September 2, 2006

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.
 This will probably be the kind of game that will not tell us very much about the Hawks, yet we will want to see particularly the offense move the ball at will against an overmatched defense.  We all know that September has not treated us so well over the past few years, so if we are going to be where we want to be in January (a BCS game, NOT the Outback or Capital One Bowls), we need to see the Hawks look sharp from the onset.

Two starters have been benched for unspecified rules violations (1st game only), Kenny Iwebema and receiver Herb Grigsby.  Whereas Iwebema is concerned, the Hawks will plug in Alex Kanellis, and you probably won’t notice any disruption to the defensive line dominance.  Andy Brodell will replace Grigsby.  On the other side of the field Calvin Davis will finally get his shot to see if he can stay healthy for an entire season, and if he can fulfill some of the substantial potential he came to Iowa with.  When he leaves the field we might get a chance to see one of the two freshman receiver speed demons.  They will be Jake Christensen’s primary weapons in the next couple seasons.

Other than that, all eyes will be on the two new cornerbacks, Adam Shada and Charles Godfrey, and the new linebackers, Mike Humpal and Mike Klinkenborg.
Their play over the next few weeks will show us if the Hawks have moved into the realm of those programs that ‘reload’ instead of rebuild.

There are no weeks off this year.  12 weeks, 12 games. Just as it was in 2002. Let’s hope history repeats itself - except for the 3rd quarter meltdown against the Clones – and Saturday begins a run to put last year’s letdown fully behind us.  The clock now sits at:
5 days, 18 hours, 22 minutes.  Hope you have had a great summer, and just on schedule, things have cooled down a bit and it feels like football season.  Hope you all can make it on Saturday!


Why You Should Watch The Iowa Games At Blondies Sports

  1. A room full of Iowans, and Quasi-Iowans.
  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.
  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.  Maybe the best chicken wings in the City.
   10. New for 2006!  After the Hawks win we party like over-zealous Christians in Northern Ireland.
   11. New for 2006!  New FLAT SCREEN TVS at Blondies!


GO HAWKS!!!

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