The wobbly pass fluttered through the November air as Iowa tight end Marv Cook navigated the Ohio State sideline, racing to the place where he and a football soon were destined to meet. Sixteen seconds to play. Fourth-and-23. Ohio Stadium. It was the kind of moment when all hope in shoulder pads was sure to […]
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Former Iowa men’s basketball coach Tom Davis at legendary broadcaster Jim Zabel’s memorial service Friday:
Jim Zabel always considered Des Moines his home. And after nearly a week of planning and schedule juggling, the people of Central Iowa will have a chance to bid him farewell. Funeral services for the iconic sportscaster have been set: Friday, June 21st at 4 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Pkwy […]
This might be a shocker, but my fondest memories of Jim Zabel have little to do with Iowa Hawkeye sports.
With all due respect to our 40th President, Jim Zabel is the biggest name in Iowa sportscasting history. Yes, Ronald Reagan spent some time at WHO Radio before heading to Hollywood in 1937 and spearheading a political revival in the 1980s. But he never hosted “Let’s Go Bowling,” never did play-by-play for the state girls’ […]
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Jim Zabel, the broadcasting legend whose hyperbolic descriptions of University of Iowa sports teams entertained radio listeners for more than half a century, died Thursday at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home. He was 91.
“The Good Lord just bought his first round of drinks. Ever.” That’s Gary Dolphin talking Friday morning, a day after legendary Iowa broadcaster Jim Zabel, 91, died. According to his wife, Jill, Zabel passed away Thursday while making phone calls in his Scottsdale Ariz., home. Funeral services were pending. “We all knew that unfortunately it […]
Iowa’s football team had moved to No. 1 in the nation for the first time in 25 years the week that Michigan State came to Kinnick Stadium for a nationally televised Oct. 5, 1985 game. That lofty perch hung in the balance with 31 seconds to play, the Spartans holding a 31-28 lead and Iowa […]