Scott Gill @blackngoldhawks ?active 6 days, 3 hours ago
Well said, Ben. I’ve heard too many fans on here act spoiled like they’re entitled. “We’re entitled to win 9 or 10 games every year…we’re entitled to N.Y. Day bowl games.” If schools like USC, Florida, and Texas – who have easy access to top talent – if they struggle, do ya think Iowa might [...]
Well said, Mike. And where are all those critics who said this year was going to be a failure? That the U-I should just buy out Kirk Ferentz’s contract, since he couldn’t do the job? Where are the critics who, months ago, predicted that Iowa would lose to ISU, Nwstrn, and U-M? That was one [...]
Agreed, Mike Miller. Watching on TV I thought, “Why in the world are they waving red pom poms while playing Wisconsin??” I didn’t realize it was because of Veterans Day. On TV, red was the only color I could see – the white and blue don’t show up as well.
Scott Gill commented on the blog post For Northwestern and Iowa, “next step” can be slippery 1 month, 1 week ago · View
Well said, Mike. How many times have we seen a team that was supposed to be the next great thing fall on its face? Weren’t there people picking USC to play for the national championship last year? Or when Nebraska fired Frank Solich, saying they weren’t going to settle for mediocrity…and then hired Bill Callahan? [...]
“Ohio State is very concerned about player safety…” Um, ah, that is, unless one of our guys gets penalized or ejected. In other words he’s saying it’s a good rule except when it applies to his team.
James, did you also notice that MSU piled up almost 500 yards of offense against Indiana, and were ahead 42-21 at one point? Former players and coaches on the BTN say they can see a lot of improvement on this Iowa team since last year.
“There’s a lot more contempt for fans from coaches than you might guess.” I would hope that the coaches realize there are two different types of fans: those who support the team and understand that the coaches (like Kirk) have forgotten more football than we’ll ever know, versus the “armchair quarterback” fans who criticize every [...]
I think it just goes to prove the adage, “On any given day, any team can beat another team.” The 85 scholarship limit has spread the talent among lessor teams. I watched the Akron vs. Michigan game earlier in the day, and the Zips (!) really should have won that game. Akron hasn’t beaten anybody [...]
Scott Gill commented on the blog post Want free Iowa-Missouri State tickets? Tell a rivalry joke 3 months ago · View
An Iowa grad was sitting with a group of people at a wedding, and he started to tell a joke about Nebraska football. But as soon as he began, a guy interrupted him and said, “Before you go any farther, I just want you to know that me and my buddy here go to school [...]
Good article, Scott. I miss the Colorado – Nebraska game too. That one provided some great moments. I miss the old Big 10. How many years since we’ve played Illinois? It’s hard to get excited about a game with Rutgers or Maryland.
I think if ESPN ever TRIED to go the pay-per-view route, NCAA schools and other sports entities would look elsewhere for a broadcast partner (or start their own, like the BTN), because a lot of people just wouldn’t pay $30/mo. Limited number of viewers = limited exposure for your sports programs. I wouldn’t pay $30/mo [...]
Fun article to read, Mike. In terms of pure angst, I think I’d rank them 1) Nebraska, 2) Penn State, and 3) Illinois. From what I read, Husker fans feel 4 losses are just totally unacceptable, especially with the blowout in the Championship game. Penn St. can take some solace in that they’ve cleaned house, [...]
Note to Jim Delany: the more teams you invite, the more trouble you invite. And it seems like egomaniacal psycho coaches can get away with it as long as they win. Kirk Ferentz has taken some flak from readers on this blog for not showing much emotion, but I’d rather have that than some of [...]
I understand what people are saying, but I don’t think Iowa is so down that it requires a rebirth. Unless your last name is Saban, it’s very rare to consistently win 9 or 10 games. Virginia Tech struggled last year. Texas has had problems the last few years. Look what happened to Auburn after Cam [...]
Although you never know how good your opponents will be from year to year, it looks like the Hawks have a favorable schedule. On the other hand, Minnesota probably feels like they got hosed with Michigan, Ohio St., Nebraska and Wisconsin.
I never was in favor of paying college players – they are getting a scholarship after all – but Mike’s and Le Batard’s articles point out that this has become a corrupt system. For all Jim Delaney’s highbrow talk about “academic fit,” the only reason Rutgers and Maryland were invited in was because of TV [...]
Unless the Hawks can go on a run in the Big Ten tourney, they’re probably on the outside looking in. If they had been able to pull out wins against say, MSU and at Wisconsin, they’d be above .500 in the league and would have a much better resume’. The ‘Clones were able to beat [...]
I didn’t mean any disrespect, Jay. Like a lot of Iowans, I was hoping the Cyclones would win. My point was that it seems like the big name schools get the benefit of the doubt on those calls because the perception is “they’re supposed to win.”
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