October 20, 2017

The Eternal Season - October 20th, 2017

The Dodgers are going to the World Series!

That, is something I have never typed on a computer before!  The last time, October 1988.  Let's take at look at where the Sedge was at that time.

10 weeks or so into my senior year at Ames High School, where I had known since the first day of school that I would be heading to Iowa City the following August (snail mailed the application to Iowa in late May, got the response that I was in the 1st day of school that August).  Suffice to say, my senior itus started early, so eager to get out of my hometown and start the chapter of my 'adult' life.

Teams loved in October 1988.

The Dodgers, obviously, had been a fan since age 6.  Had loved the 1981 series win, and here we were again.  All the time, I thought.  Heh.

The Dallas Cowboys.  Will always remember wearing that Cowboys winter hat around my freshman year at Iowa, when the Boys had been 1-15.  Took so much crap.  The next year they drafted Emmitt Smith, and went on to win 3 Super Bowls in 5 years.  

No, I was not yet a Washington Capitals fan - that did not come until 1992, when living with the 6 other guys in that house in Iowa City, our combined 5 SEGAs, and the very first EA Sports NHL game for SEGA.  Took the Caps when my roommates wanted the other power teams of the early 90s, that is how I got to know the players, and within 5 years, obsessed.  At this moment, listening to Caps Radio, as they take on the Wings from Little Caesars Arena .  Ugh, and they just fell behind 3-2 - a Wings power play goal.

October 19, 2017

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2017 Iowa Football Game Notes - Week 8: Hawkeyes @ Mildcats

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2017 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 4-2, 1-2 Big Ten, 1-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 2 votes
Coaches: 0 votes
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

September 2nd, v. Wyoming, WIN 24-3
September 9th, @ Iowa State, WIN 44-41 OT
September 16th, v. North Texas, WIN 31-14
September 23rd, v. Penn State, Loss 21-19
September 30th,  @ Michigan State, Loss 17-10
October 7th, v. •Illinois, WIN 45-16
October 15th, Bye Week
October 21st, @ •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
October 28th, v. •Minnesota, 6:30 pm, FS1
November 4th, v. Ohio State, TBD
November 11th, @ •Wisconsin, TBD
November 18th, v. •Purdue, TBD
November 24th, @ •Nebraska, 4:00 pm, FS1 Black Friday

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 2nd, Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Arena, Indianapolis  

Scouting next opponent
October 21st, Illinois @ Minnesota, 3:30 pm, BTN

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
October 21st, 2017: Iowa @ Northwestern Mildcats, 3-3, 1-2 Big 10, 0-1 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 78, Iowa leads 50-25-3
Last Meeting: 2016, Hawkeyes 31 Mildcats 38

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -1

Turnover Margin: 0,  B1G #6 FBS #59

Interceptions: 8, B1G #3, FBS #22

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2017 Through Week 7
Total   356.7  Pass 218.0  Rush 138.7  Scoring 28.8
B1G    #10           #7                #9                 #5
FBS    #99    #72              #90               #64
Total   388.3  Pass 242.7 Rush 147.7     Scoring 18.7
B1G    #10            #12            #9                 #6
FBS    #70            #96            #58                #21
Wisconsin   6-0, 3-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West
Nebraska     3-4, 2-2 B1G, 1-1 B1G West
Iowa                 4-2, 1-2 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Purdue     3-3, 1-2 B1G, 1-1 B1G West
Northwestern   3-3, 1-2 B1G, 0-1 B1G West
Minnesota   3-3, 0-3 B1G, 0-1 B1G West
Illinois     2-4, 0-3 B1G, 0-2 B1G West
WEEK 6: Illinois

Thank you Illinois, for being the bad team we thought you were.  

Highlight of the game - just 6 months after tearing his ACL in spring ball, Brandon Snyder returned to the field, and on a bad overthrow, took the ball back for an 89 yard pick-six, the rest of the defense his wingmen as he took it down the near sideline:

So that left that Hawks at 1-0 in the Big Ten West - and into the bye week.  To rest up, recover, game plan, and perhaps, add some new wrinkles to the offense (maybe defense).  A 6 week run to Black Friday, get to bowl eligibility,  then move up the bowl ladder.  But first, a visit to Chicago, where Iowa at Mildcat games often look similar to Iowa home games.