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…
This Week: Iowa State

…The Clones STRUGGLED with 1-AA Illinois State – in Ames – needing all game to put away the Redbirds 32-21.  In other words, they needed 60 minutes to get 3 fewer points than the Hawks did in 18 minutes against a Division 1 opponent.  Worse, Iowa State gave up 56 and 80 yard TD passes – and let me assure you the Hawks bring a much more lethal passing attack to town than Illinois State.  This near-debacle could have been caused by two things: a: the Clones were looking ahead to the showdown with the Top 10 Hawkeyes and sleepwalked through the Illinois State game, or b: they are not that good and they are about to get blown out on Saturday.  I think the truth lies somewhere in between, and I am expecting Iowa to come away with something like the old 15 wins in a row days – say 45-17, or so.  In the event your don’t have a brother who (foolishly) went to Iowa State (thus knowing more about the 2005 Clones than you care to), here is the College Football News 2005 Iowa State preview:

http://www.collegefootballnews.com/Big_12/2005_Previews/IowaState_Preview.htm

Full Disclosure – the Sedge in fact was born and raised in Ames (Ames High ‘Little Cyclones’ class of ’89, even), so for the first part of my life I was squarely on the other side of this rivalry.  Once I began thinking about where I might go to college I knew that staying in my hometown was NOT an option, and soon thereafter visited Iowa City (by some freak chance, at the time I was a junior in high school I had been in like 37 states – but never Iowa City!) and that did it.  I do still like the Clones enough to hope that they can go on and do some serious damage in the Big 12 – remembering that our strength of schedule could be a factor in our bowl positioning come December.  So let’s hope the Hawks put away the Clones early, and that both teams come out of the game injury free and onto the next challenge.  Such that it is; as we play Northern Iowa.

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 playing.
  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 real good care of you!

If this is anything like the past couple years, the back room of Blondies will be more or less full of red-clad Cyclone fans.  Let’s keep the fisticuffs to a minimum and make sure we sing the Fight and Beer songs with special volume and energy this week!

Oh yes…this is an ideal Saturday to spend all day in front of the tv. At noon, we get to see how Michigan looks against Notre Dame…then after our game, the Buckeyes take on title contender Texas.  Depending on how the rest of this ‘short’ week goes (always 5 days of work to do in these short weeks, yes?), the Sedge may get to the bar at 12:00 to secure our corner and scout the Wolverines.

See you Saturday at 3:30.  GO HAWKS!!!

Sedge

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