2012 Gamewatch #4: Iowa vs. Central Michigan

Recap of Last Week: You know you want to shout it: Weisman for Heisman! Yes, our starting Fullback (yes I said fullback) – Mark Weisman, helped propel our Iowa Hawkeyes to a victory over UNI with 3 rushing TD’s! No, he isn’t the final answer to our problems on offense (or a Heisman candidate) but he does run with great determination and spirit that hopefully rubs off on the rest of the Hawkeyes offense! As for the defense, they played pretty well but need to start out the game the way they’ve played in the 2nd half of games this year. Especially, if we’re going to beat the other good teams in the Big Ten. Overall, it was nice to see our team score some TD’s and improve from the previous games. With the win, Iowa improves to 2-1 overall with 1 game left before Big Ten play.

Now to this week…I said it last week and I’ll say it again – THIS SEASON IS FAR FROM OVER! 🙂 The Hawks are now 2-1 on the season and starting to show some life as we’ve gotten better in each of the 3 games we’ve had. Saturday, we play the Central Michigan Chippewas who are 1-1 on the young season. This game will be a good test to see how we compare with another Big Ten opponent – Michigan State, as they played the Chippewas already this season with Michigan State coming out on top 41-7! I expect no less from our Hawkeyes playing in the friendly confines of Kinnick Stadium and look for our team to have a break-out game on offense. On defense, we need to shut down their run game which is ranked nationally, and get some key turnovers! My prediction is Iowa on top: 45-10!

Well, for those of you heading to Iowa for the game I hope you get yourself a “Big Ass Turkey Leg” and sit back to watch a fun football game! And for all the rest of you LA Hawkeyes we hope to see everyone at your favorite Barney’s location this Saturday!  GO HAWKS!!!

Raffle Location: at Santa Monica
The Barney’s Beanery Deal: Enjoy 35% off food and 50% off beverages for all who wear Iowa Gear (offer valid during the game only).  Please be courteous and gratuitous to Barney’s Staff – they will be very busy this week.

-LA Iowa Board of Directors

2012 Gamewatch #3: Iowa vs. Northern Iowa

Recap of Last Week No comment (if you really don’t know we are now .500 on the season). Now some good news…

Now to this week… First, this season is far  from over!!  Although the loss to ISU will sting until next year, the good news is that the rest of the Big 10 really laid an egg last week.  We didn’t lose much ground among our Big Ten opponents, most notably, Nebraska who fell to the hands of UCLA.

Once again we find ourselves facing an in-state rival, this time from Cedar Falls.  UNI would like nothing better than to come out on top after our Hawkeyes narrowly escaped defeat in 2009 by blocking not one, but two, field goals with just seconds to go.  The Hawkeyes’ locker room should have the Beatles’ “Come Together” on repeat this week because that’s what it will take to win this week and the rest of the season.  If all three phases – offense, defense and special teams – can simply come together and play as a team we can turn it around.  As fans let’s band together and get out and support our team.  Hope to see everyone at your favorite Barney’s location this Saturday.  GO HAWKS!!!

Raffle Location: No Raffle this week.

The Deal: Enjoy 35% off food and 50% off beverages for all who wear Iowa Gear (offer valid during the game only).  Please be courteous and gratuitous to Barney’s Staff – they will be very busy this week.

-LA Iowa Board of Directors

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2012 Iowa Gamewatch #2: Iowa vs. Iowa State

Recap of Last Week Whew, that was a scary start.  Last week the Hawkeyes got all they could handle from Northern Illinois, the reigning Mid-American Conference champions.  Northern Illinois’ quarterback kept the Hawkeye defense on edge with his running/scrambling ability.  The Hawkeye offense consistently failed to put points on the board after crossing mid-field 8 times in 9 possessions.  The Hawkeyes trailed most of the game but, finally, late in the 4th quarter Iowa running back Damon Bullock found the end zone on a 23-yard run.  This touchdown gave the Hawkeyes an 18 – 17 lead and the defense was able to secure the victory.  It was close and the Hawkeyes have a lot to work on but 1 – 0 is 1 – 0.

Now to this week… There isn’t much to say going into the game against our most bitter rivals from Ames, IA.  This is a big game for our team and our fans and the Hawkeyes have a lot of pay-back after last year (I won’t discuss that here).  Iowa State returns with an explosive offense led by quarterback Steele Jantz.  The key to success will be to slow-down Jantz and the Hawkeyes’ offense will have to be much better than last week.  To heck with the matchups and/or stats…If you aren’t pumped up for this game you probably aren’t a Hawkeye.  Throw on your Black N Gold, get to your favorite Barney’s Beanery location early and get ready for battle!!! Gametime is 12:30pm sharp!

Raffle Location: @SANTA MONICA.  We will again be offering additional tickets for sale.  The proceeds from all ticket sales will be used by the L.A. Iowa Club, a California non-profit organization, for scholarships and other opportunities for club members.

The Deal: Enjoy 35% off food and 50% off beverages for all who wear Iowa Gear (offer valid during the game only).  Please be courteous and gratuitous to Barney’s Staff – they will be very busy this week. We look forward to seeing everyone.  GO HAWKS!!!

-LA Iowa Board of Directors

2012 Iowa Gamewatch #1: Iowa vs. N. Illinois

This week’s Gamewatch is sponsored by Eat Sweets Pastry located at 964 Gayley Avenue, Los Angeles (Westwood), CA 90024 or by phone 310-208-7659. (http://www.eatsweetspastry.com/)

Eat Sweets Pastry is a Los Angeles based custom baking company specializing in unique and handcrafted sweets and confections.  Eat Sweets offers a wide array of specialty cookies, miniature cakes and pastries, tarts, cupcakes and artisan chocolates guaranteed to add an elegant and memorable touch to any occasion.  Whether you’re hosting a birthday party for ten, a wedding for one hundred or you simply want to let someone know you’re thinking of them, Eat Sweets is always the perfect treat! Eat Sweets Pastry is owned by ’00 Iowa Alumni Jared McClurg and his wife Megan Driscoll.

Gamewatch Information:

The crowd waits…the tension builds…it’s time…This Saturday at 12:30pm PST the black is back in action for the first game of the season!  Our beloved Hawkeyes open 2012 at the neutral site of Soldier Field in Chicago, IL where they will take on the Huskies of Northern Illinois. The Hawkeyes made this very same trip 5 years ago and escaped with a lackluster 16-3 victory.  This year the Hawkeyes will need to be up to the challenge.  The Huskies come into the game returning 19 of 22 starters from last season and are currently riding the nation’s longest winning streak at 9 games.  The Hawkeyes welcome a set of new coordinators – Phil Parker on defense and Greg Davis on offense.  Based on the Spring Game the Hawkeyes should have much different look on both sides of the ball but the results and expectations should be the same – WIN!!!

Please join us at ANY one of four (4) official Barney’s gamewatch 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 raffle will be at Barney’s Beanery SANTA MONICA.

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