Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Go West Young Men, Parker Parked, Cyclones Dissed

The Hawkeyes haven't won a football game west of Texas since the 1987 Holiday Bowl. Iowa is 0-8-1 over the last 23 years, including an embarrassing 44-7 defeat at Arizona State in 2004. This years team isn't too concerned with the trip to Arizona. As Tyler Sash put it "West is just the opposite of going East".

Norm Parker won't be making the trip to the desert. Iowa's Defensive Coordinator is stuck in the hospital suffering from severe back pain. The 68-year-old has diabetes, and his health has been declining over the last few years. I'm sure his players would love to win one for the ol' coach on Saturday.

Some Cyclone fans were wondering why Austen Arnaud wasn't benched after his third pick at Iowa. In 2009, Rhoads brought in Jerome Tiller to close out the game, but not in 2010. I asked Rhoads after the game if he gave any thought to sitting Arnaud down --- he replied with an emphatic "NO".

UNI head football coach Mark Farley is calling this Saturday's game against Stephen F. Austin the "toughest" game on his teams schedule. It's a schedule that a week from Saturday includes Iowa State. I have a hard time believing that a team that lost to Texas A&M by 41 is better than Iowa State. I guess the Cyclones did lose by 25, down there, a year ago. We'll find out in a couple weeks.

And now it's time for the news blooper of the day


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