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A Des Moines Hoover booster is trying to raise money for a permanent plaque at the high school baseball field honoring Hoover alum Jeremy Hellickson. Linda Nahas would like the plaque to read, “Home Field of Jeremy Hellickson, 2011 AL Rookie of the Year”. Linda says donations are slow. If you’d like to help out, please make out a check to “Hoover Baseball Association” and mail it to 3020 50th, Des Moines, 50310…

Do you know an Iowan who demonstrates the six pillars of character? (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring & citizenship) Nominate them for a 2012 Iowa Character Awards by clicking here You can also nominate an organization…

Kirk Ferentz’s sarcastic snort is a force of nature…

If you’re going to the Ankeny Golf & Country Club for Marvin McNutt and Riley Reiff autographs, get there early. It’s from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, but last year for Ricky Stanzi, the line backed up more than an hour…

Hassel’s right, Thad Motta looks like he’s using Vaseline as a facial moisturizer…

Ohio State saved the Big Ten from a bad Thursday. The Buckeyes turned back relentless Cincinnati. 1 seed Michigan State and Wisconsin both lost. Bo Ryan is a proven great coach, but the Badgers final possession against Syracuse was a disaster. Down one, plenty of time, and Wisconsin melts the clock before forcing up a long three?

The Atlantic has a fascinating story on an overlooked reason Harrison Barnes returned for another season at North Carolina: he’s building his brand. Read it here (Thanks to channel 13 Art Director Bill Schocke for the article. I don’t read The Atlantic.)

Not surprised Dana Altman nixed any idea of coaching Nebraska. Altman left Creighton, which is already the basketball school of Nebraska…

Many people ask us where we get those big heads in the background on SoundOFF. You know, the ones of Hoiberg, Ferentz, Rhoads, and others? Well, a guy named Bryan Price, who played basketball at Simpson, used to watch SoundOFF each Sunday. Bryan earned a marketing degree, and then he and some friends started the Build-A-Head company. It has taken off. In fact, CNBC’s Darren Rovell recently did a story, which you can read here

Initial support from great towns like Albia and Knoxville helped Build-A-Head get up and running. It’s now branching out to mini face keychains, dog tags, and holiday ornaments. They made one of me with a mustache for our Christmas tree. My wife refused to put in on the tree. She said Christmas is meant to bring joy, not fear. Anyway, the Build-A-Head guys also put together fundraisers for schools. More on that by clicking this button They’re good guys…

Ed Wilson is tweeting up a storm from the Cobblestone movie theaters, and as I type, it’s after midnight. Ed is taking his daughter, Faith, and a pack of teenage girls to the Hunger Games. Ironic, the girls have put their phones down, but not the forty-something meteorologist. Critics say the Hunger Games is good. Ed will update us on the teen girl verdict…

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