Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:45 am

Who pulls off biggest upset of Bowl Season?

As I look down the bowl schedule there are a handful of games with double digit or higher spreads, another handful that hover between 5-8 point spreads and then several that predict close games.

The biggest favorites are
Boise State -14
Oklahoma -13.5
TCU -10
Texas A&M -9.5
Baylor -9

I think those teams win their games pretty easily if they show up to play.  I am not sure they all cover the spreads but I think they win.  The next group is a bit closer

Arkansas -7.5
Temple -7
Oregon -6
Houston -5.5

I think there are a couple of games in there that might go to the underdog.  I think Kansas State may challenge Arkansas.  I think Wisconsin will definitely challenge Oregon and who knows what kind of team shows up for Penn State.  If they come motivated that defense is good and Houston hasn't played anyone.

Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:31 pm

Norm Parker retiring

Norm Parker has announced that he is retiring following the Hawkeyes bowl game against the Oklahoma Sooners.  Parker has been a mainstay of Kirk Ferentz coaching staff and his contributions are numerous.  In recent years, health issues have slowed Norm and the game has slowly passed him by.
Parker was a great coach for Iowa and I am happy to see him retire at a time where he can be remembered for his contributions of building the Iowa defense and team  

I am seriously hoping that Ken O'Keefe will follow suit here.  I think it is time to overall these two key positions on the Hawkeyes coaching staff.

Again, thank to Norm Parker for all you have done for the Iowa program.  It will be remembered and reflected for years to come and kudos for knowing it was time to step down as well.
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:21 am

Time to overall Iowa coaching staff

I will stop just short of saying that it is time for Kirk Ferentz to go.  I will also say there have been a number of times the last two years that I have stepped across that line and felt it was in fact time for a complete change though, including Kirk Ferentz.
This team is vanilla and stale by any standards.  Predictable and cautious to a fault.  Ken O'Keefe and Norm Parker are great men and at one time were great coaches.  It seems however the game has passed them by.  Spread offense, blitz, and stunt are all words that are not in their vocabulary.
Our defensive line is the smallest, weakest and worst it has been since Kirk Ferentz took over the program.  James Morris started his career strong but has fizzled some and our linebackers are not much better than the line.  People like to rip on the defensive backs but when you are trying to maintain coverage for 7 seconds because your line is never putting any pressure on the QB it is tough.
How many times have we seen Iowa get the ball with 2 minutes left in a half or a game and seen them just run out the clock instead of trying to score.  This might be my biggest pet peeve. 
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:40 pm

NFL deal nearly official

Well it has been a few months in the making but it now appears we are only days if not hours away from the NFL and the Players coming to a deal.  Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been quick to clear their names as potential blockers of any deal.  The owners are meeting in Atlanta to discuss and it appears we could be hours from the Players voting on the deal which is almost certain to pass.

Bring on the NFL season!!!  Should be awesome
Category: NFL
Posted on: July 18, 2011 8:09 pm

Crazy time in sports history

What a crazy time in sports history.  In one of the worst economies in most of our lives, we have athletes making more money than ever before.  Somehow we are still able to find money to buy our favorite player or team jersey.  We complain about $4 per gallon gas but buy $7 cans of beer without thinking twice. 
Athletes are being called before congress on drug related issues and then tried in criminal court for lying about it.  We have Billionaires locking out their Millionaire athletes from coming to work.  Top NBA stars threatening to take overseas contracts and a poker tournament in Las Vegas that will pay the winner over $8mm.
It is a crazy time I say
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