The Iowa Jayhawks?

Rons Sims, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, told a small crowd in Des Moines this afternoon that he is making his first visit to the state today.  

During 12-minutes worth of remarks during a news conference at Oakridge Neighborhood Services in Des Moines, Sims mispronounced the name of the city at least twice.  (Advice:  Do not pronounce the “s” at the end — deh MOYN is the proper way to say it.)

He thanked local HUD employees at the end of his remarks.  “I did this morning, as a gift from the HUD staff, get a Iowa Jayhawks jersey which we showed the Omaha, Nebraska staff,” Sims said.  The crowd laughed politely and clapped. 

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be joining the Big Ten on July 1, 2011 and regularly playing the Iowa Hawkeyes, sometimes nicknamed the Hawks.  But never the Jayhawks.  The Jayhawks, from Kansas, would be the team Sims’ boss — President Obama — picked to win the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.