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One of our favorite Moonlighters returns to the pod this week to cover the many unique projects he has going on. Many listeners will remember Paul Shirley from his Cyclone playing days in the late 1990s and early 2000s or his travels as a basketball player for 12 separate ball clubs. More recently though, Paul Shirley has made a name for himself as…
 
This week’s Moonlighter just knows how to win. Heck, Harlan just about had to add gold to its school colors during his senior year. The winning didn’t stop with his high school graduation though. His experiences as a high school player and college athlete prepared him for helping lead a perennial D-II football power. After a decade as an assistant,…
 
Every office has that guy who used to be an athlete or maybe even spent a little time chasing his or her dream in professional sports. Tim heard a little bit about one of those guys in his office who grew up in West Des Moines and spent some time in professional football after his playing days at Kansas State.…
 
These days everything feels so divided. It's like the hot takes of sports talk radio and posts on social media have had to get even hotter just to stand out. On top of that, social media went from finding people like yourself to seeking out those you disagree with just to start a fight. Heck, the word troll has taken on a whole new meaning.…
 
The Bohannon name is synonymous with basketball. The four Bohannon brothers know how to put the biscuit in the basket. This week, we have the second oldest and perhaps the most multi-talented of the crew on the podcast this week. Zach Bohannon had a terrific basketball career for the Wisconsin Badgers and Linn Mar Lions before hanging up his sneake…
 
Lookingbill brings the types of insights only a teammate can to break down that team, the expectations for that year, and the tragic loss of his friend. The Hawkeyes had to regroup as a team for a game at Michigan State just 9 days after Street’s death. January 31st 1993 was the first time the the Haweyes played at home without #40 on the floor. Ti…
 
Most of our Moonlighter’s get to look back on their careers and share their thoughts in the past tense. Most stories get a little bit better with time and a few retellings. Every once in a while we pull in an active athlete in the midst of their career with a few achievements under their belt and and their sights set on what’s next. This week’s gue…
 
There is always a lot of talk about coaching trees, especially when it comes to college football. In Iowa, we often hear about Hayden Fry’s incredible legacy with his 1980s Hawkeye football coaching staffs but those guys all had different last names. The Woodley Tree is pretty much synonymous with coaching in Iowa as Mike and his sons have led prog…
 
Season 10 opens with a guy who has a story or two to tell. Over the course of 45 years, Steve Loney has seen just about everything at every level of football and always comes home to his passion for Iowa State football. Loney brings some of his favorite stories and insights from the sideline and to the Moonlight Graham Show.…
 
While it might be a little different than Sunset Park and Hoosiers, Iowa certainly has more than a few white men that can jump coming out of Iowa hoops. This week Moonlighter Jack Brownlee returns to the studio to help Tim come up with the all-time Iowa NBA team. Some of the greats, like Kyle Korver, Fred Hoiberg and Nick Collison, quickly come to …
 
This week’s Moonlighter won an underdog tournament to become the biggest underdog in the biggest golf tournament in the US. Jack Newman won the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links tournament to earn a tee time at the Masters. Newman went to Hoover High School in Des Moines and got his start playing Waveland. After a very successful high school career, h…
 
For being the home of the Field of Dreams, Iowa has had its fair share of stars shining bright under the Friday night lights. This week, Tim and Tom did their research and prepared an all time 2-deep lineup of Iowans who played in the NFL. This wasn’t your average fantasy draft! We scoured the internet looking for players who were born, bred, and c…
 
This week’s Moonlighter started his career in Iowa, circled the globe, and ended up on top of the world. Nick Nurse played in the red and gold of the Kuemper Knights but more recently has been sporting the gold of his NBA championship ring as head coach of the Toronto Raptors. His journey to the top of the basketball world included stops around the…
 
His pursuit of professional baseball took him outside of the state and through seven countries before hanging up his spikes and starting work as a paralegal. Tim and J.D. sat down recently in the Scholten for Congress RV that has traveled all across Iowa's 4th congressional district as he campaigns for a seat in the United States House of Represent…
 
When thinking about baseball in Iowa, two things quickly come time mind: Bob Feller and Field of Dreams. As a podcast which has prided itself on exploring the untold stories of sports in Iowa, we wanted to do a deep dive on the best baseball players in Iowa since the Heater from Van Meter.
 
Underdogs come in all shapes and sizes. This week’s underdog started out as a size small but grew into one of the most impactful players in the NFL. Fred Jackson grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area but had to relocate to a slightly smaller metro area to get an opportunity in college football. Jackson’s underdog story is unique because he went fro…
 
While Troy Davis is clearly the most notable Cyclone from the mid-1990s, the offensive line clearing the 8 or 9 guys in the box for TD was pretty talented. This week, the Moonlight Graham Show welcomes one of the best Cyclone offensive linemen from that time period, Tim Kohn. While the Cyclones didn’t collect a lot of wins during his time in Ames, …
 
This week’s Moonlighter is a West Coast product that has taken to the midwest. Alex Redmond grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA. Redmond spent the last 5 seasons in Cincinnati and spent the 2018 season as the starting right guard for the Bengals. His experiences as a wrestler and physical toughness have helped him overcome injuries and…
 
Most of our Moonlighters have hung up the cleats and turned out the lights in the locker room for the last time. This week we sit down with a guy who is just coming onto the scene. Reid Sinnett is a local product who is currently getting ready for his first NFL season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sinnett has made his way as a backup who has earne…
 
This week, our Moonlighter has a basketball career that has taken him from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, around the world, and back again. Travis Diener grew up in Wisconsin and went to Marquette University where he and the Golden Eagles went all the way to the Final Four. For most, taking your home-state college to the Final Four would be a great ending…
 
Growing up in small-town Walker, IA, and attending North Linn High School, Hilmer was a do-it-all guy for the Lynx. While many top-level high school athletes have to make a choice and focus on a single sport, Hilmer didn’t. Now as an Upper Iowa Peacock, he continues to pursue his passion on both the diamond and the hardwood. Jake Hilmer is a one of…
 
Everyone knows about his short-lived Major League career, but Archibald Graham has so much more to his story. In this episode, Tim and resident historian Tom take a deep dive into Archibald Moonlight Graham’s legacy. We know of Moonlight Graham because author W.P. Kinsella came across a random entry in a baseball encyclopedia, but the good people o…
 
Caleb Thielbar grew up in Minnesota always wanting to play in the big leagues. On May 20th of 2013, he made his debut for his hometown Twins. Sounds like a dream story. But Moonlight Graham rarely focuses on someone’s direct path to success. This week, Tim sits down with Thielbar a little over 7 years later as he makes his return to the Bigs from a…
 
Author Jacob Kornhauser joins the Moonlight Graham Show to talk about his latest book. "The Cup of Coffee Club" includes a myriad of stories. Some read like a tragedy while others are just bad luck. Some players shined in their debut while others were barely a blip in the boxscore. Every story has its own twists. Kornhauser chased down the tales of…
 
This week brings an Iowa icon into the studio, Scott Siepker. The Carroll County native sits down with Tim to talk all things Iowa. Siepker has made a name, and brand for himself, by celebrating the Iowa lifestyle and being passionate about Iowa. Siepker’s is a very talented jack of all trades. From appearances on the Murph and Andy Show on Fridays…
 
Judd Gibb has had a great deal of success as a golfer in the last 30+ years. Gibb was a 2x NCAA Regional Qualifier when he was golfing at Iowa State in the late 80s and early 1990s. After graduating, he went on to play in mini-tours in the 90s and won many awards in the 2000s. Gibb was the Iowa PGA Section Player of the Year 5 times and teacher of …
 
Tony Watson played for the Mustangs of DC-G and had one of the most dominant seasons in high school baseball as a senior in 2003. Throwing three no-hitters and giving up only 1 run, Watson made a name for himself and was selected in the 23rd round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Marlins. Instead of heading South, Watson took his talents to Lincoln to …
 
This week Tim and Tom returned to the undisclosed sauna to trade takes on what has made them love sports as players, coaches, fans, and parents. As we have seen after going without the last several months, sports are an important part of our lives for many reasons. Being on a team both teaches you many skills and builds relationships that will last…
 
Dwight Siebler found success in the minors in 1959 and into the early 1960s, averaging more than 1 strikeout per inning in over 400 innings pitched. That success in the minors earned him his first call up in 1963. Siebler went on to play in 48 games for the Twins, including 8 starts and 2 complete games. One of the high points of Twins’ history was…
 
Jenny Harestad was a senior at ISU in 1999-2000 when she tried out and Clare Flattery was a junior at UNI when she auditioned 2 years ago. Jenny and Clare saw advertisements for mascot tryouts and gave it a shot even though they had never been a mascot before. With the help of MC Hammer and some improv skills, Jenny and Clare wowed at their respect…
 
Denise Long Rife was known for her work ethic and long hours of practice. As a forward in 6 on 6 basketball, her job was to score without worrying about running the court or playing defense. She took her practice so seriously that the park where she shot baskets while it was -11 degrees is now named after her. The countless hours of shooting helped…
 
This week’s Moonlighter story starts the way many stories do but ends up alongside a host of Hall of Famers. Steve Dreyer called himself a pretty good high school baseball player who just wanted to keep playing after high school. However, as the 4th guy in the rotation at Ames High, not too many programs were knocking on his door. Dreyer’s desire t…
 
Roman Weinberg is passionate about baseball and the Field of Dreams site. Weinberg started as an intern in 2014 at the Field of Dreams and has worked his way up to his current role. His responsibilities on and off of the field include all kinds of duties, but things have been changing quickly with the development of the major league ballpark and th…
 
This week’s Moonlighter takes a weekend hobby to a new level. Tom Coyne isn’t just an avid golfer. He literally wrote the book on golfing in Ireland, Scotland, and is in the process of writing the book on golf in America. Tom Coyne has published four books: A Gentleman’s Game, Paper Tiger, A Course Called Ireland, and A Course Called Scotland. His …
 
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