BLUM: Cyclone NBA Draft primer

I have a running gag on Twitter that I am one of 15 NBA fans in Iowa. I increase this number by one or two each year as interest in the NBA “sky-rockets” in the state. Anecdotally, it does seem as if the league is picking up interest in our great state, specifically...

BLUM: Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes

Feb 20, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Kaleb Wesson (34) shoots a free throw during the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports Iowa State has reached its seventh NCAA Tournament in the las...

BLUM: Party like it’s 2001

Above photo courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications. Through the miracle of technology, I was able to communicate with my former self via AOL Instant Messenger. The AOL IM service was officially retired a couple of years ago, but with a loophole in th...

BLUM: Next stop, The Alamo

Hope you’re sitting down while reading this because I’ve got a news flash for you. The 24th ranked Cyclones are playing in one of the premiere bowl games against the nation’s 13th ranked team in just over a week. The Cyclones have the opportunity to tie ...

BLUM: Hello Mizzou, old foe

It’s going to be strange having the Missouri Tigers back in Hilton Coliseum on Friday night. The last time Missouri visited Ames back in 2012, the Tigers were a top 10 program and faced an upstart Iowa State team led by Royce White. At that point, the Cyclones...

BLUM: Bring on November

Oct 27, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; The Iowa State Cyclones celebrate with Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Greg Eisworth (12) after his interception against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Red Raiders 40 to 31. Mandatory Credit: Ree...

BLUM: Fresh impact

Oct 13, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones tight end Charlie Kolar (88) outruns West Virginia Mountaineers safety Dravon Askew-Henry (6) to the end zone at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports The late Marquette baske...

BLUM: A defense of Defense

Sep 22, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Akron Zips offensive lineman Trevor Brown (59) beats Iowa State Cyclones defensive end JaQuan Bailey (3) to the fumble recovery at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Zips 26 to 13. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODA...

BLUM: A Cat in the Quarterback Hat

My son turned six months old last weekend and is now at the point where the internet suggests reading books to him is good for his cognitive development. The internet has a lot of ideas on how to be a parent by the way; some better than others. But rather than...

BLUM: Run game blues

Sep 8, 2018; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94) pursues Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports As a football fan, there may be nothing as consistently frustrating as the inability for your team to run...