April 6, 2015

The Eternal Season - April 6th, 2015

After a long layoff we are back at TES on this, the first bridge day of 2015.

What is a bridge day?  Today it's the Opening Day for baseball, and tonight it's the final game for college hoops, as Wisconsin and Duke play for the NCAA title - 9:00 pm on CBS.  The bridge is what connects the winter sports to the Boys of Summer, which we regard as the start of The Eternal Season each year.  Of course being Eternal - the season never ends.

Yes, there are still winter sports going on - the NBA, which we don't really care about.  And the NHL - which we do care a lot about.  Last night, the Caps downed the Wings 2-1 in Detroit, and 90 minutes later, Toronto beat Ottawa in OT, and that clinched the playoff spot for our Caps.   With two games left, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division is in play.  But it looks like we may not know who the Caps will play in round 1 until this weekend.  Regardless, after missing the playoffs last year, we NYC Capitals fans are giddy to have our boys back in the hunt for Lord Stanley's Cup.  Now we just have to figure out a bar that will hold all of us for the playoff games...

Now back to baseball - our Dodgers opened up against the new-look Padres, and sure enough, Matt Kemp had all 3 San Diego RBIs.  With the game tied at 3 in the bottom of the 8th, Jimmy Rollins blasted a 3 run home run, and that was the difference, as the Dodgers won it, 6-3.  Kershaw got the start but he did not get the win - but he did strike out 9 in 6 innings.  He will be fine.

And yes - we are going for the Badgers tonight.  If the Big Ten won BOTH the football and basketball national titles - that would be one big 'shut the blank up' to the other Power 5 conferences.  Go Bucky!

Also on our radar - next Wednesday night (the 15th) - the 'friendly', US Men's National Team v. Mexico.  It's from San Antonio, Texas.  Our side of the border.  It's at 8:30 pm eastern on Fox Sports 1.  Go USA!!!

The 15th is also the night the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.  TES will return then, to break down the Caps chances and check in on the start of the MLB season.

Until then - Enjoy The Games!


December 31, 2014

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, The 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl, Iowa v. Tennessee

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-5, 4-4 Big Ten, 3-3 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today: 
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, WIN 48-7
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, Loss 51-14
November 15th @ •Illinois, WIN 30-14
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, Loss 26-24
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), Loss 37-34, OT

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: returns next August

2015 TaxSlayer Bowl v. Tennessee, January 2nd, 2015, 3:20 PM - ESPN

Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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January 2nd, 2015.  Iowa v. Tennessee Volunteers, 6-6. 3-5 SEC East (4th)
Previous Meetings: 2, series tied 1-1
Last Meeting: 1987 Kickoff Classic, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, Vols 23 Hawks 22

Current Line: Iowa +3.5

Turnover Margin: -5,  B1G #11, FBS #99

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014 - Regular season
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Offense
Total   398.3  Pass 242.0 Rush 156.3  Scoring 28.3
B1G    #6             #4               #10                  #7
FBS    #65           #53             #71                  #67
Defense  
Total   334.5  Pass 175.8  Rush 158.8    Scoring 24.0
B1G    #6              #2                #6                   #7
FBS    #21            #8                #55                 #35 
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The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                            Indiana
Northwestern                Maryland
Purdue                          Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Wisconsin 10-2, 7-1 B1G, 5-1 B1G West
Nebraska           9-3, 5-3 B1G, 4-2 B1G West
Minnesota   8-4, 5-3 B1G, 4-2 B1G West
Iowa                  7-5, 4-4 B1G, 3-3 B1G West
Illinois           6-6, 3-5 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Northwestern   5-7, 3-5 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Purdue           3-9, 1-7 B1G, 1-5 B1G West
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2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

Well friends, when the season ended and we had time to think about what had happened, it seemed many Iowa fans considered this the biggest disappointment of the Kirk Ferentz era.  Sure, there have been teams with fewer wins and more losses, one just two seasons ago.  But when we looked at what we had in August, and how the schedule laid out in front of us…

November 26, 2014

The Eternal Season - 11/26/14 Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 14: Nebraska @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-4, 4-3 Big Ten, 3-2 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today: 1 vote
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, WIN 48-7
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, Loss 51-14
November 15th @ •Illinois, WIN 30-14
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, Loss 26-24
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), 12:00 pm, ABC

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Bowl game and opponent TBD

Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 28th, 2014.  Iowa v. #23 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 8-3, 4-3 Big Ten, 3-2 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 44, Huskers lead 28-13-3
Last Meeting: 2013, Hawkeyes 38, Huskers 17

Current Line: Iowa -1

Turnover Margin: -3,  B1G #11, FBS #107

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   400.7  Pass 243.1 Rush 157.6  Scoring 27.7
B1G    #6             #4               #8                    #7
FBS    #63           #51             #69                  #75
Defense  
Total   331.9  Pass 173.4  Rush 158.5    Scoring 22.8
B1G    #6              #2                #7                   #7
FBS    #21            #8                #57                 #33 
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The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                            Indiana
Northwestern                Maryland
Purdue                          Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Wisconsin   9-2, 6-1 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Minnesota   8-3, 5-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Nebraska           8-3, 4-3 B1G, 3-2 B1G West
Iowa                  7-4, 4-3 B1G, 3-2 B1G West
Northwestern   5-6, 3-4 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Illinois           5-6, 2-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Purdue           3-8, 1-6 B1G, 1-5 B1G West

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Week 13 Recap: Badgers

Here is a thought, Greg and Kirk - let’s start with the aggressive offense that started the Mildcat game, when we led 38-7 at half, and combine that with the aggressive offense from the 2nd half of the Badger game, when we outscored them 21-10, and see what happens!

We needed just one more possession last week, but alas, after the he-man job the defense had done against the Badger rushing attack for most of the game, they could not get the stops we needed on the final Badger drive.  And so, a game that the Kinnick crowd had willed to the team with all their might, had ended with another heartbreak to the Badgers.  

Just one stat of note to discuss in this one, something I saw on Twitter a day or two ago, shared by Matt Benson @mbenson6.  Since the 2000 season, quarterbacks who had faced the #1 ranked team in total defense, in the month of October or November, and had thrown for over 300 yards, with more than 1 touchdown, and no interceptions.  They are:

Phillip Rivers, on 10/7/2000, against Clemson, 370 yards passing, 3 tds, no picks.
Josh Huepel, on 10/14/2000. against Kansas State, 374, 2 tds, and no picks.    And - 
Jake Rudock, on 11/22/2014, against Wisconsin, 311 yards, 2 tds, no interceptions.

November 20, 2014

The Eternal Season - 11/20/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 13: Badgers @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-3, 4-2 Big Ten, 3-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today: 7 votes
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, WIN 48-7
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, Loss 51-14
November 15th @ •Illinois, WIN 30-14
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, 3:36 pm, ABC/ESPN2 (regional, check your local listings)
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), 12:00 pm, ABC

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Rodents @ Huskers, 12:00 pm, ESPN

Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 22nd, 2014.  Iowa v. #16 Wisconsin Badgers, 8-2, 5-1 Big Ten, 3-1 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 87, Badgers lead, 43-42-2
Last Meeting: 2013, Badgers 28, Hawkeys 9 

Current Line: Iowa +10

Turnover Margin: -2,  B1G #8, FBS #74

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   399.6  Pass 236.3 Rush 163.3  Scoring 28.1
B1G    #6             #5               #7                    #7
FBS    #64           #57             #63                  #72
Defense  
Total   324.6  Pass 176.8  Rush 147.8    Scoring 22.5
B1G    #6              #2                #6                   #6
FBS    #18            #8                #46                 #30 
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The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                            Indiana
Northwestern                Maryland
Purdue                          Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Wisconsin   8-2, 5-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Nebraska           8-2, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Iowa                  7-3, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Minnesota   7-3, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Northwestern   4-6, 2-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Illinois           4-6, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Purdue           3-7, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
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Week 12 Recap: Fighting Illini

Well as comfortable as the game would end up, the Hawkeyes sure made us sweat a bit getting there.  With our customary start with the ball, the Hawkeye offense went 6 yards, then 18, 20, 23, and Iowa has a 1st and goal from the Illini 8. Mark would get 5 yards on 1st down, but then with three more attempts from the 3, he could not get in.  Illinois held, and started from their 1 yard line.

From there, the Illini would get one 1st down, but then a penalty set them back to a 1st and 16, and the Iowa defense nailed Illinois trying a jet sweep, and that killed the drive.  Their punt was pretty good, but the gunner slammed into Vandeberg who had signaled fair catch, and that gave Iowa the ball at the Illinois 36.

But Iowa went 3 and out, and in the exchange, the Illini got the ball back at their 7 after the Hawkeye punt.

This is the drive that started with a holding call, and two plays later, the Illini failed to get the snap off, and that was a delay of game, so they faced a 3rd and 14 from their 3 yard line.  Iowa brought the pressure immediately, so Lunt just flipped the ball toward the far side flat, but as the camera panned that way, there were no Illini in the area.  And as the ball came down, an Iowa defender put his hands above his head in the safety formation.

The officials huddled up, then the referee pulled his flag from his belt and dropped it on the ground, and that was intentional grounding on Lunt, and it occurred in the end zone, and that is a safety, and the Hawkeyes had a 2-0 lead at 4:55 of the 1st quarter.

Iowa got the ball back of course, but after Mark ran for 9 and then 7 yards, Jake and Mark get mixed up on the next play, and the ball hit the turf, and Jake could not dive back on top of it.  Illinois ball at the Iowa 34.

November 13, 2014

The Eternal Season - 11/13/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 12: Iowa @ Illinois

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 6-3, 3-2 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today:
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, WIN 48-7
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, Loss 51-14
November 15th @ •Illinois, 12:00 pm, BTN
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, TBD
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Huskers @ Badgers, 3:30 pm, ABC

Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 15th, 2014.  Iowa @ Illinois Fighting Illini, 4-5, 1-4 Big Ten, 1-3 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 75, Illinois leads 38-29-2
Last Meeting: 2008, Hawkeyes 24, Illini 27

Current Line: Iowa -3.5

Turnover Margin: -1,  B1G #7, FBS #70

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   378.8  Pass 231.1 Rush 147.7  Scoring 27.9
B1G    #6             #5               #9                    #7
FBS    #84           #64             #86                  #74
Defense  
Total   334.6  Pass 180.1  Rush 154.4    Scoring 23.4
B1G    #6              #2                #8                   #8
FBS    #19            #8                #60                 #41 
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Big Ten West Standings:
Nebraska           8-1, 4-1 B1G, 3-0 B1G West
Minnesota   7-2, 4-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Wisconsin   7-2, 4-1 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Iowa                  6-3, 3-2 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Illinois           4-5, 1-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Northwestern   3-6, 2-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Purdue          3 -7, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
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Week 11 Recap: Golden Rodents

We are sorry Floyd.

There really is no other way to describe it, with what we had on the line, this has to be the worse loss of the Ferentz era.  And so, we leave it in the past, if you really want to rehash it there are plenty of places where you can read the bloody details.  Floyd, when you finally travel to Iowa City next fall (that was 4 out of 5 years we have played @ the Rodents), we will have payback, and in Iowa City you will stay.

Week 12 Preview: Fighting Illini

But as bad as that game was - in all areas, offense, defense, and special teams, the season is not over.  There is still much to play for.  

Take a look at the Big Ten West standings above - the 3rd column, the division standings.  

The Rodents, Badgers, and Hawkeyes all have 1 division loss.