12 Saturdays Podcast #5: The Meltdown

Recovering from the shock of CMU, the conversation gets a little chippy.  Fortunately, no flags (or punches) are thrown.  Our Badger fan returns, but she’d rather discuss the NFL.  And we meet a rare species: The SoCal Gopher.

Five Stages of Hawkeye Grief

Wake me up when we get to Stage 5.

1.  Denial:
We have a Senior QB and some young talent at RB.  Our WR had comparable junior-year stats as DJK and Marvin.  Our TE is a beast that can’t be covered. Running game looks serviceable.  We beat NIU, sure it was close but they are a top MAC school. Coach Ferentz is great at developing young players er… known for leading disciplined teams that don’t have mental break downs…um..adaptive and able to rapidly adjust schemes to fit the game situation…uh…a really nice guy.

2.  Anger:
Iowa F***ing State?  Are you f***ing kidding me!?  Defense takes Steele Jantz out of the game for 3 quarters and the Offense can’t pick up a f***ing first down?  Does KF have any friends or family members that went to ISU, because he sure doesn’t act like this game matters.

3. Bargaining:
Remember 2002? We can lose to ISU and still have a great season.  The young defense is looking good, and things are improving on offense.  UNI is a good FCS school, look what they did to Wisconsin.  And if we sacrifice two more RBs on the His altar, then AIRBHG will leave Mark Weisman alone.

4.  Depression:
Michigan Directional.  F*** f*** f***.  Weisman rushes for 200+ yds and 3 TDs and we still can’t beat a Michigan Directional. Late in the 4th with the game on the line, defense collapsed ala 2011 (and 2010…).  Mental breakdowns on ST give Iowa the only net negative percentage for recovering onside kicks in NCAA history.  2013 verbal commits are saying some scary things on Twitter.  And Big Ten play opens next week…..

5.  Acceptance:
We suck.  Really, this team is terrible.  Definitely 2007 bad. Maybe 1999 bad.  Except for the minor-league NFL team in Columbus, the Big Ten is a walking disaster this year.  And we are below average even for that group.  Eight more weeks of this debacle before Nebraska puts us out of our misery.  Things might improve next year, but we need to keep everyone healthy and in school.  So not likely.


We Suck the Inter-Tubes so You Don’t Have to: Iowa Defeats NIU 18-17

Sunday morning after a win means wasting hours on the Internet, reading news & analysis. Here’s your one stop for links about the Hawkeye win in Chicago, wherein we contribute to the Death of Print Media.  No promises that we do this after losses.

All linked content is the property & responsibility of respective sites (and they are welcome for the traffic).

Iowa Rallies to top N. Illinois, 18-17
Dienhart: Snap reactions to afternoon games

Bullock rushes to forefront in Iowa win

QC Times:
Batterson: Bullock, Hawks rally past Huskies
Doxie: Hawkeyes flip script in narrow win
Iowa’s downfield attack stifled

Des Moines Register:
F**k the DMR

Hawkeyes rally to win 18-17
Ferentz talks about win (video)
Bullock gets it done (video)

IC Press-Citzen:
Peterson: Damon Bullock’s TD lifts Hawkeyes past Norther Illinois
Suchomel: Bullock carries Hawkeyes to victory

CR Gazette:
Dochterman: Iowa 18, Northern Illinois 17
Hlas: Maybe the only expectation that came true for Hawkeyes was the victory
Morehouse: Castillo comes up clutch for Hawkeyes
Morehouse: Thirty carries is kind of a big deal