July 24, 2018

The Eternal Season - Tuesday July 24th, 2018

Welcome to the Dog Days of summer.  Here in Gotham. a stretch of mid 80s days, all with a decent chance of storms and rain.  In fact, the bright sky begins to cloud up as I type these words.

But what a great summer it is!  It started with my Capitals claiming their first Stanley Cup in Vegas.  And while things that happen in Vegas are supposed to stay there, it has been great fun seeing each Cap spend their Day With the Cup, as it travels around the country (and world) to the hometowns of every player and staff member.  And based on the offseason moves, the Caps seem ready to make another run for Cup glory in 2018-19.

The Dodgers have reclaimed their place atop the NL West, with Arizona and Colorado hanging close here in late July.  They are Philly for a series to start the week, where Utley is getting huge ovations when he comes to the plate, in this his final season.

And of course, we are now 39 days from the start of Hawkeye Football.

Which leads us to the Big Ten Media Days, from Chicago, going on right now.  Kirk, in year 20, the dead of all FBS coaches.  The Hawks are getting ready to challenge the Badgers for West supremacy, and in fact they open the B1G slate against Wisconsin.  It all kicks off on September 1st.

If you want to have Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes sent to your email box every Thursday eve during the season, you can send me a email at icsedge1@yahoo.com.

Oh.  Yeah, September 1st also my birthday.  Alas.

Locally, NYC FC stands 4 points shy of Atlanta United for the lead in the Eastern Division of the MLS.  The only pro team born in New York City since I moved here, so my go to MLS team.  They just need their own soccer only stadium.  Yankee Stadium is not a soccer stadium. As of this writing there are no solutions for a stadium in place, but there seems to be growing momentum on the south Bronx.

Now time to jump back into the Week 1 Hawkeye Game Notes, with the new news coming out of the B1G Media Days.

Have a great day, and enjoy all the games!

Sedge






May 25, 2018

The Eternal Season - Friday May 25, 2018

Well we are quite giddy here at TES, where for the first time in 20 seasons, our Washington Capitals will head to the Stanley Cup final!  To date, they have paid back the former Rangers coach, the hated Penguins, and the Bolts for their sweep of us in 2011, now just the Cup left to claim.  It all starts on Monday night, 8:00 pm, on NBC, as the Caps head west to Las Vegas to face the Black Knights.

A 1974 expansion team meets a 2017 expansion team, and while the Knights seemed to kind of breeze their way through the West, the have not run into a Tom Wilson check or an Ovi one timer yet.  Or Burakovsky getting behind the defense.  The Caps have gotten production from all 4 lines this postseason, they will need to keep it going to bring home the best hardware in sports.

December 25, 2017

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2017 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, 2017 Pinstripe Bowl, Iowa v Boston College

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2017 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-5, 4-5 Big Ten, 3-3 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
Coaches:
College Football Playoff:
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2017 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

September 2nd, v. Wyoming, WIN 24-3
September 9th, @ Iowa State, WIN 44-41 OT
September 16th, v. North Texas, WIN 31-14
September 23rd, v. Penn State, Loss 21-19
September 30th,  @ Michigan State, Loss 17-10
October 7th, v. •Illinois, WIN 45-16
October 15th, Bye Week
October 21st, @ •Northwestern, Loss 17-10 OT
October 28th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 17-10
November 4th, v. Ohio State, WIN 55-24
November 11th, @ •Wisconsin, Loss 38-14
November 18th, v. •Purdue, Loss 24-15
November 24th, @ •Nebraska, WIN 56-14

•Big Ten West Division Game

2017 Pinstripe Bowl, from Yankee Stadium, Bronx New York
Wednesday December 27th, 5:15 eastern, 4:15 central, 3:15 mountain, 2:15 western


Scouting next opponent
Returns in 2018

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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December 27, 2017: Iowa Hawkeyes v Boston College Eagles, 7-5, 4-4 ACC Atlantic
Previous Meetings: 0, first gridiron meeting
Last Meeting:

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -3.0

Turnover Margin: +4,  B1G #3 FBS #40

Interceptions: 19, B1G #1, FBS #2

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2017 season final
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Offense
Total   340.3  Pass 197.8  Rush 142.4  Scoring 28.3
B1G    #10           #8                #11              #5
FBS    #107     #88              #92              #68
Defense  
Total   355.3  Pass 213.3 Rush 142.1   Scoring 19.9
B1G    #8             #9              #8                 #6
FBS    #33           #48            #39                #19
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B1G WEST STANDINGS - Final
Wisconsin   12-0, 9-0 B1G, 6-0 B1G West
Northwestern   9-3, 7-2 B1G, 5-1 B1G West
Iowa                 7-5, 4-5 B1G, 3-3 B1G West
Purdue     6-6, 4-5 B1G, 3-3 B1G West
Nebraska     4-8, 3-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Minnesota   5-7, 2-7 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Illinois     2-10, 0-9 B1G, 0-6 B1G West
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WEEK 13: Nebraska
Bahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!  

We shall see you again next Black Friday Huskers!  Oh, and let’s see what Scott Frost can do back at is alma matter.  Sadly for Frost, things have changed much in the upper midwest since he was at Nebraska winning a national title in the late 90s.  He may be about to find out the hard way.

Postseason - Pinstripe Bowl v Boston College

So, it’s the Hawkeyes vs the Eagles, two birds of prey going at it for Pinstripe glory.  Having never met  on the field, it’s been some time since your scribe has even seen BC on the television, so we have to learn from youtube and the recaps of their season for some guidance on what the Hawks will face.  First, a recap of the BC 2017 season.

The Eagles actually opened up on the road, paying the midwest a visit, as they played Norther Illinois at their place, in Dekalb, IL.  

November 23, 2017

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2017 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 13: Hawkeyes @ Cornhuskers

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2017 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 6-5, 3-5 Big Ten, 2-3 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
Coaches:
College Football Playoff:
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2017 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

September 2nd, v. Wyoming, WIN 24-3
September 9th, @ Iowa State, WIN 44-41 OT
September 16th, v. North Texas, WIN 31-14
September 23rd, v. Penn State, Loss 21-19
September 30th,  @ Michigan State, Loss 17-10
October 7th, v. •Illinois, WIN 45-16
October 15th, Bye Week
October 21st, @ •Northwestern, Loss 17-10 OT
October 28th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 17-10
November 4th, v. Ohio State, WIN 55-24
November 11th, @ •Wisconsin, Loss 38-14
November 18th, v. •Purdue, Loss 24-15
November 24th, @ •Nebraska, 4:05 pm, FS1 Black Friday

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 2nd, Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Arena, Indianapolis  


Scouting next opponent
Bowl Opponent TBD

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 24th, 2017: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Nebraska Cornhuskers, 4-7, 3-5 Big 10, 2-3 B1G West
Previous Meetings:47, Nebraska leads 29-15-3
Last Meeting: 2016, Cornhuskers 10, Hawkeyes 40

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -3.5

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #7 FBS #59

Interceptions: 16, B1G #1, FBS #6

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2017 Through Week 12
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Offense
Total   325.3  Pass 198.4  Rush 126.9  Scoring 25.8
B1G    #10           #8                #12                 #9
FBS    #117     #87              #107               #87
Defense  
Total   363.4  Pass 214.5 Rush 148.9     Scoring 20.5
B1G    #9             #9              #8                 #6
FBS    #39           #35            #46                #26
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Wisconsin           11-0, 8-0 B1G, 5-0 B1G West
Northwestern       8-3, 6-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Purdue       5-6, 3-5 B1G, 3-3 B1G West
Iowa                   6-5, 3-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Nebraska       4-7, 3-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Minnesota     5-6, 2-6 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Illinois       2-9, 0-8 B1G, 0-5 B1G West
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WEEK 12: Purdue

Ugh.  Will the real Iowa offense please show up?  Time to bring out the time honored bowling trick when throwing a few bad frames - the fence.  

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November 16, 2017

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2017 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 12: Boilermakers @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2017 Edition

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Iowa’s Record: 6-4, 3-4 Big Ten, 2-2 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 25 votes
Coaches: 16 votes
College Football Playoff:
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2017 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

September 2nd, v. Wyoming, WIN 24-3
September 9th, @ Iowa State, WIN 44-41 OT
September 16th, v. North Texas, WIN 31-14
September 23rd, v. Penn State, Loss 21-19
September 30th,  @ Michigan State, Loss 17-10
October 7th, v. •Illinois, WIN 45-16
October 15th, Bye Week
October 21st, @ •Northwestern, Loss 17-10 OT
October 28th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 17-10
November 4th, v. Ohio State, WIN 55-24
November 11th, @ •Wisconsin, Loss 38-14
November 18th, v. •Purdue, 3:40 pm, BTN
November 24th, @ •Nebraska, 4:00 pm, FS1 Black Friday

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 2nd, Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Arena, Indianapolis  


Scouting next opponent
November 18th, Nebraska @ Penn State, 4:00 pm, FS1

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 18th, 2017: Iowa Hawkeyes v Purdue Boilermakers, 4-6, 2-5 Big Ten, 2-3 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 87, Iowa leads 46-38-3
Last Meeting: 2016, Hawkeyes 49, Boilermakers 35

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -9.5

Turnover Margin: +3,  B1G #4 FBS #43

Interceptions: 16, B1G #1, FBS #3

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2017 Through Week 11
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Offense
Total   332.0  Pass 200.6  Rush 131.4  Scoring 26.9
B1G    #12           #8                #11                 #7
FBS    #115     #85              #102               #80
Defense  
Total   370.3  Pass 213.0 Rush 157.3     Scoring 20.1
B1G    #9             #9              #10                 #5
FBS    #45           #55            #58                #24
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Wisconsin   10-0, 7-0 B1G, 5-0 B1G West
Northwestern   7-3, 5-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Iowa                         6-4, 3-4 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Nebraska             4-6, 3-4 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Minnesota     5-5, 2-5 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Purdue             4-6, 4-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Illinois             2-8, 0-7 B1G, 0-5 B1G West
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WEEK 11: Badgers

Well, that was one for the ages all right.  That is, the 66 net yards the offense got, the worst single game in the 19 years of the Ferentz era.

While the defense was tossing in two more pick-sixes (both by Jackson, again one of your national Defensive Players of the Week), the Iowa offense tossed in 3 turnovers and at least 6 drops, basically the complete opposite of what they did against Ohio State.