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Ames floods

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Image by Arturo Fernandez/The Register

The flooding in Ames this week has been quite simply amazing. It was captivating yesterday to follow the updates from friends and connections in town on Twitter and Facebook, as they sent information on road closures and pictures of the damage.

Image by @IowaStateUNews on TwitterSquaw Creek, the waterway that runs along University Boulevard (formerly Elwood Dr), left its banks on Tuesday and soon overtook everything from the intersection with Lincoln Way, to the soccer fields, to Iowa State Center (the fancy name for the performance, meeting, and sports competition space anchored by Hilton Coliseum). The only landmark in the area left unscathed, through the advantage of elevation and the literal sand-bagging of our football team, was Jack Trice Stadium and the associated football complex. 

The flooding of Hilton Coliseum is draws a lot of the attention. I remember in the floods of 1993 that water was up to the hoops inside of Hilton. This time, the hoops were in storage since the floor was configured for volleyball. Said floor, complete with volleyball net, was captured in the image below floating in one piece in about ten feet of water. Simply amazing.

My thoughts are with everyone who's been affected by the storms this summer.

Image by Rodney White/The Register

Craig Brackins Poster Giveaway

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Craig Brackins images by McClanahan StudioSeason ticket holders who attend tonight's Iowa State v. Iowa basketball game in Hilton will get a copy sweet copy of a limited edition Craig Brackins poster produced by The Meyocks Group and and featuring the image above put together by McClanahan Studio of Ames.

Click here for the blog post by photographer Dan McClanahan on how he put the post together and what it was like working with Craig.

I won't be able to make the game but would really like a poster - if anyone gets a chance to grab an extra, please do and let me know.

Basketball Players Are Getting the Heck Out of Iowa

Geoff Wood

I don't know what's going on but the University of Iowa has had three Men's basketball players announce transfers in the past few weeks.

Not to be outdone by UIowa in anything, the Iowa State Cyclones have had two players announce transfers just this week (with one or two more rumored to be considering transferring, too).

What the heck is going on?

As a Cyclone fan, I suppose the optimistic view is that the Hawkeye players appear to be bigger losses to their team than the seldom used freshman leaving Ames. The former-Hawkeyes also appear to be leaving due to unease and discontent (aside from Jake Kelly's understandable homesickness) whereas the Cyclone players have all stated their leaving to find squads where they can get more playing time.

Either teams woes would be cured with a solid winning season and a nice berth in 2010 Tourney.