BLUM: Decisions that shaped Cyclone Football’s rise

Oct 28, 2017; Ames, IA, USA Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Marchie Murdock (16) leads the band in the schools fight song after beating the TCU Horned Frogs at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State beat TCU 14 to 7. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports ...

BLUM: Hold your calendars for December 2nd?

Oct 14, 2017; Ames, IA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks safety Tyrone Miller Jr. (22) looks to tackle Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Joel Lanning (7) in the third quarter at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State beat Kansas 45 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY...

BLUM: Iowa State 38, Oklahoma 31

Oct 7, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Marchie Murdock (16) carries Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Kenneth Murray (9) into the endzone for a touchdown at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sport...

BLUM: The secret sauce to success

I have a secret to share with you all, just promise not to share with the rest of the public. Deal? I have solved the secret formula for success in college football. This info has worked for decades and is as formidable as any coach, Heisman winner or off-season...

BLUM: The next Cyclone superstar

Sep 9, 2017; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) runs for a first down against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Jack Trice Stadium. The Hawkeyes won 44-41 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports Almost a year ago, I wrote a pie...

BLUM: Cy-Hawk Timehop

Part of the beauty of the Cy-Hawk game is it marks the passage of time. It is easy to remember where you were and what you were doing during Cy-Hawk contests of days gone by. The 2017 version is setting up to be one of the more anticipated games in recent memory....

BLUM: Football is back

Take a deep breath, we’ve almost made it. After a 280-day hiatus, College Football returns to Ames. For 12 Saturday’s in the Fall, life centers on the Cyclones, like it should. In this instant everything world, it’s a welcome change of pace to pause and w...

BLUM: 2017 NBA Draft Primer

The off-season in the NBA may be the most exciting non-sporting event in sports. The NBA Draft is the official kick-off of its soap-opera season and I am geeked. The NBA Draft does it right, all 60 picks are hammered out in one night, there are trades galore, spotlight...

BLUM: Scouting the Nevada Wolfpack

Feb 22, 2017; Reno, NV, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack guard Marcus Marshall (1) shoots in front of Boise State Broncos defenders in the second half at Lawlor Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports Iowa State is going to the NCAA Tournament for a st...

BLUM: Down goes Kansas, reliving the 1996 Big 8 title

All photos courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications.  Iowa State has won the conference tournament four times since the Big 8 went to a postseason format in 1977. Monte Morris, Matt Thomas and Naz Mitrou-Long were a part of two of those victories i...