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An Evening with University of Iowa Alum Jane Smiley – Wednesday October 29th, 8PM

The LA Iowa Club and University of Iowa are happy to promote an event featuring University of Iowa Alum Jane Smiley in conversation with David Francis discussing the writing life and her novel, Some Luck. Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006. She lives in Northern California. The event is Wednesday October 29th at 8:00 PM and more information and tickets can be purchased by going to the website.

Special 15% discount on tickets for University of Iowa Alumni and LA Iowa Club members! Code: UIALUM

Event Location:

Moss Theatre
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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IOWA Football Gamewatch vs. Purdue – 9:00 AM

It was a Hollywood ending for the second coming of “Sunshine”. Known for his golden locks reminiscent of “Sunshine” from Remember the Titans; CJ Beathard surpassed all expectations as he rallied the comeback against the Pitt Panthers. There was a different energy to the entire team once Beathard entered the game, and now Coach Ferentz has the difficult job of deciding which quarterback will open up the Big Ten slate.

The Boilermakers of Purdue host the Hawkeyes this weekend, and despite overall records; both teams are 0-0 in Big Ten play. Purdue has struggled to find an identity this season, losing to MAC opponent Central Michigan; but hanging in tough against Notre Dame. Possibly a case of playing up or down to their competitors level, and if that’s the case Iowa better be aware.

Last weekend’s comeback could not have happened without the Hawkeye defense stepping up and shutting down Pitt in the second half. Carl Davis and Drew Ott have to continue to be disruptive on the front lines. The secondary is still a work in progress, being out of place at times; but it is much improved from week one. Defensive Back Desmond King needs his own shout-out, for his NFL worthy efforts.

Where has this Greg Davis offense been? Restless fans have been asking, well; more like demanding to see a vertical threat, and Iowa delivered. Even Tecmo Bowl fans know a good passing attack opens the holes for the run game. Iowa proved they have talent at the wide outs and if used properly, can be playmakers. The only question left, is who will get them the ball. To be fair, you have to give Rudock credit for how he has played, getting Iowa back into the Ball State game. The argument for Beathard is not a knock on Rudock, CJ just might be the better game day quarterback.

Please join us at one of the THREE official gamewatch Barney’s locations and enjoy 40% off food and beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).

There will be no raffle this week.

If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to order your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. They can be purchased at your favorite gamewatch location for $15. Please find your Gamewatch coordinator for details. Limited supplies are left.

Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)

Pasadena: 99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Patrick Carberry and Randall Adams)

Redondo Beach: 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Garrett Darland and Alvin Chang)

We look forward to seeing everyone. GO HAWKS!!!

LA Iowa Board of Directors

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IOWA Football Gamewatch vs. Pitt – 9:00 AM

The scoreboard read 20-17, but everyone knows it’s still the HAWKEYE STATE! After a disappointing loss to the Cyclones, Iowa heads to Pittsburgh to take on the 3-0 Panthers. The first road game of the season, and there’s so many lingering questions surrounding the program.

Let’s start with Pitt. A well-coached squad, whose running game is on fire. James Conner leads that group of backs, and has broken Tony Dorsett’s school record for most yards in three games – so nuff said. Quarterback Chad Voytik doesn’t exactly strike fear in defenses with his 89 yards passing last week, but he is certainly a threat with his legs; and that has always been problematic for Iowa.

The Hawkeyes are “trying to find the right rhythm right now,” says Head Coach Kirk Ferentz. And fans are losing their patience waiting on the Hawks to find it. The offense under Ferentz has been trying to find its way in most years. The offense has succeeded the most with dynamic and playmaking quarterbacks like Banks, Tate and Stanzi. This leads to the discussion if Jake Ruddock is good enough to lead the team to wins. CJ Beathard is waiting in the wings and many feel he is capable of seizing the moment. It’s been well mentioned that the last time a quarterbacks fate was sealed, was in 2008 against Pittsburgh. Football in many ways is like life, you can either take risks or play it safe. There’s no guarantee when making risk, but the rewards are much greater.

This could be a defining week for Iowa. Ferentz doubters are out, and if Iowa can’t come away with a win; it might have a negative effect on the teams psyche for the remainder of the year. Don’t dismiss the struggling Hawks just yet, the strength of this team is against the run, and Pitt’s offense might be exactly what Iowa needs. If the defense can hold the Panthers to field goals, it will set the offense up to win. Maybe a must win moment, let’s all make sure we’re the 12th man on the field on Saturday.

Please join us at one of the THREE official gamewatch Barney’s locations and enjoy 40% off food and beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).

There will be no raffle this week.

If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to order your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. T-shirts can be pre-ordered on our website (www.lahawkeyes.com) or purchased at your favorite gamewatch location for $15. Please find your Gamewatch coordinator for details. Limited supplies are left.

Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)

Pasadena: 99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Patrick Carberry and Randall Adams)

Redondo Beach: 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Garrett Darland and Alvin Chang)

We look forward to seeing everyone. GO HAWKS!!!

LA Iowa Board of Directors

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IOWA Football Gamewatch vs. Iowa State – 12:30 PM

Let’s address the elephant in the room…Ball State came to play!  We tried to warn you, and no doubt; Iowa found themselves against the ropes.  Say what you want about its struggles, but Iowa is 2-0.

Tornado warnings have hit all across Iowa this week, and that can only mean one thing; the Cyclones are coming through!  The most anticipated game across the entire state is going down this Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.  Families divide and friendships take a backseat when the Hawks face the Cyclones.

While records are complete opposites, both teams appear to be struggling finding their true identity.  The Cyclones lost a heartbreaker to #20 Kansas State last week, but stood up to the test.  The Hawks on the other hand look good on paper, but have been exposed on the field.  The Iowa State defense clamped down in the second half, and the timing couldn’t be better.

77,000 fans went silent when pre-season All American Brandon Scherff went down to a knee injury.  Scherff returned to a standing ovation, allowing fans to breathe a sigh of relief.  And then came the news that Scherff underwent surgery earlier this week and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.  When the run game is struggling, this loss stings even worse.  Defensive tackle Drew Ott will in fact play despite being involved in a scooter accident.

Two familiar opponents, and a long season still to go; this will likely be the slugfest most fans are hoping for.  Iowa should have the advantage, but the offense is going to have to stop relying on the defense to keep them in the game.  A roster full of dynamic running backs, shouldn’t struggle to move the ball.  To keep you breaking your laptops, I’ll skip the kicking game.   It’s a fun week for everyone involved, so expect a wild atmosphere and one heck of a game.

Please join us at one of the THREE official gamewatch Barney’s locations and enjoy 40% off food and beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).

This week’s halftime raffle will be at PASADENA. Make sure to check in with one of the hosts for your 1st FREE raffle ticket for some great Iowa gear. Highlights of the raffle include: A Kirk Ferentz signed mini-football, 1 Hawkeye and 1 LA IOWA Club t-shirt, a set of golf balls among other items. Don’t worry, additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the rate of 2 tickets for $1 on up to as many tickets as you would like!

If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to order your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. T-shirts can be pre-ordered on our website (www.lahawkeyes.com) or purchased at your favorite gamewatch location for $15. Please find your Gamewatch coordinator for details. Limited supplies are left.

Santa Monica:             1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)

Pasadena:                   99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA

(Gamewatch hosts Patrick Carberry and Randall Adams)

Redondo Beach:         100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA

(Gamewatch hosts Garrett Darland and Alvin Chang)

We look forward to seeing everyone.  GO HAWKS!!!

LA Iowa Board of Directors

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IOWA Football Gamewatch vs. Ball State – 12:30 PM

You weren’t the only one sweating bullets last Saturday as Iowa was able to hold off the Panthers of Northern Iowa.  This week should be easier right?  Not so fast!  Outsiders might think Iowa’s schedule is light, but trust me; the Hawkeyes know they have to bring their A game.

Ball State is a program on the rise, winning 10 games a year ago.  The trip to Iowa City will be first year starting quarterback Ozzie Mann’s first road game, certainly a test for any quarterback; especially in a hostile environment.  Ball State will likely employ an up-tempo attack and expose Iowa’s secondary much like Northern Iowa.

Iowa typically likes to fly under the radar; there will be none of that this season!  The offense looked great at times, but also showed a lack of consistency.  QB Jake Ruddock has to embrace that he has playmakers, and allow them to do just that; make plays!  The run game was effective, but substitutions seemed to keep anyone from getting into rhythm.

It wasn’t going to be easy replacing three outstanding linebackers, but you have to wonder if even Coach Ferentz expected the secondary to struggle that badly.  Not once, not twice, but three times the Panthers were allowed to go deep to wide open receivers.  How quickly Iowa can turn this around remains to be seen, but it is crucial if Iowa wants to have a successful season.

This is just another game for Ball State, packed stadiums and unfamiliar atmospheres don’t mean a thing to this club.  The Hawks need to put four quarters together and defend their turf.  It’s time for the offense to grow, to expect to put up points every series; and the defense to get back to the basics of shutting down opponents.

Please join us at one of the THREE official gamewatch Barney’s locations and enjoy 40% off food and beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).

This week’s halftime raffle will be at SANTA MONICA. Make sure to check in with one of the hosts for your 1st FREE raffle ticket for some great Iowa gear. Highlights of the raffle include: A Kirk Ferentz signed mini-helmet, 1 Hawkeye and 1 LA IOWA Club t-shirt, a vintage poster among other items. Don’t worry, additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the rate of 2 tickets for $1 on up to as many tickets as you would like!

If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to order your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. T-shirts can be pre-ordered on our website (www.lahawkeyes.com) or purchased at your favorite gamewatch location for $15. Please find your Gamewatch coordinator for details. Limited supplies are left.

Santa Monica:             1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)

Pasadena:                   99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA

(Gamewatch hosts Patrick Carberry and Randall Adams)

Redondo Beach:         100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA

(Gamewatch hosts Garrett Darland and Alvin Chang)

We look forward to seeing everyone.  GO HAWKS!!!

 

LA Iowa Board of Directors

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