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Posted June 18, 2014in Locker Room

Shot in the dark

What do soccer and bowling have in common? Aside from being two sports that can’t get proper air time on ESPN, they require a fair amount of eye-hand coordination. Now imagine combining the two sports and removing vision from the mix. What’s left is Goalball, one of the most exciting

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Posted June 11, 2014in Locker Room

Boards down, bodies up

One might consider standup paddle boarding (SUP) a little out of its element here in Iowa — but then again we’re used to being pigeonholed. Just because Iowa lacks an ocean view doesn’t mean we’re without water. With 923 miles of designated water trails and an additional 892 miles currently

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Posted June 04, 2014in Locker Room

High heels in motion

Oh, high heels. We obviously love them because they turn beauties into Amazons and give a pronounced effect to the body (read: booty). And for those prone to slapstick, they occasionally break. It’s like watching the shortest fall off a tightrope. “We brainstormed different ideas of ways to help at

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Posted May 28, 2014in Locker Room

Blurred lines

To be told “you’re glowing” is a compliment usually reserved for women on their wedding day or during their pregnancy. But what about the fellas? Can’t men glow, too? Seems the only time a guy might be described as glowing is after he just finished having “the most fun you

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Posted May 21, 2014in Locker Room

Over the hill and out of the park

As you arrive at the ballpark, you might think you’ve walked on to the set of a Cialis commercial — a mingling pod of over-the-hill gentlemen resting softball bats on their shoulders, smiling with silver-capped toothy (if they’re lucky) grins and patting one another on the back. You didn’t take

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Posted May 14, 2014in Locker Room

Just cocky enough

The Des Moines Roosters season kicks off this Saturday with the 80/35 Metro Tournament. Coming off a national championship season last year, the Roosters are eager to start the new season. Ever heard of ’em? Is it like soccer? Yes… but not exactly. It’s like football, then? Well, there is

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Posted May 07, 2014in Locker Room

Bowling for LLS

Who in the world can knock out a six-pack and a turkey in one evening and still be considered one of the greatest athletes in their sport? Bowlers can, especially with a little guidance from one of professional bowling’s most talented rock-rollers. “When it’s all said and done, I am

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Posted April 30, 2014in Locker Room

A handlebar view of Bike Month

“This summer is going to be different; this summer I’m going to start riding my bike.” You know it’s spring when thoughts like those start teasing at the brain stem. But it’s tough getting started into any new routine, especially one that requires so much physical determination. Bike-riding, though, is

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Posted April 23, 2014in Locker Room

Celebrating The Blue Oval

One of Des Moines’ longest-running annual traditions is back this weekend at the tender age of 105 years old. Yet that’s not slowing things down. It’s relay time in Dawgtown, and people from around the world are toeing the line just waiting for the starting gun to fire. “As of

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Posted April 16, 2014in Locker Room

Place your bets… thoroughly

It begins with a slow murmur and gradually builds to a calm shake. Then to a noteworthy grumble. Eventually it feels like Iowa may be on a fault line, as the ground quakes beneath spectators’ feet. It’s racing season at Prairie Meadows. It’s time to see speed, feel it and

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