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

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

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.
 It sounds like Ferentz decided to sit Tate down sometime very late Saturday morning, so Manson must have learned about 4 hours before game time that he would be quarterbacking and not receiving.  If Tate was a go all week in practice, then Manson would not really have had many (or any) reps with the first time offense (as the QB), so I am pretty sure he must have had a few doubts himself when he took the field.  In the end, however, it was a September road win, and we have not had much luck getting those over the past few years.  You might never again see a team win when it loses the turnover stat 0-4 and has not one but two calls overturned by the replay booth, giving the opponent a td on one call and a change of possession on the other.  You probably could say you witnessed history.

And you did.  2 yards, 7 snaps, nada.  Sure, it was Syracuse, who could only manage 70 yards on the ground for the entire game, but still.  It may not rank up there with Tate to Holloway or Hartlieb to Cook but that goal line stand may take this defensive unit another notch up the ladder, and they were climbing pretty fast as it were.  They will need to be ready, because Iowa State will be coming to town with some pretty talented offensive weapons.

This Week: Iowa State
When you think of Iowa State football the past few years, you think of decent to good starts followed by inexplicable collapses at the end of the season, which deny the Clones a chance to get routed by the Sooners or Longhorns in the Big 12 title game.  So this year Iowa State entered the season with high expectations and the resolve to see it through all 12 weeks.  My own little brother felt a 10-2 season was within reach.  The thing is, Iowa State has not played anybody yet and they are 2 plays away from being 0-2.

In week one, Iowa State needed three overtimes to beat Toledo. Last week, the Clones just barely survived when UNLV (not exactly known for football) completed a pass just across the back of the end zone as time expired (ISU won 16-10…had that pass been a foot shorter, they would have lost if the extra point had been made).  So they are not exactly just humming along like they probably thought they would be after two weeks.  And they escaped both of these games in the friendly confines of Jack Trice. The environment will be much more hostile and way, way louder this Saturday in Kinnick.  You have to wonder if some doubt is entering the Cyclones’ minds after two near disasters to open the season.

ISU does have skilled players handling the ball.  QB Bret Meyer has a very good arm and an exceptional, big receiver in Todd Blythe.  Running back Stevie Hicks also returns (they have 10 offensive starters back from last year) and he is a hundred-yard capable back.  So they probably think they will be able to move the ball somewhat.  Alas, they have not faced a defense like ours yet, and with 65,000 people screaming on every Cyclone offensive play, things could get a bit chaotic on their side of the field.

Tate will play.  You remember how he got knocked out of the ISU game last year – concussion while making a tackle after he threw an interception.  I do believe this game has been circled on his calendar ever since.  And then there is the billboard.  The Hawks stay in CR the night before a game so the coaches can keep an eye on them and avoid all the distractions that there are in Iowa City.  While they are bussing down to Kinnick Saturday morning they will pass a billboard on interstate 380 congratulating Iowa State on winning the 2005 Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series, and thus proclaiming Iowa as the “Cyclone State.” I don’t think the Hawks will need anything extra to fire them up but seeing that will probably make some of the defensive linemen, in particular, feel like pile-driving Meyer into the ground whenever they get a chance.

So much for my call that the defense and special teams score touchdowns last week.  At this point I would be happy with simple turnovers.  Through two games we have exactly one interception and no fumbles recovered.  If we can score a defensive or special team touchdown in this game it will go a long way to breaking the Clone moral and putting the game away.  It’s time to step up boys.

A Look Ahead:
Any thoughts that Illinois was making some progress were erased Saturday when Rutgers put a 33-0 shellacking on the Illini.  If we don’t beat them by 30 points I will not be happy.  After that, the Buckeyes come to town.  If you happened to catch any of the Ohio State/Texas game Saturday night you might be a bit more worried about the Buckeyes this week.  Our offense has to two weeks to find its rhythm.   I think that night game in Kinnick may turn into a shootout.

It was great seeing all you Hawks in the Dome last Saturday and then taking over all the campus bars after the game.  But we are back where we belong this week.  And yes, there will be a few Cyclone fans there, maybe even one or two we kind of like.  Hope you all can make it!

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!  New FLAT SCREEN TVS at Blondies!



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