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March 17, 2018: Iowa Women’s Basketball at UCLA

So Cal Hawkeye fans get ready to fill Westwood with a lot of Black and Gold!  The Iowa Women’s Basketball team learned their NCAA Tournament ride starts in Los Angeles as the #6 seed, taking on the 12th seed Bluejays of Creighton.  The action tips off this Saturday at 3pm at the Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.

The Hawkeyes are making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2015.  Head Coach Lisa Bluder has lead Iowa to a 24-7 record and all-American Megan Gustafson has been crushing records and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.  Megan is a one of a kind athlete, something you will want to see for yourself live and in person.  The Hawks are coming off a heartbreaking loss to rival Minnesota in the Big 10 Tournament, but an NCAA Tournament win can erase all that for Senior Chase Coley.  The Hawks are relatively young, and have been missing a key component for much of the season, so there’s a lot to look forward to from Bluder’s Bunch.

Tickets are on sale at and start at $12, so you can bring the whole family out and support your Iowa Hawkeyes! If the Hawks win on Saturday, their next game would be this Monday.  If you’re on Twitter, show some love to the Iowa Women’s Basketball page @IowaWBB and let them know you’re excited to host the Hawkeyes in the City of Angels!


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Basketball Game Watch: Iowa vs. Ohio State



Game time at Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica!

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Iowa Basketball looks to take down the nationally-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State.

Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannan are hoping to right the ship to position themselves for a deep BIG 10 tournament run. 

Come on out and watch the game with some Hawks at the 3rd Street Promenade Barney’s Beanery. 

Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. Pacific time.

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Football Game Watch: Iowa vs Nebraska

Football Game Watch #12
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Friday, November 24, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Pacific time.
Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach) 


How quickly a season of Iowa Football comes and goes.  We’ve seen it all this season, jubilation to heartbreak and everything in between.  I’ve had an incredible time meeting and hanging with all the So Cal Hawkeyes at Barney’s Beanery in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach.  Huge Shout Out to Redondo Beach game watch host Garrett Darland, who always shows South Bay Hawkeyes a good time!  

I’m really excited about our new endeavor with Iowa’s Journalism and Mass Communications department, as Senior, Tanner Lafever joined our team in writing game day previews and did an awesome job breaking down the keys to the game with a great sense of humor.  In the coming months, we’ll be introducing more Hawkeye students who will be bringing us the latest from Iowa City in future newsletters.  

Many of you have asked for it, and we will have a few Iowa Basketball game watches this season at Barney’s Beanery.  We’re going to try and schedule mostly Saturday games, so we don’t conflict with NFL Sunday’s.  Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates, and we’ll send out newsletter invites as well. 

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday and let’s bring home the last rivalry trophy!  Go Hawks!

Isaiah Scales

Here’s the game preview by Tanner Lafever.

I’m going to try really hard to sell you guys on this last game.
Seriously, I’m going to try.
With that in mind an executive decision has mercifully considerately been made to ignore anything that might have taken place a week ago, leaving sole attention to be paid toward a Black Friday brawl with Nebraska.
So that’s where I’ll be for a special early kickoff between the Hawkeyes (6-5, 3-5) and the Cornhuskers (4-7, 3-5) at 1:00 PM PST on FS1.
My own personal reasoning for tuning in is not all that important, but I’m going to share it anyway.
For one, because writing this preview requires that I at least say something about this upcoming game. Secondly, I’m a self-medicated football junkie that would watch barn animals play the game (even with what I’m assuming would be limited effectiveness executing the forward pass).
And third, but most importantly, I’ll watch Iowa take the field in Lincoln on Friday out of sheer pettiness.
Because let’s be honest with ourselves, Nebraska is just the worst.
Apparently they get to own the world because their program was great from the 70’s through the 90’s (just don’t bring up much of anything since the turn of the century, they hate that). Meanwhile, Iowa has plodded along to fairly consistent success littered with swoons of greatness ever since Captain Kirk got things rolling around 2001.
But don’t fool yourself. It’ll be a cold day in Nebraska hell before ‘Husker fans acknowledge that Iowa has been the far more successful program since any of the players participating in Friday’s game have been old enough to remember.
Sure I’m pulling for a Hawkeye victory because seven wins are better than six. That being said, I’m hardly above satisfying my own spiteful feelings toward Big Red. An Iowa ‘W’ this week would check both of those boxes.
And in the spirit of spitefulness, it is the week of Thanksgiving after all.
So for as much as we’ll acknowledge hating the last two Hawkeye football performances (damnit I said I wasn’t going to bring that up didn’t I?), we can also admit to ourselves that we hate our extended families more….and Nebraska even more than them.
Basically what I’m saying is that this is a week of hostility no matter how you slice it. So don’t run from those resentful emotions. Embrace them.
Take a completely unnecessary political shot at that uncle you only see twice each year. Insult your cranky mother-in-law by openly dry heaving at the mere notion of eating her disgusting turkey dressing. But do it all with a spare reserve of vitriol saved up for kickoff on Friday.
Heaven knows Nebraska deserves it.
Finally, I’d be remiss not to wish every Hawkeye out there a genuinely bearable Thanksgiving (let’s be honest, that’s the best any of us can hope for). You may not be able to give thanks for a 10 win season, but we can all give thanks for college football’s existence in our lives each and every fall.
Personally, I’ll be eternally thankful for an Iowa win over the ‘Huskers on Friday, and I’m confident the rest of humanity shares that sentiment as well (remember, nobody likes Nebraska).
So safe travels to all this week, and thank you for indulging me and my whimsical football outlook throughout this bizarre regular season. Hopefully it’s been as amusing to you all as it’s been cathartic for me.
See you Friday, and GO HAWKS!

Tanner Lafever is a senior at Iowa, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in Sports Studies.  Outside the classroom, Tanner’s always ready for a game of pickup basketball; so, don’t bring that weak stuff down his lane.  A jokester, movie buff and avid sports competitor; Tanner was born a Hawkeye; spending his childhood tailgating and attending Iowa football games his entire life. 
Look for more stories from Tanner in the upcoming weeks, and if you would like to drop Tanner a line or two of support; email us at
Official 2017 Iowa Football Game Watches will only be in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach this season.  Many of you have enjoyed getting together at our Pasadena game watch location, but only Santa Monica and Redondo Beach will be honoring our 40% off food and drinks specials.  If this changes in the future, we’ll let you know; apologies for any inconveniences this causes. 

Check out the fun and excitement at this year’s game watches. Wear your Hawkeye gear to get 40% off food and drinks during the game.

Santa Monica
1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.656.5777
Santa Monica will once again be the featured Iowa Hawkeyes game watch location. We’ll continue with full sound for both top and lower areas, with the majority of TV’s tuned to our game. 
Redondo Beach
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 424.275.4820
Redondo Beach will build on last season’s great turnout of incredible fans. Bonus: beach and ocean views. Look for Game Watch Coordinator Garrett Darland. 
RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming!
Be sure to support the waitstaff at Barney’s, our terrific sponsor. Please tip on the full bill. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game watch. 
If you’re interested in helping host the game watches (or volunteering with the club in other areas of need), please reply and let us know.
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Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Wisconsin

Football Game Watch #10
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Saturday, November 11, 2017,12:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach) 

Half-time raffles at both Santa Monica and Redondo Beach locations this week!

Here’s the game preview by Tanner Lafever.

2017 Football Game Watch: #20 Iowa vs. #8 Wisconsin
I’ll be totally honest with you. I’m still not entirely sure where I am, nor have I regained total feeling in all of my extremities following last weekend’s emotional bonanza at Kinnick Stadium.
Our now 20th ranked (!) Iowa Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3) pulled off one of the most improbably dominant performances in recent college football memory. I can only hope that every fan out there was able to bask in the moment of glory much like the entire student population in Iowa City did on Saturday night.
It was a monumentally joyous occasion to be sure, but in this sport you’ve only got so much time to celebrate. On the horizon is another showdown with a top 10 opponent, this time on the road against the undefeated #8 Wisconsin Badgers at 12:30PM PST on ABC.
None of us will ever forget the elation brought on by lambasting Ohio State, but this team has a chance to multiply those good feelings tenfold if it can show the football world that last Saturday wasn’t just a one-off for the Black & Gold.
Trips to Madison, Wisconsin are never particularly cheerful. Sure the Hawkeyes have won each of their last two trips to the state capital of our inhospitable northern neighbors, but Camp Randall Stadium is no place for the faint of heart.
In a series that will see the 91st overall meeting between the two schools take place on Saturday, you can be sure that Iowa will need to absorb just as many blows as it dishes out. There’s a reason that the all-time series record splits by the slimmest of margins (Wisconsin leads 45-43-2). To expect this year’s contest to be any different would be a foolish endeavor.
Now being that Badgers are notorious for their inability to fly (I think?), this Wisconsin team is once again predisposed to attack its opponents on the ground when it possesses the football. Freshman phenom Jonathan Taylor leads the way, having already piled up 1368 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns with three games left to play in the regular season.
On defense, an aggressive unit enters this week’s contest allowing barely 13 points/game and fewer than 90 yards rushing each time it takes the field.
The Hawkeyes are sure to be tested in the trenches on both sides of the ball. It’ll be up to Josey Jewell & Co. to put the Badger offense in uncomfortable positions, and Nate Stanley and the improving Iowa receiving corps to extend their aggressive defense much like we saw against the Buckeyes to great effect this past weekend.
Stanley sits just five touchdowns passes away from tying the legendary Chuck Long’s single season school record (27), and based on his performance against Ohio State that might be worth keeping an eye on this week (fingers crossed). But likely more significant is the Wisconsin native’s drive to help the Hawkeyes get a win back in his home state in front of friends and family.
And on a final note I’d be remiss not to mention what truly amounts to the highest stakes for Saturday’s match-up. As Iowa football fans we’ve developed a hankering for trophies of all shapes and sizes. Victory over Wisconsin would mean another notch on 2017’s belt in that regard.
We’ve already paid next year’s rent for the Cy-Hawk trophy. Good ‘ol Floyd is staying in an Iowa pen (and hopefully away from an Iowa frying pan) through 2018. So now it’s time to reclaim from those filthy Badgers the brass bull that is the Heartland Trophy, and bring it back to Hawkeye pastures for the foreseeable future.
Last weekend was just so much fun. And as a decidedly pro-fun Iowa supporter I’d like to cast my vote for having more fun the rest of this season, starting on Saturday in Madison.
Also, just to satisfy my own curiosity I’d love to see if anything but charred remains would exist of downtown Iowa City if this team were to pull off a second consecutive upset of a top eight ranked team.
See you all on Saturday, and let’s give ‘em hell. Because why not? It’ll be fun.
Go Hawks!

Tanner Lafever is a senior at Iowa, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in Sports Studies.  Outside the classroom, Tanner’s always ready for a game of pickup basketball; so, don’t bring that weak stuff down his lane.  A jokester, movie buff and avid sports competitor; Tanner was born a Hawkeye; spending his childhood tailgating and attending Iowa football games his entire life. 
Look for more stories from Tanner in the upcoming weeks, and if you would like to drop Tanner a line or two of support; email us at
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Sat., Oct. 28 – Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Minnesota

Football Game Watch

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m. Pacific time

Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach)


University of Iowa student Tanner Lafever is back with a preview of Saturday’s Iowa-Minnesota game. 

 Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Minnesota 

Help. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.
Who am I? 
No I’m not a spokesperson for those ridiculous Life Alert commercials. At 22 years old I’m decades from the age bracket that would qualify me for my own personal panic button. But I will admit, as I felt the life drain from by body on Saturday after watching a 4th down pass dropped that would have extended overtime against Northwestern, I did, for a second, wonder if I might require some form of emergency assistance.
I toughed it out, though. And perhaps it was only my youthful exuberance that helped me overcome the agony I was sharing in that moment with Hawkeye fans everywhere.
The point is (if I’m even making one at all), age matters sometimes. And Iowa (4-3, 1-3) is presented with just such a challenge this Saturday as it hosts Minnesota (4-3, 1-3) at 3:30 PST on FS1.
That school in the state with all those lakes and stuff is littered with youth. Over 69 percent of the Golden Gopher roster is made up of underclassmen, and those same vermin are led by first year head coach P.J. Fleck. At just 36 years old, Fleck is the youngest coach in the Big Ten and the 4th youngest in all of college football.
But although he undoubtedly outpaces Iowa’s head man in spryness and original hair color, we can take solace in the fact that 62 year-old Kirk Ferentz is a tenured ‘professor’ of the coaching institution who doesn’t have to take any crap from some young whipper-snapper in Minneapolis.
I mean who the Fleck does this guy think he is?
More good news is that Iowa has already made a habit of swatting down the ‘millennials’ of college football head coaches in 2017, sending both 37 year-old Matt Campbell of Iowa State and 38 year-old Seth Littrell of North Texas home with a big fat ‘L’ on their respective records.
But perhaps even more important are the material stakes surrounding this rivalry match-up. Saturday will mark the 83rd meeting between the two schools with Floyd of Rosedale on the line (for those who don’t know, Floyd is a glorious 98 pound trophy of a pig that’s awarded to the Iowa-Minnesota winner each year).
In the spirit of said farm animal, and solely for the sake of this week’s game, I elected to run a scientific study in order to compare the level of affection Iowans and Minnesotans have for bacon. The results of said study (which was totally above board BTW) conclusively showed that us Iowans are far superior lovers of the world’s finest breakfast item.
Such findings could prove crucial to the victorious side in Saturday’s contest.

So let’s just ignore Iowa’s record this one time, as well as any lingering depression we may or may not be feeling in the aftermath of last weekend. Because the honest truth is this:
The outcome of the next game will have nothing to do with statistics or strategy. We’re going to win it because our cantankerous, elderly bunch of Hawkeyes will hit harder, execute better, and coach smarter than any lousy group of juvenile gophers brazen enough to step foot in Kinnick Stadium (named after another old guy as it happens!).
See you all on Saturday, and make sure you leave room for a late breakfast.
Go Hawks!

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