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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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2017 Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Wyoming

Football Game Watch #1
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wyoming Cowboys

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time.
Barney’s Beanery (2 locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach) 

Big Ten Football- It’s brutal, unforgiving, emotional, passionate and its history rivals any conference in college football.  Where all the talk of football experts means nothing, as there are no weeks off; no matter who you play.  Who will this year’s Iowa Hawkeyes be?  That’s unknown, but we do know they’ll be different.  And unless you’re one of those talking heads that just hasn’t Herd, the Hawkeyes are just fine flying under the radar.  This Saturday, Iowa will get their first opportunity to make noise of their own.
Wyoming’s rise in college football can be traced right back here to California.  Quarterback Josh Allen is widely considered the number one draft pick in next year’s NFL Draft, as the Firebaugh, California native capitulated the Cowboys to the Mountain West Conference Championship game and Poinsettia Bowl last season.  Maybe a nominee for Kevonte Martin-Manley’s 2 Star of the year, Allen truly has earned the 5th; receiving only 3 offers coming out of high school.  Two top 25 teams were saddled by the Cowboys last season, and a win on the road against Iowa solidify his worth as an NFL QB.  Wyoming is built around scoring a lot of points, averaging 35 a game last season.  Not exactly what a Kirk Ferentz team would like to have to keep pace with.  Allen led the conference with 28 touchdowns, so expect this to be two polar opposites of offenses.  All is not well in Laramie, Wyoming, 8 players have been suspended or dismissed from the team earlier this year.  How well Allen can move this offense without his full arsenal will be put to the test right out the gate.
Kirk Ferentz returns as college football’s longest tenured head coach, and he’s bringing back familiar faces with former Iowa offensive lineman Brian Ferentz taking command of the offense, alongside Ken O’Keefe.  Yeah, that guy!  Hey, he wasn’t always a fan favorite, but after lackluster offenses under Greg Davis, KOK is a pleasant return for many fans.  Sometime between now, and when you read this, a decision will be made on who will lead the offense to the field.  It’s down to Nathan Stanley and Tyler Wiegers, neither QB has done enough to solidify their position in Ferentz’s eyes.  That’s tough for Hawk fans to digest, as it’s not entirely clear if they’re both excelling or if there hasn’t been enough separation since spring practice.  There is no lack of confidence on what is expected to be one of college football’s best offensive lines.  Akrum Wadley is a dynamic back, and most expect his opportunities to grow even more his senior season.  An already hyped backfield received a huge boost when Nevada graduate transfer James Butler announced he wanted to be a Hawkeye.  This duo could duplicate last year’s production between Wadley and LeShun Daniels.  A mostly inexperienced wide receiver corp, but Matt VandeBurg’s return from injury should assist on key 3rdconversions.
The Defense lost its King, as the LA Chargers drafted Desmond King in the 5th round.  While the losses of King and Jaleel Johnson leave big holes to fill, Josey Jewell will be a wrecking ball of havoc for offensive coordinators.  Corner Manny Rugamba earned playing time as a true freshman and if he plays to his potential, should have a good season.  Upfront, there’s solid experience, only time will tell if players are ready to step into their roles and pick up where this defense was last year. The D has potential to be great, but be patient, practice makes perfect.
These Cowboys are not America’s team, but we may be looking at the next Dak Prescott.  We don’t need history lessons, be ready to play anybody, anytime, anywhere.  Go Hawks!


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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2017 Student Send-Off Beach Party

2017 Student Send-Off Beach Party

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Barney’s Beanery Redondo Beach Pier

Come on out for the Student Send-Off Beach Party. It’s our summer beach party to celebrate area students heading off to UI this fall.

ALL ARE INVITED: students, parents, families, friends, IOWA Club members, fans, and supporters of all things Hawkeye!

LOCATION:  Barney’s Beanery Redondo Beach Pier

100 Fisherman’s Wharf

Redondo Beach, CA 90277


For our party, we’ve reserved Barney’s outdoor patio–it literally overlooks the beach.


Free finger food buffet compliments of our LA Hawkeye partner Barney’s Beanery

For-purchase beverages and food from Barney’s menu

PARKING: Pay parking is available in parking ramps and at street parking meters.


Send us an e-mail at to let us know you’re coming.

What makes being a Hawkeye so special? Like they always say, “Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye.” This marks our 3rd annual Student Send-Off.

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Big Ten Club Summer Mixer at Sony Studios

Click here to register and to buy tickets.

Summer Mixer at Sony Studios in Culver City

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Grab your friends and join the Big Ten Club for an evening of mingling, networking and Happy Hour fun at Sony.

Enjoy your first beverage on us and discount pricing for food and additional drinks. Studio Tours are also available at a special event price just for us.

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Iowa By The Sea Picnic coming August 12, 2017


Save the Date

117th Annual Iowa By the Sea Picnic

Saturday, August 12, 2017,  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Berth 87, Battleship Iowa, Los Angeles Harbor

250 Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA

All Iowans and individuals who love Iowa are invited to attended this family-oriented, alcohol-free picnic. Featuring  a catered barbeque, entertainment TBD, door prizes, Iowa memorabilia, a silent auction, free Iowa and California stuff, and adult and children’s activities.


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