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A little of this, a little of that
February 28, 2013 - Troy Hyde
As a 49ers fan, I was excited to hear that they finally found a home for Alex Smith.
I spent a lot of years not liking the pick of Smith made by 49ers management. The team could have taken Aaron Rodgers and anyone else in the draft.
But, as he leaves town, I wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to Kansas City. It is a good fit for Smith and his family and it was a good move for the 49ers as they got a second-round pick in 2013 and pick in 2014 as well.
The team will likely go after cornerback help, whether through the draft or through free agency. Getting rid of Smith's contract will empty some cap space and allow the team to pursue some of the top defensive backs in the game. And a rumor came out recently that they were interested in Darrelle Revis. Sign me up.
Baseball season is back. And my favorite baseball team -- the Cincinnati Reds -- comes into the season as one of the favorites to win the World Series this year.
They should at least win the Central and advance back to the postseason.
Joey Votto finally hit a homer, his first since before injuring his knee back in June of last year. If his power is back, this Reds lineup is lethal. Especially since newly acquired Shin-Shoo Choo has been getting on base with ease in spring training.
I still think Aroldis Chapman needs to be our closer and by the time the season rolls around, I am pretty sure that is what will end up happening. You just can't replace a guy like that in the back end of your bullpen.
I had no dog in the fight from a local standpoint when West Des Moines Valley and Des Moines Roosevelt faced off tonight in a substate final.
The side story is well-documented.
Future Iowa Hawkeye Peter Jok played his first two seasons at Roosevelt before leaving for final Valley in his final two. He had a chance to play his final games at the state tournament but it backfired on him in the worst way -- losing to his old school and a bunch of childhood friends.
The Roughriders rallied from a third-quarter deficit and beat the Tigers by two and once again sent Jok home a game short of the state tournament. It also was the first state tourney appearance since the early 1980s for Roosevelt.
Jok scored 17 points in the loss, battled foul trouble and had to deal with constant defensive pressure from a Roosevelt team that clearly played him like no one else on the Valley team could beat them.
Jok will add a missing dimension to the Hawkeyes next season. But he will be thinking about this game for a long time.
Girls State Basketball Tournament
The Class 5A semifinals are down to four teams from the CIML. That league dispatched members from two other leagues today and Friday's semifinals should be fun.
Give me Ankeny over Southeast Polk and Mason City over Dowling Catholic.
I picked Mason City to win the title back when I saw the Mohawks play against Marshalltown in the Roundhouse. They looked very good in that game and didn't even have Iowa State recruit Jadda Buckley and Creighton commit Myah Mellman. Both of them were lights out Wednesday, while Iowa City West star and future Hawkeye Ally Disterhoft just didn't have enough help from her teammates.
That and Mason City set a new state tournament record with 14 made 3-pointers in the win.
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