November 19, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 12

Iowa’s Record 6-4, 4-3 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP:
USA Today:
ESPN Power 16:
HARRIS:
BCS:

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State LOSS 31-6
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois WIN 35-7
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue WIN 34-17
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana WIN 38-21
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan LOSS 23-20 OT
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern LOSS 28-27
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin WIN 20-10
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota 12:05 PM ESPN2
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November 19th 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Minnesota Golden Gophers 7-3, 4-3 Big 10
Prior Games: 98, Minnesota leads 58-38-2
Last Game: Iowa 29, Minnesota 27

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Wisconsin
Finally.  It seems Norm flipped a switch at the end of 1st quarter and his defensive line awakened to bring the Hawks the pressure we have been so lacking through the first nine games.  6 sacks.  19 total yards rushing for the Badgers.  4th leading back in the country Calhoun carried 15 times for an abysmal 18 yards.  The Badgers had 8 straight possessions end with punts.  Until their final futile drive the Badger offense had only managed 26 yards in the second half.  Complete defensive domination.  And on the flip slide, the Hawk offense rewrote the recent game script and started slow then found their groove.  Albert Young now ranks 5th nationally with 119.7 yards per game and the Iowa offense was able to pick up third downs and chew up large chunks of clock in the 4th quarter to keep the Badger offense on the bench.  If not for Young’s fumble at the 2-yard line, the margin would have been 17 points.  Yes – the Hawks finally put it all together on both sides of the ball and played for the entire 60 minutes.  Time to do it one more time, and then get ready to head off and play in our 5th straight bowl game.  Oh yeah – one of those d-line freshmen, Mitch King is your Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week!

November 12, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 11

Iowa’s Record 5-4, 3-3 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP:
USA Today:
ESPN Power 16:
HARRIS:
BCS:

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State LOSS 31-6
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois WIN 35-7
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue WIN 34-17
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana WIN 38-21
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan LOSS 23-20 OT
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern LOSS 28-27
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin 3:35 PM ESPN
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota 12:05 PM ESPN2
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November 12th 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Wisconsin Badgers 8-2, 5-2 Big 10 #19 AP & USA Today polls.
Prior Games: 80, tied 39-39-2
Last Game: Iowa 30, Wisconsin 7

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Northwestern
If this was not the most painful loss in the Ferentz era, I’m not sure what game supplants it. Imagine – the Hawks had no turnovers and picked off two Wildcat passes.  Young ran for a career best 202 yards and Tate passed for 276, and for 55 minutes the game was securely in hand.  Yet when the recap of this season is written it will again center on our failure to get 1st downs when needing to run out the clock, ultimately costly field goal misses, and our inability to get the defensive stops that we have made game in and game out back to 2002 that have doomed us to a mid Big 10 finish.  If we can somehow win the last two games we might – might avoid bowling in Detroit and get to take a trip to sunnier Texas.  But as we now know there are no gimmies anywhere to be found on the 2005 schedule, and the hype the Hawks run into this weekend will be substantial.

November 5, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 10

Iowa’s Record 5-3, 3-2 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Votes - barely.
USA Today: Votes - barely.
ESPN Power 16:
HARRIS:
BCS:

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State LOSS 31-6
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois WIN 35-7
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue WIN 34-17
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana WIN 38-21
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan LOSS 23-20 OT
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern 12:05 PM ESPN
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin 3:35 PM ESPN
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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November 5th 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Northwestern Wildcats 5-3, 3-2 Big 10
Prior Games: 66, Iowa leads 45-18-3
Last Game: 2002 – Iowa 62, Northwestern 10

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Michigan
At least we had a good time going out in Iowa City on Friday and Saturday nights.  The game – well, considering that we played well below our abilities, and had to battle both the Wolverines and the officials during the first half, losing the game on one play in OT was not so bad.  It’s a good thing Iowa has a school policy not to show ‘controversial’ replays on the big screen, as those officials had to enter and exit the field right below the student section.  It was quite funny that the students had been given gold hankies to wave in unison as the Hawks took the field, as many of those found their way onto the heads of the zebras as they headed to the locker room at halftime.  How the least-penalized team in the country and home team no less, could be flagged 11 times while Michigan drew only 3 penalties is perplexing, to be sure.  Still, if the Hawks had been able to hold onto the ball (Solomon’s tipped catch resulted in an interception, and he dropped a couple of very catchable balls, including what would have been a 1st and goal in overtime), and had we (again) been able to get a little more pressure from the d-line, the game would have been won in regulation.  We made those plays last year.  As we enter the home stretch, let’s hope the bye week allowed the team to find what it needs to make those plays to close out the season on a high note.

October 22, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 8

Iowa’s Record 5-2, 3-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Votes yes, ranking, not yet.
USA Today: Votes yes, ranking, not yet.
ESPN Power 16:
HARRIS:
BCS:

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State LOSS 31-6
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois WIN 35-7
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue WIN 34-17
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana 12:05 PM WIN 38-21
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan 12:05 PM, ABC
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
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October 22nd 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Michigan Wolverines 4-3, 2-2 Big 10
Prior Games: 52, Michigan leads 38-10-4
Last Game: Michigan 30, Iowa 17

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Indiana
Well – that was a rather perplexing game.  If anyone were to look at the stats without knowing the score, they would be sure that the Hoosiers came out of Kinnick with a rather easy win. Fortunately, it’s the points that count in the end.  Witness: more first downs than Iowa, 25-19. Time of possession – Hoosiers 40:09, Iowa 19:51.  Total offense –Hawks 425, Hoosiers 446.  Heck, their QB even set a Kinnick stadium record for pass completions with 37.  Why?  Say it with me now – not enough up front pressure. At least the offense did make the most out of their limited chances.  When the Hoosiers closed to 24-21 early in the 4th, the Hawks moved the ball down the field efficiently to put the game away with two rushing touchdowns.  In the end, the Kinnick stadium winning streak sits at 22 straight, and into town rolls our good friends from Ann Arbor.

October 15, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 6

Iowa’s Record 3-2, 1-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP:
USA Today:
ESPN Power 16:
HARRIS:
BCS: First poll 10/17

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State LOSS 31-6
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois WIN 35-7
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue 4:35 PM, ESPN
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana 12:05 PM, ESPN+
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan TBD
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
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October 8th 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Purdue Boilermakers 2-2, 0-1 Big 10
Prior Games: 77, Purdue leads 44-30-3
Last Game: Iowa 23, Purdue 21

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Illinois
Well – the win, nice. However, things are still a work in progress, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Illinois was able to move the ball up and down the field throughout the first half.  If not for their three botched field goals (2 blocked) and interception at our 2-yard line, the game could have had a very different feel in the second half.  Fortunately, it didn’t.  Yes, the d-line did make progress as the 2nd half progressed, finally getting pressure (and – sacks!) as the Hawks put the game away in the 4th with Damian Sims’s 66 yard td run.  The offense looked more like the offense of 2004, with Tate moving about and getting the ball downfield, finding his receivers and tight ends, and the (un 2004 like) running game of 301 yards.  So, the Hawks feel like they might have started to turn a corner, and now we see if we can take few steps more in that direction by gunning for our first win in West Lafayette since 1991.  Oh, I did appreciate that last TD – you recall in last week’s message I requested a four-touchdown margin of victory.  35-7, 4 touchdown margin.  Once in a while, the Sedge does know what he is talking about. Sometimes.  Occasionally.

This Week: Purdue
Sometime around April the national media starting claiming that Purdue might have the inside track to the Big 10 title and Rose Bowl.  They miss the Buckeyes and Wolverines and get the Hawks in Ross-Ade.  The Boilermakers returned all 11 starters on defense and most of their offensive weapons.  Then the games started.  A double overtime loss to the Golden Rodents, and then a 49-28 drubbing (at home) by the Irish has Purdue out of the Rose Bowl and struggling for an upper tier January bowl.  Sort of like the Hawks.  This might constitute an elimination game for the Cap 1 and Outback bowls, so look for a hard fought game on both sides of the ball.  Purdue has given up just over 1000 yards in their last two games, about 450 of which came on the ground.  So I think – hope – that the Hawks will be able to move the ball and score points.  The defense will be tested by the Purdue passing game, which has racked up 600 yards over the last two games. Purdue also sports a newly installed option playbook, and we struggled with option plays the first half last week. Did the defensive line make real progress?  We shall see – the Hawks will need to get pressure up front so the linebackers can stay back in coverage as needed.  If we have to blitz to get pressure, we could be in trouble.

Why You Should Watch The Iowa Games At Blondies Sports
1. A room full of Iowans, and Quasi-Iowans.  No comment.
2. Iowa games in glorious audio – we control the bar side stereo.  That means you hear the game.  And the fight song.  ON IOWA.  The Beer Song.  Maybe a little Hawkeye radio audio from the Capital   One Bowl.
3. A bar decked out in Hawkeye banners, flags, signs, etc.  Like the Sports Column…minus the attitude.
4. It is a bar – meaning that once the game kicks off, you don’t have to drink Coke.  That is, unless you want to.
5. Speaking of audio…actual Hawkeye Marching Band alumni have been known to break out the brass and start jamming.
6. Prizes.  From time to time, there will be raffles of cool Hawkeye gear.  A while back we gave away a Kirk Ferentz autographed football.  Imagine what that will be worth after he wins four or five    national titles!
7. James The Bartender is back.  He was with us from 2001-2003, so he is as much a  
part of NYC Hawkeye football as Matt, I, and all the regulars. Take care of him and he takes care of you!
8. Should the Hawks lose, you don’t have to drown your sorrows by yourself.  Pain is a drink best shared with friends.
9. How could I have forgotten this one  - maybe the best chicken wings in the City.


Game Time is 4:35 - eastern – NOT 3:35!  We basically have the time slot to ourselves, at least as far as Big 10 games goes.  Depending on the MLB playoff results, we may also have to battle Yankee (gag me) fans.  Let’s hope they sweep and won’t be playing Saturday. – Scratch that – they lost tonight.  Go Angels.


GO HAWKS!!!

Sedge

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 7

Iowa’s Record 4-2, 2-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP:
USA Today:
ESPN Power 16:
HARRIS:
BCS: First poll 10/17

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State LOSS 31-6
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois WIN 35-7
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue WIN 34-17
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana 12:05 PM, ESPN+
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan 12:05 PM, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 TBD
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
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October 15th 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Indiana Hoosiers 4-1, 1-1 Big 10
Prior Games: 66, Iowa leads 37-25-4
Last Game: Iowa 24, Indiana 8 (2002)

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Purdue
How pleasant it was, sitting there with fellow Hawkeyes, watching the Iowa offense finally come to life.  On the road, no less. Against a defense with 11 returning starters.  And in a game in which the loser was most likely kicked out of post New Year’s Day bowl games. Yes, it was the Iowa offense that we thought we would see in just about every game this year – Tate for a career high 357 yards and 3 tds, Albert Young running to a career high 165 on 36 carries, everything looking fluid and in control on almost every play.  A large part of that success was the result of the recent shifts in the o-line, which became all the stronger as the game went on.  By the 4th quarter it looked like the old lines anchored by Man-Beast Gallery – huge holes for the backs to stroll through.  Their domination of the Purdue d-line shows on the 2nd half time of possession - Iowa 21:31, the Boilermakers 8:29.  The Hawks did not turn the ball over and only had 2 penalties.  All in all, things looked very good on the offensive side of the ball.  It seems the corner has been turned.  That is, as long as we can find people to catch Tate’s passes.  Ed ‘Highlight Film’ Hinkel is out with a broken arm, and Clinton ‘Deep Threat’ Solomon is banged up but should be able to go.  It’s time for those young Hawk receivers and tight ends to get into the game and start contributing.

October 1, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 5

Iowa’s Record 2-2, 0-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Nope
USA Today: Nada
ESPN Power 16: Out
HARRIS: First poll 9/25
BCS: First poll 10/17

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State LOSS 31-6
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois 12:05 PM, ESPN+
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue 4:35 PM, ESPN
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana TBD
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan TBD
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
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October 1st 2005 Iowa Hawkeyes v. Illinois Fighting Illini 2-2, 0-1 Big 10
Prior Games: 65, Illinois leads 37-26-2
Last Game: Iowa 23, Illinois 13

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Ohio State
You might excuse the Sedge for not really feeling like typing much about this game.  Just watching it was bad enough.  Such a game that our kicking teams were the highlight.  Schlicher hit field goals of 52 and 37 yards (the 52 his longest to date), and the vaunted Buckeye punt return team could only manage 2 yards on the day.  Heh…and we punted a lot.  It’s precisely the kind of game where you need a cupcake the following week.  Oh, and look who we have here:

September 24, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 4

Iowa’s Record 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #21
USA Today: #21
ESPN Power 16: Out
HARRIS: First poll 9/25
BCS: First poll 10/17

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa WIN 45-21
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State 12:05 PM, ABC
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois 12:05 PM, ESPN+
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue 4:35 PM, ESPN
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana TBD
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan TBD
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
1/4/06 Rose Bowl – 2006 BCS Title Game 8:00 PM ABC
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September 24th 2005 – Iowa Hawkeyes @ Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1, 0-0 Big 10
#8 AP, #9 USA Today Polls
Prior Games: 59, Ohio State leads 42-14-3
Last Game: Iowa 33, Ohio State 7 – largest margin of victory over the Buckeyes ever.

Email Matt If Columbus Bound
Are you going to Columbus this weekend, or thinking of going last minute?  If so, email club President Matt Stueland at
mstueland@nyc.rr.com. Matt will be there and can let you know where the game day events for Hawkeye fans are taking place. Matt can also get you in touch with other NYC Hawkeyes who are driving and have room in their cars if you want to join
.

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Northern Iowa
All right – it seems there has been a little too much moaning going on over the Hawks 45-21 victory over the Panthers – which netted a school record 20 game home winning streak, 3rd best in Division 1.  When the starting offense left after the 3rd quarter, it was 38-7 Hawks – and could have been more, but we reigned in the offense after halftime.  Yes, the two blown coverages for tds in the 4th quarter were painful to see – but they occurred with the game in hand, and we knew going in the Panthers did have a very legit passing attack.  Of note, Tate was 15-18 for 247 and 2 tds, Albert Young now averages 8.3 yards per carry, and there were no turnovers (just as after the 5 turnover game last year) or offensive penalties.  We do need more pressure up front from the d-line – Greenway had 20 tackles last week, which is great, but too many for a linebacker.  But those guys are now a quarter of the way through their first starting season, so look for rapid improvement from week to week. This would be a good week to start getting into the backfield – as we have an ass whoopin’ we need to follow up on.

September 17, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 3

Iowa’s Record 1-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #22
USA Today: #21
ESPN Power 16: Out
HARRIS: First poll 9/25
BCS: First poll 10/17

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State LOSS 23-3
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa 3:35 PM, ESPN+/ESPNU
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State 12:05 PM, ABC
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois TBD
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue 4:35 PM, ESPN
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana TBD
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan TBD
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
1/4/06 Rose Bowl – 2006 BCS Title Game 8:00 PM ABC
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September 17th 2005 – Iowa Hawkeyes v. Northern Iowa Panthers 2-0, 0-0 Gateway
#9 USA Today Div. 1-AA Poll
Prior Games: 13, Iowa leads 12-1
Last Game: 1997 Hawks 66, Panthers 0

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Iowa State

Ok…the Hawks pulled out the Dr. Jekyll Saturday and handed the game to the Clones.  Note – Iowa State did not dominate/handcuff/etc. the Hawks.  Yes, they played well enough to win, but only thanks to the 5 turnovers that led to all 23 of their points (Iowa actually outgained the Clones in total yardage).  Were the Hawks somehow rattled in Jack Trice?  I think not – as most of the offensive weapons started games in Michigan and Penn State last year, with their 100K plus crowds.  No, they just seemed to be off somehow.  It may have something to do with the fact the offensive starters only played 18 minutes last week.  Rest assured they will play most of the game Saturday, regardless of the score. Should we be concerned about the rest of the season based on this game?  No – here is why:

September 10, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 2

Iowa’s Record 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #8
USA Today: #8
ESPN Power 16: #7
HARRIS: First poll 9/25
BCS: First poll 10/17

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State WIN 56-0
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State 3:35 PM, ABC
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa 3:35 PM, ESPN+/ESPNU
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State TBD
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois TBD
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue 4:35 PM, ESPN
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana TBD
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan TBD
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
1/4/06 Rose Bowl – 2006 BCS Title Game 8:00 PM ABC
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September 10th 2005 – Iowa Hawkeyes @ Iowa State Cyclones 1-0, 0-0 Big 12
Prior Games: 52, Iowa leads 35-17
Last Game: Hawks 17, Clones 10

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  I cannot guarantee that you will have Iowa audio on that side, however - especially once the Big 10 season starts.

Last Week: Ball State
As expected, it is a wee bit difficult to tell where the Hawks stand after week one.  Yes, the running game and d-line looked great – but against an overmatched team missing seven suspended starters.  What does it all mean? I’m not sure…but it was nice to see the starting offense put up 35 points in 18 minutes, and the defense pitch its first shutout since 2001.  Not to mention that the Top 10 teams of the mid-80’s beat up on the non-conference teams by 40 to 50 points.  Here is the ESPN recap of the game:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=252462294&confId=null <http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=252462294&amp;confId=null>

That takes us to this week, and what should be a considerably tougher challenge, the Cyclones in Ames.  Except…

September 3, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 1

Iowa’s Record 0-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #11
USA Today: #10
ESPN Power 16: #11
HARRIS: First poll 9/25
BCS: First poll 10/17

2005 Iowa Football Schedule
9/3/05 Iowa v. Ball State 12:10 PM, ESPN+
9/10/05 Iowa @ Iowa State 3:35 PM, ABC
9/17/05 Iowa v. Northern Iowa 3:35 PM, ESPN+/ESPNU
9/24/05 Iowa @ Ohio State TBD
10/1/05 Iowa v. Illinois TBD
10/8/05 Iowa @ Purdue 4:35 PM, ESPN
10/15/05 Iowa v. Indiana TBD
10/22/05 Iowa v. Michigan TBD
10/29/05 Bye Week
11/5/05 Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin TBD
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
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1/2/06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 4:30 PM ABC
1/2/06 Nokia Sugar Bowl 8:30 PM ABC
1/3/06 FedEx Orange Bowl 8:00 PM ABC
1/4/06 Rose Bowl – 2006 BCS Title Game 8:00 PM ABC
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September 3rd 2005 – Iowa Hawkeyes v. Ball State Cardinals 0-0, 0-0 Mid American
Prior Games: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.

Greetings Tri-State Hawkeyes!

At long last…the wait is nearly over.  Within days now the 2005 Iowa Hawkeyes begin their quest for an undisputed Big 10 title and Rose Bowl showdown with, oh, I don’t know, USC.  The post ‘Catch’ and preseason hype has nearly drowned out all other talk of Hawkeye sports, and with good cause.  Iowa is another double-digit season removed from being squarely in there with the elite football programs in the country. And as I gaze across the 2005 schedule, I am convinced an 11-0 season is well within reach.