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Busy Weekend Of Football Coming Up!!

I enjoyed the bye week for Grand View Football.  Took in the Iowa State vs Kansas State game in front of the largest crowd ever at Jack Trice Stadium (56,800).  Unfortunately the Cyclones came up short 27-21.

Back to the “grind” Saturday when Grand View plays host to Siena Heights (MI).  This is the Saints 2nd year of football and they have been VERY competitive despite their 3-4 record.  They have played THREE overtime games (losing 2 of them).  Siena Heights will also be making the 2nd of three trips to Iowa this year, having already lost at Iowa Wesleyan in 3 OT and scheduled to travel to Waldorf on November 3rd.  Hopefully the Vikings will be well rested and fresh for the game at Williams Stadium Saturday at 1pm.  Grand View stands at 5-2 and is headed down the stretch for a MSFA Midwest League Championship.

If you can’t attend, hope you can join us online for the video stream call here:  http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/grandview.portal#

On a personal note, Friday I’ll be co-anchoring FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE with Tony Atzeni for “Sports Spotlight,” on 1350 KRNT and WHO-TV 13.2.  It’s the final week of the high school season before the playoffs begin a week from Wednesday on October 24th.  We’ll be on the air as per usual from 6p to Midnight.  You can watch here:  http://www.sportsspotlight.com/radio-and-tv-shows.cfm

Following the Grand View game Saturday afternoon, I’ll be jumping in the car with my brother Seth and father Don heading to St Louis.  We’re taking in the Packers at Rams game Sunday at NOON.  I’m the Rams fan, Dad and Seth are the Packers fans.  Should be a good time.  It’ll be their 1st ever Packers game.  My last Rams game was with my brother Adam in 2008.  We saw the Rams host the Dolphins.

Have a great week everyone!

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My seat for Iowa State’s game vs Kansas State.

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Relaxing On The Bye Week

Grand View football stands 5-2 and 4-0 in MSFA Midwest Conference play after Saturday’s big 51-0 homecoming win over Waldorf.  The Vikings remain ranked #14 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25.  Grand View is off this Saturday before hosting Siena Heights on October 20th.

It’s been a good season so far.  The highlight is the 29-26 2 OT win at then #9 St Ambrose on September 29th.  Nothing like winning on a walk off field goal.  The meat of the schedule is coming up though.  Two of the final three games will be against ranked opponents on the road.  #20 St Francis (IL) on October 27th and #5 William Penn on November 10th.  The Vikings also play host to Iowa Wesleyan on November 3rd.  Looking forward to a strong finish to make a run at another conference title and birth in the playoffs.

I’ll be enjoying my off Saturday taking in #5 Kansas State at #25 Iowa State game in Ames.  Cyclone country is obviously all a buzz following their upset win at TCU.  Word is that this game could be the largest crowd ever at Jack Trice Stadium.  ISU is off to a great 4-1 start, while K-State (5-0) is again playing well under Bill Snyder.  I saw the Cyclones season opening win vs Tulsa and am looking forward to getting back to see my alma mater again.

I’d like to thank all of you who have reached out to me via twitter (@geoffconn) letting me know you’re listening.  I appreciate all the complimentary feedback and enjoy bringing the games to you.

Grand View’s student newspaper, The Grand Views did a feature article on me last week.  In case you missed it:  http://www.thegrandviews.com/sports/2012/10/05/gv-enlists-lifelong-radio-personality-as-radio-voice/

Looking forward to the rest of the football season and can’t wait to begin calling basketball games in November!  Go Vikings!

Grand View at Drake-TONIGHT

For the 3rd time, Grand View will travel across town to meet the Drake Bulldogs in the battle of bragging rights for Des Moines.  Drake is 2-0 in the series with wins in 2009 (22-0) and 2011 (28-21 OT). 

Last year’s contest was very entertaining, yet disappointing for the Vikings of Grand View who let a win slip from their grasp.  Grand View led 21-14 with 8 seconds remaining before Bulldogs QB Mike Piatkowski threw a 10 yard scoring strike to Nathan Paddock to send the game into overtime.  Drake would win on Piatkowski’s 3rd TD pass of the night, an 11 yarder to Drew Blackmon.  The loss for GV spoiled the trifeca of TD passes made by Vikings QB Greg Charles to Darin Davis.

Drake is coming off a Pioneer Football League Title in 2011, while Grand View won their first ever Mid-States Football Association Midwest Conference Championship last season, which also sent them to the NAIA Playoffs for the first time.

Grand View Head Coach Mike Woodley mentioned this week how appreciative he is to Coach Chris Creighton and Drake for putting the Vikings on the schedule.  It makes sense for these two teams to play every year.  I hope it continues for the forseeable future.

As the case anytime David plays Goliath; the key for GV is to stay in the game early, if not take a lead like they did last year.  The longer the Vikings are in the game, the better it is for them and the more pressure mounts on the Bulldogs.  But if Drake comes out and takes a two score lead without much restraint, then it could be a long night for the men from Grand View.  Also The Vikings will not win by turning the ball over as much as they did last week vs Graceland.

I’ll be calling the game with former Grand View student Jon Kelly tonight starting at 7:00 (Central).  Here’s the link, hope you can tune in:  http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/grandview.portal#

Let me know you are listening, by giving me a tweet @geoffconn

Go Vikings!

 

Football On The Membrane

It’s been nearly 2 months since my last blog post and my friend Kathy encouraged me write another ASAP.  So here goes.

The countdown is on for the start of football season for me.  6 days from today I’ll be calling Grand View’s season opener at home against Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa).  The most famous alum of Graceland is the 1976 Olympic Decathon Gold Medalist, Bruce Jenner.

After getting to the playoffs for the 1st time in it’s brief program history (entering the 5th season), Grand View looks to take the next step and win a post-season game under head coach Mike Woodley.  For all of my out of state friends, Grand View competes in the NAIA out of Des Moines, Iowa.

I have tickets in possession for Iowa State’s season opener vs Tulsa on September 1st.  I’m able to attend that game since Grand View will be playing at Drake in their season opener Thursday of that week on August 30th. 

And on October 21st, I’ll be attending the Green Bay at St Louis game with my father Don and my brother Seth.  Both are Packers fans and have never seen the Pack in person before.  I’m the dedicated Rams fan.  Should be a good time.

It’s been an interesting summer for me.  Began it unemployed.  Fortunately I have been able to pick up 2 part time jobs.  One with the catholic radio station in Des Moines (1150 KWKY) and the other with Sports Spotlight USA via 1350 KRNT and WHO-TV 13.2.  I’ve been pulling the split shift working at KWKY during the mornings and Sports Spotlight USA in the late afternoons/early evenings.  I’ll be running tag team with Tony Atzeni on Friday nights during the high school season co-hosting FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE.  After 5 years in the field with Larry Cotlar at the games, I’m looking forward to some studio time.  It’ll be a fun change.  Thanks to everyone who’ve given their love and support to me this year.

Can’t believe we are almost into September! 

Enjoy your football season!

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Grand View scrimmage at Simpson (NCAA Division III) this past Saturday.

Day With Dad at CWS

Saturday my brother Seth and I took our father Don to Omaha for the College World Series.  I’d like to make this an annual event.  We went with our brother Adam last year for the 1st time.

12 months ago we baked in the outfield sun at the brand new TD Ameritrade Ballpark.  While we enjoyed the time with our father, it wasn’t a very energetic afternoon.  You can imagine with the heat.  

This year was totally different.  Since it was so hot last year, Dad suggested we go to one of the evening games.  That we did.  We picked a rematch of last year’s Championship Series between the 2 time defending champions of South Carolina and Florida.

We drove through about 45 minutes of pretty heavy rain on I-80 east from Des Moines to Omaha.  But it cleared up to be a perfect night for some college baseball.

After stopping for a pre-game meal at “Jimmy John’s,” we headed for the stadium downtown.

Like last year, we purchased GA seats.  These tickets are not guaranteed to get you in the stadium.  So that means you have to wait in line.  After the Arkansas win over Kent State, the stadium was cleared and re-opened for the next game.  TD Ameritrade Park seats 24,000 (The actual attendance last night was over 25,000, so they let in a few extra for standing room only).  5,000 of those seats are in the outfield (which are GA).  When the seats are filled, they close the gates.  We were very far back in line and weren’t very confident we were going to make it it.

Thankfully we did.

We found our seats in right field.  It was a festive, lighthearted and fun atmosphere.  In between innings, fans unleashed beach balls.  They came out in droves.  The LF GA and RF GA were also shouting back and forth at each other in a fun way, mocking who had the best seats.

As for the game itself, The Gamecocks rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to win 7-3.  They plated 5 runs in the 5th inning to take the lead for good.  It was their NCAA record 22nd consecutive post-season victory.  For what it’s worth, I am picking them to 3peat.

It’s pretty cool to live in a small populated state like Iowa and have such a major sporting event within a short driving distance (2 hrs).  It’s also great that a midwest city like Omaha has been able to host this event for decades.  And will so for the foreseeable future.

Happy Father’s Day Dad.  Fun hanging out with you and Seth last night.

Chillin at the College World Series from the RF GA.

Connor Loves Baseball

Sunday I got invited by Bill Seals, his wife Erika and their 5 year old son Connor to go down to Kansas City to see the game with the A’s.  I gladly accepted and had a great time.  The Seals family are A’s fans and they were all sporting their “gear.”  Bill wearing his Mark Mulder jersey, Erika an A’s t-shirt and Connor his Yoenis Cespedes jersey.  I of course, being the Royals fan, wore my KC hat.

The Royals won the game 2-0, which was fun for me, but really wasn’t the story of our daylong trip down and back from Des Moines.

It turned out to be how the A’s players interacted with Connor.  Bill and Erika are huge baseball fans and told me they started taking Connor to baseball games when he was a baby.   So he has been raised on loving the game.  Erika told me that Connor gets frustrated sometimes that his friends don’t like baseball as much as he does. 🙂 

We got to Kauffman Stadium before 11:30 when the gates opened for the 1:10 first pitch.  The A’s were taking BP (batting practice) when we walked in.  I followed the Seals family down behind the A’s dugout.  Immediately Connor began to yell out the A’s players by their first name.

“Jamile!!”  “Coco!!” “Josh!!”

They all waved back in acknowledgement.  The fact that this 5 year old recognized them and knew their names was neat.

Before the game catcher Josh Donaldson saw Connor and told him that he remembered him from coming to Des Moines (AAA Iowa Cubs)  last year when he was with AAA Sacramento.  He also told him to stop by after the game.

So after KC finished their at bat in the bottom of the 8th inning, we all made the trek back from our seats down the 1st base line to behind the A’s dugout on the 3rd base side.  We all took a few open seats to wait for the game to end.

Jamile Weeks makes the final out, grounding back to the mound.  Jonathan Broxton tosses to Eric Hosmer.  Game over.  Royals win.

Bill, Erika and Connor then walk down closer behind the dugout and wait for Josh.  Turns out he popped his head out first looking for Connor!  Their eyes meet and Josh tells Connor to wait a for a second.  Minutes later Josh comes back and tosses up an autographed baseball.  Impressive as that was, consider Donaldson is hitting around .150 on the season.  Despite that, he had a smile on his face after the game when he greeted Connor.  I became an instant fan of his.

Fun day at “The K” and now have respect for the Oakland A’s players who made a 5 year old’s day by just waving and saying hello.

5 year old Oakland A’s fan Connor Seals in his Yoenis Cespedes jersey.

Waiting for the game to end.

 

Loving Lucy

The Conn family lost our pal Lucy Saturday.  Specifically my brother Adam did, but Lucy became the family pet.  We all got a turn to watch her.  She was a Jack Russell Terrier.  She’d been fighting bladder cancer the better part of 14 months and in recent days her condition had gotten worse.  Lucy wasn’t her energetic spunky self anymore.  Her mind was still there, but her body wasn’t.  Adam made the difficult decision it was time to put her down.  My brother Seth and I were there with him. 

Lucy was a champ.  She went peacefully.  No struggles.  No movement.   She was ready.  So said the doctor who attended to her.  That will always leave a tremendous impression of the type of companion she was.  It was like she knew how hard it was on Adam to do this, and she wanted to make it easier on him.  Dogs are so awesome.

Yesterday I was very down.  Felt pretty empty inside. 

Today has been better.  I will miss that pooch for a long time, but I guess after a day I have taken comfort knowing Lucy is no longer suffering. 

I’ll always remember her excitement when I came to the door.  The way she ran around in circles frantically to “welcome” me whenever I came over.  Lucy was such a happy dog.  That puts a smile on my face.

I’m sure a tear will come to my eye from time to time when I think about her not being around anymore.  But I’ll take comfort in knowing she brought so much joy to me and my family.

Lucy:  You were a sweet, smart, loving and loyal friend.   You were the best.  Love you and miss you. 

To my brother Adam:  Thanks brother for sharing your four legged friend.  I know this is tougher on you than the rest of us.  We love you.

Forever our friend: Lucy