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Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024
Good morning to you!

I like professional football. To be more specific, I like to watch the Minnesota Vikings play. Unfortunately, they don’t play much this time of year. That’s OK, as I am not a rabid Vikings fan. No Vikings tattoos. No Vikings personalized license plates. No Vikings team jerseys. My life doesn’t change much if the Vikings win or lose, and that’s just fine by me.

Like many of you, I watched the Super Bowl on Sunday. I did not watch the hours of pre-game shows, but I did watch the game — and it was a fun one. I didn't really care who won when the game started, but I found myself rooting for the San Francisco 49ers as the minutes ticked down. I questioned myself as to why.

Was it because the 49ers were the underdogs of the game, and I tend to support the ones with that storyline? Was it because of the 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy and his connection with Iowa State University? Was it because of the 49ers tight end George Kittle and his ties with the University of Iowa football? Was it because of my respect for Joe Montana and the glory days of the San Francisco franchise, which won four Super Bowl championships in the 1980s and another in 1994?

The answer to each of those four questions is a clear “maybe,” but I eventually determined why I was rooting for the 49ers, and it had nothing to do with the team, the players or the history. It had everything to do with the media overload I had been force-fed on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now, hold tight, Chiefs fans. I greatly respect the team and its coaches and the talent of the players. They are clearly a phenomenal football team and have built a dynasty that deserves the accolades, but I have seen enough of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift on seemingly every TV channel and every social media app and every website and every newspaper and every magazine. They are like mustard on a sandwich. A little goes a long way, and too much makes me have to push the plate away.

As a Midwesterner, I should be cheering for the Chiefs, and, in many games, I have and I will continue to. I simply wish the Chiefs — and many NFL players — would follow the lead of Brock Purdy, Kirk Cousins and some others, step out of the limelight and enjoy a slice of humble pie — without the mustard.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

A few sprinkles today. Nice temps will be with us through tomorrow, then rain and snow chances Wednesday through Friday, followed by colder temperatures and a breezy weekend.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Drake Area Restaurant
1. Drake Diner

2. Lucky Horse Beer & Burgers

3. University Library Cafe

Featured home for sale
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Features of the home include: Geothermal HVAC system with multiple zones, 3 fireplaces, fully stocked pond that supports lawn irrigation, sport court with basketball court and set up for pickleball, fully finished walkout lower level, main level office, two story living room and entry, formal dining room in addition to a large eat in kitchen, massive kitchen with walk in pantry, beautiful owner's suite with sitting area and spacious bathroom, wet bar, game area, full theater room, workout room, amazing storage rooms, and lower level rec area that is hard to describe...endless possibilities.

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From stage famine to performance feast

By John Busbee

Photo by Brent Isenberger Photography

February stages come to vibrant life, enticing winter dwellers from their cozy confines. A tantalizing range of shows spans from classic to comedy to musical to children’s theatre as the region’s talent focuses on a bounty of shows to savor. Ballet Des Moines even brings another world premiere to the stage as they continue their nationally acclaimed engagement of new patrons to the powerfully expressive “language of movement.” Acclimating to winter weather has happened. Now, it’s time to sally forth and appreciate what’s happening on stage.


The National Chicken Council estimates that 1.45 billion chicken wings were consumed in the U.S. on Super Bowl Sunday. Charles Passy wrote in the Wall Street Journal that wings are not necessarily a profit driver in restaurants because wholesale costs are high and wings often keep people from ordering an entrée. Chili’s added wings to their menu last year just before football season and now has de-emphasized them on menus to discourage that. Restaurants are pairing wings with low cost items like fries or mac & cheese to justify higher prices.

Restaurant Business Magazine reported that a new bill in the Alabama legislature would require restaurants to disclose the countries of origin for all seafood that's sold, along with whether it was wild-caught or farmed.

It's Taco Tuesday with specials today at La Familia (1610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines), Taco John's, Malo (900 Mulberry St., Des Moines), Faustino's (4944 Franklin Ave., Des Moines), El Guapo (8950 University Ave., West Des Moines), East 14th Street Tavern (3418 E. 14th St., Des Moines), and Club 2000 (422 Indianola Ave., Des Moines).

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Central Iowa district officials approve move to 4-day school week

DES MOINES, Iowa — Saydel School Board members on Monday unanimously approved the transition to a four-day week, according to the Des Moines Register. The school year would go from the end of the Iowa State Fair in August to about Memorial Day. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Bill that looks to arm teachers advances through Iowa House

DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill that looks to train and arm teachers, along with providing funding for school resource officers advanced Monday at the Iowa Statehouse. House Study Bill 675 looks to provide up to $50,000 in matching funds to school districts who hire their own SRO or private security guard. Those funds would be provided annually from the state...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Hundreds gather for public hearing on Reynolds' gender identity bill

The bill strictly defines terms such as "man" and "woman" and requires those who medically transition genders to include their biological sex on birth certificates.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Henry Rollins, Kelly Hu, Neal McDonough, Mean Suvari, Robbie Williams, Jess Hilarious, Aston Merrygold, Randy Moss, Memphis Depay, Peter Gabriel

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Which geometric figure represents a lost parrot? A POLYGON! - Shane Goodman, Clare Baker, Kris Laurson, Lori Bluml, Carolyn Rogers, John Zeitler. A close one by Gail Tomlinson.

Today's riddle

What do you call a robbery by a ghost?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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