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Celebrating a special day in the history of WRNL.

Special Blog Announcement

Today is a special day in the history of WRNL as we turn 5. That's right, your favorite Cyclone related sports blog has been kicking it for exactly five years today. We're entering our Kindergarten Phase right now, but don't expect us to upgrade our humor much past that.

Check back later this week as we re-visit some of the best, and worst, posts from the previous five years.

Iowa State Recruiting

BAD COMPANY. Colorado and Iowa State are the only two Power 5 conference schools without a 2016 football commitment.

BASKETBALL IS... OK? However, the basketball team just welcomed a preferred walk-on from Kirkwood Community College.

Around Iowa State

ALL THE MEDALS. 26 Cyclones medaled at the 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships including 800m champion Edward Kemboi.

GOLF SEASON FINISHES. The Men's Golf Team finished 8th at their NCAA Regional and drew their season to a close.

RHOADS HAS A PURPOSE. Paul Rhoads does all of his Alzheimer's events as a way to serve the memory of his mother.

Hoiberg Watch 2015

He's still here!

Around the Nation

IS YOUR KID ELITE? PROBABLY NOT. ESPN writes about the rise of "elite" and "select" sports teams and how they ruin the fun in sports.

SYDNEY LEROUX IS ELITE, THOUGH. Women's national team superstar in waiting Sydney Leroux is scoring from everywhere.

"BRADY" DOES SNL. And keeps saying nothing.

WHITE MAN SELF-ALLEY OOP. [Insert clickbaity headline about this being the best dunk ever.]

EULOGIZING THE BULLS. The dead body of their team is barely cold, but Grantland discusses how the Bulls' window is probably closing. Good news: there is no mention of Fred Hoiberg in this article.

CATCH AND THROW. An Arizona State hitter is hit by a pitch, catches it, and throws it back.

ROCKETS CLIP LA. The Rockets erased a 3-1 series deficit and won Game 7 against the Clippers to move on to the Western Conference Finals.

ANAHEIM MAKES A STATEMENT. The Ducks lost the possession battle yesterday but took advantage of defensive miscues by Chicago to take a 1-0 series lead.