sanji azad @sanji ?active 1 week, 1 day ago
Yes, and Iowa did do it, as you know, in 1972. Yes, it was a LONG time ago, but still worth noting. The ’72 Hawkeyes won the Big Ten title outright, won the regional, and faced No. 1 Arizona State and its incredible but true 60-4 record in the prime time game on Friday night [...]
Marc, you are to be commended for both your taste and your perspective. But just because kids want something doesn’t mean they should get it. Those so-called alt unis Iowa wore to “honor” the military last year simply looked like the Hawkeyes stopped by the Salvation Army or Goodwill and picked up their gear on [...]
Hey Scott, You have done a tremendous amount of work to put this together, which you seem to have a penchant for. I’ve enjoyed many or your similar analyses and appreciate the time and effort they require. This retrospective look at the future, if you will, does paint a good picture of how the College [...]
Too bad this demand for winning doesn’t apply to minor sports like, oh, football. All things considered–money, support, opportunity–I don’t think Ferentz has accomplished significantly more than Dahm has over the last decade. And frankly, until college baseball goes to a May-June-July season, Iowa and the Big Ten aren’t likely to have much success no [...]
sanji azad commented on the blog post Quick Slants: 6-6 bowl teams here to stay, for now 1 month ago · View
Too bad they couldn’t establish 7-5 as bowl eligibility. As everyone knows, there are too many games and too many teams. Maybe next time. As for the selection committee, Alvarez and Osborne are great choices to get it started. It’s going to be crazy for those that come in 5th, 6th, 7th. But having folks [...]
I don’t get paid enough to put much effort into analyzing Iowa’s scheduling options, but as a mindless, lowly fan, I would offer a point or two: 1) Why not play ISU every OTHER year — at Ames in 2013, in Iowa City in 2015, etc. — and another BCS school, like Virginia, or Army [...]
The big board in the south end places Iowa No. 17 in the country for single video board square footage (3,904), just behind Nebraska (3,951) and just ahead of the Heisman haven at Texas A&M (3,869). Texas–who else?–is No. 1 with an amazing 7,437 sq. ft. board — almost twice the size of Iowa’s. Miami [...]
I can’t a write a book in response, Paul and Rupert, so I’ll just go with this: In Hayden Fry’s third season at Iowa, 1981, the Hawkeyes opened against #7 Nebraska (W, 10-7). Then the Hawks played ISU in Ames and lost 23-12. The Hawkeyes came back the next week and beat #6 UCLA 20-7, [...]
As an Iowa alum and Hawkeye fan of long standing, I’m embarrassed by Barta and the recent football — and basketball — scheduling. Build a program that can compete with anyone or pack it in. No fan wants to pay a dime to watch Iowa play Missouri State, UNI, N. Dakota St., et al., no [...]
I love winning. I hate losing. But as both a player and a coach, I found no joy in beating a bad team. It’s time the Iowa football and basketball programs stopped being bullies. What glory is there in beating Missouri State or UNI, Coach Ferentz? And what is to be gained from whipping Southeast [...]
Can’t wait for the prime time BTN showdown between Indiana and Indiana State.
With matchups like that, no wonder the BTN, which clearly has no hate for anyone, couldn’t squeeze any Hawkeyes into a prime time slot. Another slice of baloney to Iowa from the BIG.
And again we see the difference between a coach who isn’t afraid to admit he’s trying to win, and win BIG, and one who thinks Iowa fans should be happy that he graces us with his 4-8 presence. Another example: Former Hawkeye Mark Stoops, in his first year as the head FB coach at that [...]
Zach Mitchell, you said it right and you said it well. Iowa football schedulers sound like they work for the Salvation Army. It’s not Iowa’s job to boost ISU or, especially, UNI. I think it’s nice when ISU and UNI do well, but as an Iowa grad and Hawkeye fan, that’s not my focus. In [...]
Thanks for the report, Marc. It seems, when things were better and the game was in May, Iowa used to have 35,000 or more show up in the spring… Anyway, Iowa may not have any superstars, but it seems to have enough talent to put on a good show against just about anyone. The wild [...]
Too bad we don’t have a competition going for the OC job. I have a feeling a 3-man race there might find a certain G. Davis a distant third, even if the other two were both Frank Lauterbur. I would also suggest that all three Iowa QBs are better at what they do than G. [...]
You are, as usual, correct. It’s No. 2 by default. Wow. This is the best they could come up with? Must be the same brilliant graphic designers who created the powder blue BIG.
No wonder the country’s a mess. Apparently nobody can do anything right.
Hey Mike, Don’t make excuses for Delaney and the BIG wigs. They were arrogant snobs and they got what they deserved: NO competitive balance AND the title of national laughinstock. You, other media, and even we stupid fans, told the BIGs they were being arrogant snobs, but being arrogant snobs, they ignored us. Well, now–even [...]
Hey Marc, Thanks for the write-up. Interesting stuff. Oh, and BTW, could you please send all Gazette photos of those god-awful “military uniforms” to the trash bin and into oblivion? Of all the horrible things from Iowa football last year, they had to include those ugly, pointless, stupid outfits. Please, please, never make us look [...]
If a D-1 coaching staff ever did less with more than Iowa’s so-called offensive staff last season, I haven’t heard about it. As you say Marc, until I see results, I remain 100% cynic. Iowa had enough talent to have at least an adequate overall offense and passing game last season. And it had enough [...]
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