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First, I owe a giant apology to my friend Mike Lucas.
He’s a stand-up comic and, I think, professional squirrel hunter who asked me to read something for a charity event he’s involved with at the Yacht Club in Iowa City this Saturday.
I said, OK, I’ll do it. No problem. Send me a text and remind me.
He sent a text. I still forgot.
I seriously had the text up during the podcast, but we got to talking and ... and ... well, I’m losing it. It’s Thursday and it’s past my bedtime.
Here’s the script Mike prepared for me:
It’s September, which means two things: Christmas decorations have been in stores for a month, and Comedy for Charity is returning to Iowa City.
In the past six years, Comedy for Charity has raised $18,000 for local causes. This year, Comedy for Charity is taking on winter. All proceeds and donations will benefit Coats of Kindness, an organization dedicated to providing warm clothing to those in need.
The comedy show is on Saturday, September 24th, at The Yacht Club in Iowa City. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the entry fee is any form of winter clothing, or a freewill cash donation.
Again, that’s Comedy for Charity, Saturday, September 24th, at The Yacht Club in Iowa City.
Four great comedians, one great cause.
OK, this is me again. Taller, but not nearly as funny as Mike.
The event will be hosted by Clare Roth and Travis Bails. I used to play hockey with Travis. This dude is angry hilarious.
The comics are my friend Mike (think hipper, uglier Bobcath Goldthwaite), Nathan Timmel, Tim Sullivan and Donny Townsend (I’ve seen Donny’s act, he’s damn funny).
I’ve been getting more and more into going to see comedy. These people are like fighter pilots. It’s either going to work or it’s not. Either way, you’re going to be entertained, fiery crash or successful landing.
Again, I’m sorry, Mike. Don’t beat me up. You wouldn’t do well in jail.
We received a massive amount of #oniowapod questions on injuries that we don’t have complete info on. Running back Derrick Mitchell, for instance. Hurt in practice, don’t know his status for this week’s game vs. North Dakota State. WR Adrian Falconer, don’t know on that one, but Land of Ten’s Scott Doctherman had an answer.
You’ll have to listen to hear it.
Fave Twitter question came from @ctthawk: Am I a bad dad if I stream the game during my daughter's soccer games? Asking for a friend.
Scott and I talk what Iowa AD Gary Barta and deputy AD Gene Taylor said about being intrigued about the possibility of doing something interesting in the non-conference scheduling. We’ll see if they do anything about it. 2019 is the next opening.
Of course, we’re all over the Hawkeyes’ matchup with North Dakota State. The Bison are bringing 7,000 to 10,000 fans to Iowa City (an ocean of beer will be consumed Saturday in Iowa City). They’re also bringing five straight FCS titles.
Will any of that currency make a difference against the No. 11 team in the country?