Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
|The Iowa Football Video Staff with the 2010 Insight Bowl Trophy|
Monday, December 27, 2010
|Darrell Wilson begins his position meeting with the linebackers in one of the team's meeting rooms|
Sunday, December 26, 2010
This is the first year in many the Insight Bowl isn't on New Year's Eve. Typically this dinner is later in the week, but it was determined Christmas evening may be the best time, as children attending experienced a special dinner consisting of mac and cheese or chicken strips followed by games, cookie decorating and movies.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
After practice children of the coaches and support staff were waiting for the team to arrive to provide Christmas tidings. For some of the team this was their first time away from home for the holidays.
Friday, December 24, 2010
But the next day brought the normal game-week preparations as the Hawkeyes faced their "Tuesday" workout.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Volunteers of the Insight Bowl are staffed throughout the time the Hawkeyes are at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass. Games, computers and snacks are plentiful as many of these volunteers participate with the team.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Sandbar is perfect to watch the Hawkeyes. Televisions are lined up inside offering a great view whether you are seated at a booth, table or bar stool. And with two bars, one large inside as well as outside, the wait staff will keep you drinks filled as the locals cheer on their favorite Hawkeyes.
The food isn't typical bar food, either. It is a Mexican grill with many favorites of the area as well as a their take to make a few better. Two types of fish tacos were available and I took the one more original. The Ahi tacos were placed in jacima tortilla shells topped with guacamole, and were delicious. After trying those I am eager to try the mainstream Baja Tacos and see how they compare.
Four locations in the greater Phoenix area, the Scottsdale and Chandler locations may attract the most Hawkeye fans, but all four offer drink and food specials during the Hawkeye games. As our waiter informed us (a former resident of Ames and Iowa State grad) there are special drink specials planned while the Hawkeyes are in town.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
With a covered valet entrace, the Yard House is located on the lower level of one of Scottsdale many malls. Once inside the bar could be compared to that of the tv show, Cheers--a long, square wood bar with many beers on tap.
The menu is also varied with the traditional bar favorites such as hamburgers and assorted sandwiches. But the entree menu has a little for everyone from fish to pasta to a wide variety of salads.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
The Insight Bowl will be played at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. Game time in the desert will be 7pm (PT) on ESPN. Announcing the game on tv will be Sean McDonough and Matt Millen. The game can also be heard on the Hawkeye Sports Network with Gary Dolphin and Ed Podolak.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Gator Bowl Association is gearing up for team announcement and will select teams based on the three primary elements of our mission:
1) Economic impact on Northeast Florida
2) Great national image
3) Create community pride for residents
The Gator Bowl Association’s mission is to provide Northeast Florida with the very best in college athletics and related activities in order to maximize positive impact on the area’s economy, national image and community pride.
|Raymond James Stadium a day before the 2009 Outback Bowl|
In preparation for Selection Sunday, video coordinators around the country are constantly calling one another to find out what they have heard or read. And while many scenarios seem cut and dry, until the selection is announced, the possibilities are many. Such was the case in 2009.
|Sun Devil Stadium, the home to the Insight Bowl.|
This year I have been on the phone with the video staffs at Missouri, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Stanford, Nebraska, and Arkansas to name a few. All are friends, with each of us trying to get a better idea of what to expect come Sunday. The possibility of playing most of these schools are remote, if not impossible, but any information gained is beneficial, and perhaps it is the initial call to set up what may be the potential match-up.
While all of the fans sit and wait for the announcement, so will the staffs of all of the teams involved. But once that initial call is made, the preparation moves quickly.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
The first time the Hawkeyes have played football outdoors in Minnesota since the 1980 season. The comforts of the Metrodome weren't looking too bad as workers were shovelling snow from the seats of the new stadium, and ice was being picked at on the mid-field logo.
Mariucci Arena is home to Gopher men's and women's ice hockey.
TCF is located across the street from William Arena and Mariucci Arena.
A more entertaining game taking place at half time.