ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. The M's are batting leadoff in today's dump because the pride of Tokyo, Hisashi Iwakuma, went the distance and threw the American League's first no-hitter in three years yesterday. And this piece by Nathan Bishop from our sister site, Lookout Landing, is remarkable.
Iowa State Football
WALLYYYY. Papa Burnham ain't surprised one bit that Geno Smith got smoked in the face.
TYLER BROWN. Paul Rhoads and Tyler Brown talk, well, Tyler Brown.
BLAST FROM THE PAST. Old Donnie Duncan is being honored by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame with an NFF Legacy Award (probably for his 18 wins as Iowa State's head coach).
NAMASTE. Thanks to running and yoga, D'Vario Montgomery is down 30 pounds and feeling better than ever.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 247. 247Sports has rated and ranked the top 247 players in college football. Your lone Cyclone? Kamari Cotton-Moya at 153 (and since I know you'll ask: Drew Ott, 211).
Iowa State Basketball
PANIC METER BASICALLY AT 11. The guys lost to Venezuela yesterday after jumping out to a 20-2 lead. CF's Jared Stansbury has a quick recap, but there was some fallout, and it was spectacular:
@ymvg12 a terrible USF team only lost by 7, how can we be a top 10 team if we aren't even competing? Apparently our heart left with Fred.— Matt Lundquist (@cybooty) August 12, 2015
BIG MONDAY. The 2015-16 Big Monday schedule was released yesterday. The Cyclones nabbed three games: two in Ames and a visit to the Riot Bros.
Around The Country
WORST CASE SCENARIO. One of my favorites, Ryan Nanni, has penned your Big 12 "Worst Case Scenario" preview.
UNLV WILL NOW PLAY FOOTBALL ON A CRAPS TABLE. That's pretty much it.
"I'M PRAYING FOR THE BEST." A Pittsburgh Pirates fan went out and got himself a 2015 World Series tattoo, so that should end well.
SMACK TALK LEVEL: INFIDELITY. During a side change, Nick Kyrgios told Stan Wawrinka that fellow tennis player Thanasis Kokkinakis banged his girl.
RIZZOMG. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a great grab in foul territory. Like, super foul territory.
TERM BREDER. Courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg made the most handsome man in professional sports look like Quasimodo stuck his face into a fire.