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    Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    My son sent this to me today.....interesting. Commentary: No time like now for Hawks

    BY BRENDAN STILES | SEPTEMBER 09, 2009 7:10 AM
    I hear it all the time.
    Kirk Ferentz, Ken OíKeefe, and Norm Parker donít change their philosophies.
    But I understand why. They like to keep things simple.
    What you see is what you get. And more often than not, what you get usually works pretty darn well. Just look at the 2002, 2003, or 2004 seasons ó even the latter portion of 2008.
    During those years, one thing stood out. The Hawkeyes were at their best when it took its opening drive and scored a touchdown.
    Setting that tone wasnít evident in 2006 and 2007 ó seasons fans around Iowa City want to forget.
    Last weekend against Northern Iowa, the Hawkeyes had a chance to step on the Panthersí collective throats right away.
    But they didnít.
    I know thereís this mantra around the program, and fans repeat it all the time: The Hawkeyes gradually get better as the season progresses.
    Itís not a bad thing. Coaches always stress how they want teams to be better at seasonís end and continue to make improvements every week. I get that.
    But after watching Iowa barely get by Northern Iowa last weekend, and given the recent history with matchups against Iowa State, Iím concerned.
    Not about whether the Hawkeyes will win the game, though. Aside from Iowa State players and coaches, overconfident Cyclone fans and some pessimistic Hawkeye fans, I donít think anyone can say with a straight face that Iowa State will win this weekend in Ames.
    My concern goes back to putting teams away.
    Yes, Iowa has won four of the last six meetings, but the only win the Hawkeyes received after dominating from start to finish was in 2003, when they snapped a five-game losing streak to their in-state foe.
    Thereís no problem with saying you want to get better as the season goes on, but usually when I hear Iowa players saying, ďThis is our year,Ē they normally donít say that unless they truly believe Iowa can win every game.
    The panic attack some Hawkeye fans annually prepare themselves for came a week early this fall.
    If Iowa is a better team than Iowa State, then this game should not be close. Weíre talking about the joke of the Big 12, a group of Cyclones lucky enough to even form into cumulus clouds.
    Letís face it, if the score isnít more than 24-7 at halftime, Hawkeye fans in both Jack Trice Stadium and on the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall will be nervous for the rest of the game.
    But even if Iowa prevails, theyíll wonder whether the Hawkeyes are actually good enough to win the Big Ten.
    Iowa faced a similar instance the last time it visited Jack Trice Stadium two years ago ó Iowa State had a new head coach, and the Hawkeyes should have dominated.
    But they didnít dominate. The Cyclones won with five field goals.
    Now, once again, Iowa State has a new head coach in Paul Rhoads, and the Hawkeyes have a chance to make up for what it failed to do in 2007.
    It may only be Week Two, but if I go by the teamís clichť rationale of ďone game at a time,Ē then Iíll be even more trite: Thereís no time like the present for Iowa to make a statement.
    This is one of those weekends where Hawkeye fans want a 55-0 beat-down. They wonít tolerate 17-5 with a fourth-quarter punt return or 17-16 with two blocked field goals in the final seconds.
    Really, itís that simple.



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    So, scoring a TD on your opening drive is a good thing? Memo to Coach Rhoads....



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan Stiles View Post



    This is one of those weekends where Hawkeye fans want a 55-0 beat-down. They won’t tolerate 17-5 with a fourth-quarter punt return or 17-16 with two blocked field goals in the final seconds.
    Really, it’s that simple.
    Al_4_State, please e-mail your ****Iowa.mp3 file to the e-mail address listed on the picture above.

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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    It amazes me how the DI wins awards when their journalism abilities are horrendous.



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    This was in an actual newspaper?



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    Quote Originally Posted by mustangcy View Post
    This was in an actual newspaper?
    No. It was in the DI. Nobody considers that an actual newspaper.



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    Wow. Definition of a homer = Brendan Stiles.



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    Wow. That was thoughtful in some spots and horrible in others.

    Iowa did not have an issue putting UNI away. They had an issue doing anything outside of the 3rd quarter.



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    Did this guy scribble this between shots at the Sports Column?



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    We should spam that guys email address....



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    Iowa would tolerate a 17-5 win in a New York minute. This kid was weaned on Hawk milk.



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    He doesn't seem very confident, does he? Caught between being a hawkeye homer and reality.



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    "I donít think anyone can say with a straight face that Iowa State will win this weekend in Ames."

    "This is one of those weekends where Hawkeye fans want a 55-0 beat-down."

    Wow, what a tool. Reason #1,459 that the Iowa fanbase is one of the most ignorant in the US.



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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    Brendan Stiles will go on to prominence at the NY Times with that awesome bit of journalism.

    Edit: I forgot to add


    Last edited by chuckd4735; 09-09-2009 at 01:55 PM.

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    Re: Daily Iowan ....We don't have a chance

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    Brendan Stiles will go on to prominence at the National Enquirer with that awesome bit of journalism.
    Fixed...


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