Caitlin Clark Is Not Done Yet

I watched this whole game last night. What a moment for college sports to witness this. She has been doing this for four years now and as her college career comes to an end this March, folks need to take a step back and appreciate the moment. Similar to what Jay Bilas recently wrote in a nice appreciation of her

Clark is now the all-time scoring champion of NCAA women’s basketball. She is the most exciting and recognizable college basketball player in the country. Period. Men or women. Her games sell out, at home and on the road. Every sports fan knows her. Every. Single. One. Yet, the responsibility of carrying the women’s game doesn’t seem to faze her one bit.

She is not the Pete Maravich or Steph Curry of women’s basketball, she is a singular star in American culture, having cut her own trailblazing path along with the likes of Ann Meyers, Nancy Lieberman, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and others.

Jay Bilas on ESPN

As of today, she has 3,569 career points after last night’s performance, where she eclipsed the NCAA scoring record previously set in 2017. She is now less than 100 points from breaking both women’s AND men’s all time collegiate records – Kansas’s Lynette Woodard’s scored 3,649 career points (She played in the AIAW era before women’s sports were part of the NCAA) and LSU’s Pete Maravich had 3,667 (which was done in an era when Freshmen didn’t play AND there was no three point shot) – with four regular season games to go. This will be appointment TV. Whether you played basketball or not, you just have to really appreciate what she has done to for the game of basketball – men AND women!

Her career stats at Iowa are pretty staggering and what impresses me the most is that her Assists have continued to rise along with her points scored. She’s scoring points and she is still getting the rest of her team involved:

SeasonPointsReboundsAssists3PT %FT%
2023-2432.86.98.539.9%85.7%
2022-2327.87.18.638.9%83.9%
2021-2227.08.08.033.2%88.1%
2020-2126.65.97.140.6%85.8%
Caitlin Clark Career stats – University of Iowa Hawkeyes


So if you have the chances, check her out in the next four games of Iowa’s regular season. And hopefully a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. She will not disappoint.

Iowa

As the country heads into the start of the ever critical 2020 election season, here is a great piece from The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper that profiles the fine, ‘diverse’ (“Iowa is 90% white but the 10% that’s not white, is 100% not white.”) folks of Iowa, the Iowa Caucuses, and why Iowa is first in the electoral primary process.

Klepper left TDS for about two years to try some other projects, and I have to say, I didn’t realize how much I missed his humor and bits until he came back to do the Iowa piece above along with this quietly savage take on a 45 rally in the heart of ‘Pennsyltucky‘, Hershey, PA.

Buy The Field of Dreams

The iconic baseball field and house that was the centerpiece of what is still the most iconic baseball films ever is up for sale. The baseball field and house in the cornfield in Dyersville, Iowa is up for sale for $5.4MM. Bringing the film’s iconic line, “If you build it, they will come”, to reality, the owners of the field have created a cottage industry around the film and the field, keeping it open for baseball pilgrims who want to play the game there. Personally, if I ever am out in Iowa, I know I’m going to make a pit stop there in Dyersville!

TXT CHMP

An Iowa teenager who has had a cellphone for all of eight months won a national texting contest and took home a cool $50,000. I guess that prize money will cover last month’s cellphone/txt bill. From the article:

In the final showdown, she outtexted 14-year-old Morgan Dynda, of Savannah, Ga. Both girls had to text three lengthy phrases without making any mistakes on the required abbreviations, capitalization or punctuation. Moore squeaked through by a few seconds on the tiebreaking text, getting the best two out of three. As she anxiously waited for confirmation of her win, tears streamed down her face.