Bama Hawkeye

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I'm a Chicago Boy who fell in love with the White Sox as they were Winnin' Ugly. My cat was named Kittle. I still know every word to the Super Bowl Shuffle. I watched the Bulls win title number three at a high school graduation party and title six at a bar in Iowa City. I get a big smile on my face just thinking of October 26, 2005. I went to Iowa for Law School, practiced in Kansas City, and now work at the University of Alabama.

Beyond the teams listed, I root for the Crimson Tide, Royals, and whomever plays the Cubs.

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  • MLB Chicago White Sox
  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NCAAF Iowa Hawkeyes
  • NCAAB Iowa Hawkeyes
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
  • EPL Tottenham Hotspur
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Pat Harty on Alford

It's one of the rare Pat Harty articles I finished. It also is more damning of Alford than anything else that has been written.

Ahhhhh...Ohio State Academics. So important to so many great Maurice Clarett and...


Ahhhhh...Ohio State Academics. So important to so many great Maurice Clarett and this guy. (h/t Awful Announcing, who got it from a guy, who got it from a guy...)


Former Hawkeye and Future Astros Manager Bo Porter Cites Hayden Fry

Rob Neyer has a great piece about new Astros manager Bo Porter. Who does Porter cite as an example of his managing philosophy? None other than Hayden Fry. "I think my football background has a...

Illinois. Purdue. I'm Watching.

Because of the cheating at The Ohio State University and the disgusting events at Penn State, you've found yourself in a four team division. And one of those teams is Indiana. Do you realize what that means?

Penn State's Sandusky: Guilty on 45 of 48 Counts

"Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno's heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts." Now the son of a bitch can rot in hell.

[Shhhhh...I'm not here. I just couldn't hold this back.] So, it's the off season. You hope that...


[Shhhhh...I'm not here. I just couldn't hold this back.] So, it's the off season. You hope that you're school's players are spending their days improving, building camaraderie, making paper dolls...wait, what? UniWatch, a sports fashion blog, has had a recent development of do-it yourself paper football dolls (that they call "Cubees"). Several readers of the blog have sent in their team in paper form. From the section of that entry: Cubee update: Another day, another nice round of Cubees. Here’s the latest batch: • Jason Torban made himself a Randall Cunningham/Eagles Cubee. • Gary Chanko is making Cubees of 2012 Heisman Trophy candidates. His latest rendition is of Clemson QB Tajh Boyd. (If you want to make this one yourself, here’s the template.) • James Ferentz made himself a very nice Iowa Hawkeye Cubee. Did you see it? That's right, James Ferentz, the starting center of YOUR Iowa Hawkeyes is proving that his hands are tough enough to snap the ball and dainty enough to create beautiful dolls. Now, you might be worried about this being wasted time over the summer, but compared to how Iowa players spent their summer in years past, we'll take it.

The Last Carnival

Adieu. Adieu. To you, and you, and you.

Iowa Loses a RB to Injury. This is not a Rerun.

The father of Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri confirmed to Hawkeye Insider Thursday night that an MRI performed on his son revealed that he tore his ACL. The injury happened in a non-contact drill. "Dr. (Ned) Amendola said it was the ACL but the good news is that the rest of the knee is solid," Brian Canzeri said. "He's going to have surgery next week and hopes to get back into practice in September." Brian Canzeri said that he expects his son to ease into things when he's cleared to practice and will most likely redshirt for the 2012 season. How ridiculous is this? A legitimate sports writer for a newspaper has had to write an article explaining how the Iowa RB position is not cursed. In January, Patrick Vint at Black Heart Gold Pants did a fantastic job explaining why that might not be the case.

ATS1996BTFT Game 2 - 2007 Indiana v. 1998 Wisconsin

Game Two of the tournament; surely Indiana can't upset Wisconsin, right? I mean 12 seeds never beat the 5 seeds...

Is this the new Iowa Defensive Coordinator? Last night Jaleel Johnson, an incoming defensive line...


Is this the new Iowa Defensive Coordinator? Last night Jaleel Johnson, an incoming defensive line recruit, tweeted that "The Iowa hawkeyes will be gettin a new defensive coordinator….the LB coach from the NEW YORK GIANTS!!!!" That name may be familiar to B1G fans as well. Before heading to the NFL, Jim Herrmann was the Defensive Coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines - during a run that included their 1997 National Championship. Two good thoughts: 1) It's always nice to have a coach walk in a living room of a recruit with a National Championship and a Super Bowl ring. 2) He has shown a mastery for beating the offense that Penn State will be running next year. One bad thought: Michigan fans weren't all that sad to see him go. I'm sure there are reasons for that.


Ken O'Keefe, Iowa's Offensive Coordinator has left Iowa City to take the position of Quarterbacks Coach for the Miami Dolphins. Wow. On one hand, KOK was the scapegoat when Iowa's playcalling got stale and predictable. How much of that was his doing and how much was Kirk Ferentz's is hard to tell. On the other hand, Iowa, which as of three months ago had one coach, one defensive coordinator and one offensive coordinator over the past 13 seasons, will now have two big vacancies to fill. Godspeed, KOK. Thank you for tutoring Brad Banks, Drew Tate, and Ricky Stanzi.

ATS1996BTFT Game 1 - 1996 Northwestern v. 2010 Michigan State

Northwestern and Michigan State kick off the tournament in unexpected style.

The All-Time (Since 1996) Big Ten Football Tournament - Introduction

The ATS1996BTFT - It's what you always dreamed it would be.

Nebraska is on Probation

Nebraska has found itself on two years probation from the NCAA for its text book scandal from last summer. Huskers, knock this off. You're not in the Big XII anymore. This stuff doesn't fly here. We're a classier establishment than tha...oh, Ohio State? Penn State? Heh. Nevermind. Just don't get busted for anything else, OK?

We showed the new Gopher uniforms as they were unveiled. We'll do the same thing with Illinois, as...


We showed the new Gopher uniforms as they were unveiled. We'll do the same thing with Illinois, as they have decided that they want to purge not just Zook, but also the Zook-look from their future. These are things that have been on display for recruits and at various alumni events. Personally, I think that Illinois belongs in orange helmets, but I do like the blue text.

The Gophers Announce New Uniforms

Credit Nike for this: you can do a lot of ugly when your colors are maroon and gold. It looks like the designers stayed calm and kept it simple. That's a good thing.

Marcus Coker Leaves Iowa

Well, this sucks. Mracus Coker, 2nd team All Big Ten running back and workhorse for the 2011 Hawkeyes, is leaving. He's been on suspension since mid-December due to "a violation of University policies." His back-up, Mika'il McCall, announced his departure 10 days ago. In 2010, Sophomores Brandon Wegher, Jewel Hampton, and Adam Robinson all left the Hawkeyes program for personal and/or disciplinary reasons. For a school that runs an offense geared around the running back, running back attrition should not be this big of an issue. Yet, for the second straight year, Iowa will enter the 2012 season with only one running back who has ever received a start on the roster. In 2012, that will be Jordan Canzeri, the tiny, true Freshman who started the Insight Bowl. [UPDATE: Pat Vint takes on the role of mortician on the careers of the last 14 running backs to sign to play at Iowa. None of them has made it to his Senior season.]

2012 BCS and B1G Bowl Projections - Opening Call

Enough with the 2011 season already. That's been over for minutes. Who'll play for it all in 2012?

Beyond the Empire's Gates: Your BCS Championship Open Thread

Even in the B1G, we're watching the SEC tonight. But it doesn't mean we're happy about it.

Saw this on the interwebs today, and thought that it was a pretty nice way of graphically...


Saw this on the interwebs today, and thought that it was a pretty nice way of graphically representing a rivalry. I don't know if there are similar examples for some of the other games. Click here to go to full size.

Buck Up, Big Ten!

Buck Up B1G!

Spanning the Empire: Your Sugar Bowl Open Thread

How is the Sugar Bowl like Nelson?

Penn State Coaching Rumor of the Day: Greg Roman (who?)

The agent for San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman says his client is a finalist to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State. Mike Harrison said Monday by phone that Roman interviewed for the position in November and is on the "short list" at the embattled program, rocked in recent months by the sex-abuse scandal. Harrison said he expects to know in about a week whether Roman will be hired, but declined to offer further details, such as whether Roman would finish out the season with the playoff-bound NFC West champion 49ers (13-3).

Spanning the Empire: Your Granddaddy of Them All Open Thread

It's the Rose Bowl with B1G and Pac-12 champs. It doesn't get any better than this.

Spanning the Empire: Your Early Bowls Open Thread

An open thread for the B1G Quad of Games.

Penn State Coaching Rumor of the Day: Bill O'Brien (who?)

Per ESPN, Penn State has identified New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as the coach it wants to succeed Joe Paterno, sources told ESPN. The two sides are expected to meet this week to try to work out a deal. With New England getting ready to head into its bye week before the AFC divisional playoffs, and with Penn State's season finishing up Monday against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, the school is expected to intensify its efforts to hire O'Brien.

Sparty NO!!!!!! to a Whole New Level

The Michigan State football team is set to play Georgia in the Outback bowl on Monday and head coach Mark Dantonio decided to lighten up his team and pull a prank on them during Thursday’s practice in Tampa, Florida. Coach Dantonio brought a live alligator to practice and wanted to surprise the players/coaching staff by having someone dressed in Michigan State football gear to wrestle it. So, Dantonio got an alligator handler to dress up as a player and run over to wrestle the gator, the only issue was that he slipped and fell down as the alligator decided to chomp on his leg.

So...Northwestern lost another bowl game. Ho-hum. What does this mean? Northwestern has now lost...


So...Northwestern lost another bowl game. Ho-hum. What does this mean? Northwestern has now lost nine straight bowl games, tying Notre Dame's all-time record of futility. Northwestern hasn't won a bowl game since 1948, easily the longest drought in the world's history. Northwestern has spread it's losses around very well. In the streak, it lost in every bowl of the B1G's early '00s lineup (Rose, CapitalOne, Outback, Alamo, Sun, Motor City). With the losses in the Texas and TicketCity bowls, the Wildcats have the chance of completing the current series sweep if they can reach the Gator and Insight in the next two seasons. Northwestern is still the only B1G team to lose to a MAC team in a bowl game. Welcome to 2012. Are you going to change anything, Wildcats, or will I get to do this again in 12 months?

Spanning the Empire: Your Prairie State Bowls Open Thread

The B1G has a definite Prairie State Flavor Today

Spanning the Empire: Your Insight Bowl Open Thread

Your Insight Bowl Open Thread. Iowa can't win this thing, can they?

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