2022 Stock Market

Let’s fire up discussion for this year.

Yesterday I was doing really well when I checked. Checked this morning and my account showed a nice green number for today but way less than yesterday. Must have fell off the cliff at the end.

Will inflation keep driving this market or will something slow it or reverse it?

Ranking B12 coaches ...

#3 - Campbell and Iowa State entered last year with the highest of expectations after returning a number of players from a team that reached the Big 12 Championship Game. Instead, the Cyclones went 7-6, losing in the Cheez-It Bowl, and Campbell fell three spots. This is still a high national ranking for him, and Iowa fans will certainly point out that it’s one spot ahead of Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz, who owns a perfect record against Campbell’s Iowa State teams. The Cyclones have significantly lower expectations this year, at least outside the program, which means Campbell can do what he does best: surprise.

[Plumbing Question] Low Hot Water Pressure.

Hey guys,
Need some help. Just bought a house that is over 100 years old and there is one problem: the hot water pressure is low.

Some other important information:
  • Cold water pressure is normal
  • Galvanized piping in the house
  • New water heater
  • There’s “jerry rigged” piping right in before or after the hot water heater.
What would guy recommend I try to get the water pressure back to normal?

On That Note: I put a S.P.E.L.L. on You

Welcome back to “On That Note,” Cyclone Fanatic’s weekly music exploration, hosted by @MeanDean, @CycloneRulzzz and cyclones500.

This segment has thematic (but indirect) connection to Scripps National Spelling Bee, which opens May 31.

Primary focus: Songs containing lyrics that are spelled. It may be prominent (chorus/refrain) or an isolated line. (The spell-out may include commonly abbreviated words).

: To expand possibilities a bit, we also accept song titles that contain abbreviations.

Not allowed: Random songs by bands with initialized names (we covered that recently at OTN). If an "initials" band has a song that fits the premise, the song counts, of course.

Optional: Unless the spell-out is an obvious part of the track, note the reference & approximate time of occurrence (if it’s isolated).

Here’s a classic example to get us S-P-E-L-L-B-O-U-N-D.

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Recruits & Transfers

Starting a new thread for recruiting. There are not many top 2023 recruits remaining especially at weights of need which are 197, 133, & 141 (if swiderski bumps up). I would like to get Hagerty (197) or another top 50 197-pounder, Lemley/Wells or Porter (133/141), Adams (141/149) and definitely take Ruiz (157) if we are still in the mix for him. Not sure the mutual interest level on these guys but these would be my focus.

Not many elite transfers but here are a few we should be contacting. This is my order of interest.
1. Henson 133/141
2. Kennedy Monday 174
3. Matt Finesliver 174
4. Dom Demas 149
5. Stevo Poulin 125
6. Yaraslau Slavekowski 285

Not sure how many would be a significant improvement over what we have. Did I miss any?

Audi Crooks commits to Iowa State

2022-23 WBB Non-Conference Schedule

Nov. 24 - Phil Knight Invitational (Portland) - field includes Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon
Nov. 27 - Phil Knight Invitational (Portland)
Dec. 7 (likely date) - at Iowa
Dec. 18 - vs. Villanova (Hall of Fame Showcase at Mohegan Sun)

Big 12/SEC Challenge
vs. Drake
at UNI

Iowa State to play Villanova in Connecticut this December

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The X-Pod: Featuring Anthony Johnson

X's debut interview. He's going to be so good at this. Enjoy the pod.

Bird Feeders and Bird Watching

I recently moved into my new house and most mornings I sit at my desk and look out my front window. I've never been a bird watcher but where I live there seem to be a lot of species of birds (at least, to my novice eye).

I'd like to buy a bird feeder to hang somewhere in my front yard but I have no idea what to look for and I'm seeking some help or information.

What cool/unique birds live in eastern Iowa?
What bird feeders have you seen/used that you like?
What types of birds are beneficial or worth attracting?
Any stories to share


MLB: ***Official 2022 Chicago Cubs Season Thread***

Opening day is here. Starting lineup if they play today:

1. Rafael Ortega, DH
2. Nick Madrigal, 2B
3. Willson Contreras, C
4. Ian Happ, LF
5. Frank Schwindel, 1B
6. Seiya Suzuki, RF
7. Jason Heyward, CF
8. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
9. Nico Hoerner, SS

Opening day roster:


0-Marcus Stroman, RHP

11-Drew Smyly, LHP

12-Codi Heuer, RHP (60-day IL)

20-Wade Miley, LHP (10-day IL)

21-Ethan Roberts, RHP

28-Kyle Hendricks, RHP

30-Alec Mills, RHP (10-day IL)

35-Justin Steele, LHP

37-David Robertson, RHP

38-Brad Wieck, LHP (60-day IL)

43-Jesse Chavez, RHP

49-Daniel Norris, LHP

50-Rowan Wick, RHP

57-Scott Effross, RHP

58-Chris Martin, RHP

59-Michael Rucker, RHP

60-Mychal Givens, RHP

71-Keegan Thompson, RHP

73-Adbert Alzolay, RHP (60-day IL)


1-Nick Madrigal

2-Nico Hoerner

13-David Bote (60-day IL)

16-Patrick Wisdom

18-Frank Schwindel

19-Andrelton Simmons (10-day IL)

24-Jonathan Villar

67-Alfonso Rivas


8-Ian Happ

22-Jason Heyward

27-Seiya Suzuki

32-Michael Hermosillo

66-Rafael Ortega

77-Clint Frazier


7-Yan Gomes

40-Willson Contreras

Tarique Milton Lands at Texas - your thoughts?

I. It will be that much sweeter to beat their ass yet again.
II. I never thought I would see the day when TX goes after someone who played at ISU, then had to leave ISU b/c of playing time.

In all seriousness I am happy for the kid but wished he would have landed at a school where he doesn't have to play ISU. That smells off to me. I hope the TX starters spend their offseason game planning around the NIL deals, and hardly at all on their physical development and team development. Worst culture in P5 football. Most underachieving program in all of P5 football.