November 12, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 11

Iowa’s Record 5-4, 3-3 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
USA Today:
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 LOSS 28-27
11/12/05 Iowa @ Wisconsin 3:35 PM ESPN
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota 12:05 PM ESPN2

November 12th 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Wisconsin Badgers 8-2, 5-2 Big 10 #19 AP & USA Today polls.
Prior Games: 80, tied 39-39-2
Last Game: Iowa 30, Wisconsin 7

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: Northwestern
If this was not the most painful loss in the Ferentz era, I’m not sure what game supplants it. Imagine – the Hawks had no turnovers and picked off two Wildcat passes.  Young ran for a career best 202 yards and Tate passed for 276, and for 55 minutes the game was securely in hand.  Yet when the recap of this season is written it will again center on our failure to get 1st downs when needing to run out the clock, ultimately costly field goal misses, and our inability to get the defensive stops that we have made game in and game out back to 2002 that have doomed us to a mid Big 10 finish.  If we can somehow win the last two games we might – might avoid bowling in Detroit and get to take a trip to sunnier Texas.  But as we now know there are no gimmies anywhere to be found on the 2005 schedule, and the hype the Hawks run into this weekend will be substantial.
This Week: Wisconsin
This is Wisconsin’s last Big 10 game, last home game for 2005, and the final game for coach Barry Alvarez (a Hayden Fry disciple), who will become (just) the Wisconsin athletic director in 2006.  So, Camp Randall is going to one rockin’ place when the Hawks take the field.  Wisconsin’s loss to Penn State last Saturday may have knocked them out of Big 10 title contention, but a Florida bowl is well in sight if they finish with two wins (they are at Hawaii the day after Thanksgiving).  On paper, this game looks to be pretty even between Young and Badger Brain Calhoun (about 6 yards per game difference) and Tate and Badger QB John Stocco (20th and 22nd nationally in pass efficiency). The Badgers also sport the 10th best scoring average (37 points a game) and the 102nd ranked yards against average of 435.  Once again, the Hawks should be able to move the ball against the Wisconsin defense.  It will come down to scoring whenever we are in or near the red zone, and the defense shutting down the running game and (please let it happen some time this year) finding some kind of pass rush that will not allow the Badgers to convert third downs at will.

I’m not sure if we have slipped into some type of alternate universe, but as the football team struggles to the finish line, the basketball Hawks are opening the season ranked around 20 and are considered ‘in the mix’ for the Big 10 title and a serious March Madness run.  As we know, we have entered other basketball seasons with great expectations over the past few years only to be let down, but it does look like this team may finally be able to score points and play the kind of lock down man-to-man defense that Alford wants.  It would be kind of strange to see the hoops team make a name for itself in the school year the gridiron boys failed to live up to expectations (mark my words – they will be back next year), but it could happen.  Gee, it would be nice if  they could both be good year in year out!

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.

The late kickoff means the bar might be kind of crowded when we get there, but we are the only Big 10 game at 3:30 or later, so it will be ours as the early games come to an end. We are Iowa fans – we are not giving up on a team that could yet finish 8-4.  So we’ll see you Saturday and once again try to will our Hawks onto victory!



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