts and a couple nice shirts that I can use.

Gramma Kramer got me a very nice pair of Isotoner gloves, which is good because one of my winter coats did not have gloves in the pockets.

Again, I won’t try to list all the goodies I received for fear of forgetting something. I do appreciate everything, though. Thank you for the gifts, and for an enjoyable visit back to Farley.


We drove through festive Murphy Park in Dubuque on the night of the 23rd. Local businesses donate money and time to create a terrific holiday lights display. Maisa enjoyed the trip.

Christmas Eve was held at Mom and Dan’s house in Farley. A good turnout included all but Tom’s family and Jayne’s family. Both of them live outside the Midwest.

Jill and Maisa and I went out for lunch with Gramma Kramer on Dec. 26 — Gramma’s birthday — at the Country Junction in Dyersville. From there, the Ankeny Kramers headed west in our car and the Farley Kramers headed east in their car.


The Ankeny Kramers splurged a bit before Christmas and purchased a DVD player for the car. It attaches to the back of the headrest and Maisa enjoyed watching it during the long trips to Farley and back.


As I mentioned above, I’m just a terrible gift-giver. Hopefully I’m a decent husband in other ways, because Jill really falls victim to my penny-pinching ways and my lack of enthusiasm for shopping.

I did purchase and assemble three new bar stools for our kitchen, which Jill seems to like. I also promised to buy her something nice when we travel to D.C. in a few weeks. I got her a couple of (very) small things from Wal-Mart, too.

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


Happy Holidays!

We are having a nice visit with family back in Farley. Hope you have an enjoyable holiday season.

Big game today on ABC — Heat vs. Lakers in Los Angeles.

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Posted by on December 25, 2010 in Uncategorized


Maisa and St. Nick

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Maisa got her picture taken with St. Nick last night.


Maisa was captivated by the girls playing piano at the event. She wanted to sit on this ledge to get a closer look at the action.

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Posted by on December 20, 2010 in Uncategorized