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:

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
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 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.
 This Week: Michigan
So much for pre-season rankings.  We know where we started out - Michigan was as high as number four.  If not for an as-time-expired td pass to beat Penn State, the Wolverines would be rolling into Iowa City sub .500 for the year. They have fallen to the Irish (acceptable), Wisconsin, and the Golden Rodents (unacceptable).  They knocked off the Spartans and then two of those directional schools for their other wins.  So which Michigan team shows up is hard to figure out. They of course bring to the table well known stars like Hart, Avant, Breaston, and QB Henne, but those stars were on the field in their three losses, so we’ll see what they can do in front of 70,000 black clad Hawkeye fans.  We moved the ball more or less at will against them last year (with no running game to speak of) and only lost because of our 5 turnovers. The Hawks will not make the same mistakes this year – and with Young and Simms eating up crucial yards on the ground, Tate should have time to look downfield.  I think it will be a decent game in the first half, but then the Hawks will ride the home field emotion over the weary Wolverines in the second half and the Hawks will pull away to a 37-20 win.

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.

Another noon kickoff this week, so make sure your alarms are set before you go out Friday night. The Sedge, Matt, Corky, Robyn, Chad, etc. are heading back to IC for the game, so there will be a little more room than usual.  Hamlet will be running the sound system and Jerred will have my flags and banners, so the place will feel just like it should if we all were there.

I have reserved a table for 10 people, and two spaces are already spoken for.  Victor Markson and his son Jonathan should be joining us for their first Blondies game watch.  Oh yes…Victor is a 93 year old, 1937 graduate of the University of Iowa Medical School (then SUI).  What a treat it would be to watch an Iowa game with someone who was there when none other than Nile Kinnick was making a name for himself.  If any of you want to join the Marksons at the table, it is reserved under my name (Dave).

Have a great week everyone, and safe travels to those of you heading west!  We will see you again after our bye week – that team we love to beat by about 45 points, the Wildcats – on November 5th.



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