October 15, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 6

Iowa’s Record 3-2, 1-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
USA Today:
ESPN Power 16:
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
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 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.



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