December 30, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Alamo Bowl Special Edition

Iowa’s Record:  6-6, 2-6 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Maybe next year.
USA Today: Nope.
ESPN Power 16: Thankfully we are not in the Bottom 10 anymore.
ESPNU Allstate: They probably don’t like us cause of the Coralville Geico call center.
HARRIS: No, but I’m sure they have some other polls that rank Iowa highly.
BCS: At least we did not finish 11-1 and get screwed knowing we were not going to get killed by the Buckeyes like the Gators will be.

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana Loss 31-28
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan Loss 20-6
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois WIN 24-14
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern Loss 21-7
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin Loss 24-21
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota Loss 34-24

December 30th – Iowa v. Texas, 4:30 PM, ESPN (have all the fun you want on Friday night - it’s not a noon kickoff!)
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2006 Alamo Bowl: December 30th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. #18/#16 Texas Longhorns, 9-3, 6-2 Big 12
Prior Games: 1, Iowa leads 1-0
Last Game: 1984 Freedom Bowl, Iowa 55, Texas 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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Month: Minnesota
As it has been one calendar month + since this game occurred, and I have run out of ways to describe (and keep this rated PG) how the Hawks lost yet again, I will just say this.  In the spirit of giving that we now find ourselves in, remember that the Hawkeyes gave the Gopher seniors their one and only win against Iowa, just as we had done to the Badger seniors the week before.  While it is nice to give, it is better to receive, at least when it comes to wins, so let’s hope the Hawkeye charity has come to an end with the 2006 regular season.

November 18, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 12

Iowa’s Record:  6-5, 2-5 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Out
USA Today: Out
ESPN Power 16: Out
ESPNU Allstate: Out
HARRIS: Out
BCS: Out

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana Loss 31-28
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan Loss 20-6
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois WIN 24-14
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern Loss 21-7
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin Loss 24-21
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota 12:10 PM, ESPN+
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November 18th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 5-6, 2-5 Big Ten
Prior Games: 99, Minnesota leads 58-39-2
Last Game: 2005, Hawks 52, Gophers 28

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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Week: Wisconsin
Ok, well, all the problems the Hawks have had during the 2006 season were neatly encapsulated in this game, so that in the future anyone can just watch this one to understand what happened to the Hawkeyes in 2006.

Let’s see…Wisconsin’s QB Donovan is forced to make his first start, on the road, in a ‘hostile’ Kinnick Stadium, but it was not the Badger quarterback who looked like he was playing his first college game.  Due once again to no real defensive pressure at any point of the game, he completed 17 of 24 (70.8%) passes for 228 yards and 2 tds. And when the Hawks got within a few feet of him he just took off down the field, racking up 61 rushing yards, often securing 1st downs while doing so.  His excellent command of the game netted the Badgers 38:48 of ball possession to the Hawks meager 21:12.

November 11, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 11

Iowa’s Record:  6-4, 2-4 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Out
USA Today: Out
ESPN Power 16: Out
ESPNU Allstate: Out
HARRIS: Out
BCS: Out

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana Loss 31-28
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan Loss 20-6
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois WIN 24-14
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern Loss 21-7
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) 12:03 PM, ESPN
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota 12:10 PM, ESPN+
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November 11th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. #15 Wisconsin Badgers, 9-1, 6-1 Big Ten
Prior Games: 81, Iowa leads 40-39-2
Last Game: 2005, Hawks 20, Badgers 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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Week: Northwestern
All right, if you watched that debacle I guess you don’t really need me to recap it for you.  To remind you that the worst offense in the Big Ten rolled up 445 yards to our 266.  Converted 3rd downs at 61%, about 30 points higher than they average this season. Rushed for 225 yards, on our defense, on our home field.  That same defense never really got close enough to the Northwestern QB to spit on him, let alone tackle him.  Would not matter much if Mertan Hanks and Bob Sanders were our safeties; with that much time any QB looks good.  You probably wanted to forget about the 14-point swing due to the two Tate turnovers – the interception at the goal line, and fumble at our 6 that resulted in the second Wildcat touchdown.  The offense was lethargic, the defense two steps too slow, and the special teams – well, there were no missed field goals.  This was a team loss.  Out played, out worked, and maybe just maybe even out coached for stretches.

November 4, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 10

Iowa’s Record:  6-3, 2-3 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Out – 3 votes
USA Today: Out – 42 votes (26th)
ESPN Power 16: Out
ESPNU Allstate: Out
HARRIS: Out
BCS: Out

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana Loss 31-28
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan Loss 20-6
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois WIN 24-14
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern 12:10 PM, ESPN+
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) 12:03 PM, ESPN
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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November 4th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Northwestern Wildcats, 2-7, 0-5 Big Ten
Prior Games: 67, Iowa leads 45-19-3
Last Game: 2005, Wildcats 28, Hawks 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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Week: Northern Illinois
We have seen the future, and it looks to be in good hands. Oh sure, that interception on the 3rd play of the game had things looking a bit uncertain, but it was once again tipped by a Hawkeye receiver, not really Jake’s fault (I’ve lost track of how many of those we have had this year).  Fortunately the Iowa defense stepped up and stuffed the Huskies on at 4th and 2 at our 27 yard line to prevent the Hawks from falling behind two minutes into the game.  Jake was unfazed and when the Hawks got the ball back a healthy does of his passing and Young running got the Hawks onto the board.  2nd possession, all right, but yet another game goes by where we fail to score on the first possession.  It’s got to happen one of these days.

October 28, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 9

Iowa’s Record:  5-3, 2-3 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Out
USA Today: Out
ESPN Power 16: Out
ESPNU Allstate: Out
HARRIS: Out
BCS: Out

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana Loss 31-28
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan Loss 20-6
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois 12:03 PM, ESPNU
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern 12:10 PM, ESPN+
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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October 28th 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Northern Illinois Huskies, 5-3, 3-2 MAC
Prior Games: 5, Iowa leads 5-0
Last Game: 1999, Iowa 24, NIU 0. Ferentz gets first win at Iowa.

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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Week: Michigan
*so much for the ‘we don’t lose when we apartment-gate’ theory*

There are no moral victories in a 12 game football season, but one can find something positive in a game lost.  Namely, that the defense we have been waiting for finally awoke and gave Michigan far more than I am sure they expected for about 55 minutes.  They probably could have done even better if we had been able to sustain some more drives and keep them on the bench resting, but let’s face it, that was the top defense we will see all year.  We only gave the Wolverines 90 yards (net) rushing, just over 200 yards in the air, and Hart could only manage to gain 27 yards on the ground in the first half (he ended up at his average, but the sacks come out of rushing total). The defense kept the Hawks in it; all the way right up until the final score made it 20-6.  And that was without Iwebema, who did not make the trip, and Shada, who missed much of the game after injuring his ankle.  So all in all, a great effort on that side of the ball, and if they can keep it up over the next four weeks, the Hawks should have no problem finishing the season on a high note.

October 21, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 8

Iowa’s Record:  5-2, 2-2 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Out
USA Today: #23 (172 votes)
ESPN Power 16: Out
ESPNU Allstate: #23
HARRIS: #23
BCS: #23

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana Loss 31-28
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan 3:35 PM, ABC
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois 12:03 PM, ESPNU
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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October 21st 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes @ #2 AP, #3 USA Today/BCS, Michigan Wolverines 7-0, 4-0 Big Ten
Prior Games: 53, Michigan leads 39-10-4
Last Game: 2005. Michigan 23, Iowa 20, OT

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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Week: Indiana
You might excuse me for not really wanting to write much (thus think more) bout this game, but like the Hawks we must press on together. After the game the Hawkeye columnists and in some cases players were saying the Hoosiers “wanted” the game more.  Umm…what part of a 7-1 Big Ten season and BCS game did those Hawk players not want? No, it was not that the Hawks lacked the heart or intensity.  It was mistakes. From the obvious like the two missed field goals and two offensive red zone turnovers to the less obvious like the roughing the punter penalties, late hits out of bounds, etc, that kept Hoosier drives alive and the Iowa offense off the field. It was not that Shada gave up on any of those 3 touchdowns to Hardy – I remind you that kid torched our d-backs for 210 yards last year and he is going to be a first round pick in two years (he’s just a sophomore).  Yes, the d-line really had little impact on the game (just one sack, the QB connected on 19-25 passes or 76%, in just his 4th start) but they were missing King, our sack leader.  Safety Paschal was supposed to sit all game but was forced in at the end when his backup went out.  Had he been healthy and in there all game Shada would have a much more experienced free safety behind him to help with Hardy.  So it was injuries and execution that doomed the Hawkeyes, not some kind of letdown after we jumped out to the 21-7 lead.

October 14, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 7

Iowa’s Record:  5-1, 2-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #15 (661 votes)
USA Today: #13 (672 votes)
ESPN Power 16: #17 (first of ‘others receiving votes’)
ESPNU Allstate: #15
HARRIS: #13
BCS:

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana 12:03 PM, ESPN2
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan 3:35 PM, ABC
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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October 14th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Indiana Hoosiers 3-3, 1-1 Big Ten
Prior Games: 67, Iowa leads 38-25-4
Last Game: 2005. Iowa 38, Indiana 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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Week: Purdue
When the Hawks were winning the Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004, one thing was very evident.  As the season wore on, as the new players got 4, 5, 6 games of coaching under Ferentz, as Coach Doyle’s weight staff turned them from boys into men, the Hawks gelled.  As October dawned, the Hawks started winning, and in both years they ran the table to a Big Ten championship.

And so October 2006 begins with a 47-17 thumping of Purdue, in a game in which the experts thought the Hawks could come out flat and lose. Thank you Hawkeyes for putting up 539 yards and 47 points and making me look like I kind of know what I am talking about once in a while.  There really was not much to complain about in this game, except for the 3 fumbles lost, but at least we evened out the turnover margin by picking off 3 Boilermaker passes.  A season high 286 rushing yards (Sims 20-155, 2tds, and he will start again this week with Greene as the backup), Tate a very efficient 17-23 for 253 yards and 2 tds, no interceptions.  Freshman Douglass, 4 catches for 90 yards, a 22.5 yard average.  The disciplined Hawks did not pick up a flag until the third quarter.  They scored all 7 times they entered the Red Zone.  Yes, it took 5 games, but it seems that the Iowa offense has finally awakened.  One more game to tune up and then we shall see if the Hawks can get that 7-1 train a’ rolling with a win in the Big House.

October 7, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 6

Iowa’s Record:  4-1, 1-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #19 (444 votes)
USA Today: #19 (418 votes)
ESPN Power 16:
ESPNU Allstate: #18
HARRIS: #18
BCS:

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) 12:05 PM, ESPNU
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana 12:03 PM, ESPN2
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan TBD
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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October 7th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Purdue Boilermakers 4-1, 1-0, Big Ten
Prior Games: 78, Purdue leads 44-31-3
Last Game: 2005. Iowa 34, Purdue 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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!

Last Week: Ohio State
I guess you could say that it was easier to watch the Hawks lose a game in which they didn’t play very well as opposed to falling at the end of a close, bitter struggle.  Yes, it was disappointing to see the Hawks play that way in front of a national audience and with all the Game Day hype that was town.  Still it could be said the game really turned on just a few play and if the Hawks had made them, who knows what would have happened.

After the Hawks scored the td to make it 14-10 in the second quarter, the defense came out and stuffed the Buckeyes into a 3 and out.  The Ohio State punter shanked it and here were the Hawks, about 2 minutes after stuffing a rushing td down the Buckeyes’ throat (1st time this year), with the ball at midfield and momentum clearly swinging our way.   We were about 20 yards from a field goal and a one point deficit and 50 yards from the 17-14 lead and the doubt that could start to enter the Buckeye heads.  Well, we had our own 3 and out, gaining nary a yard in the process, and punted the ball back. Smith then led the Buckeyes on a cool 85 yard drive and the 21-10 lead.  Right there, that might have been the game.

September 30, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 5

Iowa’s Record:  4-0, 1-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #13 (864 votes)
USA Today: #13 (802 votes)
ESPN Power 16: #13
ESPNU Allstate: #12
HARRIS: #14
BCS:

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State, 8:05 PM, ABC (7:05 PM in Iowa City!)
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) 12:05 PM, ESPNU
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana TBD
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan TBD
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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September 30th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. #1 Ohio State Buckeyes, 4-0, 1-0 Big Ten
Prior Games: 60, Buckeyes lead 43-14-3
Last Game: 2005. Ohio State 31, Iowa 6

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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!

First, would like to say hello to the 2nd City Hawks who are now on this game watch list.  NYC Hawks, should you find yourself in Chicago then you should make your way to – and I am not kidding – ‘Sedgwick’s Bar and Grill.’  It’s the home of the Chicago Hawks and I assure you that you will feel just as at home in my place as you do at Blondies. Chi-Town Hawks, I assume a boatload of you will be back in the IC this weekend and we will see you there.  I believe FAC starts at 5:00 at Jakes and moves on from there.

To you NYC Hawks that are holding down the Blondies fort this weekend – if anyone wants to grab the bag o’ flags from me you will need to meet me before I head to the airport at 12:30 pm Thursday.

Last Week: Illinois
Eh, so much for rolling into the Buckeye game with an offensive explosion.  Well, I guess you could consider the 3 touchdowns in 4 minutes, 8 seconds as explosive, but the fact that we again started slowly on that side of the ball is concerning. The Hawkeye teams that were winning double digit games the past few years could almost always be counted on to come out and score early, often the very first drive, and establish to the other team that they were going to be playing catch up and our defense could tee off on that.

September 23, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 4

Iowa’s Record:  3-0. 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #14 (831 votes)
USA Today: #14 (781 votes)
ESPN Power 16: #14
ESPNU Allstate: #14
HARRIS:
BCS:

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois 12:05 PM ESPN+
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State, 8:05 PM, ABC
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming), 12:05 PM TBD
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana TBD
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan  TDB
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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September 23rd, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Illinois Fighting Illini 1-2, 0-0 Big Ten
Prior Games: 66, Illinois leads 37-27-2
Last Game: 2005. Iowa 37, Illinois 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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!


*
As of Wednesday morning, there are still 20,000 seats available.  Little faith, Illini fans?

Last Week: Iowa State
Truth be told, I am glad the game was competitive and the Hawks had to do a gut check to pull out the win.  That will do them better in the long run than had they blown the Clones out, especially considering the cake walk coming up this week. Still, it was a bit disappointing to see the Hawks come out kind of flat, as they did, and let the Clones run up and down the field with particular ease for most of the first half. Even worse, my Clone brother (Jon, he is the Assistant Equipment Manager for Army
Sports up at West Point, so football is his life) was able to watch the first half of the game and kept texting me every time the Clones made a big play.  I assured him that the Iowa coaches would make halftime adjustments and things would be different.
 

September 16, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 3

Iowa’s Record:  2-0. 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #16 (690 votes)
USA Today: #16 (603 votes)
ESPN Power 16: Out - #17
ESPNU Allstate: #16
HARRIS:
BCS:

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13, 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State 12:05 PM, ESPNHD
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois 12:10 PM ESPN+
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State, 8:05 PM, ABC or ESPN
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming), 12:05 PM TBD
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana TBD
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan TDB
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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September 16th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Iowa State Cyclones, 2-0. 0-0 Big 12
Prior Games: 53, Hawks lead 35-18
Last Game: 2005. Iowa State 23, Iowa 3

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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!

Last Week: Syracuse
Well, I think there has been enough ‘press’ about this game that there really isn’t much more I can tell you.  Yes, for those of us that were there, it was not much fun to watch, especially inside that un air conditioned dome (I can’t believe it’s named after the company that makes – air conditioners).  The upside – you can buy beer through halftime. This was good because the beers were cold, and because, to some effect, they could numb you to the potential that we could have lost that game.

September 2, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 2

Iowa’s Record: 1-0. 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #14 (800 votes)
USA Today: #15 (647 votes)
ESPN Power 16: #11
ESPNU Allstate: #16
HARRIS:
BCS:


2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse 3:35 PM, ESPN
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State 12:05 PM, TBD
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois 12:05 PM ESPN+
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State, 8:05 PM, ABC or ESPN
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming), 12:05 PM TBD
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana TBD
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan TDB
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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September 9th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Syracuse Orangemen 0-1, 0-0 Big East
Prior Games: 2, tied 1-1
Last Game: 1976, Iowa 41 Syracuse 3

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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!

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Under Ferentz the Hawks are 3-1 in domes and have won three straight.  We fell to the Gophers at the end of the 2000 season, then knocked of Texas Tech in their backyard at the Alamo Dome in our 2001 bowl game and have had our way at Kinnick North in 2002 and 2004.

Last Week: Montana
First, a little bit about Kinnick stadium.  I’m not one to get teary eyed at the sight of buildings that house the gridiron but I must say when ESPNU went to IC and the first shot was from field level (looking up at that press box) my heart skipped a beat.  I wish our 20 something winning streak was still intact because if we get by the Ohio State game we may not lose there for another 20 some games.  And though I was one who was not happy that the Kinnick statue did not reflect the football player in the beginning I have come all the way around now.  Had he not given his life in service to his country he would most likely have been Senator or Governor Kinnick - at least.  We would still probably call the stadium “Kinnick” but his accomplishments in life would have made his exploits on the football field somehow seem less important.  Yet that is all we have.  I just hope the relief of him scoring the td to topple Notre Dame is done when I enter the stadium for the Buckeye game in 25 days.

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 1

Iowa’s Record: 0-0. 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #16 (720 votes)
USA Today: #17 (519 votes)
ESPN Power 16: #11
ESPNU Allstate: #17
HARRIS:
BCS:

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana 12:05 PM, ESPNU
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse  3:35 PM, ESPN
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State 12:05 PM, TBD
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois  TBD
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State, 8:05 PM, ABC or ESPN
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming), 12:05 PM TBD
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana  TBD
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan  TDB
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois  TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend)  TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day)  TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota  TBD
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September 2nd, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Montana Grizzlies 0-0, 0-0 Big Sky
Prior Games: 1, Iowa leads 1-0
Last Game: 1954, Iowa 48-6

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.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

Last Week:
It’s week one – and I no longer wish to type anything about the Outback Bowl.  Ugh, I just typed Outback Bowl.


This Week: Montana
If you can’t recall ever seeing a Montana football game (neither can I), it’s because they are a 1-AA team and you would only see them if you were watching the 1-AA playoffs. Where they show up all the time – they have made the 1-AA playoffs for 13 consecutive seasons and own (or share) the last 8!  Big Sky titles. They are #3 in the 1-AA preseason polls.  Their starting running back was lost for the season due to an injury in early August and his replacement, Greg Coleman used to run for – yup, Iowa State.  We are playing a 1-AA team because no major programs want to play on the road unless there is a home/home deal (hence Syracuse next week, though it’s a bit a stretch to call them a major program these days). For Montana they get a boat load of cash and the chance to see how they would stack up for about 17 minutes before they go back to the Big Sky and claim their 9th straight title.

May 24, 2006

TES - 100 Days Til Iowa Football - 2006 Edition

Greetings NYC Hawks!

Today we find ourselves just 100 days short of our favorite time of year.  Oh I know, today in fact it finally feels like the late Spring/early summer days that we have been waiting on.  Yet soon enough it will go from ‘nice’ to ‘too damn hot’ and we will all be longing for crisp Fall afternoons, marching bands, fight songs, chicken wings, and the annual thrashing of hapless schools like Illinois.

Yes, there are plenty of questions to be asked between now and September 2nd.  They are:


  1. Who will Drew Tate throw the ball to?
  2. Who will step forward to replace the All American linebackers who will now meet twice yearly with the Pack and Vikings?
  3. Who will replace the four year starters at cornerback?
  4. The d-line finally found its game late last year – will they emerge now as the dominant, game changing line like we enjoyed with Roth and Babs?
  5. Just how many yards will Albert Young rush for now that the starting job is all his?  1500?  1750? 2000?

January 2, 2006

TES - 2005 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Outback Bowl Special Edition

Iowa’s Record 7-4, 5-3 Big Ten (4 way tie for 3rd)
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #25
USA Today: #25
ESPN Power 16:
HARRIS:
BCS:

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 WIN 52-28
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January 2nd, 2006. Iowa Hawkeyes @ (#16 AP, #18 USA Today) Florida Gators 8-3, 5-3 SEC (2nd place SEC East).  11:00 AM Eastern, ESPN
Prior Games: 2, series tied 1-1
Last Game: Iowa 37, Florida 17, 2004 Outback Bowl

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.

Way Back In The Middle Of November: Minnesota
Ah yes.  The explosive offense.  Check.  The dominant defense.  Check.  11 weeks after we would have loved to see it.  Check.  Oh well, what matters most is that it finally all came together at the expense of the Golden Rodents.  After two (ok…3 or 4) drinks we’re up 35-0.  The vaunted Gopher running game – snuffed.  Eddie ‘Highlight Film’ Hinkel ends his Kinnick Stadium career with 7 catches for 154 yards and a Kinnick record 4 touchdowns – one tossed by fellow wideout Solomon.  Young and Sims both top 100 yards the Hawks out rush the Gophers 236 to 129. Complete domination on both sides of the ball.  Sadly, the Rodents got those three 4th quarter touchdowns to make the game seem slightly competitive – but it wasn’t.  Had we been able to put this together all year…well, we’d probably be the 2004 Auburn Tigers – unbeaten and not playing for the title.