Blum: 24 hours in Norman

I’ll admit I’m one for hyperbole, but I can confidently say the last time the Cyclone Football team traveled to Norman, Oklahoma, it was the most surreal moment of my sports life. The story of what has transpired with Matt Campbell’s program since is obvio...

Blum: What if I told you…

Oct 12, 2019; Morgantown, WV, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Breece Hall (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit...

BLUM: The more you know

With streaming services, kids these days have no idea about the effort it took to watch your favorite TV shows in the 90s. That’s right, back in the day, you had to schedule your day around when a certain program came on. Or, painfully, record it via a VCR and ...

BLUM: Dear Big 12, Iowa State has an offense

Sep 21, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver La'Michael Pettway (7) and wide receiver Deshaunte Jones (8) celebrate a touchdown against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Warhawks 72 to 20. Mandatory Cre...

BLUM: Turnover troubles

Sep 14, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones linebacker O'Rien Vance (34) pressures Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley (4) at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY SportsMiami has a chain, Memphis a robe, SMU a chalice, Flori...

BLUM: I hate this week, I love this week

I hate this week, but I love this week. I hate this week because it often displays the worst that an in-state rivalry has to offer. The one-upping and mine is bigger than yours. The constant pettiness and jabs back of forth. Of which, for reference, I have gleefully...

BLUM: Welcome home

The scene still elicits goosebumps. A jammed to the gills Jack Trice Stadium under the lights against undefeated and sixth-ranked West Virginia. Iowa State entered the contest as a slight underdog and 2-3 on the season, but the feeling in the program was this...

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...