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Calvin Poolidge


The United State of Iowa.

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Comment 25 Jan 2020

I always loved that he had old man game as a true freshman, and knew he'd still be able to do some things BECAUSE of his old man game once he got back.  I always though he needed some RecSpecs.

I'm pretty sure he and Kriener have epic Old Man Offs at practice.

Comment 23 Jan 2020

Oh man. That win over Indiana I got to watch/listen to at some college (Dubuque or Davenport- - I remember it was on the bluffs above the river) while my folks played a volleyball tourney.  I was a super fan and that one was so glorious against the striped ones.

Comment 19 Dec 2019

That sounds unsanitary, as I'm sure it was a couple months or more before you washed your heine again.

Comment 19 Dec 2019

I only really talked to Hayden Fry twice (with a couple other times of simply shaking his hand and wishing him well for the upcoming season).  The first time we talked he was in his second to last year of coaching, and it was simple football and life talk that lasted a few minutes.

The second time I talked to Hayden Fry was more involved and important to me (and this one I try NOT to embellish at all so that it remains a true story).  He had come to town for FryFest (the second one- - this would have been 2010) and was slated to sit with a panel of speakers about Hawkeye history, as well as some other events he was due to attend while in town.

I should back up by mentioning that it was 2010 and my wife was pregnant with my second son.  Heroes had been the most popular show but had been cancelled earlier that year, however Hayden Panettiere was at the peak of her popularity.  Also riding high in popularity (and perceived "hotness") was Hayden Christensen from Star Wars eps 2 & 3 and that movie Jumper.  So Hayden was a VERY popular name at the time, and my wife liked both of those actors at the time, but I just REALLY didn't want to go with Hayden for our child's name because everyone in Iowa seems to have a kid or dog or something by that name.

So, I decided that the only thing better than naming my kid Hayden would be to try and have Hayden Fry himself name my kid.  I got to the Marriot complex early so I could get in the line for the meet and greet (and autographs) after the talk.  Unfortunately others also got there early.  I waited in the line for like an hour, and by the time I got to the ex-players and coaches I look down the line and Hayden is gone.  He'd had to move on to his next event in the Coralville/Iowa City area.  Everything sucks.  My wife is anxiously awaiting my phone call to see what transpired and what we'd be naming our son, and I had nothing.

By this point it's a reasonable lunch time and I'm hungry, so I figure I'll go drown my sorrows in some Falbo Bros. pizza or something.  I go out a side door to make my way back to my car, and after just a little walking a different side door opens and out walks none other than legendary coach and guy-I've-been-seeking-all-morning Hayden Fry, with a couple (what looked like) assistants or whatever.  I immediately start jogging in his direction, without rushing for fear the possible assistants may actually be security and I don't want to be tazed.

As I approached I called out "Coach!  Hey Coach!" (funny how everyone called him Coach, even after he stopped coaching) and explained that I knew he was in a hurry but that I had a question for him and asked if I could walk with him.  He agreed with a smile and I launched into it.  The son, my wife's choice of names, not wanting to name someone Hayden because everyone does (I don't remember exactly how I said this part, but I managed to say it in a non-insulting sort of way- - I'd had this whole spiel in my head all morning as I'd originally thought I'd need to blurt it out with a bunch of people waiting for me to move on), etc.

After explaining that I thought it'd be more special to have Hayden name my kid than to name my kid after Hayden, I say "so what do YOU think would be a good name for a son?"  Coach Fry looks at me thoughtfully and says "well, I've always been partial to Hayden."  I sort of cracked a smile and said "What are you telling me Coach?"  He looks back, starting to crack a smile as well and says "It's a good name" and then breaks into that full big grin of his.  I said "okay, I understand, Hayden it is."

He shook my hand, I thanked him for letting me walk with him and take up some of his time.  He wished me good luck with the kid and we parted ways.  And that's why my son is named Hayden.

Comment 18 Dec 2019

I only spoke to him a couple times, but from that (and the coverage of him through the years) I'd say he knew.

He wasn't shy about sharing his love and joy, and people responded in kind so far as I can tell.

Comment 04 Dec 2019

Whatever video or gif or jpeg this is, it's giving me a minus sign, but being that it's Klugs I know it's A+ material and therefore worth an upvote.

Comment 04 Dec 2019

My younger son just got into the idea of wrestling this year, and I won tickets to this meet, so this was his first experience.

Saint Austin is my favorite wrestler since the first time I watched him, so I was particularly in my boy's ear during this match.

It was hilarious and awesome, but has anyone asked, or is there any explanation out there, for just what the fuck ADS was thinking or trying to do at the 2:00/2:01 mark with that backward SpiderMan jump thing?  It looked like he was thinking WWE and trying to vault over, with the intention of landing behind the guy and instantly belly-to-back suplexing him.  I've never seen a wrestler even consider trying that, let alone on the #1 guy in the country.  DeSanto is amazing in thoughts AND in actions.  Wow.

It looked like he was going to pull the Flying Butt Pliers from Ren and Stimpy.  I wish he could have pulled off whatever that was supposed to be.  I'm sure it would have blown minds.

Comment 30 Nov 2019

You don't like exotics?

Yeah, sadly I called that pooch like I was Nostradamus.  The announcers said it was a super important play so Iowa called timeout to discuss how to proceed, and I immediately replied "which means Nate is going to pooch punt it."

Comment 30 Nov 2019

I don't want the QB that makes all three of those throws on the first drive and none on the final drive.

If Stanley only makes one of the three completions he threw on that last drive (ref be damned) then we don't win.  So I'll take him being SO CLUTCH and I'll happily call it that, even if it took everyone working together to be clutch.

Comment 30 Nov 2019

Re:  "Having a problem with Duncan"

Can you expand on this?  It would explain why he pointed and blew kisses if something had been going on.

Until now I've been wondering who exactly he was pointing at (and Ras seemed to be in on it too, which adds more questions).  And it would help to explain the kiss (which admittedly is a kinda dick move, but I loved it because I knew something must have been said or done, beyond the normal trash talking).

Comment 29 Nov 2019

I think this is what the media guys are on about.

He's a good, approaching great but not quite ever getting there, QB.  That's what he was when he arrived (the reason he didn't go to a different program), and a certain set of fans keep expecting him to become something he'll never be.

It's insane for anyone to expect him to turn into a first couple round draft pick (or whatever) and want to argue that he's bad since he hasn't turned into one.  He's got perks and problems, and they show up randomly (at least to the observer, thought I'm sure competition has a bit to do with it too) from game to game.  I'm glad he's been our QB, and some of his plays were transcendent, and I'll remember them for many years.  The plays that weren't good will be nearly forgotten the first time Petras (or whomever) throws their first TD next year.

Comment 28 Nov 2019

Mysterious updates?!  This conspiracy goes INTERNET deep.  Clearly the leader of the Husker Deep State is Al Gore, inventor of the internet (he never actually said that, but I'm on a roll, just go with it).

Al Gore is taking down the Nebraska football program once and for all because the mole people live beneath Memorial Stadium and when the "inconvenient" tipping point is reached he'll open a hellmouth (it's just a term) at the 50 yard line where humanity will have life sustaining access to their tunnels, eventually creating a hybrid race that can dig and see well.

Comment 24 Nov 2019

Based on how the QB was leading with his head, I'd say it was targeting committed by Illinois against Geno Stone (the target).

Comment 24 Nov 2019

Do you think it has to do with the interior of the OL being less than usual years (in some years it can still be tough due to our scheme sometimes, but this year is different even from those other years)?

Comment 09 Nov 2019

I really liked Nunge a couple years back, but unless his 3 comes back I get the feeling Kriener is going to eat up the not-Garza minutes when we get to real play.

Also: Nunge with the added weight reminds me a lot of McCabe, body wise.  I hope he has the same fire, and maybe hip tosses someone.

Comment 04 Nov 2019

I dunno man, Dolph was talking about JBo having a "sense of humor" due to fucking around with them with the chalk.

That's a senior move and someone who's feeling comfortable, if I'm ascribing anything to something like that.

Comment 31 Oct 2019

Ginuwine reminds me of when my friend and every employee but two got fired from Gadzooks at the mall.  They were all stealing clothing (friend accepted stolen clothing as a new hire because he didn't want to be weird to ALL of the employees who were stealing).  Also, the manager was taking photos of teens in the dressing room over and under the doors.  Not sure how all of this didn't make bigger news at the time.

Pony (the Timba remix, with all the "freakyfreakyfreaky") played in there like two times an hour for what seemed like two years.