Okay . . . let me say up front: I do not buy the Des Moines Register (I read it "on line"). I appreciate the opportunity to read on line. I do listen to KXNO's afternoon programs for at least an hour or so, twice a week. Here is what I observe about Keeler in particular: Keeler may be able to turn a word, simile, or adjective but he does so at the expense of other people. I may agree with most of his critical comments . . but he often parrots OLD NEWS. For those seeking new, fresh, positive insights about athletes, schools, and competition . . . you may have to read another columnist. But where are they? It must be very difficult for him to create and write stories that inspire. Great sports columnists have the ability to do just that. IMHO Keeler's pen betrays his soul. Keeler is a wave rider . .wind surfer! When the Hawkeyes win, he often sails. When ISU wins he often diminishes (see his pattern of comments about ISU football). Keeler could be a great writer to inspire . . but he cannot change who he is. I read Keeler because I always hope he will change . . but like spots on a leopard that will probably never happen. Sad.