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
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

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:

This Week: Illinois
Michigan State might go on to be very good team – you never know with them.  Still, I’m pretty sure the Illini liked their chances with the Spartans – as the game was in Champaign-Urbana.  Then the game started.  When it was over, the Illini had endured a 61-14, 705 yard (against) shellacking.  Brought a smile to my face, it did.  The question, then, is what will the Illini bring to Iowa City on our Homecoming Saturday?  New coach Ron Zook will get Illinois to a point of respectability  - in the future.  The Hawks, the future better arrive Saturday.  It would be very nice to see the passing game and running game work together, and it would be nice to see the defensive line not get swallowed up by the o-line surge on nearly every play.  With any luck, Illinois will provide just enough opposition to make the Hawks work a bit, but that’s it.  I was not pleased that we only beat them 23-13 last year (you can only move the ball with the wind in their stadium), so I am demanding nothing less than a 4-touchdown victory this year.

Last year the Hawks lost their non-conference road game, and then lost their road Big 10 opener (we open at Illinois next year, making it 6 out of 7 years on the road…what is up with that?).  So – what can we expect from the same scenario this year?  Hard to say – in the Michigan loss last year, the Hawks looked good on both sides of the ball, excepting the turnovers.  We have not looked good in our two losses this year – but aside from the d-line, it’s basically the same team.  So I am not giving up yet – it may take just one play that sparks both the offense and defense to look like the squads that we expected.  Illinois may give up that play.  And from there, who knows.  The Big 10 is a mess already  - Michigan out of the polls as well – so let’s see what the Hawks can do after they take care of the Illini.

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.

Game time is 12:00 noon Saturday.  No Buckeye fans or Northwestern geeks to deal with this week – they are both off.  The big game of the day is Michigan-Michigan State, so expect them to be filling up the back and restaurant sides, and we will have the bar to ourselves!  Remember – as each day goes by, we are one day removed from the ‘Horror in the Horseshoe!’  Have a good week!



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