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:

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

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.

This Week: Northwestern
I can only imagine how loud the Geek Squad was as their game with Michigan kicked off last week. Sadly for them, their high octane offense came crashing down to earth as the Wolverines clamped down on them in the second half en route to a 33-17 victory on the Wildcat’s home field. One the one hand we were kind of hoping they rolled into the bar Saturday on a winning streak so it would be all the more fun to shut them up.  On the other, their loss means that the winner of this game is a game up in the Big 10 standings – and Northwestern has to visit the Horseshoe next week. Northwestern was on quite a roll there for a while…putting up 51, 34, and 49 points in wins over the Badgers, Boilermakers, and Spartans.  Of course, Purdue is now 0-5 in the Big 10, the Badgers only have one real quality win (Michigan), and the Spartans have returned to their usual 2nd half funk.  So the Hawks will be looking to give them back to back home losses when we take the field Saturday.  Michigan was able to keep the Wildcat offense off of the field for large chucks of time, netting nearly 17 more minutes in time of possession. With Tate working his ball control passes, and Albert Young gunning for a 1000 yard season (he sits at 868), I am hoping the Hawks will be able to do more of the same.  We have the offense and the players to grind out long, punishing drives – and the Wildcats are giving up a Big 10 high 496 yards per game.  If the defense can do its job and keep Northwestern in check, the Hawks should be able to emerge from a tight game to win by two touchdowns.

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.

All right kids – there are going to a lot of those annoying Northwestern dorks in the bar this week. And they will be doing their best to shout us down as long as the Wildcats are in the game.  So let’s be sure to remind them just who controls the bar side of Blondies by having our biggest crowd of the year.  Make sure your voice is ready to belt out the Fight and Beer songs at full volume!



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