March 16, 2016

The Eternal Season - Wednesday March 16th, 2016

So we at TES survived the spring forward loss of 1 hour, and the always ominous Ides Of March.  Of course, we are not in any real position of power - NY Metro Iowa Club VP notwithstanding, so I guess we should have no fear of the knives.  

What has been going on since our last post, the 2016 Rose Bowl Notes?  Which went - poorly, for we Hawkeye fans.  171 days, 12 hours, and counting until the 2016 Hawkeye football team takes the field.  Unfinished business.

In more recent sports, (tonight) our Capitals became the first NHL team to clinch the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  They are going to win the Metro division and Presidents Cup.  Cap fans are hoping that this team is deep enough across 4 lines to finally get back to, and claim, Lord Stanley's Cup this summer.

And of course, we are super excited that our Iowa Hawkeye hoops and wrestling teams will be here in New York this weekend.  The grapplers at MSG for the NCAA Championships, and the hoopsters at Barclay's Center for the NCAA March Madness Round of 64 at 3:00 pm on Friday.  Temple the opponent, a win there would likely mean a showdown with the #2 seed Villanova.  If the Hawks can play like they did in January and the first part of February - a sweet 16 bid can be in the works come Sunday night.  We will be there in Barclay's Friday afternoon, and should we win, back there on Sunday.  Go Hawks.

Baseball returns on Sunday April 3rd, with a triple header.  Then our Dodgers kick off on Monday the 4th down the coast at San Diego.  Very happy this year, MLB TV will allow you to sign up for single teams games for just $84.99.  So I can watch virtually all my Dodger games via my PS3 on my 48 inch tv for 85 bucks.  Signing up the week before the season starts.

Oh, and it's 2016.  Summer Olympics in Rio.  Where swimming will cause digestive system complications.  Per usual, hoping the USA runs away with the medal count.  


We returned tonight as we are coming up on the end of one cycle, with a new one to begin.  As we are not really NBA fans, our hoops season ends at the Final 4.  Right at the same time that baseball starts.  Baseball is the bridge, the sport that starts in the spring, and ends in the fall, when the winter sports start up.  A new cycle soon, as The Eternal Season keeps plugging along.   

December 30, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2016 Rose Bowl: Stanford @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 12-1, 8-0 Big Ten, 6-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 6th
USA Today: 7th
College Football Playoff: 5th
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, WIN 40-20
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, WIN 28-20

December 5th, Big Ten Title Game, Michigan State @ Iowa, Loss 16-13

January 1st, Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual, Stanford @ Iowa, 5:10 pm, ESPN

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Back in 2016

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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January 1st, 2016  Iowa v. #6 Stanford Cardinal, 11-2, 8-1 Pac 12, 5-1 Pac 12 North
Previous Meetings: 0
Last Meeting:

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa +6.5

Turnover Margin: +12,  B1G #2, FBS #9

Interceptions: 18, B1G #1, FBS #9

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 Regular Season Final
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Offense
Total   393.8  Pass 201.8  Rush 192.0  Scoring 32.1
B1G    #5              #11                #5                    #4
FBS    #70            #89               #40                  #47
Defense  
Total   334.2  Pass 219.3  Rush 114.9    Scoring 18.5
B1G    #6              #8                 #4                   #5
FBS    #21            #61               #11                 #13
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Big Ten West Standings: Final
Iowa *                12-0, 8-0 B1G, 6-0 B1G West
Northwestern   10-2, 6-2 B1G, 5-1 B1G West
Wisconsin   9-3, 6-2 B1G, 4-2 B1G West
Nebraska             5-7, 3-5 B1G, 1-5 B1G West
Illinois             5-7, 2-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Minnesota     5-7, 2-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Purdue             2-10, 1-7 B1G, 1-5 B1G West


* Clinched Big Ten West
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Rose Bowl: Stanford

As the week of the Big Ten title game went on, we knew at least one thing - that the winner of the game would be in the final four, their ticket punched to the FBS playoff.

December 3, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Big Ten Championship Game: Michigan State @ Iowa 12/3/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 12-0, 8-0 Big Ten, 6-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 4th  down 1
USA Today: 3rd  same (1st place vote!)
College Football Playoff: 
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, WIN 40-20
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, WIN 28-20

December 5th, Big Ten Title Game, Michigan State @ Iowa, 8:17 pm, FOX

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: TBD

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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December 5th, 2015  Iowa v. #5 Michigan State Spartans, 11-1, 7-1 Big Ten, 6-0 B1G East
Previous Meetings: 45, Iowa leads 23-20-2 (first neutral site meeting)
Last Meeting: 2013 - Spartans 26 Hawkeyes 14

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa +4.5

Turnover Margin: +14,  B1G #1, FBS #4

Interceptions: 17, B1G #1, FBS #8

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 Regular Season Final
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Offense
Total   404.3  Pass 200.6  Rush 203.7  Scoring 33.7
B1G    #4              #11                #3                    #3
FBS    #63            #92               #32                  #41
Defense  
Total   331.7  Pass 221.7  Rush 110.0    Scoring 18.7
B1G    #6              #8                 #2                   #5
FBS    #21            #63               #6                   #15
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Big Ten West Standings: Final
Iowa *                12-0, 8-0 B1G, 6-0 B1G West
Northwestern   10-2, 6-2 B1G, 5-1 B1G West
Wisconsin   9-3, 6-2 B1G, 4-2 B1G West
Nebraska             5-7, 3-5 B1G, 1-5 B1G West
Illinois             5-7, 2-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Minnesota     5-7, 2-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Purdue            2-10, 1-7 B1G, 1-5 B1G West


* Clinched Big Ten West 
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Week 13: Nebraska

So, is it a rivalry now, Bugeaters?

If you saw these stats:

C.J. 9 for 17 for 97 yards.

The team, 0-9 on 3rd downs.

Iowa time of possession, 23:54.

And 250 total yards for Iowa, while Nebraska had 433.

November 25, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 13: Iowa @ Nebraska, 11/25/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 11-0, 7-0 Big Ten, 5-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 3rd  up 3
USA Today: 3rd  up 3
College Football Playoff: 4th!  Up 1
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, WIN 40-20
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, 3:36 pm, ABC/ESPN2 (ABC in NYC)
December 5th, Big Ten Title Game, TBD @ Iowa, 8:17 pm, FOX

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Big Ten Championship Game - TBD

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 27th, 2015  Iowa v. Nebraska Cornhuskers, 5-6, 3-4 Big Ten, 1-4 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 45, Bugeaters lead 29-13-3
Last Meeting: 2014, Bugeaters 37, Hawkeyes 34, OT

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -1.5

Turnover Margin: +11,  B1G #1, FBS #5

Interceptions: 13, B1G #1, FBS #26

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015
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Offense
Total   418.3  Pass 210.0  Rush 208.3  Scoring 34.2
B1G    #4              #9                 #2                    #3
FBS    #53            #81               #28                  #38
Defense  
Total   322.5  Pass 214.9  Rush 107.5    Scoring 18.5
B1G    #6              #8                 #3                   #5
FBS    #16            #52               #7                   #17
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Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa *               11-0, 7-0 B1G, 5-0 B1G West
Northwestern   9-2, 5-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Wisconsin   8-3, 5-2 B1G, 3-2 B1G West
Nebraska             5-6, 3-4 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Illinois             5-6, 2-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Minnesota     5-6, 2-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Purdue             2-9, 1-6 B1G, 1-5 B1G West

* Clinched Big Ten West 
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Week 12: Purdue

As the week went on, it seemed like Mother Nature might give the Hawkeyes a better game than Our Rival would.  Starting on Friday, she dumped about 9 inches of snow on Kinnick Stadium, and the stadium crew would work all night to have the field cleared by the 11:00 central kickoff time. 

And they succeeded.  If there were no shots of the stands, you may never have known that a snowstorm had dumped 3/4 of a foot on Kinnick in the 24 hours before.  

Well, a couple times the players seemed to lose their footing.  Of course, the temps were in the 20s, with winds in the 15 to 25 mph range, so it may have just been ice on the field.

Once the game kicked off though, it seemed like the Hawks would be all the challenge that Purdue would need, as we would score on our first three possessions - Jr with rushing TDs at 8:54 (2 yards) and at 4:32 (13 yards) to go up 14-0 in the 1st.  

November 19, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 12: Purdue @ Iowa, 11/19/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 10-0, 6-0 Big Ten, 4-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 6th  up 2
USA Today: 6th  up 2
College Football Playoff: 5th  no change
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, 3:30 pm, ABC

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Nebraska is on a bye this week.

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 21st, 2015  Iowa v. Purdue Boilermakers, 2-8, 1-5 Big Ten, 1-4 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 85, Purdue leads 46-36-3.  Iowa leads 20-19-2 in Iowa City
Last Meeting: 2014, Hawkeyes 24, Boilermakers 10

Kinnick Color of the Week: Normal

Current Line: Iowa -17

Turnover Margin: +11,  B1G #2, FBS #7

Interceptions: 13, B1G #1, FBS #17

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015
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Offense
Total   421.4  Pass 209.7  Rush 211.7  Scoring 33.6
B1G    #4              #9                 #2                    #3
FBS    #47            #82               #28                  #38
Defense  
Total   314.2  Pass 290.6  Rush 104.6    Scoring 18.4
B1G    #5              #8                 #3                   #6
FBS    #15            #48               #9                   #16
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Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa                        10-0, 6-0 B1G, 4-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   8-2, 5-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Northwestern   8-2, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Nebraska             5-6, 3-4 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Illinois             5-4, 2-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Minnesota     4-6, 1-5 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Purdue             2-8, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West

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Week 11: Minnesota


We lead with this:



(no play by play this week, your scribe is clocking many extra hours at the office)

So that was a game that was much closer than both I, and I think many Hawkeye fans, thought it would be.  Of course, the Rodents played both Michigan and Ohio State very close, so they are better than their record would indicate.

But the Hawks would again find a way to put the game away in the 4th quarter, and as a result, we are now 10-0 for the first time in program history.  A history that dates back to 1889, when football became a varsity sport at Iowa.  Our first game against the Rodents, our oldest rival, came just two years later.  

Most importantly, our season of destiny is still in our hands.  One big step can be take this Saturday.  But first, let’s recap the Rodent defeat.

We will start with the the offense, and why note - besides the best start   ever, the most wins by an Iowa QB ever to start his career (now 11 and counting), the Hawks also became the first Iowa team to score 30 or more points in 4 consecutive Big Ten games.