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Iowa Gamewatch #2: September 7, 2013 Iowa vs Missouri State at 9:00 A.M – Santa Monica Raffle / T-shirts in Stock!

Last Saturday Iowa fans were reminded, that almost doesn’t count…losing their 7th game in a row in heartbreaking fashion to Northern Illinois 30-27.  While the lost stings every Hawk fan, there was certainly reason to believe the season will get better.  The offense showed signs of life, and Jake Rudock was a big part of that.

This week, Iowa focuses on their next challenge; the Missouri State Bears.  This will be the first meeting between the two schools and with both teams coming off close loses, expect both sides to be pumped to claim their first “W” of the season.

Missouri State is led by their Junior Quarterback Kierra Harris, completing 17-of-33 passes for 189 yards last week against Northwestern State.  Much like Iowa, Missouri State struggled to find a consistent offense.

Although Iowa found success on the field, it’s correcting the mistakes that will determine if Iowa will be successful from here on out.  Key factors in this game will be how much improvement Iowa can make from week 1 to week 2.  Iowa’s secondary weakness’ need to be addressed and the offense has to take a step forward and not regress like they did in the second half.

Please join us at either one of the two official game watch Barney’s locations and enjoy 35% of food and 50% of 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. We’ll raffle off media guides, 2 signed player photos, and 1 Hawkeye t-shirt. 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 are now in stock and available at the Santa Monica and Pasadena Barney’s Beanery lcoations! They can be purchased for $15.

Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Game watch host Alvin Chang, Jessica Scales, Isaiah Scales and Jake Krengel)

Pasadena: 99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA
(Game watch host Patrick Carberry)

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

LA Iowa Board of Directors

 

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Iowa Gamewatch #1: August 31, 2013 Iowa vs Northern Illinois at 12:30 P.M – Santa Monica Raffle

It’s that time of year Hawk fans!! Another football season is upon us.  Perhaps no team left the field last year with more of a sour taste than the Iowa Hawkeyes.  After finishing the season on a 6 game losing streak and missing out on a bowl game; the Hawks have turned the page and are looking to get back on track this Saturday against Northern Illinois.  This is a repeat of last year’s opener, that Iowa won by the slimmest of margins 18-17 at Soldier Field.

Northern Illinois is a team that is coming off the schools best season ever after being crowned the MAC champions and ending the season with a BCS bowl berth. The Huskies return their dynamic dual threat Quarterback Jordan Lynch who finished 6th in the Heisman voting a year ago.  They are poised to have another great year and are picked to win the MAC under first year Head Coach Rod Carey.

Kirk Ferentz returns to lead the Hawkeyes in his 14th year as Head Coach.  2nd year Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis returns looking to increase offensive production from last year’s unit which averaged less than 20 points a game.  On the defensive side, 2nd year Defensive Coordinator Phil Parker will have to find a way to apply more pressure from the defensive line and linebackers.

The biggest story line coming out of camp was the quarterback competition that heated up Iowa City.  Eyeing to replace James Vandenberg are Sophomore Jake Rudock, Juco transfer Cody Sokal and redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard.  Coach Ferentz acknowledged Rudock had the early advantage serving as last year’s backup quarterback, but Ferentz made it clear the competition was open.  Beathard made the most of his opportunities to impress, but late last week; Coach Ferentz named Rudock the starting quarterback.

Offensively, Iowa’s depth at running back has most Hawk fans talking.  Fullback turned feature back Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock are expected to give Iowa a big boost in the run game.  True Freshman LeShun Daniels Jr. has made a big impact at the end of camp and is looking to contribute immediately.

An outstanding group of running backs is only effective with a solid group of offensive line opening the holes.  This year’s group is expected to do just that, with junior Brandon Scherff, Nolan MacMillan and Austin Blythe leading the way.

Senior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz will have to step up big and be the playmaker many have been waiting to see.  Wide receivers Kevonte Martin-Manley and Jordan Cotton are the returning veterans and Juco transfer Damond Powell has shown the explosiveness to be the big play receiver Iowa is desperately searching for.

The Defense had its highs and lows last season, but certainly has the talent to make an impact.  Expect Linemen Dominic Alvis, Louis Trinca-Pasat and Carl Davis to bring the heat upfront; with linebackers Anthony Hitchens, James Morris and Christian Kirksey to be key contributors.

This year’s key matchups will come down to how well the Hawkeye defense can turn Northern Illinois’ offense into a one dimensional attack. On the flipside, can Iowa’s inexperienced offense exploit the Huskies young defense which only returns 4 starters?  The Huskies are coming to Iowa City with revenge on their minds. This game is shaping up to be an exciting open to the 2013 season.

Please join us at either one of the two official game watch Barney’s locations and enjoy 35% of food and 50% of 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. We’ll raffle off a men’s Hawkeye jersey, media guides, 2 signed player photos, and 1 Hawkeye t-shirt. 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 the SANTA MONICA game watch location for $15.

Santa Monica (Game watch host Alvin Chang, Jessica Scales, Isaiah Scales and Jake Krengel)
1351 3rd St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA

Pasadena (Game watch host Patrick Carberry)
99 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA

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

LA Iowa Board of Directors

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Iowa Basketball Gamewatch – NIT Championship vs. Baylor 6:00pm

2013 NIT Championship Basketball Gamewatch vs. Baylor – Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

Thursday April 4th  – 6:00pm

The Men’s basketball team took care of Maryland in the NIT Semifinals 71-60, never relinquishing the lead after trailing 4-0 early. Next up is Baylor for the NIT Championship! We had great numbers for our Final Four Gamewatch vs. Maryland and let’s keep the momentum going and get a great crowd for Thursday! Gametime is 6:00pm sharp. Barney’s Beanery has Happy Hour food and drinks until 7:00pm so come out and show your support!

We hope to see you there!

Date and Time: Thursday April 4, 6:00pm

Location: Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

 

Go Hawks!

LA Iowa Club Board

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Iowa Basketball Gamewatch – NIT Final Four vs. Maryland – Tuesday April 2nd

Hawkeyes are Going to NYC!

The Men’s basketball team is headed to NYC to play in the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden to play future B1G foe Maryland in the Final Four of the NIT! Fran McCaffery’s squad has continued to improve this season and is peaking at the right time with the leadership of their scorer Roy Devyn Marble. The Hawkeyes are currently sitting at 24 wins in 2013, the most since the 2005-2006 season where that team finished with 25. Excitement is back in the program and now is the time to come out and show your support!

Gametime is approximately 30 minutes after the end of the first game (around 6:30 pm). We hope to see you there!

Date and Time: Tuesday April 2, 6:30pm

Location: Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

 

Go Hawks!

LA Iowa Club Board

 

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Iowa Basketball Gamewatch vs. Northwestern – Saturday February 9, 1:30pm

If you missed our first Basketball Gamewatch, we are going to hold our second Basketball Gamewatch Saturday February 9th against Northwestern, 1:30pm at Barney’s Beanery in Santa Monica.

Date and Time: Saturday February 9, 1:30pm

Location: Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

Deal: There will be no deal for the gamewatch. However, showing up in large numbers in support of the LA Iowa Club, Iowa Basketball, and Barney’s Bearnery will help make future gamewatches a huge success!

Future Events: Please keep an eye out for other LA Iowa Club events including comedy night in March, Blood Drive in April, Beach Party with volleyball in May, and a Dodgers Game in June or July.

Go Hawks!

LA Iowa Club Board