November 19, 2005

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 12

Iowa’s Record 6-4, 4-3 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
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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 WIN 20-10
11/19/05 Iowa v. Minnesota 12:05 PM ESPN2
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November 19th 2005: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Minnesota Golden Gophers 7-3, 4-3 Big 10
Prior Games: 98, Minnesota leads 58-38-2
Last Game: Iowa 29, Minnesota 27

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: Wisconsin
Finally.  It seems Norm flipped a switch at the end of 1st quarter and his defensive line awakened to bring the Hawks the pressure we have been so lacking through the first nine games.  6 sacks.  19 total yards rushing for the Badgers.  4th leading back in the country Calhoun carried 15 times for an abysmal 18 yards.  The Badgers had 8 straight possessions end with punts.  Until their final futile drive the Badger offense had only managed 26 yards in the second half.  Complete defensive domination.  And on the flip slide, the Hawk offense rewrote the recent game script and started slow then found their groove.  Albert Young now ranks 5th nationally with 119.7 yards per game and the Iowa offense was able to pick up third downs and chew up large chunks of clock in the 4th quarter to keep the Badger offense on the bench.  If not for Young’s fumble at the 2-yard line, the margin would have been 17 points.  Yes – the Hawks finally put it all together on both sides of the ball and played for the entire 60 minutes.  Time to do it one more time, and then get ready to head off and play in our 5th straight bowl game.  Oh yeah – one of those d-line freshmen, Mitch King is your Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week!
This Week: Minnesota
Mitch and his d-line brothers will get a chance to do it again this week as the Golden Rodents come to Kinnick.  RB Laurence Maroney is 3rd in the country at 149.4 yards per game. The Rodents have a very experienced and big offensive line.  Even with Maroney sitting out last week due to a bum ankle, they still ran wild on the Spartans for 327 yards.  They did much the same to us last year, but their complete lack of any kind of passing game (73 net yards) and our mistake free play (and 5 Schlicher field goals) kept Floyd in Iowa City where he belongs.  I think this game will be somewhat similar – the Rodents will only have a ground game, and when it’s certain their passing attack has been neutralized, Misters Hodge and Greenway will be able to stay in the box and help fill any d-line holes.  The Hawks are not going to lose two games in a row at Kinnick – and we are not going to lose to the Rodents.  Expect Young to take the Maroney challenge personally and push the 175-yard barrier, and with our ground game humming Tate will have the time he needs to get the ball down field.  This will be the offensive explosion we have been waiting for all year – and the Rodent running game will not be able to keep up.  Hawks 41, Rodents 17.

Saturday marks the last home game for 24 Iowa seniors who came aboard after the Hawks finished the 2000 season at 3-9.  They believed what Ferentz was selling and leave Hawkeye football in such a place that we consider the fact we are not playing in the title game this year a failure.  We send them off to the NFL and their other non-football futures with thanks for putting the Hawkeyes back on the college football map.  We have been talking about it for the past couple years – this year we will go to MSG to see some of them move on to football Sundays - the NFL Draft.

The Iowa basketball team opens the 2005-06 season for real tonight while hosting the opening round of the Guardians Classic against Maryland – Eastern Shore.  After dispatching of them we will meet the winner of Colgate (the school, not the toothpaste company) and Utah Valley State (their 2nd season of Division 1 basketball…ouch).  After that the Haws will move on to KC next Monday where a matchup with our old Big Dance friends Kentucky (#10) looms. Win that, it’s #2 Texas or #14 West Virginia.  So we’ll know a week into the season if we are really going to contend for the Big 10 title this year.  Remember, the Hawks came out of nowhere to knock of Louisville and Texas in Maui last year, and I think this team will be better.  It’s been a while since we won one of these early season tourneys (San Juan Christmas Shootout in 1997), so we’re due.

Update – the Hawks have indeed won the first two games and will meet Kentucky on Monday night.  Stay tuned for news of a possible game watch.


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.


We are back at noon Saturday, where we should be.  Floyd of Rosedale is on the line and the Hawks are in the mix to be anywhere from 4th to 7th in the Big 10 depending on our win and some help (much as I hate to cheer for Illinois in anything, let’s hope they can somehow find it in themselves to knock off the Wildcats).  This will be our last time together (to watch football) until sometime in late December – so let’s have everyone there ready to go at kickoff.  See you Saturday!


GO HAWKS!!!

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