Huge game for the Cyclones in Ames tonight. If they have any plans of making a bowl game, and that's definitely the unofficial goal in the back of all Iowa State fans' minds, I think this game is almost a must-win. It's hard to find a route to a bowl game in their schedule without a mark in the Win column for the Texas game. We discussed this very topic in the Three Count last week, and since the Cyclones haven't played a game since that time...not much has changed.
This will be a "hope I'm wrong" type of prediction but I'll take the Longhorns tonight 30-24. I'm still in "believe it when I see it" mode for the Cyclones and we've yet to see them pull of a big win. They were close against Iowa but weren't able to finish it off. I need the Human Hype Machine Matt Campbell to actually pick up some signature wins before I buy into all the fanfare coming from Ames. I hope I'm wrong but I don't think the Cyclones pull it off tonight and ultimately miss a bowl game this season.
Long-time readers of the Three Count know the podcast of choice to discuss around these parts is the FlyOver Sports Podcast but we have another podcast for you to try if you're so inclined. We've recently been catching up on the Moonlight Graham Show. The podcast is a basically a free-wheeling conversation with the role players, the underdogs, and guys with flat-out great stories in sports.
So it's not your PTI or Around the Horn type of podcast discussing the current events in sports but more of an interview type of show having people tell their stories. As someone who caught on to this show late, that makes it nice to be able to go back and listen to old episodes knowing the conversations and talking points won't be old news. It's just a person telling their stories of their sports career. Pretty interesting stuff.
Their guest list so far has been pretty impressive. And that might be an understatement. For a local podcast here out of Iowa, they've reeled in some big guests. Last season they had on an Olympian, an NBA player, a PGA Tour golfer, a former Cyclone, a former Hawkeye, and a wide variety of other people. And what makes the show great, in my opinion, is the guest doesn't have to be the big name like a Nick Collison or Curtis Stinson to be entertaining. Many of the episodes I've enjoyed the most are the interviews of people I've never heard of before, but the show gives me their story and makes me connect with them and what they've done in their life.
So I highly recommend you give the show a listen if you are looking for a new podcast to fill some time. You can either go back and catch up on some old episodes like I have been doing or just start fresh with their new season. They just released the first episode in Season Three with Seneca Wallace. Also announced for Season Three thus far is AJ Pierzynski, Bobby Hansen, Nick Punto, Todd Sears, and Paul Shirley.
As an avid Twitter user, the big news of the week might just be the new possibility of getting to use 280 characters in your tweets in the near future. Forget the NFL protests. Forget Hugh Hefner. Forget Carmelo and Dwayne Wade. This is the big news story of the week that should be in the headlines.
The move seems, odd.
I've always figured if the 140 character limit would change, Twitter would change it to like 160....or somewhere around that number. Everyone runs into the problem where they have the "perfect tweet" but it's 6-10 characters too long, so you have to edit and abbreviate to make it fit. But by then sometimes the flow and the wording seems off and the "perfect tweet" loses a little bit of its luster. So I figured a 10 to 20 character extension would be the move if a change was ever made.
280 seems like it's coming completely out of left-field. You're just going to double the amount of content I can put out Twitter? That's crazy. And it sends up some red flags for me.
This move makes me think it has some ulterior motives. There's no way Twitter is going to go to a 280 character limit...it would change the entire essence of Twitter. It's no longer short, quick blurbs that you can skim quick and scroll through. Changing to 280 would completely slow that down. Because you know if you give people 280 characters, they are going to use those characters. It's just the way we are.
So this can't be something Twitter is seriously considering for everybody. Is this just a publicity stunt to get people taking about Twitter and get them in the news? Or is this option only going to be given out to select businesses? Or are they giving us the 280 option now so people revolt against it and it gives Twitter more of a reason to deny a move to 150 or 160? Or is there something else going on?
I'm interested. I can't see Twitter moving to 280 but this seems like an odd move to even try. Which makes me think something else is up. Going to keep my eye on this one.