Canadian football started up last night. Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette reminds us that Drew Tate is still around the game. He is riding number two on the depth chart for the Calgary Stampeders.
It's been Iowa week over at LostLettermen.com. A couple days ago I posted their tribute to Rob Houghtlin's winning kick against Michigan. Yesterday they posted this awesome video of an Iowa locker room post victory against Ohio State in Columbus in 1991. Watch Hayden do the Hokey Pokey.
and finally, enjoy your Holiday. Be safe, be proud to be an American, and be proud to be a Hawkeye!
Why 30? I dunno, it's the hot number. You have 30 for 30, beer:30, 30-30 man. So, over the next few weeks, I'll profile 30 different diseases you can use when you find yourself absolutely in need of placing yourself on the couch all day.
Keep in mind I am in no way advocating an action that may lead to your unemployment. It's a tough job market out there so do so at your own risk. What is it that all the betting sites claim? Oh yeah, this information is for entertainment only. Or so I'm told.
One other note, I'm not a doctor. I have taken a Human Disease course once (although I crammed for the exam and forgot everything a week later). The object isn't to educate you to pass an exam, just bullshit a boss or significant other.
Okay, here we go. #30 on the list: Conjunctivitis
Otherwise known by its "street name," the pink eye.
Now this is a good disease to call in with. One can get pink eye from either a virus or bacterial infection. Or you can get pink eye from allergies and airborne irritants. It's highly contagious and is spread from person to person. Because the eyes are so itchy one tends to rub them a lot and can spread the virus via there hands.
In case you have to explain, some of the symptoms are itchy, watery, or a burning eye or eyes. There could be blurred vision. Be careful though, pink eye could be a result of an STD, like Chlamydia. You don't want the office whispering upon your return. Luckily, it most often occurs as a result of the same viruses that cause the common cold.
The good news is that it usually can be resolved within 2-5 days (or over a weekend, cough, cough).
You may want to wear some sunglasses the day you proclaim yourself healed and head back to work, school, or life amongst people. Complain some about the bright lights and if you work with them, the brightness of the computer screen. Also make sure and complain about not being able to watch the big game (your poor eye bothered you so much you couldn't watch the TV).
If you would like to learn more so that you become an expert visit here. I'm only here to help.
Okay, so I've made some changes. Instead of just links to Blogs on the side panel I've added feeds. The five latest stories from ESPN, BHGP, Hawkeyes.net, Fight for Iowa, and others will now appear on the right hand side. So, If you bookmark this page, the feeds update as the respective sites rollout the news.
Iowa Hawkeye coach Eric Johnson's Twitter accountwas blowin' up today as he tweeted the news of three new Hawkeye recruits. Two of the three future Hawkeye players have been identified. They are John Raymon, a 6'5" 240 lb TE/DE from Pennsylvania and Ray Hamilton, a 6'5" 225 TE from Ohio.
ESPN takes a look at Hawkeye basketball and the rebuilding process that lies ahead for new coach Fran McCaffery. McCaffery is no stranger to turning around programs as he steered Sienna to multiple MAAC titles. Can he win a title in the Big Ten? It's only been a million years.
and finally, Coach Eric Johnson tweeted that Iowa received not one but two commitments today. Rob Howe of HawkeyeInsider.com reports that one of the commitments is Ray Hamilton, a TE from Ohio. The second recruits name has yet to hit the Twitter-verse but I'll re-tweet when it does and it will appear to the left on this page under the Twitter Feed.
Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Cougill ‘didn’t get my full effort in’ at Iowa . Isn't that the obvious thing to say? I mean if you don't admit to being lazy then the assumption is you are dumb. Pick you poison.
I can't knock the kid, my first semester in college didn't go so well either. It's a big adjustment, especially if you coasted through your senior year in High School (note: that is what I did and I am not insinuating that Brennen did as well). These kids have strength and conditioning, classes, practice, studying, girls, etc. But they also have an academic success center and required study time. Hopefully, for his sake, he figures it out.
Now, on to Hawkeye football:
The Omaha World-Herald asks the question: Iowa's Clayborn: The next Suh?After the season Suh had for the Cornhuskers one could hope. Here is Suh's stat line from the 2009 season: 82 Tkl, 23 TFL, 12 Sk, 24 QBH, 10 PBU, 1 Int, 1 FF, 3 Blk. Crazy huh? Clayborn though, wasn't that far behind: Clayborn - 13 games- 70 tackles, 20 TFL ,11.5 sacks, 4 FF, 1 blocked punt, 1 PR, 1 TD.
Mark Hasty's fanhouse blog brings up a sore subject, at least for some more mature Hawk fans. I'm too young for this memory but my dad could tell you all about it. Mark's take on soccer flops and the infamous 1953 Notre Dame flop fest versus Iowa is worth a read.
ESPN names Tyler Sash the 5th best player in the Big Ten. ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg has named 20 of his top 25. Along with Sash at the 5th spot DL Karl Klug comes in at #23, and Ricky Stanzi #18.
and finally finally....I just put down 3 original Tasty Tacos. nom nom nom nom nom
and finally, today members of the Iowa Hawkeye football team will be made available to the media. Jon Miller calls this an unprecented event. Players made available per Miller are Ricky Stanzi, Adrian Clayborn, Tyler Sash, Brett Greenwood, Ryan Donahue, Brett Morse, Riley Reiff, Christian Ballard, Karl Klug, Allen Reisner, Jeremiah Hunter and Adam Robinson. I'll have more links to these interviews and news later on in the day.
Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette was combing the Nebraska Husker's website when he learned that the Iowa Hawkeyes were once the Iowa Cornhuskers. According to Hlas he is unable to verify this claim but doesn't doubt the story.
Speaking of Prime Time League, former DI writer Brendan Stiles has a nice recap of yesterday's games. Looks like incoming frosh MelsahnBasabe is averaging over 30 per plus 10 boards. I was pretty excited about the 30 points until I found out they weren't playing by 1's and 2's. Still impressive, but still the just the PTL.
and finally, since we are nearing the mid point of the MLB season I thought I would look back on my preseason predictions. The White Sox run made me a bit more optimistic about picking the Sox to win the Central. It will be interesting to see if they keep their aging players around for a title run or hit the market come the end of July.
AL East Yankees Rays Sox Toronto Baltimore
AL Central CWS Tigers Twins Indians Royals
AL West LAAngels Texas Seattle Oakland
NL East Philly Atlanta Florida Mets Washington
NL Central Cards Brewers Cubs Stros Reds Pittsburgh
NL West Rockies Giants Dodgers Zona Padres
AL Wild Card : Tampa Bay NL Wild Card: Atlanta Braves
Yankees beat CWS Tampa Beats LAA
Yankees beat TB Cards beat Braves
Phillies beat Rockies Phillies beat Cards
Philly beats the Yankees
NL MVP: Pujols ROY: Heyward CY Young: Halladay AL MVP: Texiera ROY: Wade Davis CY Young: Felix Hernandez
oh, and finally, finally, don't you hate it when you are flipping through the channel guide and see that Gladiator is coming on, only to click through and find it is the crappy Gladiator? The one with Cuba Gooding Jr. There should be a requirement for an * to follow the title.
also, Luke Rasmussen doesn't really say a lot about where the Big Ten Championship game will be played. He does though like the idea of rotating the venue. Personally, I vote for Chicago. I have a free place to stay.