Tuesday, April 29, 2008

FOOTBALL: Here's What Frustrates Me The Most About Iowa Football Right Now

This blog entry could end up very lengthy, so I am going to try to approach it will the understanding that I am going to cut myself off after so many words.

Think back 3 or 4 years ago...

At the time everyone was talking about the recruiting classes coming in, the cupcake schedule, and the perfect coach at the helm. For all intents and purposes, it looked like the years between or 07-09 were going to be a cakewalk for the Iowa Football program. I mean, let's face it, Iowa had been spitting out 10 win seasons against decent competition. Now in those years ahead, Iowa was going to be able to get through the Big Ten season without facing Michigan OR Ohio State. HOLY COW! How does THAT happen? The toughest games on the schedule? Wisconsin (a team Iowa absolutely owned the past few decades) and Purdue/MSU. Add in a fairly posh non-conference schedule, and Iowa was pretty much guaranteed a BCS game.


Think about that, though. I know expectations change, however these couple years were supposed to be the years where Iowa gets the break in the schedule and shouldn't have issues winning football games. Not only did Iowa not get to a BCS game last year, they didn't even get A Bowl game. Iowa was dealt one of the easiest schedule since I have been born and they can't even muster a winning record. Just sad.

If it didn't happen in 07, it SURELY would happen in 08 with the famed recruiting class in its junior year and having the system down pat. However, expectations are fairly low around most of the Iowa fanbase, as well as across the national scene.

It's frustrating to me to see a program that once had a chip on its shoulder, once had a sense of moxy, once had pride and respect, to end up looking like a program that doesn't know what to do next... almost like a kid lost in the grocery store. Kirk Ferentz has remained steadfast through it all with his normal demeanor and normal attitude towards it all. He is a rock, and for that I applaud him. That said, I want to see results from this program. Enough of the off-the-field events. Enough of the deer in the headlights looks from the players. Enough following instead of leading. It's time to get that chip back on the shoulder and go out and punch someone in the mouth. I, for one, am tired of looking at our team and seeing a 16 year trying to hit on supermodel.

The time is now. This Hawkeye team needs to step up to the plate and do something. Now.

All I am asking is to see some fire from this Iowa program. I don't think that is too much to ask.

"The Catch" was the beginning of the end.

Last year's results were nothing like the results of the '04 season, even though both situations are comparable.

First year QB, 4th string starting RB, Starting TE wasn't even in the 2 deeps to start the year, First Year Kicker. Gallery Gone. Kaeding Gone. Freddie Gone. Mo Brown Gone. Hodges, Clauss, Steen, Sanders All Gone. The offense replaced EIGHT starters, the defense replaced SEVEN starters. The injury bug struck hard that season too.

Last year's team arguably had more coming back that the 04 team did.

2004: 10-2 - Cap One Champs
2007: 6-6 - Sitting Home Eating Nachos

What's the common denominator? I don't know. I honestly don't know what the hell happened to the Iowa program. There wasn't much turnover as far as personnel goes in the program. Coordinators stayed the same. Schemes stayed the same. Did the coaches forget how to coach? Did the players forget how to play? Very doubtful.

The ONLY thing I can think of is attitude. Love or Hate Drew Tate's "attitude", that guy had HEART. He had FIRE. He had the INTANGIBLES. Something that we have been SORELY missing from this Iowa team the past three years.

We can sit here and make excuses... injuries, talent, coaching, etc... But when it comes down to it, if our guys don't have the attitude, the passion, the gumption, the want to, then we will NEVER get back to where we were 3 years ago.

Why was 2004 so different? Iowa won 10 games that year without a ton of superstars. Yes, that team had Roth, Greenway, Hodge, and Paschal... all NFL players, but what about the offense? How was Drew Tate able to become the BT POY as a first year starter? Senior WRs, sure. But zero running game.

Remember the OSU game? That Iowa team went out and beat the piss out of a team made up of Troy Smith, Antonio Pittman, Teddy Ginn Jr, Santonio Holmes, Vernon Gholston, Nick Mangold, Schlegel, Carpenter, Dustin Fox, Donte Whitner... The List goes ON and ON and ON.

How DID Iowa beat the Buckeyes that year? Can you tell me Iowa had more talent? Had more NFL prospects? Surely, that dog don't hunt. Iowa had those 10 wins seasons because our players played their tails off, they played within themselves, and our coaching staff had them believe in themselves.

We Need Some Moxy.

Friday, April 25, 2008

OT: Nerds Rejoice! Guillermo del Toro Signs on to Direct the New Hobbit Films

Guillermo del Toro the dude that rocked the dojo in Pan's Labyrinth has officially signed on to direct the next two chapters in the Lord of the Rings series. Ok, wait, not the next two, the first two chapters... well, you know what I am talking about.

del Toro is going to move to New Zealand for the next four years, and with Peter Jackson, are going to give birth to an epic duo of movies.

New Line is expected to release the movies sometime between 2010 and 2012.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

FOOTBALL: Tate Forcier Posts Offers on Website, Bielema is Cool

For the past half year, various forums on the Internet have discussed the presence of several offer sheets posted online. A QB from California has his offers scanned and posted on a website. It gives an insight as to what the different programs preach to their recruits. Iowa happened to be one of colleges that offered Forcier. SI columnist, Andy Staples, recently wrote an article on it entitled, "A closer look at the small and LARGE print of recruiting letters".

The link to the different Forcier offers has been passed around the various Hawkeye message boards the past few months, as well. Here is the link everyone is talking about: http://www.qbforce.com/tate/offers/Offers.htm

My favorite? Besides Iowa? It has to be Wisconsin. If you didn't notice, check out the P.S. at the bottom of the letter from Bielema. I have posted it below for your convenience.


Bret = Cool.

OT: I'm Not Dead. I Feel Happy! I Feel Happy!

Truth be told there isn't a whole hell of a lot going on in the Hawkeye Nation. Sure, the spring game is coming up and Lickliter officially signed two more recruits (Fuller and Bawinkel), but nothing to get all hip hip hippity about. The North Iowa I-Club is coming up next week, where Lickliter and Brands will be talking.

But, really, I'm mean, there's not a lot going on. I supposed I could hit up the BTN and watch some Big Ten baseball? Maybe?

So, alas, I'm not dead... I actually think I'll go for a walk.


Thursday, April 03, 2008

MEN'S BB: Stanley Pringle Found Impersonating Richard Hayden

One of Penn State's main ball handlers was caught, well, handling his balls. Stanley Pringle, JUCO transfer, was allegedly masturbating in a library on the Penn State campus. The library? Pattee Library. It looks like the police department has their hands on the situation. Insert palming joke here. Yeah, yeah, the puns could go on forever, so I'll just make my joke with a fark.