Happy New Year. 2010 was brought in on South Beach as the Hawkeyes prepared for Georgia Tech in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl. This year the Hawkeyes played prior to New Year's Day after beating Missouri in the Insight Bowl. Bringing in the New Year from Iowa is much different than the mild temps of Miami a year ago. On that last night of 2009, we awaited the new year as well as a concert performed at our hotel, the Fontainebleau by Lady GaGa.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Iowa's victory over Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl was their third straight bowl victory - a first for the program. Twenty-five seniors leave a lasting legacy for the underclassmen to continue. Those seniors led the team in the singing of the Iowa Fight Song while hoisting the Insight Bowl Champion Trophy.
Throughout the 2010 season the Iowa Football team appeared on ABC five times. On three of those broadcasts Sean McDonough and Matt Millen announced the game to a national audience. The same occurred for Tuesday night's Insight Bowl on ESPN. And dating back to the 2009 game in Columbus, this crew has had Iowa on the call for six games, whether on ABC, ESPN or ESPN Radio. (Within our conversation, Sean McDonough mentioned he has visited this web site).
Every bowl game has its advantages and the Insight has many. Above were the team hosts for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Alongside me from L-R: Jeff Smith, Steve Leach (Insight Bowl Committee Chairman and '84 U of Iowa Grad / '87 U of I Law School), Bob Whitehouse and Mike Muraco (Team Host Lead). These four were with the Hawkeyes every minute while in Arizona and took care of every detail. Steve had those of us who went in advance of the team to his house for a Bar B Que with his wife Beth, formerly of Wilton, Iowa
Parachute jumpers were among the pre-game activities. The jumper carrying the "Iowa" flag brought the loudest ovation.
With Ryan Donohue, the starting punter for the Iowa Football team prior to Iowa's game with Missouri.
|The Iowa Football Video Staff with the 2010 Insight Bowl Trophy|
Monday, December 27, 2010
Today the field was freshly painted in preparation for Tuesday night's game. Game time is set for 8pm MT with game time temps in the 50s under clear skies.
The team's video operations are set up in a centrally located meeting room. All practices are edited and shared out to ten meeting rooms for coaches and players to access.
|Darrell Wilson begins his position meeting with the linebackers in one of the team's meeting rooms|
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Kinnicks Sports Bar and Grill is definitely "Iowa." The menu has selections with a Hawkeye-feel or with a connection to the Big Ten. Flags hang from the rafters of every Big Ten school as well as Chuck Long's jersey, and Nile Kinnick's Heisman is on display...well, a replica. Our waitress, Amanda (below) says it becomes very busy on game days and they are looking for a big crowd to watch the Insight Bowl.
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.
Typically the above photo is of the participating team's coaches, but this is Mike Schumaker, Video Coordinator of Missouri along with myself.
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.
Whether it is "pop-a-shot," various PS3 games or board games, the players have stayed up to curfew competing with one another. Above freshman, James Morris strategically makes his move in Connect 4....
...and Junior Tyler Sash flexes for the camera as he waiting his turn in a friendly game of billiards. The Insight Bowl then provides the team an approved snack before heading to bed for the night.
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.
A few issues with the mobile uploads to Engy's has delayed a few posts regarding the Iowa Football team's move to Tempe, Arizona for the 2010 Insight Bowl. However below you will see a difference in climates as the team will leave the December chill of the Upper Midwest for the dry Southwest air of the Valley of the Sun.
On Friday Mike Riggan, owner of TanTara Tucking Company and the provider of the equipment semi used by the Iowa Football team departed the campus of the University of Iowa. Within the tractor-trailer was the Jacobson Athletic Complex as the team relocates to the bowl city. On board were items used for practice and the game, as well as video, medical and office supplies of the team and administration to be set up at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, the home away from home of the Iowa Hawkeyes in preparation for their bowl tilt with the Missouri Tigers.
Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s will greet the team upon its arrival on Monday. In preparation for the football team, members of the equipment, video and training staff descended onto Tempe early Saturday to begin the relocaton process. On Monday the football team will arrive close to 4:30 into Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport where they will be greeted by members of the Insight Bowl staff. The Hawkeye's first Arizona practice will be Tuesday at Corona del Sol High School.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The home away from home for the Iowa Football team is the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, located on the south side of Tempe on an Indiana Reservation. Above is the view from the Sheraton as the sun sets on another Arizona evening.
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.