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HAMSTERDAM IS TERRIFYING CHILDREN

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McDonalds unveiled their new mascot yesterday, and it's nearly as terrifying as Pierre the Pelican used to be. Watching major corporations fail at marketing sure is becoming the standard. (Looking at you, DTV wireless ads)

AN END OF REGULAR SEASON LOOK AT IOWA BASEBALL

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With the regular season schedule coming to an end, let's take a look at just how good Iowa might be going into the Big Ten Tournament as the #8 seed.

FERENTZ LOSES FRIENDLY WAGER, GETS FIRST TATTOO

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Iowa's head coach lost a bet he made with Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads that his school would raise more money for charity, and agreed to get a small tattoo as a result.

INP: HAWKEYE SPORTS WEEKEND ROUNDUP

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Let's see what's what in Hawkeye news.

HAMSTERDAM LAMENTS THE END OF A GOOD THING

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Like many of you, I have had DirecTV as my "cable" provider for the past several years. And as seems to be the general consensus, I've been pretty dang happy with their service. It's a bit pricey after the intro rate, like all cable carriers, but I have always had stellar service from this company that just seems to be one of the few that really cares about its customers instead of quarterly sales number calls (hi Zappos!) Well, as you may have heard, DirecTV is going to be acquired by AT&T for ~$50B, or in reality closer to ~$65B if you include the debt they're assuming. And it's not looking likely to be stopped by anti-trust laws. So I assume things will be as per usual for a while, but you'll see customer un-friendly tactics start to creep in over time. It's the way these things go, especially when assumed by that most evil of company categories: consumer electronic media delivery.

ZACH MCCABE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

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Zach McCabe throws a punch and then blows a kiss in a downtown Iowa City bar Thursday night, and the former Iowa forward's Twitter problems might have come to a head.

HAMSTERDAM IS NOT MEANT TO SAVE THE WORLD

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I'm a full-blown sucker for Christopher Nolan. Add Matthew McConaughey, and I'm throwing money at my monitor. Hurry up, and get here INTERSTELLAR

IF KIRK FERENTZ WROTE A RECRUITING LETTER TO A CAT

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Two can play at this game, Rice.

IOWA BASEBALL CLINCHES SPOT IN BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

Iowa baseball beats Purdue, locks down a berth in the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha.

HAMSTERDAM LOVES THE CREST

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As the World Cup draws nearer, it's going to grow increasingly difficult to avoid soccer. This video - episode 1 of a series - comes to us from MLS by way of SB Nation blog Stars and Stripes FC to provide some insight into the American Outlaws.

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