Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Club has been around for nearly 50 years and the requirements to get in are high (and secretive), but those who are involved are treated to a terrific meal courtesy of "The Outings Club" staff as well as an inside look into the happenings in Iowa City. On this Wednesday night they were treated to an enjoyable evening of equipment and video. Prior to my presentation the Shoe Guy, Greg Morris spoke of the new material of uniform as well as comparing the different helmet of players and the new type of football being used the Hawkeye offense every week of the 2011 season.
Monday, September 26, 2011
And Wisconsin - Nebraska isn't the only big game in the conference. A year ago Michigan State and Ohio State tied for the conference title, although they didn't play each. other. The Buckeyes went on to the Sugar Bowl while Michigan State earned the non-BCS bowl game, Capital One Bowl and lost to Alabama. This is the Spartans' opportunity to prove on the field what they couldn't a year ago. This is a big game for Ohio State. Dropping this game at home makes the following week's game at Nebraska even more important.
And for the Hawkeyes, the off-week comes at a time that will help prepare them for conference play. This is the week the video staff makes sure all video is available for the staff and ensuring all video is in place for the upcoming schedule.
The Nitty Gritty is located near UW's Kohl Center, on campus, but not in the heart of the Badger College Bar scene. Which is why many want to celebrate birthdays here. It is a family restaurant, that, like other restaurants in the Dairy State have a focus on good beer and outstanding brats. Children and grandparents feel comfortable celebrating with their kin knowing they won't be surrounded by a group of 20-some year olds looking to celebrate late into the night. Yet it is close enough to State Street allowing that same crowd a short walk to enjoy their birthday at this famous restaurant and then heading to the college bars to celebrate in style.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
|List of results from the Packers Hall of Fame|
These two teams have been competing as long as the NFL has been around. The story behind these two teams is no different today than over 75 years ago. This pits two teams - in the same conference - that represent what is good with the NFL - one is from a blue collar town in northern Wisconsin, while the other reigns from the third largest city in America. One is public owned with the other the standard single family owned.
Today marks meeting 183 between the two teams, and is the best rivalry in all of sports.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Iowa continued off the momentum of their previous week's win over Pitt and came out with a no-huddle offense. James Vandenberg guided a sharp offensive attack down the field and scored the first touchdown of the day and the Hawkeyes never looked back.
Closing out the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Hawkeyes move into Big Ten play with a 3-1 record. Next week is Iowa's only bye week of 2011. On October 8th, Iowa tries to open league play with a win at Penn State.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
My first experience to Rock Bottom in Chicago was the rooftop patio. It isn't the highest spot in Chicago, but its located atop the second floor and allows for a decent view of the surrounding area. But more importantly there is plenty of room to relax and enjoy a cool beverage on a hot Summer night. It is a popular spot in the early weeknight evenings as the many young professionals end up there after work. On the weekends it becomes busier with Cub and baseball fans who look for a different spot than the surrounding Wrigley area.
As a family we enjoy going there as it also caters to little kids. The child's menu has many selections, but the most popular has to be the make your own pizza. The Rock Bottom staff will bring to the table a flat piece of dough with cups of cheese, sauce and the one topping requested. Our son put the pizza together with the ingredients, and then it was placed in the oven to be cooked. Not much time expired before every one's meals were out for all to enjoy. The kids have to be excited to see what their hard work yielded.
I'm also interested to see how some teams follow up on their performances of a week ago. Notre Dame travels to Pitt after the Panthers lost a three touchdown lead in the second half to Iowa. At home, Pitt is capable of beating the Irish. And in a match-up of two teams with different results last Saturday, Florida State travels to Clemson and Death Valley. Clemson beat defending National Champions Auburn Tigers and the Seminoles lost to another national power in Oklahoma. Who can overcome their hang over.
A week ago the division champs managed by David Blaker of Wisconsin and Pat Foley of Penn State fell to their wild card participants, Matt Harper of Michigan State and myself. So now in the finals it is one Matt against another. But better yet it is "Millen" (operated by Matt Engelbert based on the friendship the former Detroit Lions GM has with the Iowa Video Staff) against "Millen Sucks" (operated by the Detroit Lion fan himself, Matt Harper).
The finals last Monday thru Sunday. Hopefully you'll find out the winner on this site.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Louisisna - Monroe enters Kinnick Stadiun in one week and that 11:01 start can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
This Saturday will be another test for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Losing a week ago at Iowa State, Kirk's squad needs to bounce back quickly with Pitt and the ability to ear a quality win for the BiG Ten season.
Not necessarily one of the finer weekends to watch Big Ten Football, but we are now approaching a weekend of mismatchs in the Big Ten.
Monday, September 12, 2011
On the different occasions I've been there a live band has performed music of the different eras of my life. I have heard everything from the hits of the 1980s to the most recent releases of today. And the bands that perform are local to the area, but are not a house band of Harry's itself.
The most recent trip to Harry's allowed us to listen to a familiar voice to those in the St. Louis area, and a name that many baseball fans would recognize. Nikko Smith, the son of Cardinal Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, was very popular with the near packed house. Smith was a finalist on American Idol in 2005 and finished in the top 10. Today he spends much of his time performing in the great St. Louis area, and at Harry's.
Harry's is a definite stop for everyone traveling to St. Louis.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Weather was the headline to week one of college football. Delays were forced in Iowa City, Ann Arbor, South Bend, and Morgantown while Eastern Michigan decided to wait a day before attempting to play theirs. Never have I seen it rain as hard with as strong of winds in Kinnick Stadium for a football game. Many I talked to who have spent many years going to Iowa Football games agreed.
However Mark Richt may be facing his last year "between the hedges." The Bulldog faithful are becoming impatient with the recent status of the Georgia program. A BCS bowl game appearance or SEC championship may be the only way Richt can save his job. He cannot afford anything less than 9-3.
This week many eyes will be on Ann Arbor for the first night game in Michigan Stadium history. First year head coach of the Wolverines, Brady Hoke would've preferred to get some more plays in before weather halted their game with Western Michigan. Will Michigan be prepared to take on Notre Dame?
And can we put an end to the experimental uniforms given to teams? Those that look cool are fewer than those that are over the top. See Maryland.
|Sports Column, Denver, Colorado|
In Iowa City the nicknames the college students refer to it have changed from one generation to another. I'm assuming upon its opening many referred to it by name. But then in the 80s and early 90s everyone knew it by "The Column." But those who have been attending Iowa the last ten plus years now refer to it as "SpoCo."
In the mid-90s the Sports Column expanded outside of their Iowa City location. Prior to the building of Coors Field in Denver, the Sports Column moved in down the street. It is now the most popular post-game place for Rockies fans, and the place to watch college football, especially Iowa Hawkeye football in the Mile High City.
Both locations are very similar. The inside is reminiscent of each other, and the menu also offers some of the Iowa City favorites, with names that would make anyone from the Hawkeye State recognize. But the one difference is the addition of a roof-top beer garden. And with the lack of humidity, it is a very popular spot in the warmer months.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Big plays highlighted the day on both offense and defense. But as the rain continued to fall on the Kinnick Stadium surface, the ball became harder to control. And according to the Iowa radio broadcast with Gary Dolphin and Ed Podolak, it was reported the Golden Eagles only brought six football with them on the road trip.
At 1-0, the Hawkeyes travel to Ames in one week to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.