The 3 for 3 blog, swim trunks and all …
1: HEARD AROUND THE PRO BOWL POOL — Two-time Pro Bowl pick Chad Greenway of the Minnesota Vikings learned something during his second lap in Hawaii.
Greenway, a linebacker who starred at Iowa, said the pool at the players’ hotel belongs to those named Manning.
Among the memories he packed into his suitcase before returning to the Midwest were conversations with the first family or pro quarterbacks — Peyton and Eli.
“They’re good guys — they really are,” said Greenway, who was at Sunday’s Iowa-Minnesota basketball game. “They kind of run the pool there.”
It was the third trip to Hawaii for Greenway. In addition to the Pro Bowl visits, he and his wife, Jenni, traveled there for their honeymoon in 2006.
Greenway said he also connected with players such as Dallas tight end Jason Witten and former Nebraska lineman Richie Incognito of Miami.
I wrote about Greenway, the NFL’s most productive tackler, HERE.
On Sunday, Greenway talked about the Iowa basketball team recovering from a slow start against the Gophers:
2: GOLF DEMOCRACY — I asked readers last week to name the best pro golfer in history after Tiger Woods won for the 75th time on the PGA Tour.
It was a two-putter race between Jack Nicklaus (won 18 majros, 73 times on Tour) and Woods, with Jack out-pacing Tiger — 49 percent to 43 percent.
No one among the group of Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson and Walter Hagen) could muster more than 3 percent.
3: SUPER BOWL RAMBLINGS — Some Super Bowl thoughts …
— Taco Bell won the made-me-grin-and-giggle award for the group of senior citizens acting anything BUT their ages — aging nipple display and all. … And another unofficial award: In the I’m-done-with-that category, Jared and Subway.
— Former Iowa defensive back Sean Considine of Baltimore earned a sniff of TV time after the win when he walked the Superdome turf just behind Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Considine, an Illinois native, wrote a Super Bowl blog for the Rockford Register Star newspaper. Read his thoughts on media day HERE.
— Who honestly thought San Francisco would make a game of it when the Ravens returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown, and built a 28-6 lead? The score came on a 108-yard sprint by Jacoby Jones, trying the NFL record owned by, among others, former Patriot and Iowa State star Ellis Hobbs.
— Speaking of that kick return … The Sports Column in Denver (the original one is in Iowa City) offered free bar tabs is the second-half kick was returned for a touchdown. Ooops. See some details on the bar’s Twitter page.
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