Fight! Fight! Fight! for IOWA, for country


Fight! Fight! Fight! for IOWA, for country

By Mary Paoletti

"Fallen Navy SEALs dog could lead Hawkeyes onto field"

I'm glad Jon Tumilson's story found a sports intersect so I could write about it here.

Tumilson was a United States Navy SEAL. He died, just 35, in the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the 10-year war in Afghanistan. Tumilson and 29 other Americans (22 SEALs) were killed when their helicopter was shot down in Kabul. You probably heard about it.

And you might have forgotten about it already.

I wouldn't blame you if you did. There is no Monday Morning Marine column, there are no Army Insiders or Battalion Blogs. It's not a game. And it'd be foolish to compare the obsession with sports to the indifference to soldiers.

But sometimes these worlds share the same atmosphere.

Such is the case with Jon Tumilson. The SEAL "loved his family, his country, his Iowa Hawkeyes and his dog," wrote Harty. Over 200,000 people bore witness via a viral video of Tumilson's funeral, where Tumilson's canine companion Hawkeye laid, mourning beside the casket.

Former Iowa football player Jon Lazar is one of those hundreds of thousands moved by the scene and he wants to honor Tumilson. According to Harty, Lazar contacted his alma mater's football office with a request for Hawkeye to lead the team onto the field for a home game.

It just tears you apart to see that (video), Lazar said. But I thought how great it would be for that dog to lead the Hawkeyes down to the field and to have the announcer tell the story of this dog.

I think everybody would be crying in the stands.

I hope to hell this happens.

Political and religious affiliations vary and change, but the fact there are United States soldiers serving overseas persists. Their duty is to country; the least of ours should be to remember them.

Go Hawkeyes.

Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks


Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the return of Adolfo to Toucher and Rich this morning.

*Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid have received plenty of acclaim over the past couple of years as talented, young stars in the league, but Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien details how things haven’t gone ideally for either of those youngsters, or their teams, this season. Clearly, it’s not at this level yet, but just think about the hype behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin when they were drafted 1-2 back in 2010, and what they have, and haven’t, been able to accomplish in the league since that time.

*Outstanding rookie Brock Boeser credits a conversation with Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green for helping spark his game this season.

*Good video piece on the near miss of Wayne Gretzky almost playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating them in the playoffs.  

*Salivating for some hockey trades? The 10 potential NHL trade deadline targets around the league as we wait for players to become available for trade later in the season.  

*Hockeybuzz is asking what the NHL, and more specifically the Hockey Hall of Fame, has against goaltenders?

*For something completely different: A great piece from Drew Bledsoe on the tragic passing of former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn, and how his death came just as he seemed to be putting all the pieces of his life together.


Marchand, Krug and Backes all practice, won't play vs. Devils


Marchand, Krug and Backes all practice, won't play vs. Devils

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins are getting closer to a healthier lineup, but it won’t be in time for the Thanksgiving Eve road tilt against the upstart New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

Brad Marchand (upper body), Torey Krug (upper body) and David Backes (colon surgery) all skated in red no-contact jerseys at practice Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena, so none of those three banged-up B’s will be making the trip to Jersey. Anders Bjork (upper body) didn’t practice and is obviously out vs. the Devils as well, but Ryan Spooner might be a possibility after making it through his first full practice since tearing his groin almost six weeks ago.


If he can make it through Wednesday's morning skate without any problems, Spooner will likely be a game-time decision against the Devils after missing the past 14 games.  

The Bruins have continued to indicate that Marchand is in the concussion protocol, though it appears the Bruins agitator is dealing with both upper body and lower body issues. Marchand was encouraged by the progress he’s making while returning to practice, so perhaps the B’s could get back one of their leading scorers sooner rather than later.

“I feel pretty good. It’s good to be back with the guys and feel like you’re a part of the team,” said Marchand, who has missed five of the past seven games after returning for the home-and-home against the Maple Leafs. “It’s frustrating whenever you miss games and you miss time away from the team, but they had a great road trip and they’re playing well. It would be nice to be back in the lineup consistently and be back with the’ll come.”

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Devils based on practice Tuesday: